Category Archives: TGR Suppressor Reviews

3 Suppressors for Hunting

LMT Suppressed

Silencers can now be used for hunting in forty States.  Eighteen States have legalized suppressors since the American Silencer Association was formed in 2011.  As of September 1, 2012 it became legal to hunt game animals with a suppressor in my home State of Texas – and you can bet I was ready with a new Templar Tactical (Crux) Ark30!  That first year only a handful of my friends were deer hunting with a suppressor.  Today, I estimate that at least a third of the sportsmen on our hunting lease run a can.Silencers Hunting

What is the best suppressor for hunting?  The short answer is, “whatever you got” as long as it fits the lawful definition in your State.  However, there are a handful of suppressors specifically made for hunting and we have field experience with many of them.  These hunting-specific suppressors share common traits:

  • Full-size silencer around 8″ length.
  • Aluminum / Stainless construction.
  • Moderate price point around $500 – $700 street.
  • Not Short Barrel Rifle rated.
  • Not Full Auto rated.
  • Direct thread or taper mount.
  • 7.62 caliber.

Let’s take a look at three of the most highly recommended suppressors purpose-built for hunting.  These models will all provide years of enjoyment and make a great entry-point into the NFA world.   It is important to understand that these are not heavy-duty beaters to burn through mag-dumps.  These are quality products but they are designed to run moderate rate of fire on hunting rifles.  Contrary to what the liberal left would tell you, suppressors are ideally suited for hunting.

Gemtech Tracker

Gemtech built the Tracker specifically for hunting.  At only 11.3 ounces and 7.9 inches it is lightweight – which is great when stalking through the woods or mountains.  Gemtech is a well-respected industry leader.  You can’t go wrong with the Tracker.  Silencer Shop current price $470.

Full Review of the Gemtech Tracker!

Gemtech Tracker on a TC Contender


Crux Suppressors Now At Silencer Shop!

Crux Logo

Crux Suppressors are finally available through the Silencer Shop!  The business agreement has been years in the making but the complete line of Crux suppressors can now be purchased through the Silencer Shop.  The Crux Nemesis 30 is one awesome silencer.

Full disclosure.  I have spent time with both Dave and Curtis.  I own several Crux suppressors and I have purchased suppressors from the Silencer Shop. 

Crux was formerly known as Templar Tactical.  In fact, my first suppressors are rolled with Templar Tactical.  The initial Templar Tactical product line-up included the Nemesis (6″), Ark (7.5″), and Archangel (9.25″).  These are all 1.5″ diameter, full titanium cans.  For marketing reasons, the name was changed to Crux several years ago.  The two newest models are the Axe and Saxon both of which are slim 1.375″ cans.

Crux Nemesis


Silencer Shop Authority: Griffin Armament RECCE 5 5.56 Review

Today, we take a look at the Griffin Armament RECCE 5 5.56 silencer. This is a great can that is built to take the abuse. Featuring stainless steel construction in a compact and lightweight design, with the supplied Minimalist brake it only weighs 16.3 oz. Sound suppression is very good it is full auto rated.  With it’s taper mount it proved to provide very consistent accuracy.


Silencer Shop Authority: Sig SRD 5.56 Silencer Review

In this video, we take a look at the Sig SRD 5.56 QD


Silencer Shop Authority: Daniel Defense WAVE 30 cal silencer review

Today we take a look at the new Daniel Defense WAVE 30 calibler silencer.  This is a new design using 3d printing for a one piece baffle/tube made out of Inconel.  No welds!  Very cutting edge design and manufacturing, I would love to see it being made.  It also features a patent pending brake quick detach that is guaranteed not to get carbon build up.  The silencer and brake are made up of a mix of a nickel based “super alloy”, stainless steel and titanium that is all cerakoted.  It has a reinforced blast chamber and is full auto rated.  We tested this silencer on two different rifles and got video of a guy at our hunting property shooting suppressed for the first time.  His reaction was awesome!


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Griffin Sportsman Ultralight 300



Silencer Shop Authority: Rugged Obsidian 45 Silencer Review

Rugged Obsidian 45

Today we take a look at the awesome Rugged Obsidian 45 caliber silencer.  This is a very cool can that can be run in a short and long configuration.  We test both on a Sig using hot 185g Double Tap ammo as well as a Wilson Combat 9mm 8″ AR.



Rugged Obsidian 45

Rugged Obsidian 45


YHM Ti Phantom .30 Suppressor Review

Ti Phantom

Yankee Hill Machine Company is well know for producing quality products.  The YHM Ti Phantom .30 caliber direct thread suppressor continues that tradition of quality and value.  The Ti Phantom is a full sized .30 caliber suppressor featuring Titanium / Inconel construction that weighs in at only 15 ounces.  The stainless steel version is 28 ounces so the Ti model is significantly lighter.  Inconel is a corrosion resistant material that performs very well in a hostile environment of high pressure and high heat, which is why it is used for suppressor blast baffles.

We ran the Ti Phantom on two different rifles while out hunting one weekend.  The first platform was my Bergara HMR 6.5 Creedmoor.  The Ti Phantom was right at home on this rig and would be a very nice long-term solution.  Unfortunately, the hunting portion of the weekend was a dud but we did get the opportunity to spend some time with the Ti Phantom on the range banging steel.  As you would expect from a full-size silencer the sound signature was very pleasant.  YHM claims a sound reduction of 32 decibels.

YHM Ti Phantom

YHM Ti Phantom on Bergara HMR


Dead Air Sandman-K Review

Dead Air Sandman-K

The Dead Air Sandman-K is a cool, super-compact 7.62 suppressor measuring only 5.4″ long and weighing in at a slim 12.8 ounces.  The standard Keymount muzzle break serves as the Quick Attachment point.  The beauty of this system is that it only adds 2.9″ to your overall rifle length.

Nice twist on the pricing.  Dead Air is offering the Sandman-K for sale at a heavily discounted price of $699.  This special price is good until the Hearing Protection Act moves out of committee.  At that point, the price jumps to $950.  The HPA has certainly had some interesting consequences on the industry, don’t you think?

Dead Air Sandman-K

Dead Air Sandman-K


Silencer Shop Authority: AAC Ti Rant 45M Silencer Review

AAC Ti Rant 45m

Today we take a look at the awesome AAC Ti Rant 45.  Normally, 45 silencer reviews are conducted with 230g ball ammo that is subsonic.  I thought it would be cool to do something different and run some hot ammo.  I had some 185 JHP from Double Tapp ammo that runs 1200 FPS.  It’s definitely hotter and louder and not subsonic!  


Silencer Shop Authority: Thunderbeast Takedown 22 rimfire review

Thunderbeast Takedown 22 Rimfire silencer

Thunderbeast is well established for making outstanding silencers for the precision shooter community.  They are known for their outstanding accuracy consistency and lack of point of impact shift.  Today we take a look at their rimfire silencer, the Takedown 22


Silencer Shop Authority: AAC Halcyon part 2

In our previous installment we covered the details of the new AAC Halcyon Rimfire Silencer.  We will now be featuring this cool can at the range and testing it on several different host platforms including a 22LR pistol, 22LR rifle and 22 mag rifle.  We will be using both standard velocity bulk ammo as well as the Gemtech subsonic ammo in 22LR.  Additionally, we will compare it against the very common SWR Spectre II as well as a Gemtech Mist Integrally suppressed Ruger 10/22.