Rifle cans are the top dogs of the suppressor world when it comes to price and performance. For this reason, shooters are constantly looking to maximize their value. Today’s shooters want a can that is easy to maintain, versatile enough to use on more than one host firearm and above all else: quiet. Rugged Suppressors’ Surge delivers all that.
The trend from manufacturers has been to offer bigger silencers suitable for larger calibers. When discussing this with our friends at Silencershop.com we asked if anyone made a silencer suitable for use on large rifle calibers like 308 or 300 Winchester Magnum, but would not be out of place on a 300 Blackout rifle or pistol, particularly for the subsonic load.
They told us about the 7.62 Surge that can be converted from a full length 9” rifle silencer down to a 7.5” silencer by removing the end cap, taking out two baffles and a short section of tube and replacing the end cap. Furthermore the end caps can be switched out for 5.56 instead of 7.62. This gives you 2 short suppressors and 2 full sized ones for the price of one.
Why a short suppressor?
If you are just a shooter who rolls out to the range with your rifle in a carrying case, you probably don’t think much about the weight of your rifle with a silencer beyond the hike to and from your vehicle. On the other hand if you are carrying it all day and having to walk, patrol, etc. Shaving a few inches and a few ounces seems like a Godsend.
For some people it is a cool option to run a shorter can, others it is a necessity. How you run it is up to you.
Our test silencer came in from Silencer Shop with no mounts. They wanted to send some along, but we opted for direct thread models to test a theory we had about mounting systems.
We noticed when testing pistol silencers that are direct thread that the silencers would consistently line up almost every time we attached the can to the host.
It is easy to follow the line of the manufacturer’s stamp with your eyes and see that it indexed within a millimeter of where it had come from previous. This means consistency, which is the biggest portion of accuracy.
On rifle cans in our collection, with QD mounts, we did not always see this and always had to readjust our zero, even slightly when moving to a new host. So in order to test our theory, we chose direct threads.
At the range we noticed a shift in zero with subsonic 300 Blackout out of our Radical Arms pistol. Although we think the ammo may have been the culprit.
Switching back to supersonic loads was right on target. We moved the silencer over to our DPMS LR308 and our EO Tech shot the same pattern we had shot a month or so ago with no silencer.
Rugged is way ahead on that note, too. Their proprietary mount incorporates an over threaded section similar to a ratchet tooth mount reinforced with a compression lock.
The Surge is full auto rated up to 300 Winchester Magnum and can be taken down a few inches and 4 ounces for a shorter silencer that still does a decent job with reducing noise and recoil.
It meters at about 134 Decibels and retail price is under $1000. Best of all is that Silencer Shop is currently running a tax season promotion where they will pay your $200 NFA stamp for a limited time.
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