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At long last, our best 5.56 suppressor choices of 2021 have arrived! 5.56 suppressors are in a category of their own in a lot of ways. One of those ways is that a 5.56 suppressor is usually purchased with a specific task and firearm host in mind. Whereas some folks get a 7.62 silencer to fit a lot of different hosts, 5.56 silencers are generally purchased with a few hosts, or just one, in mind. Because 5.56 silencers fit a narrower field of hosts, they tend to be more compact, lighter, and less expensive. Read on to see how to choose the best 5.56 suppressor for you, and what our best sellers have been in 2021.

Activity, Goals, and 5.56 Suppressors

Choosing the best 5.56 suppressor to fit what you need can be boiled down into your activity and your goals.

Determining what you want to primarily use your suppressor for will help you narrow down your choices. If you’re looking for a no- to low-light shooting experience, a suppressor that also reduces flash might be what you’re looking for. Alternatively, if you want a super maneuverable silencer, you’ll want to look at shorter (or K) suppressors. That’s just two examples of the many we could give, but as you can see your activity does play a role.

Goals kind of play into activity as well. Start getting a feel for what your goals are for your suppressor and what is the most important aspect of it. Length, sound suppression, weight, accuracy, etc. are all moving parts, and your 5.56 suppressor is not exempt from them!

Best 5.56 Rifle Silencers in 2021

We are seeing our 5.56 suppressor inventory grow (hey, we’re not complaining!). More and more folks are looking for reduced weight, length, and sound. Yes, with a 5.56 silencer all of those are attainable! But we digress. Let’s get to our top sellers!

  1. YHM Turbo
  2. YHM Turbo K
  3. SureFire SOCOM556-RC2
  4. OSS HX-QD 556 Ti
  5. OSS HX-QD 556

The following chart gives you the rapid fire stats of our top five for easy comparison. Let's dive into the details.

TOP 5 RIFLE SILENCERS IN 2021

 

YHM Turbo

YHM Turbo K

SureFire SOCOM556-RC2

OSS HX-QD 556 Ti

OSS HX-QD 556

Length

5.59”

4.75”

6.2”

6.7”

6.7”

Weight

12.8 oz

8.83 oz

17 oz

13.1 oz

17.5 oz

Diameter

1.5625”

1.5625”

1.5”

1.6”

1.6”

Build Materials

Stainless Steel, Inconel

Stainless Steel, Inconel

Inconel

Titanium, Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel, Titanium

Finish

 Cerakote  Cerakote

Cerakote

Cerakote

Cerakote

Minimum Barrel Rating

5.56 NATO, 10”

5.56 NATO, 10”

10”

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

Caliber Rating / Rated for Use On

5.56mm

5.56mm

5.45x39mm

5.56mm

5.56mm

5.56mm

Attachment/Thread Pitch 

1-3/8x24 adaptable interface; 1/2x28 brake included

1-3/8x24 adaptable interface; 1/2x28 brake included

SureFire QD Mount

Compatible with muzzle brake-QD 556 and flash hider-QD 556

Compatible with muzzle brake-QD 556 and flash hider-QD 556

Full Auto Rated

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


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YHM Turbo

The YHM Turbo definitely hits a sweet spot for this 5.56 suppressor category. Not only is it lightweight and durable, but it’s also very affordable as per YHM’s M.O. Beyond everything we’ve already mentioned, the YHM Turbo comes out of the box ready to shoot with the Phantom QD adapter and flash hider included. With the quick change of an additional part, you also have the option to use direct thread instead of QD as well.

Final verdict: This YHM suppressor is versatile with its ability to change mounting styles based on what you need. At its affordable price and impressive sound reduction, it’s no wonder the YHM Turbo has topped the 5.56 suppressor charts!

