Gemtech Outback II Conversion


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Mac Attack
July 16, 2011, 12:45 AM
I have owned my Gemtech Outback (original model - cannot disassemble) since 2002 and had put many thousands of rounds through it. Normally after a hard day of use I would immerse if into a container of WD-40 until the next time I needed it. You would be amazed at bow much muck comes out after a day of soaking. Lately I noticed a significant increase in the sound level. I Decided to do some research on the matter and found out about Gemtech's Outback to Outback II conversion where they take your suppressor and make if so a user can disassemble it on your own. They also give you the choice on the baffle material you want to use. I figured it would be great to be able to take my suppressor apart for routine cleaning so I placed my order and sent it off. I was quoted a 4 to 6 week turn around.

Gemtech received my suppressor this past Wednesday and on Thursday I received notice that my order was completed and on its way back to me! WOW.....I can't wait to try it out. I will post picks when I receive it!

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Miami_JBT
July 16, 2011, 02:45 AM
Posted by Mac Attack:

I have owned my Gemtech Outback (original model - cannot disassemble) since 2002 and had put many thousands of rounds through it. Normally after a hard day of use I would immerse if into a container of WD-40 until the next time I needed it. You would be amazed at bow much muck comes out after a day of soaking. Lately I noticed a significant increase in the sound level. I Decided to do some research on the matter and found out about Gemtech's Outback to Outback II conversion where they take your suppressor and make if so a user can disassemble it on your own. They also give you the choice on the baffle material you want to use. I figured it would be great to be able to take my suppressor apart for routine cleaning so I placed my order and sent it off. I was quoted a 4 to 6 week turn around.

Gemtech received my suppressor this past Wednesday and on Thursday I received notice that my order was completed and on its way back to me! WOW.....I can't wait to try it out. I will post picks when I receive it!

I own a Outback II and I am thinking of sending my can off to them. What did you have them do for the baffles? What material did you have them use?

JTW Jr.
July 17, 2011, 01:38 PM
Sounds like a good service my friend , do let us know how it works when you get it back.

Mac Attack
July 21, 2011, 01:16 AM
I received my suppressor back today and am really impressed with the turn around time of the conversion. At first glance my Outback II-D looks nearly identical to the way it did before I sent it in for conversion. It's not until you really look at it that you notice the difference.

First, they knocked off the old end cap to my non user serviceable Outback, thread the suppessor tube and screwed in a new cap. I should have taken pictures and video of it before sending it in but completely forgot to. Based on the only picture I have of the suppressor, it appears the old end cap was about 1/4" thick so when they removed it and replaced it with an internally threaded cap it make my suppessor 1/4" shorter :).

I am trying to build the courage to take it apart so I can see what the baffles look like but I just can't bring myself to do it now. I also haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but did snap a few pictures to share.

I will shoot it this week and will post a video.

Here is my Outback circa 2003 or 2004. This is the non-serviceable unit.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/USN%20Pics/WalterP22.jpg

Here are pictures of thecOutback to Outback IID conversion I received today.
Here it is in the box
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/BackfromConversion.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/GemtechIIDfreshfromConversion2.jpg

New end cap
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/BusinessEndshowingscrewcap.jpg

They replaced the aluminum threads with a titanium mount
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/NewTitaniumThreads.jpg

My Ruger MK II with Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite Upper. Notice the thread protector in place
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/RugerMkIIwithnewupper.jpg

Ruger with thread protector removed
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/RugerMkIIwithTacSolupper.jpg

Mounted on Ruger MK II
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/mounted.jpg

rodensouth
July 21, 2011, 03:40 PM
I wonder if they just mark a new one with your serial #? I'm curious if that would be more expedient/cost effective for them.

Mac Attack
July 21, 2011, 04:22 PM
They use the existing tube. I actually should benefit from the conversion because my can was an original model. After I bought my can they came out with the Outback II which better baffles and a higher level of sound suppression than the standard Outback. My understanding is the only difference between the OII and the OIID is the D model is user serviceable. Also the conversion allows you to select the baffle material I.e. aluminum or stainless or titanium. you can pick a combo of baffles from different materials if you wanted. I chose to go with all aluminum because my research showed it offered the best sound reduction.

CleverNickname
July 21, 2011, 08:33 PM
I wonder if they just mark a new one with your serial #? I'm curious if that would be more expedient/cost effective for them.
I'm pretty sure that's not legal.

rodensouth
July 28, 2011, 01:35 PM
Right on.

Mac Attack
July 30, 2011, 04:46 PM
I shot my converted Outback IID several times and finally worked up the nerve to take it apart. It was no problem at all to take it apart and I was able to do it by hand. To my naked ear the sound suppression of the IID with it's k-baffles is more than my original Outback with m-baffles on everything except the first shot.

I ran some tests shooting high velocity, standard velocity, subsonic and a handful of CB Longs and by far the quietest were the CB's (no surprise there) which all you could hear was the action. The video makes the gun sound a lot louder than it really is and the fact that the sound was bouncing off my house seems to magnify it. Overall, I am very happy with my conversion. :D

Here it is broken down
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/IMG_20110723_154222.jpg

K-baffle closeup
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/IMG_20110723_154336.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/IMG_20110723_154353.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/IMG_20110723_154345.jpg
In a stack ready to go back into the tube
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/IMG_20110723_154524.jpg

Video of Me shooting with standard velocity rounds - click picture to play
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/th_VID00083.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Firearms/?action=view&current=VID00083.mp4)

CleverNickname
July 31, 2011, 06:00 PM
Are the baffles identical or must the Outback be reassembled with them in a certain order? If so, are they numbered?

JTW Jr.
July 31, 2011, 06:57 PM
Cover them eyes my friend.... ;)

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