As with any silencer purchasing process, the best 45 suppressor largely depends on what you’re wanting to shoot it on. The great news about 45 silencers is that their versatility basically sells themselves. With the ability to run larger calibers, along with smaller calibers, 45 suppressors really do tend to be considered a jack of all trades. This blog post will be giving you our top 5 sellers to date this year in the 45 ACP suppressor category, as well as lending some insight on why they’ve become go-to’s for our customers.
If you’re in the market for a 45 suppressor, then this list will help you know where to get started with your purchasing process - and that’s what silencer to buy, and what other customers might be looking for when they go to buy their 45 suppressor.
User Serviceability, Host Firearm, and 45 ACP Silencers
Before we lift off, we want to set the mood, and what better way to do that than to dive into what sets 45 ACP suppressors apart from their compadres: their user serviceability, and their use on a PCC versus handgun.
User Serviceability: It’s becoming more and more common to see that a suppressor is user serviceable, but does it matter for 45 suppressors? Well, if you look below at the nifty graph we provided, our top five list does have two silencers that aren’t user-serviceable, so for some people, it doesn’t matter, most likely due to how they clean their suppressors. Unlike rifle suppressors, pistol calibers produce far less pressure inside of a silencer. Because the pressure isn’t great enough to expel the projectile from the silencer, it can ultimately lead to an excessive buildup of carbon. While regular maintenance is advised for some pistol suppressors, depending on your cleaning methods, a user serviceable suppressor might not be necessary for you. We should mention here that user serviceability does not imply ease of cleaning. If you’re running some seriously dirty ammunition through your firearm-suppressor dream team, expect to have to clean it either by using some elbow grease, or an ultrasonic cleaner, or having to do something in the middle of those two.
PCC vs. Handgun: In our previous blog post, we covered the difference between Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCCs) and handguns. Most 45 ACP suppressors will be able to run on either pistol caliber carbines or handguns interchangeably, but be mindful of suppressor diameter and whether a clear sight picture with stock iron sights is important to you.
The provided graph shown gives you our top five selling 45 suppressors in 2020. This graph will arm you with the ability to quickly assess the similarities and differences between these top runners. Afterward, keep reading to review a more in depth analysis of why we think they managed to make their way to the top.
The Rugged Obsidian 45 is a powerhouse of a suppressor dedicated to everything pistol or rifle, with the ability to perform on some higher pressure rounds like .450 Bushmaster and .300blk subsonic. Constructed of stainless steel and aluminum, Rugged’s Obsidian has been a top choice due to its impressive balance between lightweight, and durability, while still offering modularity. The Obsidian’s design also makes this suppressor extremely user friendly and user serviceable.
Mike, one of our suppressor aficionados, simply said that the Rugged Obsidian has gained popularity because “it’s built like a tank, is configurable for length, has all the accessories you would need and is priced right.” Pulling in quite the crowd for our customers looking for a built-tough suppressor, this Rugged silencer has secured its spot as one of the most popular 45 suppressors in 2020.
Final verdict: The Rugged Obsidian 45 has a stronghold on the best 45 ACP suppressor list because of its true versatility between its modularity and caliber options. Performing well on handguns and pistol rifles, the Obsidian 45 provides suppression without obstructing your firearm’s sight picture.
Mount Included: Booster housing and .578x28 DT piston
Full Auto Rated: Yes; Belt Fed
SilencerCo Octane 45 2.0
After high customer demand, SilencerCo brought back the SiCo Octane 45, in its 2.0 version, which is a change to its finish and exterior. Highly sought after for its impressive performance, this Octane suppressor has a stronghold in our top five best 45 pistol suppressor list. Its stainless steel and aluminum design provide a lightweight silencer without compromising durability.
Zachary, one of our trusted suppressor professionals, said, “The Octane 45 2.0 is a testament to the adage, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ The Octane series has been a benchmark suppressor in the pistol caliber field for some years now.” The Octane 45’s ease of user-serviceability coupled with its versatility to be run on almost any pistol caliber firearm you could think of, makes this SiCo suppressor effortlessly popular.
Final verdict: It makes sense that the SilencerCo Octane 45 2.0 makes its appearance on this top five 45 ACP pistol suppressor list. Because of its user serviceability and straightforward design in addition to its noise reduction, we think you’ll be seeing this suppressor in this category for years and years to come.
The SilencerCo Omega 45K rounds out our top five 45 suppressor list because of its durability and maneuverability, while still maintaining a good sound suppression due to its increased diameter. Our customers looking to not add too much additional weight to the end of their firearm, while still maintaining impressive noise reduction tend to love the Omega 45K. The SiCo Omega 45K is also versatile with its 1.125x28 thread to accept a broad range of SilencerCo Alpha mounts and accessories, like this SiCo direct thread mount.
