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10 Best Suppressor-Ready Pistols [Ultimate Guide]

Have a suppressor but want a pistol that comes ready to roll to the range? We got you with our picks for the best suppressor-ready handguns!

    Admit it. You’ve always wanted one; even before you bought your first gun.  

    Suppressors are the epitome of cool, but they can be intimidating.

    Silencer Central Banish 45 CZ 75
    Silencer Central Banish 45 CZ 75

    I mean, submitting paperwork to the ATF, paying a tax stamp, and playing the waiting game can feel like a big commitment.

    (But, hey, we do make that easier with our guide on How to Buy a Suppressor Online.)

    Suppressor ATF Stamp
    Suppressor ATF Stamp

    However, I have two rebuttals.

    Time is gonna keep moving forward. You can go ahead and lock it in now and wait, or you can continue to seethe with jealousy over people who made the RIGHT call.

    And suppressors are just cool. 

    Shooting Suppressor Pistol
    Shooting Suppressed Pistol

    If I haven’t convinced you yet, or you are still on the fence. Don’t worry!

    You can go ahead and prep for a suppressor before actually committing to one. How?

    With a suppressor-ready firearm.

    So, let’s go over what makes a gun “suppressor-ready” and, most importantly, talk about some of the best ones you can buy.

    Table of Contents


    What Makes a Gun “Suppressor-Ready?”

    Now you may be asking yourself, “What in the Sam Hill is a Suppressor-Ready handgun?”

    scroll of suppressors

    I would argue that there are three different tiers of “suppressor-ready” models.

    For the sake of simplicity, let’s color coordinate — red, yellow, green. 


    This gun is not ready for suppressors…at all.

    Most handguns fall into this category.

    Glock G19 Gen 4
    A standard Glock G19 falls into the red category.

    These guns are likely stock, or close to it — unthreaded barrel, ordinary Joe-Shmoe recoil springs, and regular height sights.

    (Please for the love of all that is merciful, not stock Glock sights though. You know who you are. Heathens.)

    broke meme


    Guns that fall into the yellow category have some features but were not necessarily purpose-built for suppression.

    I’d say guns with threaded barrels, but not suppressor height sights would fall into this category.

    Threaded Glock 17 Match Barrel
    Threaded Glock 17 Match Barrel

    You can easily turn your RED to a YELLOW with a couple hundred dollars.


    Green means go.

    These guns are purpose-built for suppression.

    Suppressor height night sights, threaded barrel, and actual forethought (as opposed to an afterthought) by the manufacturers. They’ve got it all.

    FNX-45 Tactical
    FNX-45 Tactical is a good example of a truly suppressor-ready handgun. (Photo: FN)

    These models chug through all ammo without hiccups.

    Most handguns marketed as “tactical” options fall into this category.

    Modding your RED to a GREEN could take several hundred dollars at least. 

    Shut Up & Take My Money

    For the purposes of this article, we’re only going to look at suppressor-ready pistols that fall into the yellow or green category.

    Pull the Trigger Already!

    Don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to be a high-speed low-drag operator or even a suppressor owner to get a suppressor-ready gun.

    You can use the threaded barrel for compensators.

    Holosun 507K X2 Mini Red Dot
    Sig Sauer P365 with threaded barrel and comp.

    Suppressor height night sights are superior in every way to regular sights — not to mention, they are pretty much necessary for red dots.

    Still on the fence? Let me put it to you this way: would you rather buy a base-level truck and buy all the best aftermarket parts, or would you rather buy a Raptor and call it a day? 

    Night Fision Suppressor Height Glock Night Sights
    Night Fision Suppressor Height Glock Night Sights

    Okay, that’s what I thought.

    The best benefit: Getting a suppressor-ready handgun opens you up to the world of suppressors whenever you so choose.

    All these benefits without having to shell out more money or do more research to bring it up to par?

    Sounds like a steal to me. I say all this to say if you want it, get it.

    Accountant suppressor
    This is not the face of someone who listens to people telling them why not to buy a suppressor.

