22 caliber rifles are one the most common "first guns" for young shooters across the country. They're simple, affordable, and fun. For many of the same reasons, 22lr silencers are often the first foray of our customers into the world of NFA. They're affordable, easy to mount, fun to shoot and easy to clean. What's more, a 22lr suppressor is as close as it gets to "movie quiet" — generally clocking in around 110-120 dB.
Monocore, Baffle Stack, and K Baffle Silencers
There are three main types of rimfire suppressor constructions. So before we dig into the best 22lr suppressor models, let's take a look at the differences between monocore, baffles stack, and K baffle silencers.
Monocore suppressors have a simple design — a one-piece core milled out of a solid piece of metal. This simplicity makes them among the easiest silencers to clean and maintain. Critics might point out that monocore silencers sometimes have a more noticeable first-round pop.
A click-together stack of shielded baffles divert lead fouling from clogging up the space between the baffles and tube. They're designed to be easy to break down and reassemble, and don't have the first round pop issue that monocore silencers can have.
K baffles (named -- you guessed it -- for the "K" shape of the baffles in the tube) are among the quietest available. What's the catch? K baffle suppressors are considered the most difficult to maintain and disassemble for service.
It's important to spend a few minutes deciding which attributes you're looking for most in a 22 suppressor. Perhaps you're focused on serviceability — after all, 22lr ammo is notoriously dirty, causing more lead fouling and gunk buildup in your suppressor than any other caliber. If so, monocore silencers might be the best route for you, although all our rimfire suppressors are serviceable. (Check out our post: How to Clean My Silencer).
Or perhaps you're looking for a 22lr silencer with a certain caliber rating. In that case, don't stray from the steel and titanium models which can withstand higher pressures. You may also be thinking about low weight (aluminum, baby) extra durability (look for steel, again) or top performance (K baffles = Kwiet). Once we hone in on your priorities, it can be easy to find the best 22lr suppressor choice for your setup. And if you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out.
Best 22lr Suppressor Choices in 2021
Yeah, yeah - we know you've been itching to find out what tops our 22lr suppressor list, so we won't leave you hanging. All of the rimfire silencers in our inventory are incredible, but we're just going to take a moment to highlight the top dogs:
The Dead Air Mask is a sleek and compact silencer that boasts incredible sound performance and reduced blowback. Its "compressed K" baffle stack prevents first round pop and reduces lead fouling while remaining easy to disassemble for cleaning. Constructed of steel and titanium, the Mask is rated up to 5.7x28 FN and offers compatibility on a whole host of firearms.
Final verdict: the Dead Air Mask is a perfect blend of high performance, low weight and easy serviceability. It's a favorite among our in-house suppressor gurus, and you'll probably enjoy it too.
Unlike every other silencer on this list, the Rugged Oculus has a modular length, giving you the choice between long & quiet and short & maneuverable. That's two silencer lengths for just one tax stamp! It also means that you can tailor this Rugged suppressor to various hosts and still get the optimal performance you're looking for. The Oculus' slotted baffles are engineered to seal out lead buildup and eliminate first round pop. Whether you choose to use the Rugged oculus on a handgun or rifle, you'll experience repeatable return to zero.
Final verdict: If versatility is the name of the game, then the Rugged Oculus might just have the trophy. The Oculus is a high-performing, modular, user-serviceable, 5.7x28 FN-rated gem of a silencer.
The OSS Rad 22 earned a top spot in part for its innovative engineering. The radial grooves on the Rad 22 route expanding gases away from the shooter and can, reducing the chance of blowback and making it cleaner to shoot. And when you do need to clean it, it's easy to assemble and disassemble, no indexing or special tools required.
Final verdict: The Rad 22 delivers. Assembled from titanium and 17-4 stainless, it's durable, quiet and weighs in at just 5.5 oz. And like the others, it's rated to 5.7x28 FN, giving you a whole range of usage options.
To make it on this list, all these silencers boast some serious sound suppression. But the Q El Camino is insanely quiet. If that wasn't enough, it's also feather light — just 4.3 oz, the lightest on this list for its length. But with stainless steel and titanium construction, it's still highly durable and rated up to 5.7x28FN. Its shielded K-baffles are super simple to disassemble, requiring no proprietary tools as well.
Final verdict: Q's El Camino scores top marks on performance, durability, and serviceability — what's not to love? It's no wonder this Q suppressor found its way to the top .22lr suppressor sellers of 2021 this year.
A new addition to round out the list! The YHM Stinger is a bargain that maintains incredible performance. Its lack of first round pop and impressive overall sound reduction rank it near the top of rimfire suppressors. Its sealed baffle design (numbered 1-7 and indexed for easy assembly) separates gases from the tube, protecting it from lead buildup and fouling.
Final verdict: The YHM Stinger is no fluke. Rated up to 5.7x28FN and fully-auto rated, the Stinger is a (quiet) blast to shoot. Also, it's price point hits at an incredible price as well.
Yes, there's a lot to consider when it comes to buying a 22lr silencer! These best 22 suppressor options of 2021 lay out why they've become top dogs in this category. We've got a lot of 22 suppressor choices, so we'll leave it to you to decide which will work best for your situation. That being said, we're always here if you want to talk shop with us to figure it out!