Best Suppressor Companies: .22LR, 9mm, 5.56

When the average person thinks of a suppressor, the first thing that comes to mind is usually either mobster movies or James Bond gunning down bad guys with his silenced Walther PPK.  

Silenced PPK, Trigger Discipline (Or Lack Thereof)
Silenced PPK, Trigger Discipline (Or Lack Thereof)

In the world of make-believe, both of those scenarios are undoubtedly cool, but in the real world, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The reality is that average people like me and you can also get a lot of good use out of shooting with a suppressor.  

SilencerCo Suppressors
SilencerCo Suppressors

For example, hunting with one is an excellent way to fire off a few shots without alerting every animal of your presence.  Suppressors are also great for protecting your ears against loud, damage-inflicting noises.

But you don’t want to mount just any old suppressor to your gun.  You want something that’s durable and reliable.  Otherwise, you might as well be shooting through a tennis ball.

Today, we’re going to have a look at some of my favorite suppressor companies, so you don’t have to be the guy jamming a ball on his barrel.

For those of you who can’t wait, here’s a preview of my essential suppressor company list:

While they didn’t make my current list, Yankee Hill Machine and Knight’s Armament are two honorable mentions that you might want to also check out when shopping around for a good suppressor.

Table of Contents


Best Suppressor Companies

1. Advanced Armament Corp (AAC)

AAC is one of the most popular manufacturers of suppressors for guns of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re shooting big bore rifles, rimfire cartridges, or anything in between, AAC definitely has something for you.

Choosing AAC means that you get a top-quality suppressor every time. And as an added bonus, you also pay for unparalleled customer service. While AAC suppressors are made for your usual wear and tear, if they do happen to malfunction, you’re protected by a lifetime warranty.

Let’s look at some good AAC suppressors:

AAC Element 2

MSRP: $480

You can get the AAC Element 2 for $350 limited time offer.

The Element 2 is a suppressor designed for the .22LR, but it also supports .17 HMR and .22 Magnum cartridges.  Made as an outside titanium tube with stainless steel baffles on the inside, the Element 2 is an incredibly durable suppressor.

at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

As with most rimfire suppressors, it’s important to clean the Element 2 from time to time to ensure that it’s working properly – usually after firing 200 to 300 rounds.  Fortunately, it comes with an easy-to-use hand tool for taking it apart so that you can clean the inside components.  

AAC M4-2000 5.56mm Rifle Suppressor

The AAC M4-2000 5.56mm rifle suppressor ($649.00)

The M4-2000 does a great job at softening the boom from those 5.56 NATO rounds.  While you’ll still get a sonic boom from firing supersonic ammo, the M4-2000 is able to stifle that muzzle boom, leaving you with a more manageable sound when shooting.

Shooting with the M4-2000 will be an absolute pleasure for anyone looking for a quality suppressor that fits the AR-15 platform.  It’s tough and able to pop off countless rounds without any problem, making it a popular suppressor among some 3-gun competitors.

With that said, the M4-2000 isn’t a jack of all trades.  It is good at its job of suppressing 5.56mm rounds and that’s all it does.  As long as you’re interested in taking down the sound levels of your AR-15, this is a good item to have.

Just look at it in action.

The M4-2000 has an intuitive design that makes it easy to use.  It also takes the noise levels down enough to where you can shoot without ear protection if you absolutely wanted to – although I’d still recommend keeping some earplugs handy for that sonic boom.

2. SilencerCo

SilencerCo has been in the business of building high-end suppressors for nearly a decade now.  Founded in 2008, SilencerCo started from humble beginnings and then grew into one of the most popular suppressor manufacturers in the United States.

Buying a SilencerCo suppressor means that you go home with a durable piece of equipment that’s tried, tested, and has proven to give the best results every time.  In addition, SilencerCo has released a number of innovative products, from fully-modular shotgun suppressors to lightweight, durable suppressors for your favorite rifles.

SilencerCo Omega Suppressor

The SilencerCo Omega Suppressor ($1130) is one of the most interesting options out there.

There’s no denying that the Omega Suppressor has a larger-than-life price tag.  But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  The Omega Suppressor is probably one of the most lightweight and ergonomically designed suppressors for your rifle.

The Omega Suppressor works with everything from the 5.7mm to the .300 Winchester Mag.  Its biggest claims to fame is being one of the smaller suppressors for bigger calibers.  It weighs only 14oz and is only 1.56” diameter, making it significantly smaller than some of the other cans out there.

Another cool thing about the Omega is how easy it is to mount on your gun.  It can be attached via a direct-thread to your barrel as well as mounted through a QD mount, so nobody should have any issues attaching the suppressor to their barrel.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Also, upon submitting the registration for the suppressor, owners are given two muzzle devices, tools, and a storage pouch to keep the item safe.  

