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Best (quietest) MKIII pistol?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Strykervet, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Strykervet

    Strykervet member

    Should I get the threaded version and a can?

    Or should I get an integrally suppressed MKIII? I fired an H&S eleven or twelve years ago, and the only sound was the bullet hitting the can we were shooting. The Badlander by AWC is supposed to good? What about SRT and the other makers?

    Who do you think makes the quietest .22, and should I be focused on integral suppression or will the can yield the same results?

    What do your recommend, those of you that have had experience with these?
  2. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    My form1 makes less noise than anyone you can buy.
  3. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    Integral vs. can doesn't make a difference when both are properly executed. The advantage with the can is that you can remove it and shoot non-suppressed, but integrally suppressed ones are considerably shorter than barrel+can. You want to make sure the internal volume of the suppressor is sufficient in both cases, to keep gas pressure at the muzzle low. Short / small diameter cans aren't very effective in suppressing a pistol that has a relatively (<8") short barrel.

    My Ruger 512 (Mk.II) is a prime example of that; with a MW/Vaime 10" can it's whisper quiet, the only noise you hear is the slide slamming back and bullet hitting the target, while a smaller diameter 8" Parker & Hale - which is very quiet on a rifle - can't fully suppress the muzzle blast.

    Before you buy anything, make sure you can test fire the gun/suppressor with proper subsonic ammo.
  4. kimbershot

    kimbershot Well-Known Member

    i have an amphibian. it's designed for high vel. (i shoot federal cheapo bulk). it's very quiet as bullets shoot subsonic (barrel is about 2 inches). i also like to shoot it wet by injecting a couple of teaspoons of water into the chamber, which dampens the report.

    i bought a thompson zephyr xl for a threaded 16" contender barrel. works great with subsonics--not so with federals. i haven't had the opportunity to try it on other hosts. the thompson xl is a bit longer and wider than most cans--more volume--perhaps i can assume it would approach the db levels of the amphibian???:D
  5. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Well-Known Member

    and use it on other firearms, of course. You haven't heard quiet until you use a decent can on a bolt action .22 rifle.
  6. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    I second that. The loudest noise you'll hear is the click of the firing pin, transmitted to your ears through the stock and your cheekbone. :scrutiny:
    OTOH, on a long-barreled (anything over 10-12" or so) .22 rifle just about any can will do, I've tried quite a few of them and there's literally no audible difference.
  7. Strykervet

    Strykervet member

    Well, if bigger is better, would I be better off with a .223 can that I can use on the M4, the rifle, and a pistol?
  8. Strykervet

    Strykervet member

  9. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    To answer the last question, no.

    There are a bunch of great .22 suppressors on the market, and on a short barreled pistol most of them will sound similar. Some are louder, some are quieter.

    Here's my setup

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