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The Top 10 Suppressors of 2024: Silencer Central’s Guide

The Top 10 Suppressors of 2024: Silencer Central’s Guide

The Top 10 Suppressors of 2024: Silencer Central’s Guide

There’s a lot of variety in the world of suppressors in 2024. Never before has there been so many great options to choose from, and while that’s great, it can also be overwhelming.
To help you narrow down your search, we’ve put together a top 10 list of suppressors for 2024. This list covers both rifles and pistols – five for each – in five different categories.
Here’s what we’re going to cover:

Our Top 10 Suppressors: Selection Process

There’s truly no universal do-it-all can on the market – though some come close. In the end, it all comes down to a few key deciding factors that we used when putting together this list.

To pick our top 10 suppressors of 2024, we considered weight, length, price, and materials to be the main deciding factors. In the end, though, the biggest factor – personal preference – will be up to you.

Choosing a Rifle Suppressor

Weight and length are two of the biggest aspects to consider when choosing a rifle suppressor. If you’re adding a suppressor to a hunting rifle, then you want to make sure that it isn’t so heavy as to be cumbersome on a backcountry hike or so long that it impedes movement when in a blind. Likewise, if you’re suppressing a rifle that you use for home defense, you want to make sure that your suppressed setup is conveniently sized for easy clearing of the rooms in your house without getting in the way.

Choosing a Pistol Suppressor

Choosing a pistol suppressor involves a lot of considerations, but two of the big ones are modularity and durability. Pistols come in all sorts of different sizes, and so the ability to configure the length of a modular suppressor makes it much easier for you to strike the right balance between size and sound suppression even when switching between subcompact and full-size pistols, for example.

Durability is also a big thing to consider. If you’re primarily shooting smaller calibers, then an aluminum suppressor may well be the way to go. If, however, you’re shooter bigger calibers (like 10mm), then you may want to opt for a stainless steel or titanium suppressor because those materials are better suited to the increased pressures created by bigger calibers.

CategoryNameCaliberWeightLengthPrice
Best Overall Rifle SuppressorBANISH 30.3011.2 oz or 14.3 oz7" or 9"$999
Quietest Rifle SuppressorTBAC Ultra 9.3010 oz (MB) or 11.8 oz (DT)9"$1,290
Best Affordable Rifle SuppressorYHM Turbo T3 5.565.5612.8 oz5.59"$599.95
Best Modular Rifle SuppressorSilencerCo Omega 36M.3609.8 oz or 12.5 oz4.9" or 6.85"$1,169
Most Durable Rifle SuppressorDead Air Sandman-S.3017.7 oz6.8"$999
Best Overall Pistol SuppressorBANISH 45.459.6 oz or 11 oz6.7" or 8.6"$949
Quietest Pistol SuppressorRuggest Obsidian45.4510.7 or or 12.8 oz6.7" or 8.6"$875
Best Affordable Pistol SuppressorYHM Sidewinder M2.4510.5 oz9.3"$599.95
Best Modular Pistol SuppressorDead Air Odessa 99mm7.4 oz2.75" to 7.75"$899
Most Durable Pistol SuppressorDead Air Wolfman9mm9.8 oz or 14.4 oz5.13" or 7.5"$899

Top Suppressor Models for 2024

As we mentioned, there are a lot of suppressors out there to choose from in 2024. We’ve broken them down into two different types – rifles and pistols – and five different categories, giving us a total of ten different suppressors.

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 suppressors of 2024:

Best Overall Rifle Suppressor: BANISH 30 Banish 30 SOT

Quiet? Yep, measured 34 decibels of deduction. Modular? Yep, two different lengths. Durable? Yep, titanium construction. Affordable? For everything you’re getting, we think so.

In most instances whenever one tool attempts to fill numerous roles, the end result is a tool that does a lot, but nothing really well. Fortunately, this is not the case when it comes to a multi-caliber suppressor like the BANISH 30, and it’s why we chose it as the best overall rifle suppressor.