SilencerCo Osprey

SilencerCO has another really cool option in their Osprey Suppressor ($750-$918)

The Osprey is a premium handgun suppressor that lives up to the SilencerCo name.  It’s durable, quiet, and is able to turn your pistol into a quiet shooter.  Best of all, there are three different versions of the Osprey on the market: one for the 9mm, the .40, and the .45 ACP.

If you’re looking for your average suppressor, you’re barking up the wrong tree with the Osprey.  Nothing about this suppressor is conventional, even the shape.  SilencerCo ditched the standard tube designed for a rectangular profile that looks more like your handgun’s slide than it does a suppressor.

And the Osprey’s design isn’t just to look cool, it’s quite functional as well.  For starters, the bore is at the top of the “tube” instead of the middle, meaning that your vision is less obstructed than with other suppressors.  In addition, it’s also designed to make it easier to draw from a holster that supports suppressors.

Osprey attached to holstered handgun
Osprey attached to a holstered handgun

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3. Gemtech

Gemini Technologies, more commonly known as Gemtech, is another one of my favorite suppressor companies on the market.  They have more than four decades of experience in designing cutting-edge suppressors for LEOs, military personnel, and civilians alike.  Their reputation for innovation, durability, and reliability has made Gemtech suppressors some of the best around.

Let’s check out a couple of popular Gemtech suppressors floating around on the market.

Gemtech GMT-300 Silencer

The Gemtech GMT-300 ($900-$950)  is designed for .300 BLK cartridges and works well with both sub and supersonic cartridges.  It’s a dependable suppressor that’s praised for bringing supersonic ammo down to an ear-safe sound level.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The GMT-300 boasts excellent durability, an overall weight of 14oz, and a sound reduction of nearly 40dB.  With that said, the GMT-300 does have one drawback: it only works with .300 BLK ammo.  But if you’re someone who’s particularly fond of that cartridge, you’ll be able to get a lot of use out of shooting subsonic and supersonic rounds with your trusty GMT-300 mounted.  

Gemtech Dagger

MSRP: $1045 at Rainier Arms.

Gemtech’s Dagger suppressor is one of their most popular suppressor designs.  It’s constructed from titanium and is built to handle .300 Win Mag rounds with relative ease.

But what makes the Dagger so cool is its ability to work with other cartridges besides the .300 WM.  It also supports .300 BLK, 5.56mm, and most 7.62mm calibers as well.

at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Dagger is a full-sized suppressor, so don’t expect it to be short and compact like some of the other “silencers” out there.  What you end up getting is an attachment that’s nearly 9” in length and has an overall weight breaking 15oz.

If you’re looking for a solid suppressor to put on your favorite supporting rifle, the Dagger is a great one to have.  Its easy thread-mount design makes attaching the suppressor to the barrel easy peasy.

It also boasts a sound reduction of around 27dB – and guess what?  It’s also able to handle firing at fully auto, so if you’re able to get your hands on an automatic, feel free to give the Dagger a try with it.

And yes, we know that the Dagger has an insane price tag, but its titanium design is guaranteed to last much longer than similar products made entirely out of stainless steel.  The Dagger also boasts being completely hearing safe regardless of whether you shoot super or subsonic ammo.  While it does certainly reduce the amount of sound produced with supersonic rounds, I’d still recommend wearing earplugs just to be on the safe side.

Other than that, the Dagger’s a great suppressor for hunting, tactical use, or a little bit of range time.

4. SureFire

You probably already know that SureFire has established themselves as a top manufacturer of tactical goods for law enforcement, military, and average folks looking to improve home security. But did you know that SureFire is also has a number of excellent quality suppressors for some of your favorite tactical firearms?  Regardless of what you’re looking for, chances are that SureFire has something that can fill the need.  

And make sure to head on over to EuroOptic and check out their various SureFire accessories so that you can get the most out of your arsenal.

Let’s take a quick glance at one of their most popular suppressors.

SureFire SOCOM Series Suppressor 762

There are two facts about the SureFire SOCOM 762 ($1,436-$1,610) that are completely indisputable: it’s incredibly effective at what it does and it’s bloody expensive.

Regardless of the SOCOM 762’s ungodly price tag,  it’s arguably worth every penny spent on it.  This heavy-duty suppressor is rugged enough to handle operations by the US military and is currently being paired with the Mk13.