    Best Suppressor-Ready Handguns

    So you’ve decided to buy. But there are so many options.

    Welcome to the dilemma of everyone ever in every part ever of the gun world.

    Lucky for you, we did the research so you don’t have to. Check out our recommendations below!

    1. FNX-45 Tactical

    Alright, I may be somewhat biased here, but the FNX-45 Tactical is one of the best suppressor-ready guns you can buy.

    FNX-45 Tactical
    FNX-45 Tactical

    Let’s take a second and ignore all the bells and whistles that this gun sports. Let’s ignore the optic ready slide, interchangeable backstraps, de-cocker, and everything else.

    FNX45 Tactical Threaded Barrel
    FNX-45 Tactical Threaded Barrel

    The FNX-45 Tactical also comes with a threaded barrel and suppressor height night sights.

    This behemoth paired with the Osprey 45 is a match made in gun heaven!

    Learn more about the FNX-45 by reading our review here!

    at Brownells

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    2. Ruger Mark IV

    If you’re a video game geek like myself, you already knew this one was going to make the list — the classic Hitman “.22 suppressed” gun.

    Hitman “.22 Suppressed” gun
    Hitman “.22 Suppressed” gun

    Although most people turn their noses up at the thought of shooting a .22 LR handgun, the Mk IV is peak performance.

    Ruger Mark IV
    The Ruger Mark IV

    Its barrel is short enough to prevent standard supersonic ammo from reaching sound barrier speeds.

    Anything you put through this will be quieter than the tapping of a pen.

    Plus it comes with a threaded barrel and a Picatinny rail for any red dot you want.

    Don’t sleep on .22 LR because you might just miss out on this super stealthy shooter.

    Best .22 LR Semi-Auto
    at Kygunco

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    3. HK45 Compact Tactical

    Another .45 ACP offering for all our sneaky sneaks out there, the HK45 Compact Tactical is a great option.

    It comes out of the box with an optics-ready slide, suppressor height sights, and threaded barrel.

    HK45 with suppressor
    HK45 with suppressor

    Unfortunately, it only carries an underwhelming 10 rounds, when it feels like it should hold more.

    HK has proven, without a doubt, that they are capable of engineering top-tier guns.

    HK meme
    We laugh to keep from crying.

    The HK45 Compact Tactical is no exception.

    Try naming another compact .45 ACP handgun that can suppress like a knife cutting through warm butter. You can’t.

    at Palmetto State Armory

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    4. Nighthawk Custom GRP

    This one goes out to all those with too much money to spend and undying loyalty to America, freedom, and — before all else — the 1911.

    Nighthawk Custom GRP
    Nighthawk Custom GRP

    At a whopping $3,200, the Nighthawk Custom GRP is a great showpiece.

    You can upgrade it to be a green level suppressor-ready handgun for about $400.

    For a threaded barrel and suppressor height sights, so I guess that’s not horrible?!

    scrooge mcduck money
    Boomers, man.

    Available in .45 ACP or 9mm, this expensive firearm can be scaled to fit your needs no matter who you are.

    That is — as long as you got the dough.

    at Guns.com

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    5. Beretta M9A3

    You either hate it or love it.

    If you served in the military any time before the M17 was introduced, you probably hate it.

    The M9 is a battle-proven workhorse. It just works.

    Beretta M9A3 with supressor
    Beretta M9A3 with suppressor

    With its 180-degree ejection port, the M9 mitigates most jams and stovepipes. Plus you can shotgun rounds in if you’re in a pinch.

    The M9A3 sports a threaded barrel, but no suppressor height sights. Kind of confusing if you ask me.

    Beretta M9A3
    Beretta M9A3

    This turns what could have easily been a green gun into a yellow. Also, it’s not optics ready if you’re into that kind of thing.

    Sorry Beretta, you could have come harder than that.

    at Sportsman's Warehouse

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    6. Shadow Systems MR920

    Shadow Systems makes all sorts of aftermarket products, so it comes as no surprise that they would eventually create a pistol of their own.

    The MR920 looks at the Glock 19 build and laughs in superiority.

    Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19
    Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19

    You can opt for a threaded barrel model which is ready to accommodate a suppressor.

    Also, this 9mm also sports an array of top-tier features like an optic-cut slide, black nitride or bronze TiCN barrel finish, aggressive beavertail, and swappable backstraps.

    Shadow Systems MR920.

    It’s a dream to shoot and looks pretty sleek too.

    Not to mention, it’s truly able to perform right out of the box. PPT Managing Editor Jacki carries the older, and now discontinued, MR918 and loves it!

    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    7. CZ P-09

    We can, in good conscience, make a list of guns and not include a CZ. Like, for real, someone will come for us.

    So to please the CZ fanbois, we’re tossing in the CZ P-09.

    CZ P-09 Suppress Ready with Suppressor

    While this gun can be purchased in stock configuration, you do have the option of upgrading to a suppressor-ready model…if you just have to have a CZ.

    (Photo: Oak Hill Guns)

    Featuring a 9mm hammered design, the CZ P-09 brings a capacity of 21+1. So, you got a lot of ammo at your disposal.

    The CZ P-09 uses black polymer grips with interchangeable backstraps for a more comfortable shooting experience. It also sports the Omega DA/SA trigger system.

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    8. Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

    While the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 comes in a standard, stock configuration, the company does offer threaded barrel models.

    Going this route nets you the familiar and reliable design of the M&P brand, but the added benefit of tossing a suppressor on the end.

    S&w m&p m2.0
    The M&P is known for a reliable design.

    Kind of a win-win.

    The M&P ships in either 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP so you have some caliber options. Pricing is also pretty comparable to the CZ P-09 at around $599 MSRP.

    SW M20 Suppressor Ready Tactical Life
    (Photo: Tactical Life)

    Not bad for a model you can immediately toss a can on.

    This pistol series comes in either black or FDE and has the option of tall white dot steel sights, TFX night sights, or plain ‘ole white dots.

    at Sportsman's Warehouse

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    9. Hushpuppy Glock

    No, we’re looking at a familiar name in any silencer/suppressor circle — Hushpuppy.

    The Glock offering is a gun-enthused mad scientist’s fever dream. It is finely tuned just for suppression.

    Hushpuppy Glock
    Hushpuppy Glock

    With a specially engineered Slide Lock Device, the Hushpuppy Glock enables the shooter to suppress all three noises a gun makes when shooting.

    Although they are not as common as other offerings, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better suppressor host.

    10. MPA30SST

    It’s more than a meme. The MPA30SST is a true-to-life MAC 10/11 clone.


    Technically it’s a pistol, but it really is a technicality.

    However, it comes with a tri-lug barrel and a Picatinny rail. I’d say that’s pretty suppressor-ready.

    Throw a Sig folding PCB brace on there and you have the ultimate backpack gun.

    John Wayne and his MAC-10 in ‘McQ.’ Warner Bros. capture
    P E A K P E R F O R M A N C E

    If you have some money to burn, enjoy 80s action movies, and want to turn some heads, the Masterpiece Arms Defender (MPA30SST) is a perfect suppressor host. 

    at GunPrime

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Make Your Current Gun Suppressor-Ready

    If you don’t chose to nab one of the above models, that’s cool too. You can always outfit your regular gun with a threaded barrel which will allow you to pop a suppressor on and roll.

    Some models we love are the Lone Wolf Alpha and Faxon Firearms’ models.

    The Original Upgrade Barrel
    at Lone Wolf

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    (We have a whole article dedicated to Glock barrels if you are outfitting a Glock. If you have a Sig P365, check out our Upgrades Article for goodies there!)

    While you’re tricking your gun out, you might also want to look into raised sights as these make shooting with a can that much easier.

    We love Trijicon’s Bright & Tough Night Sight Suppressor Set for Glocks!

    at EuroOptic

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Again, you can check out our article on the best aftermarket sights for some recommendations.


    If you’re looking to edge into the door of suppressor ownership, then one of these suppressor-ready firearms will surely help you accomplish that goal.

