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4 Best .22 Rimfire Suppressors [Tested]

Suppressors are practically made for .22 rimfire guns.

If you want to get as close to “movie suppressor” quiet…you’ll want to suppress a .22 gun. It gets to the point where the bolt cycling might be louder than the actual bullet.

Suppressed 22s & More
Suppressed 22s & More

I’ll quickly go over the basics of getting a suppressor then dive into the best choices for a .22 rimfire suppressor.

I’ll stick mostly to rimfire specific suppressors but will also show some multi-caliber options.

.30 Cal and 5.56 Suppressors
.30 Cal and 5.56 Suppressors

The National Firearms Act (NFA) and You

We have the complete guide to the NFA, but the gist is that in 1934 the government enacted a $200 tax stamp for items such as suppressors.

ATF Tax Stamp
ATF Tax Stamp

The good thing is that thanks to inflation the $200 is a lot more affordable now than back in the 30s (to the tune of ~$3,800 current dollars).

money-gone
money-gone

Getting a stamp is easy but you want to do it through a gun trust and not under your individual name.

I’ve personally used the $79 option through GunTrustGuru and hosted on Capitol Armory, which is one of our go-tos for buying suppressors online.

Then…you just wait a little under a year and you’ll be granted the ability to pick up your suppressor.

Or get it shipped to your door if you go with a vendor that has a license in your state.

Decibel Reading Setup

We tried to keep it at least semi-scientific. So we got a Larson Davis SoundTrack LxT-QPR sound level reader and utilized our Ruger Buckmark .22 LR pistol as the basis.

Ruger Buckmark with Banish 22
Ruger Buckmark with Banish 22

Ammo? We used some supersonic 36-grain stuff we had lying around.

Here’s a baseline measurement:

Now without further ado…

Best .22 Rimfire Suppressors

Best .22 Suppressors
Best .22 Suppressors

1. Silencer Central Banish 22

We’re big fans of Silencer Central cans since they make it so easy to purchase online and then get your silencer delivered to your doorstep.

How?

Remember that license part I said above…they have it for all the ~42 states that allow suppressors.

But enough about them…how does the Banish 22 fare?

Banish 22
Banish 22

It’s a tiny boi and you get a real scale of its size when it’s on a .22 handgun.

Ruger Buckmark with Banish 22
Ruger Buckmark with Banish 22

Let’s see/hear it in action:

Manufacturer Specs:

  • Decibel Rating: down to 120dB
  • Rating: .17 HMR to 5.7×28
  • Weight: 4.1oz
  • Diameter: 1″
  • Length: 5.375″
  • Construction: Titanium
  • Mount: direct thread

That 120dB…it’s only 10dB louder than a bb-gun and totally hearing safe. And we managed to get closer to the 110dB mark with our tests.

It’s also super light being made of titanium and full-auto rated.

Popular .22LR Ammo
Popular .22LR Ammo

Another good thing for shooting dirty rimfire rounds is the ability to be taken apart and serviced.

Even when I’ve only shot 100 rounds and taken off the suppressor it drops out carbon flakes. I take out the baffles and throw it into an ultrasonic cleaner every 500 rounds and it’s GTG.

If you’re looking for a super effective and easy-to-purchase .22 suppressor…check out the Banish 22.

535
at Silencer Central

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your take on the Banish 22?

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Also…we’ve already hands-on reviewed their other cans…the Banish 30 (for rifles) and also the Banish 45 (for pistols).

Silencer Center Banish 45 PCC
Silencer Center Banish 45 PCC

2. Dead Air Mask

Another option rising in popularity is the Dead Air Mask.

Dead Air Mask 22
Dead Air Mask 22

It’s full-auto rated…for real.

And has a low first-round pop because of its unique baffle system.

Ruger Mark IV with Dead Air Mask 22
Ruger Mark IV with Dead Air Mask 22

This one has been well used on the Ruger Mark IV along with full-auto .22 LR ARs and keeps on truckin’.

Check it out on the range:

Manufacturer Specs:

  • Rating: .17 HMR to 5.7×28
  • Weight: 6.6oz
  • Diameter: 1.07″
  • Length: 5.1″
  • Construction: Titanium and Stainless Steel
  • Mount: direct thread

It’s also user-serviceable so you don’t have to worry about all the carbon buildup on the baffles slowing you down.

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty .22 LR can with low first-round pop…check out the Dead Air Mask.

3. SilencerCo Switchback

Of course, we have a SilencerCo option here…but it’s not the one that everyone is thinking.