But what is it that makes the SOCOM 762 so good?  For starters, it’s been specifically designed to reduce any gas blowback during rapid fire, making it much more enjoyable to shoot with than some of the other high-end suppressors out there.  Also, the tube is built with a fortified stainless steel that’s been designed to withstand high temperatures, corrosion, and any other kind of wear and tear that you’re able to throw at it.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Like other SOCOM series, the 762 is a QD suppressor that works with compatible muzzle devices.  The plus side of this is that you don’t have to worry about the 762 loosing up after extensive use throughout the day.  After all, it’s been designed specifically to handle the stress and heavy usage that comes with your run-of-the-mill military skirmish.

The SOCOM 762 works with all 7.62mm rifles, including magnum cartridges.  As a full-size suppressor, its overall length is nearly 8.5” and it’s one of the heavier models out there, weighing in at a nearly 20oz.

Taking the Quiet Shot

Well, there you have it. Those are some of my favorite companies that are currently making high-end suppressors. If you’re working with any one of these companies’ suppressors, you already know how effective and dependable they can be.

Just so you know, suppressors aren’t anything new. The Welrod was a suppressed handgun for covert operators all the way back in World War II


For those of you who’re already shooting with a suppressor, what are you working with?  For those who aren’t, what’s stopping you? Want a can for your 9mm?  Check out our Best 9mm Suppressors article!

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19 Leave a Reply

  • Bull o' the Woods

    I'd like to see some discussion (or perhaps a separate article) on the legal technicalities of buying a suppressor. The Silencer Shop in Austin, Texas, has affiliated with Class 3 dealers around the country and developed an automated nine-step process using an electronic kiosk to create the paperwork to buy the can. You still have to wait, but otherwise it seems pretty painless. You cannot own a suppressor in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia, which seem to be the usual suspects for onerous gun laws. If you live in one of those states, you'll have to follow Joe Biden's advice and fire warning shots with your double-barreled shotgun.

    3 months ago
  • Aaron Smith

    lol at the AAC service I sent them a suppressor for repair five entire months ago. not only can they not tell me what is taking so long apparently the customer service reps can't even speak with the repair facility directly

    4 months ago
  • Jonathan

    What holster is used in the picture with the osprey?

    6 months ago
    • Gg

      I agree. Tell us about the holster. BTW: an article covering holsters for pistols spring a suppressor would be great. I'm looking at one from KT Mech, but it is noted to require the start to secure the pistol.

      4 months ago
      • Gg

        Sorry, stupid spell corrector messed up the message. It should say:. I agree. Tell us about the holster. BTW: an article covering holsters for pistols sporting a suppressor would be great. I'm looking at one from KT Mech, but it is noted to require the strap to secure the pistol.

        4 months ago
  • Krush

    After doing my homework, the cost of the suppressor is prohibitive for pistols and rifles. If a pistol or rifle does not come suppressor ready (threaded barrel and tall sights), I could spend $150 for the threaded barrel and $150 to buy tall sights and have a gunsmith install them to make my firearm suppressor ready. The cost for a decent suppressor is around $1,000 for my pistol. Add in the $200 ATF tax stamp fee and the $25 FFL transfer fee and now the suppressor addition costs me $1,525. I'm not going to spend that kind of money to put a muffler on my pistol. Hiram Maxim invented the suppressor at the same time he invented the car muffler in 1902 and with virtually identical design. Why is a muffler can $1,525 for my pistol? I'm not interested in manufacturing as I don't have the mechanical savvy to do so. Suppressors are a luxury item with a price that I cannot bear.

    7 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      While $1,500+ is a lot, getting into the suppressor world can be done for much less. A Gemtech Aurora 2 can be had for under $400, a Griffin Armament Resistance 9 for under $550. Plus the $200 tax stamp and you're only at $580 and $750 respectively. Threaded barrels can be a bit pricey, depending on the gun you put it on. Another option is to have threads cut and could be much cheaper. Suppressor height sights can be installed at home to save a good bit. Also, suppressor sights are not a strict requirement. Suppressors are expensive due to the low volume of manufacture, the high cost of materials like titanium, the cost of overhead such as very expensive federal licensing, and the labor of precision machining difficult to work with materials (again, like titanium).

      7 months ago
  • greendog47

    Totally new to the concept of suppressors. Does anybody make one for the Marlin 1895 SBL ?

    11 months ago
    • John

      Suppressors are not made for single firearms. Just match the thread pitch on the barrel to the suppressor and caliber listed on the can and you will be set.

      8 months ago
  • Skip N Church

    I'm quite a fan of BowersGroup and their suppressor offerings. been an owner since Tom's CAC-9 (Cheap Ass Can). At this moment Bowers is offering "Bitty" a .22 can that literally fits in not much more than a 50 round box of 22 shells box of space. They not only build some of the Industries best cans but service all makes and brands. His cans have a Lifetime, for REAL warranty. Not shilling for Mr. Bowers, just a damn happy customer for many decades now of a gent and his product that will last many years, price is very reasonable, customer service like few others in Manufacturing.