The BANISH 30 comes as a 9-inch suppressor holding eight baffles, but if you’ll be shooting suppressed in tighter, confined spaces or hunting blinds, it can easily break down and assemble into a 7-inch configuration with six baffles.

This suppressor also weighs considerably less than most suppressors of similar size. This is because the BANISH 30 is made from a strong titanium alloy for unmatched durability at an extremely lightweight. In the full configuration, it weighs 14 ounces; in the short configuration, it weighs just 11 ounces. You’ll be hard-pressed to even feel it on your gun!

Perfect for target practice, competitive shooting, or in the field while big game hunting, the BANISH 30 will reduce the sound signature and mitigate some of the recoil on your rifle.

Advantages:

  • Modular design for different types of usage
  • Titanium construction is strong and lightweight
  • Can handle up to .300 Weatherby and even limited full-auto fire

Drawbacks:

  • Direct thread mounting only

BANISH 30 Specs:

  • Caliber: .30
  • Weight: 11.2 oz or 14.3 oz
  • Diameter: 1.5″
  • Length: 7″ or 9″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Titanium
  • User-Serviceable: Yes
  • Full-Auto Rated: Limited
  • Price: $999

Quietest Rifle Suppressor: TBAC Ultra 9 TBAC Ultra 9 .30 direct thread product image; black suppressor.

The ULTRA 9 is TBAC’s full-size suppressor in their ULTRA lineup, and the sound suppression it provides is remarkable. Tests show that full-power hot M118LR ammo meters just 123 decibels at the shooter’s ear and 135 decibels at the muzzle. This makes shooting hearing safe at all positions around the rifle.

Even though the ULTRA 9 is a full-size suppressor, its titanium construction ensures that it doesn’t handle like a full-size suppressor. Weighing just 11.8 ounces, it won’t be a burden on the end of your rifle – and it certainly won’t be loud!

All of TBAC’s ULTRA series suppressors, including the ULTRA 9, have the flexibility to change from direct thread to QD muzzle brake mount and vice versa with a simple factory service operation in case your needs change.

Advantages:

  • Excellent sound reduction – the levels don’t lie
  • Available in QD or direct thread models to fit your needs
  • Small suppressor feel with big suppressor performance

Drawbacks:

  • Swapping between QD and direct thread requires sending back to factory

TBAC Ultra 9 Specs:

  • Caliber: .30
  • Weight: 10 oz (MB) or 11.8 oz (DT)
  • Diameter: 1.5″
  • Length: 9″
  • Mount Type: Muzzle Brake or Direct Thread
  • Material: Titanium
  • User-Serviceable: No
  • Full-Auto Rated: Limited
  • Price: $1,290

Best Affordable Rifle Suppressor: YHM Turbo T3 5.56 YHM Turbo T3 5.566 QD/FH product image

You can’t forget to include the $200 tax stamp when figuring out how much a suppressor truly costs in the end, and YHM’s Turbo T3 comes in at $200 less than the next most affordable suppressor on this list even after you pay for the tax stamp!

Affordable doesn’t mean cheap, though. This is a high-quality can. Utilizing a tubeless design that helps keep weight to a minimum, the Turbo T3 features an all-new Inconel blast baffle that reduces blowback compared to the Turbo T2.

In a world where most suppressor accessories cost extra, YHM ships the Turbo T3 with a QD flash hider and a Phantom QD adapter so that you can switch between suppressed and unsuppressed shooting right out of the box with no extra cost.

The generous internal volume of the Turbo T3 offers a size-to-suppression ratio that is hard to beat in 5.56 suppressors of similar size. As a result, you can shoot quieter, smoother, and cleaner than ever before.

