The new Gemtech GM-22 rimfire suppressors is one of the shortest and lightest suppressors we have tested.  At 5 inches in length and only 2.5 ounces it is barely noticeable on a .22 rifle and does not affect the balance of a handgun.  But how does it perform?  Quite well actually.

Is it the absolute quietest rimfire silencer on the market?  No, however .22 is not that loud to start.  The GM-22 reduces sound signature by 36-39 decibels.  Honestly, I could not tell the difference between the GM-22 and several other rimfire suppressors while testing for this review article.  Certainly when you drop down into subsonic loads it is whisper quiet.  A longer suppressor with more internal volume will be marginally quieter but there is a trade-off in weight and balance.

Gemtech GM-22

Gemtech GM-22

I ran the GM-22 on a Savage Mark II FV-SR rifle and a Browning Buck Mark pistol.  Although I did experience a few malfunctions it was no different failure rate than running without the can.  Just the nature of .22 ammo.

Specifications:

  • Length:  5 inches
  • Weight:  2.5 ounces
  • Diameter:  1 inch
  • Construction:  7075 aluminum
  • Baffle design:  Monocore (G-Core with C3 Technology)
  • Full-auto rated with .22 long rifle
  • Caliber: 22LR, 22WMR, 17HMR

The Gemtech GM-22 is user-serviceable which is a requirement for any rimfire suppressor expected to see even moderate round count.  According to Gemtech the C3 Technology is supposed to help prevent as much lead build-up and make for easier cleaning.  Rimfire is so dirty that I am all for any solution that helps.  The unit I received from the Silencer Shop for testing was a demo can.  I only ran about another hundred rounds so I’m not in a position to comment on the long-term benefits of C3.  My personal observation was that disassembly was no better or worse than comparable rimfire suppressors as it always seems a bit gritty and tight.

Gemtech GM-22

Gemtech GM-22

MSRP is $395 but the Silencer Shop has them in stock for $300.  At that price and Gemtech quality you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

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Publisher of Tactical Gun Review. Managing partner of Coker Tactical. I love hunting for Texas whitetail deer, wild hogs, and high-volume Argentina dove. When not hunting you can find me fishing along the Texas Coast or on a wild Colorado river.
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