    1 year ago
  • Chad Anderson

    Not to rant, but i will agree that the prices on suppresors is ludicrously high, i would love to get a suppresor for hunting and shooting, as i have had the privilege of shooting a friends AR-10 that was equipped with one, but there is no way i could ever afford one, especially when you consider that these are not made from rare earth elements or something, these are NOTHING more than simple steel tubes with and internal flange system to disipate gas, and it is unfortunate that i cannot use a home made suppresor legally for hunting, or believe me i would, (cost me a grand total of $35 to make one for my AR that easily matches anything advertised) i guarantee, from start to finish, the suppresor cost a total of 75 dollars to make, and thats high grade titanium case, and steel flanges, for high caliber rifle, (.338 Lapua) 1200 for a 223 or 5.56 is ludicrous, it really does set a bar where the average joe, making minimum wage or even a little above, will never afford one, that literally cost twice what my rifle, scope, mounts, and bipod cost total, that being a Ruger AR-15, vortex scope, mounts for picatiny rail, and bipod, it took me 2 years to get that rifle, then the permit to even own one, is worse than buying a firearm, knowing the actual cost, then seeing these prices is insulting, and a slap in the face to those of use who cant afford it, so for those of you who can afford that outlandish price, buy me one since you dont seem to have an issue paying the cost (or double) of a firearm for a noise reduction, the rest of us will keep firing our rifles without protection because you dont get that commodity hunting, or split second shooting situations, if you really want suppresors to be available, as so many claim, then something has to be done to bring availability up, and prices down, or these are just toys for those that can afford them, not equipment for people's benifit, nuff said

    1 year ago
    • A Wagner

      Good news! You CAN make your own can! Still $200 makers tax but you can do it waterboy!! So $235 total. And eForm 1s are being approved in 7 days so in anticipation of your next excuse about how long it takes, that’s moot. Would you pay $235 total? So what are you waiting for??

      1 year ago
  • Wil

    And this is why I will never buy one. It completely blows my mind how these companies are price gouging everyone. It’s utterly disgusting how a 15oz piece of metal with ZERO moving parts cost $1,200!!! And people wonder why half the country hates company’s? I would rather spend that money on a gun or multiple guns.

    2 years ago
    • O3Marine

      Just because parts don't move doesn't mean it isn't expensive. Advanced materials, design, welds, you have to factor legal liabilities, gov oversight, distribution, and retail costs...and then make a profit. It isn't worth the money to you, and that is understandable. However, many others feel different. There is no reason to be angry.

      1 year ago
      • A Wagner

        Whoa there Marine!!! Companies making profit?? What country do you think this is!! Viva Occupy Wall Street!!! Companies should pay $15 minimum wage, 2 weeks vaca, healthcare, pension, Henry Miller chairs, free lunch and snacks, and NEVER make a profit! Damn gougers!! Besides, you can lease those fancy CNC machines for probably $100/mo. My brother has a friend who knows a guy who read an article once about someone making top quality silencers in their garage for about $35 that rival anything the military is using. In fact, that guys uncle is a 30 year Navy Seal whos still active and he said it’s the best silencer he ever used. And he’s a Seal! And if that’s not enough, I know this guy named GreenAssassin92 who’s like a level 42 master chief in Call of Duty who said he’s planning on beta testing that can and he’s going to let me know how it is.

        1 year ago
        • GMD

          You might want to whoa yourself and take a second to read before replying. Your response was to 03Marine who made the same argument you did, only with less snark.

          1 year ago
  • Viking Retired

    Good review for the "average joe" shooter, but if you want to join the "BIG BOYS" and professionals, check out ELITE IRON out of Potomac's what the pros in the military and LEO communities are buying!

    2 years ago
    • Thor

      I would disagree, I know many LEO members who buy AAC

      2 years ago
  • DeerMe

    Sico hybrid, generic ar in 300 blackout, sig sauer hunting round, 120 grain (heavier seems better, 110' knocked him down but 120 finished him.). . Took 7 pointer this year with the supers, got lucky, was inside 50 yards. Shot placement seems more critical with 300 black than 30-30, and no where near stopping power of 308, 30-06. What makes this so nice is I can hunt with no ear protection, so long as it's just a few rounds. Trijicon 2.5-10x56 good stand scope. Not tried subs, but have sig's subs, works well on range. No plans to hunt subs pas 80 yards. Want to take another deer for meat locker before I experiment.

    2 years ago
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