One of our professional representatives, Justin, stated, “being a K can, it is short for a .45 caliber suppressor, providing optimal suppression without disrupting the balance of your firearm” This SilencerCo suppressor has made a huge impact on our customers with its tubeless, circumferentially welded construction.
Final verdict: Because of its construction, the SilencerCo Omega 45K is a great suppressor for either PCCs or handguns. Without adding too much length on to any host firearm, this SiCo suppressor is one of the most maneuverable on our 45 ACP suppressor list.
Weight: 10.7 oz
Build Materials: Stainless Steel, Stellite
Finish: Depends on Color
User Serviceability: No
Rating: .300 BLK, 9mm, .40, 10mm, .45 ACP
Mount Included: Booster housing and 5/8x24 DT insert
Full Auto Rated: Yes
SilencerCo Osprey 45
The SilencerCo Osprey 45 is one of the chosen ones on our best 45 suppressor seller list because of its futuristic design, impressive noise reduction, and easy to install and uninstall locking lever. The Osprey shows that SilencerCo truly thought outside of the circle on this one, using an oblong shaped suppressor to provide as much internal suppressor volume for maximum sound suppression. It’s no wonder why the Osprey has had a stronghold on our top five 45 ACP suppressors for quite some time.
Will, one of our trusty suppressor pros, says, “the SilencerCo Osprey was popularized as a non-tubular silencer that moves the bulk of the silencer under the bore of the firearm, clearing up more room for iron sights to clear the top of the silencer.” We see customers gravitate toward the Osprey due to its impressive suppression and uniformity with its host. Additionally, the SiCo Osprey boasts a cam lever with corresponding teeth on the piston retaining ring in order to easily align the rotation of your Osprey quickly.
Final verdict: The SilencerCo Osprey is the most unique in our list in terms of aesthetic, but also one of the top sellers due to its impressive sound attenuation. Its uncharacteristic shape gives more volume in the suppressor without adding extra length to the end of the firearm and potentially disrupting the balance of the firearm.
Weight: 11.1 oz
Build Materials: Aluminum, Stainless Steel
Finish: Black Oxide
User Serviceability: No
Rating: .300BLK (subsonic), 9mm, .40 S, .45 ACP
Mount Included: Booster housing
Full Auto Rated: No
Dead Air Ghost 45M
The Dead Air Ghost 45M has made its way to the best 45 suppressor list because of its modularity and durability. With its stainless steel, titanium, and aluminum construction, the Ghost 45M offers a unique blend of durability and maneuverability while still remaining impressively lightweight.
This Dead Air suppressor can also be broken down into a smaller size, giving you the choice between maneuverability and ultimate sound suppression. As Tyler says, “the modular section is over 2-inches long, and really gives a full size silencer and a K sized silencer.” Lastly, the Dead Air Ghost 45M offers the ability to use wipes to enhance the efficiency of your silencer by tightening the bore aperture to the exact diameter of your projectile, therefore increasing sound performance.
Final verdict: It’s truly hard to beat having essentially two silencers for one tax stamp with the quick switch of an endcap. Dead Air’s Ghost 45M doesn’t only boast modularity, but also durability and user serviceability, which is why we’ve seen it climb its way to this top 45 silencer category.
We’ve also provided our 2019 list below for your viewing pleasure. You’ll see that the list has changed a little bit from the 2020 census we’ve provided above, so, as an honorable mention, we’ve included the silencer that barely didn’t make it on our 2020 list to give you one more option that we know and love.
BONUS: Best 45 Silencers in 2019
Rugged Obsidian 45
Dead Air Ghost 45M
SilencerCo Omega 45K
AAC Ti-Rant 45M
Honorable Mention: AAC Ti-Rant 45M
The AAC Ti-Rant 45M has been one of our top pistol suppressor sellers for years now, so it’s no surprise that it topped the charts in 2019, and is still a popular suppressor in 2020. Known for its modularity and optimized performance, the Ti-Rant 45M has truly withstood the test of time.
Ti-Rant 45M has gained notoriety within the suppressor community because of its noise performance as well. Known for its impressive noise reduction, AAC’s Ti-Rant 45M has truly become a household name. Moreover, this AAC suppressor has been the foundation that a lot of customers seem to compare other 45 silencers to in order to when trying to find the quietest suppressor available.
Final Verdict: The AAC Ti-Rant 45M is a great 45 suppressor and was a top five 45 pistol suppressor in 2019 for a whole host of reasons, including its performance and modular design. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see this AAC silencer sneak its way into our 2020 list.
Length: 9”; 7”
Weight: 13 oz; 11.3 oz
Build Materials: Aluminum, Titanium
User Serviceable: Yes
Rating: .22 LR, 9mm, .40, .45 ACP
Mount Included: Booster assembly .578x28 piston
Full Auto Rated: Yes
While we covered a lot of territory in this article, it’s just a taste of what our inventory has to offer. Depending on your specific platform, you might be looking for something else for your 45 suppressor needs. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re sure to have you covered.