The Best Suppressors for Your Money in 2023
We’ll cut right to the chase: suppressors aren’t cheap. In fact, they’re probably one of the most expensive firearm accessories out there, especially once you factor in Uncle Sam’s additional $200 tax stamp every time you want to buy a new one.
Luckily, suppressors are long-term purchases, and if you buy a good one, you probably won’t need to buy another one. (Well, this is the US of A, so you could always buy another one simply because – hey, we don’t need to have reasons!)
Anyway, the point is that you need to spend wisely. You’ve got to find the perfect balance between price, performance, longevity, and more. Sometimes this means you’ve got to spend a little more or sacrifice certain options to hit that balance. It’s all about getting the most for your money. (We started to say “biggest bang for your buck,” but in this case, we want as little bang as possible.)
That’s why we’ve put together this list of “best for your money” suppressors. Are there cheaper options out there in the categories listed here? Yep, you bet. Are there ones that perform better in certain aspects? Probably. But that’s not the point here. This is about taking all factors into consideration and figuring out the best suppressors for your money.
Here’s a look at our list – feel free to skip ahead:
Table of Contents
- THE BEST RIMFIRE SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: BANISH 22
- THE BEST 30 CAL SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: DEAD AIR SANDMAN-L
- THE BEST 5.56/.223 SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: COASTAL GUNS XDS
- THE BEST 45 ACP SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY : BANISH 45
- THE BEST HUNTING SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: BANISH BACKCOUNTRY
- THE BEST .308 SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: SILENCERCO OMEGA 300
- HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUPPRESSOR
- BALANCE AFFORDABILITY WITH PERFORMANCE AND LONGEVITY
|Best Rimfire||BANISH 22||4.1oz||5.3"||$535|
|Best .30 Cal||Dead Air Sandman-L||21.8oz||8.9"||$1,199|
|Best 5.56/.223||Coastal Gun XDS||28oz||8.5"||$550|
|Best 45 ACP||BANISH 45||9.6 oz or 11 oz||6.7" or 8.6"||$949|
|Best Hunting||BANISH Backcountry||7.8 oz||5.5"||$1,099|
|Best .308 Cal||SilencerCo Omega 300||14.7 oz or 16.3 oz||6.2” or 7.8”||$1,130|
THE BEST RIMFIRE SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: BANISH 22
We might be a little biased here, but just hear us out. Tests have shown that the BANISH 22, which is available exclusively at Silencer Central, brings sound down to about 120 decibels, which is just 10 decibels more than a BB-gun. Essentially, this is as close to “Hollywood quiet” as you can get.
Since rimfire ammo uses projectiles that are not jacketed, lead buildup and carbon fouling are a real concern in a rimfire silencer. Over time without cleaning, it’s possible for a .22 suppressor to completely fill with lead and carbon, rendering it ineffective for sound suppression and adding considerable weight.
The BANISH 22 was designed specifically to maximize your time shooting and minimize your time cleaning. It can be disassembled from both ends for maximum cleaning access. Inside the tube are eight baffles that are engineered for a precise fit to keep lead debris and carbon buildup at an absolute minimum. This prevents the debris and buildup from reaching the tube, which causes components to fuse together.
It’s not the cheapest rimfire on the market, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” is true here. You’ll pay a bit more for the BANISH 22, but you won’t find a better rimfire can out there.
- Super lightweight
- Not the cheapest rimfire suppressor option on the market
Specs: BANISH 22
- Caliber: .22LR
- Weight: 4.1 oz
- Length: 5.3”
- Price: $535
THE BEST 30 CAL SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: DEAD AIR SANDMAN-L
If you’re looking for a 30-caliber suppressor and you ask people what they own and/or would recommend, there’s no doubt that you’ll see the Sandman-L from Dead Air come up time and time again – and for good reason.
Let’s start with sound suppression. After all, that’s the main purpose of a suppressor, right? The Sandman-L clocks in with a 31-decibel reduction when using standard 7.62 ammo. Nice!
Because of the caliber versatility with a .30-caliber suppressor, you can use the Sandman-L on a variety of guns in a variety of calibers. For most people, that means you can easily switch between smaller caliber AR-15 firearms and larger caliber AR-10 firearms, but the Sandman-L can just as easily be used on a single-shot, lever-action, or bolt-action.
