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10 Best Suppressor-Ready Pistols [Ultimate Guide]

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 Center Banish 45 CZ 75
Silencer Center 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.

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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. 

RED

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

YELLOW

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

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.

What makes it so good for suppression? .45 ACP is generally already supersonic, making it a perfect platform to suppress.

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!

1150
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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
450
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

1029
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

4007
at Guns.com

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

900
at Sportsman's Warehouse

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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!

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.

Tried the CZ P-09? Rate it below!

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.

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.

MPA30SST
MPA30SST

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. 

799
at GunPrime

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

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!

Silencer Central Banish 30 on Pistol and Rifle
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 Suppressors on the market!

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5 Leave a Reply

  • 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
  • Tom Jamison

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

    April 14, 2021 5:21 am
  • bob

    CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical. 'Nuff said.

    April 13, 2021 6:57 pm
  • Lance

    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
  • Dean

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

    April 13, 2021 1:18 pm
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