Advantages:

  • Great suppressor that won’t break the bank
  • Accessories are included and don’t cost extra
  • Rated for full-auto, so spend that saved money on ammo

Drawbacks:

  • Limited on calibers you can use

YHM Turbo T3 5.56 Specs:

  • Caliber: 5.56
  • Weight: 12.80oz
  • Diameter: 1.5625″
  • Length: 5.59″
  • Mount Type:
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Inconel
  • User-Serviceable: No
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $599.95

Best Modular Rifle Suppressor: SilencerCo Omega 36M SILENCERCO OMEGA 36M

For the shooter who wants modular capabilities and multi-caliber compatibility without needing to accommodate big bore rifles, the SilencerCo Omega 36M fits the bill perfectly.

Offering multiple configurations for length, weight, and mounting options, the Omega 36M has a two-piece modular design that allows for the removal of the front section. This provides the shooter with a shorter and lighter suppressor that still offers impressive sound performance.

With the front section removed, the Omega 36M short configuration measures 4.90” and weighs just 9.8 ounces. The long configuration is 6.85” and weighs 12.5 ounces. Made of stainless steel, titanium, and Cobalt 6, both long and short configurations of the Omega 36M are full-auto rated.

Cross-platform compatibility means that the Omega 36M can be used with a variety of other SilencerCo pistons, Charlie, ASR, and 3-Lug accessories.

Advantages:

  • Modular, multi-caliber design without having to be huge in size
  • Rated for full-auto fire even in the short configuration
  • Tons of accessory mounting options

Drawbacks:

  • The sheer amount of mounting options could become confusing

SilencerCo Omega 36M Specs:

  • Caliber: .360
  • Weight: 9.8 oz or 12.5 oz
  • Diameter: 1.57″
  • Length: 4.9″ or 6.85″
  • Mount Type: ASR Mount
  • Material: Cobalt, Titanium, and Stainless Steel
  • User-Serviceable: No
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $1,169

Most Durable Rifle Suppressor: Dead Air Sandman-S Dead Air Sandman-S

Dead Air’s Sandman-S features a stainless steel and stellite construction with a fully welded baffle stack to maintain optimum durability no matter what you put it through. It features a quick-detach (QD) system that incorporates an index pattern for ease of mounting and removal. With no barrel length restrictions and full-auto rating up to 300 Win Mag, the Sandman-S is a perfect low-profile addition to fit your suppressor needs.

The Dead Air Sandman-S also offers impressive performance with minimal point of impact shift. Featuring a low blowback design, the Sandman-S is touted for not only its compact construction but also for its impressive noise reduction at the ear.

Dead Air designed the Sandman-S with a focus on an efficient baffle design that yields reduced recoil, blowback, and noise. With all of the elements involved in the Sandman-S’s construction, coupled with Dead Air’s lifetime warranty, this suppressor shows that good things can come in smaller packages.

Advantages:

  • Stainless steel and stellite fully welded baffle stack is super durable
  • No barrel length restrictions and full-auto ratings up to 300 Win Mag
  • QD mounting for easy switching between suppressed and unsuppressed

Drawbacks:

  • Not user-serviceable

Dead Air Sandman-S Specs:

  • Caliber: .30
  • Weight: 17.7 oz
  • Diameter: 1.5″
  • Length: 6.8″
  • Mount Type: Keymount
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Stellite
  • User-Serviceable: No
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $999

Best Overall Pistol Suppressor: BANISH 45 BANISH 45

The unique design of the BANISH 45 makes it the one suppressor to fit any pistol caliber gun, and that’s why it’s at the top of our list. Simply swap out the pistons (sold separately) and you can attach this suppressor to any multitude of pistols or pistol caliber carbines in your collection. Testing shows the BANISH 45 suppresses a 9mm pistol by 36 decibels – far more sound reduction than the competition.

Made with titanium for the ultimate combination of durability and weight reduction, the BANISH 45 is the lightest in its class at a mere 9.6oz in the short configuration of 6.7”. You can also run it in the long configuration of 8.6” and still barely notice it’s on your gun because it weighs only 11 oz.

User-serviceable from both ends, this suppressor can be easily and quickly disassembled for configuration changes and cleaning. You can easily clean the baffles by hand with a brush and your favorite solvent. Reassembly is just as easy, thanks to the keyed and indexed baffles. This guarantees that each one will be lined up perfectly for optimum performance.

