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The Best Suppressors for Your Money in 2021

The Best Suppressors for Your Money in 2021

The Best Suppressors for Your Money in 2021

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:

CategoryNameWeightLengthPrice
Best RimfireBANISH 224.1oz5.3"$535
Best .30 CalDead Air Sandman-L21.8oz8.9"$1,199
Best 5.56/.223Coastal Gun XDS28oz8.5"$550
Best 9mmBANISH 459.6oz or 11oz6.7" or 8.6"$949
Best 45 ACPCoastal Gun Ultima10.4 oz9.5”$550
Best .308 CalSilencerCo Omega 30014.7 oz or 16.3 oz6.2” 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.

Advantages

  • User-serviceable
  • Super lightweight

Disadvantages

  • Not the cheapest option on the market

Specs: BANISH 22

  • Caliber: .22LR
  • Weight: 4.1 oz
  • Length: 5.3”
  • Price: $535
SHOP BANISH 22

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. 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. 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.

When it comes to mounting, the Sandman-L uses the same quick-detach Keymount muzzle brake as their 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.

Advantages

  • 31 dB sound reduction
  • Caliber versatility

Disadvantages

  • 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!) 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 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 mean 5.56/.223 ammo.

Advantages

  • User-serviceable
  • Great product for the price

Disadvantages

  • 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 9mm Suppressor for Your Money : BANISH 45

Yes, we know the headline here says 9mm and the can we’re going to talk about says 45 in the name … but there’s a method to the madness! Also, full disclosure: this is one of our own suppressors.

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 .45ACP 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 .45ACP. Some people prefer 9mm. Because of its design, 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.

Advantages:

  • Self-serviceable
  • Lightest in its class in short configuration
  • Full auto rated

Disadvantages:

  • 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
SHOP BANISH 45

The Best .45 ACP Suppressor for Your Money: Coastal Gun Ultima

Everyone has a budget, and some are smaller than others. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality for the price. If you want a high-quality suppressor that won’t break the bank, we’d recommend you look into the Coastal Gun Ultima 45.

Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the Ultima 45 comes in at 10.4 ounces and 9.5” in length. That puts it right in line with our goal of balance on this list; it’s not the lightest, but it’s not the heaviest. Again, it’s all about finding that Goldilocks silencer.

Length, however, is where you’ll make that balance sacrifice. The Ultima 45 suppressor is 9.5” in length. Period. It’s a fixed-length suppressor and cannot be shortened. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of suppressors are fixed in length. We just wanted to point it out.

This suppressor utilizes a piston system called the Recoil Attenuation Device (R.A.D.). The R.A.D. is a Nielson Device designed so the Ultima will function on semi-auto pistols. There are a number of different mount interfaces to accommodate a wide variety of barrel sizes and thread pitches so that you can use the Ultima 45 on a number of different guns and calibers.

Advantages

  • User-serviceable
  • The price of $550 makes it affordable for almost anyone

Disadvantages

  • Not modular in size; fixed weight and length

Specs: Coastal Gun Ultima 45

  • Caliber: .45
  • Weight: 10.4 oz
  • Length: 9.5”
  • Price: $550

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 as a bolt action hunting 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.

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.

Advantages

  • Multi caliber design
  • Built with a mix of Stellite, titanium and stainless steel for maximum reliability
  • Magnum rated

Disadvantages

  • 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

Balance Affordability with Performance and Longevity

As you can see from this list, there’s still a lot of variety out there even when you’re balancing price, performance, and longevity – 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!

 

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