    They’re ready to run straight to the range with you and your can!

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    Silencer Central Banish

    Aside from the obvious, suppressor-ready firearms also come with their own perks. They’re cool, capable, and just plain fun!

    Which suppressor-ready handgun is your favorite? As always, let us know in the comments below. Interested in suppressors? Learn How to Buy a Suppressor Online or take a look at the Best 9mm & .45 ACP Suppressors on the market!

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    • Commenter Avatar
      Russell morash

      Always a walther lover main draw that some may see as foolish Sean Connery or James bond my first pistol and interarms walther ppk blued in 1984 I came across one in a small gun store near my home in New Hampshire price 275 dollars performs excellent to this say since then 9mm p99 as i.m.o.the most ingenious polymer striker fired pistol I've ever seen not and expert by any means but a single and double action in a striker fired pistol makes carrying with a chambered round seriously I have a ppq 45acp tactical and recently purchased the new pdp best trigger out of box I've ever fired all three are dead on right out of the box and the updated pdp comes all set for tactical use threaded barrel optic ready large frame witch I purchased holds 18+1 and a few others I'm not even sure of but I have to say I originally I bought my ppk more as a movie gun.

      January 19, 2023 12:53 am
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      Pretty sexy list there...

      I'm a little butt hurt that the factory Glock 19 MOS SILC is not included. Sure it doesn't ship with factory suppressor height sights, but you are supposed to fit a RD to it anyway and many people would fit another brand of sights for co-witness.

      That said, the hush puppy makes sense with the additional slide lock device although from my experience, rapid follow up shots are more important than eliminating action noise.

      June 20, 2022 10:25 am
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      Dave Leonard

      I saw someone else already mentioned this, but when you were talking about the FN FNX 45 Tactical you said ,”. 45 ACP is generally already supersonic.” I’m sure you meant that .45 ACP is general subsonic. Are your unable to edit your article?

      January 19, 2022 2:28 pm
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        Dave, i don't know if someone already posted some correct info or not but MOST 45 ACP is under the supersonic speed which is around 1100 FPS. generally 45 ACP in heavier loads are around 985 FPS, where some of the lighter stuff in pistols can be pretty close. and soem actually making over 1100, but typically standard rounds and defensive roundsa re going to be well under that 1100 FPS.

        September 9, 2023 6:01 am
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      mario ramos

      thanks for all the info. be passing by SHOT in Vegas next january. Hope to by something. That is my intention

      November 17, 2021 3:54 am
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      Rob Sukach

      Nice article, thanks for the detailed info. I'm waiting on stamps for .22 and 9mm suppressors right now. I think I spotted a couple of typos though that might be misleading:

      Under 1. FNX-45 Tactical

      ".45 ACP is generally already supersonic, making it a perfect platform to suppress."

      I think you meant "already subsonic"

      Under 7. CZ P-09

      "We can, in good conscience, make a list of guns and not include a CZ. Like, for real, someone will come for us."

      I think you mean "We can't"

      Love the site!

      April 14, 2021 5:18 pm
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      Tom Jamison

      Why nothing from Springfield? Their XD-M Elite is an excellent platform. Just askin'....

      April 14, 2021 5:21 am
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        scott stalnaker

        I agree. I like the visible firing pin and round in chamber indicator. I think it's a great feature to be able to glance at my pistol after not seeing it for years and instantly know its status of ready to fire. Some I here don't prefer the grip safety...I like it. I wish they offered a more compact version with a factory threaded barrel and raised sights than the xdm elite. I really don't need 23 rounds in my pistol with a suppressor and raised sights and a red dot...getting a bit heavy! But you are correct...why is the springfield excluded?

        September 11, 2022 5:20 pm
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      CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical. 'Nuff said.

      April 13, 2021 6:57 pm
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      FN 509T is not on the list either?

      I do agree with the FNX (it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer though)

      April 13, 2021 6:26 pm
    • Commenter Avatar

      I'm surprised the hellcat RDP didn't make your list

      April 13, 2021 1:18 pm
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