Advantages:

  • Compatible with all of the common pistol calibers
  • Titanium construction makes it solid yet lightweight
  • Completely user-serviceable from both ends

Drawbacks:

  • Most expensive pistol suppressor on the list

BANISH 45 Specs:

  • Caliber: .45
  • Weight: 9.6 oz or 11 oz
  • Diameter: 1 3/8″
  • Length: 6.7″ or 7.6″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Titanium and Aluminum
  • User-Serviceable: Yes
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $949

Quietest Pistol Suppressor: Rugged Obsidian45 RUGGED OBSIDIAN 45 PST .578×28

With 9mm ammo registering less than 124 decibels, the Rugged Obsidian45 has easily earned its spot on this list. No matter how you cut it, that’s super quiet for regular 9mm ammo.

Rugged’s ADAPT Module introduces modularity to the equation, enabling users to select between the full configuration, measuring 8.6 inches and weighing 12.8 ounces, and the compact configuration, measuring 6.7 inches and weighing 10.7 ounces.

Obsidian45’s baffles are machined from 17-4 stainless steel, offering easy cleaning options and heightened durability. In addition, it’s belt-fed rated for pistol calibers up to 45ACP.

This .45 caliber suppressor brings delight to the shooting experience not just because it’s quiet, but because of its non-slotted piston design, which establishes a gas seal to significantly reduce gas blowback.

Advantages:

  • Ridiculously quiet decibel ratings makes shooting a joy
  • Modular design to fit different needs on different guns
  • Piston design greatly reduces gas blowback

Drawbacks:

  • Outer tube is made from aluminum, which is less durable than other metals

Rugged Obsidian45 Specs:

  • Caliber: .45
  • Weight: 10.7 oz or 12.8 oz
  • Diameter: 1.37″
  • Length: 6.7″ or 8.6″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Aluminum
  • User-Serviceable: Yes
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $875

Best Affordable Pistol Suppressor: YHM Sidewinder M2 YHM Sidewinder M2 9mm Suppressor product image

Experience both affordability and exceptional performance with the Sidewinder M2 suppressor in 45 ACP. Priced just below $600, this suppressor comes in less expensive than all of the other pistol suppressors on this list – even after adding in the $200 tax stamp!

Its overhauled booster system seamlessly accommodates industry-standard pistons from brands such as SilencerCo, Rugged, and Dead Air, providing versatility and ease of use through tool-free piston interchangeability. Furthermore, an improved front cap engagement design simplifies servicing, elevating this suppressor’s functionality.

The Sidewinder M2 blends lightweight durability by utilizing aluminum for its high-efficiency mono-core baffle and for the outer tube. Meanwhile, critical components like the piston, Nielsen Sleeve, and Blast Baffle are precision-engineered from stainless steel, ensuring resilience against corrosion and extreme temperature variations.

Advantages:

  • Price is within reach of almost everyone
  • Can be used with pistons from multiple different companies
  • Aluminum and stainless steel is a great balance of weight and strength

Drawbacks:

  • Mono-core baffles can be more prone to first-round pop

YHM Sidewinder M2 Specs:

  • Caliber: .45
  • Weight: 10.5 oz
  • Diameter: 1.375″
  • Length: 9.3″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Aluminum and Stainless Steel
  • User-Serviceable: Yes
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $599.95

Best Modular Pistol Suppressor: Dead Air Odessa 9 Dead Air's Odessa 9 product image

If you look up “modular” in the suppressor dictionary, you’ll see a photo of the Dead Air Odessa 9. Ten different configurable lengths with the included nine baffles means that modularity is the name of the game and an easy choice for this category on our list. With caliber compatibility ranging from .22LR to 9mm and even 5.7x28mm, there’s very little you can’t do with this pistol suppressor.

