By Dave Bahde
Your one-rifle-suppressor solution?
Suppressors are finally gaining the recognition they deserve as a means to enhance your shooting experience. The only people left considering them evil assassins’ tools are the anti-gun crowd. Most of that ilk wouldn’t know a suppressor if they saw one, are against anything gun related by default, and their ignorance about anything firearms related shows itself every time they speak. Nothing will change their minds, but thankfully outside media and politics they are few…it’s a voice amplified by the primarily anti-gun mainstream media and political left. The middle however, even those who don’t use guns frequently, have started to figure out suppressors have value. While no panacea of perfection, they offer advantages given the intended use, many of which fall outside the tactical, military, and law enforcement realm. Home defense and hunting are amongst the most beneficial, but they are also perfect for new shooters, or just fun on the range. Like any tool, they perform as designed, and suppressors are better now than ever; lighter, quieter, more efficient, and even less costly as they continue to improve. Maybe the most beneficial change of late however is versatility.
Like any costly tool, the more it will do the better. Having customers save for a year or more to buy a suppressor was the norm for years, only altered by the frenzy brought on by the fear of a ban. Well, the frenzy is over. Coupled with the fantasy of the Hearing Protection Act passing in the near future the buyer has become far more hesitant to part with his money. Buyers are also better educated about suppressors. It takes more than a slick brochure, cool website, and polished sales pitch to sell them. Suppressors have to actually work. The more they do and better they work the more likely they are to sell. Most can only afford one and it needs to be versatile. One of the most versatile today is the SilencerCo Omega.
SilencerCo Omega 300
Introduced in 2015 the Omega 300 was billed as “the best of all worlds”. Acquiring one shortly after their introduction I have spent the last couple years testing that theory. Rated up to and including 300 Winchester Magnum, it can be configured as a direct thread or quick connect using the ASR mount. Front attachments include a flat end cap or a brake of sorts with ports. Using the direct thread and flat end cap nets a six inch suppressor. Adding the ASR mount extends it an inch, the brake another inch. Use both and its right at 8 inches OAL. Made of Titanium, Stellite, and stainless steel it weighs in at 14 ounces. Priced at $1,130 retail, it is within reach of most, especially given its versatility. ASR muzzle brakes and flash hiders are available threaded to fit everything from a 22 LR to 30 caliber too include 9/16 x 24 LH. The Flash Hider adds 15mm x 1mm RH. End Caps are available in 5.56mm and 7.62mm. Direct Thread adapters accommodate typical 5.56mm and 7.62mm thread patterns and include M18 x 1mm, M18 x 1.5mm and 5/8” x 24. All of these attachments can be swapped around with tools included with the suppressor. About the only thing you can’t get is a M14x1mm LH for an AK. That system is just so inconsistent the risk of baffle strikes means SilencerCo will not sell one. It can be adapted with care to make sure it is centered, but not from SilencerCo.