Purchasing your first suppressor can be intimidating. Not only is a high quality suppressor expensive but the entire buying experience is confusing to first-timers. In addition to the purchase price itself, you also have the added expense of a $200 tax stamp along with a months-long wait. That wait is a killer – kind of like Christmas morning being postponed four months. Two pieces of advice, 1) purchase your silencer (yes, “silencer” is an acceptable term, don’t let the NFA snobs tell you otherwise) from a reputable shop that sells a high volume of silencers, and 2) make your first purchase a 7.62 for rifles or a .45 ACP for pistols.
Manufacturers have settled on standards for thread patterns. This prevents a shooter from mistakenly mounting a 9mm can on a .45 caliber host – with the resulting destruction of said can. However, many people do mount the larger suppressor on the smaller caliber weapon. For example, I personally run .30 caliber (7.62) suppressors on my 5.56 and 6.8 SPC rifles and they work perfectly well. In fact, the increased volume of the slightly larger suppressor often offers superior sound reduction compared to the dedicated can for a slight trade-off in weight.
AAC was running their Damn The Man promotion when I purchased my AAC Ti-RANT 45 from the Silencer Shop. The promotion was for a $200 rebate in the form of an AAC store credit. Once the ATF finally blessed the deal and my Ti-RANT was out of jail I used the store credit to buy a 9mm piston (1/2 X 28 thread pitch) along with a few other goodies. It only takes about 60 seconds to swap out the pistons and move the Ti-RANT between .45 and 9mm host pistols.
You may be considering that you only have a 9mm and don’t currently own a .45 pistol. That is fine, get a dedicated 9mm suppressor if you want to. However, don’t we all need/want more guns? Who is to say that you won’t acquire a .45 down the road?
AAC Ti-RANT 45 Suppressor – $849 MSRP
AAC Ti-RANT 45 Piston with 1/2 X 28 threads for 9mm – $75 MSRP