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 5.59”
  • Weight: 12.8 oz
  • Diameter: 1.5625”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, Inconel
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: 5.56 NATO, 10”
  • Rating: 5.56mm
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 1-3/8x24 adaptable interface; 1/2x28 brake included
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

AR 15 silencer YHM Turbo K, budget suppressorAR 15 silencer YHM Turbo K, budget suppressor

YHM Turbo K

The YHM Turbo K is by far the shortest on this top 5.56 suppressor list (hence the K for Kurz, or short). So what makes it so special? It’s incredibly compact and lightweight. It’s also insanely durable and a cost effective budget suppressor. You also have the option to use a direct thread or QD attachment (it comes with a QD attachment out of the box). The great news about this is that QD attachment ratchets to the muzzle device, meaning there are no moving parts on the suppressor that you have to worry about.

Final verdict: If you’re looking for a short suppressor that provides you an impressive balance between performance, weight, and suppression, the YHM Turbo K is it.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 4.75”
  • Weight: 8.83oz
  • Diameter: 1.562”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, Inconel
  • Finish
  • Barrel Rating: 5.56 NATO, 10”
  • Rating: 5.56mm
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 1-3/8x24 adaptable interface; 1/2x28 brake included
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

556 suppressor SureFire SOCOM 556 RC2556 suppressor SureFire SOCOM 556 RC2

Surefire SOCOM 5.56 RC2

The SureFire SOCOM 5.56 RC2 has been a long time customer favorite. Not only does it fit the bill for suppression, but it also features incredible durability and superior flash reduction. One aspect that truly sets this silencer apart from the other silencers is its ability to reduce flash. There’s definitely a reason the SOCOM 5.56 RC2 has won its fair share of military and governmental contracts. It goes above and beyond to deliver repeatable point of impact shift and reliability.

Final verdict: SureFire’s SOCOM 5.56 RC2 is equipped to handle an intense firing schedule for your host firearm. If you’re looking for a 556 suppressor for no-light or low-light shooting, this suppressor is your golden ticket!

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.2”
  • Weight: 17 oz
  • Diameter: 1.5”
  • Build Materials: Inconel
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: 10”
  • Rating: 5.45x39mm, 5.56mm
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: Quick Detach Locking Collar
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

5.56 suppressor OSS HX-QD 556 Ti5.56 suppressor OSS HX-QD 556 Ti

OSS HX-QD 556 Ti

OSS is known for their reduced backpressure, which has proven to be a huge selling point for our lefty friends. But what helps both right hand and left hand shooters alike is the fact that reduced back pressure means that you can use the OSS HX-QD 556 Ti on guns that can’t be tuned, like with an AK. All that to be said, this OSS suppressor still works great on your AR platform as well, meaning the HX-QD 556 Ti can fit a lot of needs. We can definitely see why it’s in our top 556 suppressor list, can’t you?!

Final verdict: The OSS HX-QD 556 Ti is truly versatile with its ability to be used equally as well on an AR or AK without the hassle of tuning. If you’re looking for a low back pressure suppressor that is still lightweight, you’ve just found it!

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.7”
  • Weight: 13.1 oz
  • Diameter: 1.6”
  • Build Materials: Titanium, Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: 5.56mm
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: Compatible with muzzle brake-QD 556 and flash hider-QD 556
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

AR 15 suppressor OSS HX-QD 556AR 15 suppressor OSS HX-QD 556

OSS HX-QD 556

The OSS HX-QD 556 also made our top 556 suppressor category this year! It features insanely low pack pressure, which OSS is pretty famous for. And it is also primarily constructed of stainless steel, which makes it incredibly durable. If you’re looking for a suppressor that can withstand higher rates of fire, then the HX-QD 556 might just be your bread and butter.

Final Verdict: Between the OSS HX-QD 556’s durability and versatility, this suppressor has you covered on a variety of host firearms, even at higher rates of fire.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.7”
  • Weight: 17.5 oz
  • Diameter: 1.6”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, Titanium
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: 5.56mm
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: Compatible with muzzle brake-QD 556 and flash hider-QD 556
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

Conclusion

As you can see, when you go to choose your 5.56 suppressor, you’ll need to consider what you want out of it. There’s a unique reason each of these suppressors have made our top 5.56 suppressors list, and now you know what each of them brings to the table!