Enter the Switchback.

SilencerCo Switchback 22
SilencerCo Switchback 22

Already instantly recognizable because of its gray/black color scheme…it also allows multiple user configurations based on application.

Switchback Configurations
Switchback Configurations

The shortest config makes it just above hearing safe with a pistol…but if length really matters it’s a great system.

And if you look carefully…you’ll see the right-side baffles are switched for the “rifle optimized” length. Hence its name…mind blown.

22 Pistol with SilencerCo Switchback 22
22 Pistol with SilencerCo Switchback 22

Now let’s check out some specs:

Manufacturer Specs:

  • Rating: .17 HMR to 5.7×28
  • Weight: 3.2-6.5oz
  • Diameter: 1.07″
  • Length: 2.5-5.75″
  • Construction: Titanium and Stainless Steel
  • Mount: direct thread

And how does it shoot?

If you’re looking for something super modular that can go super short…and also be optimized for rimfire rifle…you can’t go wrong with the Switchback.

459
at Capitol Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. SilencerCo Sparrow

This is the one you know that would make the list of best .22 suppressors.

The SilencerCo Sparrow.

SilencerCo Sparrow 22
SilencerCo Sparrow 22

While the other options used baffle systems inside…the Sparrow uses a monocore that looks like a pipe with cut-out designs.

This makes it ridiculously easy to service…and also lowers its production cost.

However, one downside is that it’s only full-auto rated for .22 LR…but is that really a problem for most given ammo cost nowadays?

Beretta Bobcat with SilencerCo Sparrow 22
Beretta Bobcat with SilencerCo Sparrow 22

Manufacturer Specs:

  • Decibel Rating: .22LR: 112.7dB, 5.7×28: 127.7dB
  • Rating: .17 HMR to 5.7×28
  • Weight: 6.5oz
  • Diameter: 1.06″
  • Length: 5.08″
  • Construction: Stainless Steel
  • Mount: direct thread

That 112.7dB for .22 LR is ridiculous! Again that is Hollywood quiet and the sound of impact on steel or your action is going to exceed the actual round coming out.

We couldn’t get it down quite as low but we were using supersonic ammo. If you go subsonic you’ll probably hit it.

And because it’s monocore construction? You’re looking at just above $300 for the SilencerCo Sparrow. Plus the tax stamp for Uncle Sam, of course.

How About Multi-Caliber Suppressors?

We’ve gone through the rimfire-specific suppressors…but what about multi-cal options?

Best 9mm and Multi-Caliber Pistol Suppressors
Best 9mm and Multi-Caliber Pistol Suppressors

Multi-caliber suppressors are kinda cool because they can work alongside rimfires and centerfires.

Though they can suppress a multitude of calibers, what’s really cool is that they can mount to various platforms.

Essentially, you get more bang for your buck…and who doesn’t love that!

We really dig Silencer Central’s Banish line but we have a whole article dedicated to AR-15 suppressors with some great multi-cal options. Check it out here!

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at Silencer Central

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

Shooting a suppressed gun is a serious blast. These nifty devices not only reduce noise but tame recoil and muzzle rise as well. This makes shooting so much more comfortable.

Silencer Center Banish 30 and 45
Silencer Center Banish 30 and 45

Hopefully we gave you a good taste of the best .22 LR suppressors out there.

What are your feelings on suppressors? Let us know in the comments! Not sure where to buy one…check out Best Places Online & Off to Buy Suppressors.

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    Courtney C.

    Really disappointed that some other .22 suppressors weren't given a trial and any ratings by your guys. I would have love to have seen how the Erector or El Camino from Q, the CGS Hydra , and the GemTech .22 would have fared. Also i think it might be good to not only to try them on a pistol, but also something like an M&P 15-22 as well so we can see how they would perform on a rifle platform

    October 21, 2021 1:32 pm
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      Eric Hung

      We're always testing and updating...stay tuned!

      October 21, 2021 1:49 pm
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    Mark

    It would've been cool t oget some readings with subsonic 22LR. dB in the 80s?

    September 1, 2021 8:51 am
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    Gregory Scrivens

    River doesn’t make the Buckmark, Browning makes the Buckmark.

    August 31, 2021 9:33 am
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    jonathan mcgowen

    Dang, I was hoping this would be a huge review with a dozen or more suppressors. Any chance y'all could tag team with a dealer that has a big inventory?

    August 30, 2021 5:56 pm
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    Sean McKinley

    Browning makes the Buckmark, not Ruger - but you knew that.

    August 28, 2021 10:50 pm