Due to its compact size – ranging from a tiny 2.75” to just 7.75” and 7.4 ounces in its full length – you’ll barely even notice the Odessa 9 on the end of your barrel. As an added bonus, the 1.1” diameter means that you won’t need suppressor height sights when used on most pistols. This is a big plus since most people don’t run suppressed all the time.

The Odessa 9 ships with a 1/2×28 piston mount, but you can also use a variety of other common thread pistons and a fixed barrel spacer.

Advantages:

  • Ten different configurable lengths for ultimate modularity
  • Small diameter negates the need for suppressor height sights on most guns
  • Great decibel level reduction performance

Drawbacks:

  • Not rated for full-auto

Dead Air Odessa 9 Specs:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Weight: 7.4 oz (full length)
  • Diameter: 1.1″
  • Length: 2.75″ to 7.75″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • User-Serviceable: Yes
  • Full-Auto Rated: No
  • Price: $899

Most Durable Pistol Suppressor: Dead Air Wolfman Dead Air - Wolfman 9 DT .5 x 28 Black

The Wolfman from Dead Air is a modular, multi-caliber suppressor that specializes in sub-gun, light-duty rifle, and pistol use. This means it absolutely has to be durable to withstand all of those different types of hosts and calibers.

Made of fully welded 17-4 PH stainless steel, this provides ultimate levels of strength and durability while still keeping the suppressor as light as possible. It’s the perfect balance of toughness and lightweight. The Wolfman is designed for maximum muzzle suppression while also maximizing at-ear performance for the shooter by utilizing a large internal volume and generous blast chamber.

Because of its modularity, the Wolfman provides ultimate sound suppression in its full-length configuration while still providing exceptional performance when set up in the short configuration. As an added bonus, the front cap can contain a user-provided rubber wipe that can drop sound suppression levels even further.

Advantages:

  • Fully welded stainless steel construction is very durable
  • Large internal volume and blast chamber provide great sound reduction
  • Optional use of rubber wipes makes it even quieter

Drawbacks:

  • Not user-serviceable

Dead Air Wolfman Specs:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Weight: 9.8 oz or 14.4 oz
  • Diameter: 1.618″
  • Length: 5.13″ or 7.5″
  • Mount Type: Direct Thread
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • User-Serviceable: No
  • Full-Auto Rated: Yes
  • Price: $899

The Legal Implications of Owning a Suppressor

First and foremost, yes, suppressors are 100% legal to own. That’s the short answer. Keep reading for the long answer.

In broad legal terms dealing with federal laws, if you’re able to own a gun, then you’re able to own a suppressor. However, suppressors are not legal in all 50 states. In fact, they’re only legal in 42 states and you can only hunt with them in 41 of those 42. There are also some local restrictions on use and ownership within some states. As a result, you need to do your due diligence to ensure that suppressor use and ownership is legal where you live.

NFA Items

Suppressors are known as NFA items because they fall under regulations set out in the National Firearms Act of 1934, or NFA for short. Other things that are classified as NFA items are destructive devices, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and machine guns. It may seem silly to lump suppressors in with those other items, but that’s just how the current guns laws are and have been for almost a century in the United States.

Form 4473

Federal Form 4473 is the government form you fill out as a Firearms Transaction Record. Traditionally, it’s used for all pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Because the ATF treats suppressors like firearms, the Form 4473 needs to be filled out as part of your suppressor buying process. The Form 4473 allows Silencer Central to legally transfer ownership of the silencer(s) to you as the customer after ATF approval of your Form 4 and before shipping the silencer right to your door.

Don’t Suppress Your Need for Enhanced Shooting – Shop Silencers Today!

Start shopping today and make 2024 the year you get a suppressor. It’s never been easier to shoot on mute than it is right now when you buy from Silencer Central.

We’re the nation’s largest silencer dealer and we’re licensed to sell to customers in all 42 states where suppressors are legal. We’ll handle all the paperwork for you, give you a free gun trust, set you up on an easy pay-while-you-wait plan, and then mail your suppressor right to your door once it’s approved by the ATF.