It ships with a 5/8×24 mount, but you can buy a variety of other brakes and flash hiders that are also compatible. You can also swap out end caps for the different calibers you might be using. This makes for an almost endless degree of mounting options and extra sound suppression with the swappable end caps.
When it comes to mounting, the Sandman-L uses the same quick-detach Keymount muzzle brake as Dead Air’s other Sandman cans, so if you’ve already got one, you’ll save some money on extra accessories. Their mounting system is super easy and fast to do, even with just one hand.
- 31 dB sound reduction
- Caliber versatility
- At $1,199, there are cheaper options out there
Specs: Dead Air Sandman-L
- Caliber: 7.62 / .308
- Weight: 21.8 ounces
- Length: 8.9”
- Price: $1,199
THE BEST 5.56/.223 SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: COASTAL GUNS XDS
The Coastal Gun XDS (Xtreme Duty Suppressor) is constructed entirely of 4130 chrome-moly steel and is rated for semi-auto and limited full auto fire. (Given the cost of ammo right now, though, limited full auto is probably all you’ll be doing – if at all!) Plus, the entire unit can be disassembled for cleaning, which isn’t something you’ll find on every centerfire suppressor out there.
Using the standard AR-platform rifle system, the XDS’s V-Tech baffle design gives a sound signature of about half that of an unsuppressed Ruger MK IV 22LR pistol. That’s pretty darn impressive no matter how you cut it. Plus, at just $550, you’ll have plenty of money left over for unicorn poop – er, we .
Since the entire suppressor is made from steel, you’re going to have to settle for a heavier suppressor, but that will balance things out by preventing your wallet from being lighter, because this suppressor is very affordable, even after factoring in the tax stamp.
- Great product for the price
- Limited caliber usage
- Limited full auto rating
- At 28 oz, it’s not exactly light
Specs: Coastal Gun XDS
- Caliber: .223/5.56
- Weight: 28 oz
- Length: 8.5”
- Price: $550
THE BEST 45 ACP SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY : BANISH 45
The BANISH 45 motto is “one suppressor, one tax stamp, many guns” and it definitely lives up to it. As the name would suggest, the BANISH 45 is designed for .45-caliber cartridges, but it isn’t limited to them.
Standard .45 ACP is, by its very nature, subsonic. This makes it a breeze to suppress and a popular choice if you want a quiet yet beefy cartridge. Of course, not everyone shoots .45 ACP. Some people prefer 9mm. Because of its design and caliber size, the BANISH 45 handles the 9mm round with ease.
With the rise of .300 Blackout as an incredibly popular caliber for AR-style pistols, we figured that the “many guns” part of the motto ought to extend to that caliber as well. As such, the BANISH 45 is capable of handling subsonic .300 Blackout rounds as well.
Whether you’re shooting the small .22LR, stepping up your game to 10mm, or anything in between, the BANISH 45 can accommodate it. Obviously, barrels on a .22 are considerably smaller than those of a 10mm, so you can choose from seven pistons with different thread options so that you can fit your BANISH 45 onto the gun barrel of your choice. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that this can is perfect for 9mm and a whole bunch of other calibers!
Made of lightweight titanium and aluminum and able to change between two sizes means that this suppressor can be an incredibly compact can, while sacrificing very, very little. In fact, when shortened to 6.7” it weighs just 9.6 ounces, making it the lightest suppressor in its class.
If your goal is to have a rock-solid can to use with a 9mm firearm but also still have the versatility to switch up the calibers, then definitely take a look at the BANISH 45.
- Lightest in its class in short configuration
- Full auto rated
- Price may put it out of reach for some people
Specs: BANISH 45
- Caliber: .45
- Weight: 9.6 oz or 11 oz
- Length: 6.7” or 8.6”
- Price: $949
THE BEST HUNTING SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: BANISH BACKCOUNTRY
The two most important factors for picking a hunting suppressor are decibel reduction and weight, and the .30 caliber BANISH Backcountry suppressor was built with those factors in mind.
The entire BANISH lineup prides itself on being quiet and lightweight, but the Backcountry takes things to a different level. You get the same unmatched sound suppression and durable titanium construction as the flagship BANISH 30 suppressor, but in a package that’s shorter and lighter than ever before.
The Backcountry is a fixed-length suppressor that measures 5.5” in length (5.7” with mount) and weighs just 7.8 ounces. That’s a full 1.3” shorter and 2.2 ounces lighter than the BANISH 30 in its short configuration. That may not sound like much, but it makes a world of difference for backcountry adventurers who carefully pack their gear with size and weight in mind.
Rated for calibers up to the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum (RUM), the BANISH Backcountry utilizes six baffles that drop the decibel level down to 135 dB for .308 Winchester, 137 dB for .300 Win Mag, and 138 dB for .300 RUM at the ear – all of which fall below the hearing-safe threshold.
Utilizing a 1.375×24 Universal Mount, the BANISH Backcountry is a direct-thread suppressor designed to eliminate any extra weight associated with a muzzle device method of attachment, but it is also available with an optional muzzle brake attachment.
When size, weight, and sound suppression are of the utmost concern, the BANISH Backcountry suppressor allows you to pack in ounces, shoot at hearing-safe levels, and pack out pounds.
- Short and light
- Great sound suppression
- Multiple mounting options
- Doesn’t come apart for self-service
Specs: BANISH Backcountry
- Caliber: .300 (Up to .300 RUM)
- Weight: 7.8 oz
- Length: 5.5”
- Price: $1,099
THE BEST .308 SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: SILENCERCO OMEGA 300
As you know by now, not all suppressors are made equally, so what makes the best .308 suppressor? Well, that’s kinda tough, but if we stick with the traditional roots of the .308 Winchester cartridge, we are left with one very clear choice.
Meet the SilencerCo Omega 300. One of our most popular and best-selling .30 cal suppressors, the Omega 300 is popular for .308 rifles as well as .300 Blackout and most any other round from 5.56 through .300 Winchester Magnum. That makes it one of the best multi-caliber suppressors for .30 cal, and certainly, one of the best .308 suppressors you can get for any price – which does bring up one thing: at more than $1,100 this isn’t a cheap suppressor. But again, you get what you pay for, and that holds true with the Omega 300. You’re paying a higher-end price for a higher-end product, but it’s still a great can at a great price, making it a solid selection for the best .308 suppressor for your money.
Plus, SilencerCo is a tried-and-true company that has a solid reputation in the suppressor business, so you can definitely trust the quality of their cans.
- Multi caliber design
- Built with a mix of Stellite, titanium and stainless steel for maximum reliability
- Magnum rated
- Not user configurable
- Costs more than other more feature-rich suppressors
Specs: SilencerCo Omega 300
- Caliber:.300 Winchester Magnum
- Weight: 14.7-16.3 ounces
- Length: 6.2-7.8”
- Price: $1,130
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUPPRESSOR
We’ve focused on putting together a grouping of suppressors that give you the best bang for your buck, but money is only one of the many factors that go into choosing the right suppressor.
First and foremost, you’ve got to decide which calibers you want to shoot suppressed. Thankfully, most suppressors are capable of firing multiple calibers (like 5.56/.223 through a .30 caliber suppressor), so you don’t need a suppressor for every single caliber. Just make sure what you choose is compatible!
You’ll also want to consider how you’ll be using the suppressor. Will it be just for fun on the range? As a home defense tool? Or on a hunt in the mountains? Knowing how you’ll be using the suppressor will help you determine which of the following factors are the most important: length, weight, materials, finish, decibel reduction, etc.
If your primary use is just for fun, you may not be terribly concerned about length or weight. If home defense is at the top of your list, then decibel reduction and length will be critical. Use on hunting trips will bring weight, length, materials, and finish into the decision-making process.
There’s no one right answer, and sadly, no one do-it-all suppressor. Thankfully, many come pretty darn close – and that definitely includes all of the ones on this list.
BALANCE AFFORDABILITY WITH PERFORMANCE AND LONGEVITY
As you can see from the sampling of suppressors we’ve put together here, there’s still a lot of variety out there even when you’re balancing price, performance, longevity, etc – and we could have included a lot more on here, too, but you’d have gotten tired of reading anyway.
Whether you decide on one of the suppressors from this list, opt for a different can, or aren’t quite sure what to pick, don’t hesitate to contact us! The staff at Silencer Central is here to help make sure you get the best suppressor for your hard-earned money.
For more than 15 years, all we’ve done is suppressors. Day in, day out. Period. It’s why we’re the largest suppressor dealer out there. We’re also the only one that can complete your entire transaction from the comfort of your own home and even ship your new suppressor right to your front door!