Rifle suppressors, just like their rifle hosts, seem to be the sweetheart of the firearm industry. With such popularity comes the trouble of choosing between all of the options. Hey, we aren't complaining either! This category covers not only 5.56 (.223), but also .30, making the suppressor options virtually endless. To narrow it down and get you started on the right path, we've provided you with our top 5 rifle suppressor sellers, and why we think they've snagged a spot in this coveted position.

Best Rifle Silencers in 2020

  1. SilencerCo Omega 300
  2. Dead Air Sandman-S
  3. Q Trash Panda
  4. Dead Air Nomad
  5. SureFire SOCOM556-RC2

This year-to-date list of our best rifle suppressor sellers is here to guide you through the silencer waters. Whether you’re a new buyer, or you’re looking to add to your collection, this list will give you a starting block to fuel your rifle suppressor needs.

Activity, Goals, Host, and Rifle Suppressors

Choosing the best rifle suppressor to fit what you need can be boiled down to your activity, your silencer goals, and your host firearm.

Your Activity: Your suppressor choice will greatly depend on your end use. For example, if you’re wanting a suppressor that is for hard use or a rapid firing schedule, a suppressor made with the most durable materials will be your best bet. This usually comes at the cost of a little bit heavier of a silencer. On the flip side, if you want a suppressor that will be used for hunting or plinking targets, you’ll be able to get away with a silencer that uses materials that are a little lighter but a pinch less durable.

Your Goals: Not to be captain obvious here, but the best rifle suppressor for you depends on what you want out of it. Length, sound suppression, weight, accuracy or point of aim / point of impact shift all affect repeatability, bullet dispersion, and diameter as it relates to your optic and obscuring sight picture. Determining your goals for how you want your silencer to best perform helps narrow down the options.

You Host Firearm: Everything boils down to what firearm you will be using your silencer on. Host firearms determine how large the bore size needs to be, and how much pressure the suppressor needs to handle. For example, if you intend on shooting an AR-15 in .223, you’re going to want a different silencer than if you are shooting a .28 Nosler bolt action. As you can see, your host gun largely determines what suppressor will work best on it. That being said, a suppressor with a .30 caliber bore aperture is able to perform on a wider variety of host rifles from .223 up to .300WM, in some cases.

The following list is compiled of our five top selling rifle silencers so far in 2020. In the list, you’ll see quick stats comparing the suppressors, and then we go beyond to discuss more details This list will show you the rapid fire stats in order to compare and contrast each suppressor side by side before we dive into more details.

TOP 5 RIFLE SILENCERS YEAR TO DATE IN 2020

 

SilencerCo Omega 300

Dead Air Sandman-S

Q Trash Panda

Dead Air Nomad

SureFire SOCOM556-RC2

Length

7”

6.8”

6.9”

6.5”

6.2”

Weight

14.2 oz

17.7 oz

11.8 oz

14 oz

17 oz

Diameter

1.5”

1.5”

1.75”

1.735”

1.5”

Build Materials

Stainless Steel, titanium, stellite

Stainless Steel, Stellite

Titanium

Stainless Steel, Titanium

Inconel

Finish

Cerakote

Cerakote

PVD

Cerakote

Cerakote

Minimum Barrel Rating

10”, 5.56

8”, 300BLK

16”, 7.62

20”, Magnum

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

10”

Caliber Rating / Rated for Use On

.300 BLK 5.56mm

6.8mm 7.62mm .300WM

5.56mm

7.62mm

.300WM

.300 BLK

5.56mm

6.8mm

7.62x39mm

7.62

.300 WM

.300 BLK

5.56mm

7.62mm

.300 WM

5.45x39mm

5.56mm

Attachment/Thread Pitch

Removable 5/8x24 thread mount, ASR QD mount, 5/8x24 ASR muzzle brake

5/8x24 muzzle brake, KeyMo QD Mount

5/8x24 and 1/2x28 QD  Cherry Bomb Compensator

Removable 5/8x24 DT

SureFire QD Mount

Full Auto Rated

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


SilencerCo Omega 300

SilencerCo Omega 300

SilencerCo’s Omega 300 checks a lot of boxes, which is why it’s been a top centerfire suppressor seller year after year. Providing good sound suppression, the Omega 300 is considered the jack-of-all-trades and leaves a lot of options for you and your host firearm. The SiCo Omega is also extremely versatile as it ships with a direct thread mount and a quick disconnect ASR system and corresponding muzzle brake. Add to that the ability to swap out the included anchor brake front cap for a flat front end cap to reduce your OAL and the SiCo Omega 300 is the most customizable silencer on this list.

One of our suppressor experts, Will, said, “SilencerCo is a household name. A fair number of silencer owners like a rifle silencer that can handle most common centerfire cartridges and the Omega 300 definitely fits that bill.” With its adaptability and performance that has withstood the test of time, this SiCo suppressor is a veteran of the group that has earned its way to the top.

Final verdict: SiCo’s Omega 300 has had a stronghold at the top due to its versatility. With interchangeable mounts and end caps while still maintaining impressive sound reduction, the Omega is great for hunting or a day at the range plinking or training.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 7”
  • Weight: 14.2oz
  • Diameter: 1.5”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, titanium, stellite
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Modular: Yes
  • Barrel Rating:10”, 5.56; 8”, 300BLK; 16”, 7.62; 20”, Magnum
  • Rating: .300 BLK, 5.56mm, 6.8mm, 7.62mm, .300WM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 5/8x24 thread mount, ASR mount, 5/8x24 ASR muzzle brake
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

Dead Air Sandman-S

Dead Air Sandman-S

The Dead Air Sandman-S is the mid-size suppressor in the Sandman series, boasting popularity due to its just-right balance between sound suppression without adding too much length. Its Key-Mo mounting system allows the lugs to index onto the muzzle device only one way. This means every single time you remove and replace the suppressor, you are coming back to the same orientation - a big draw for those looking for repeatability.

One of our employees and suppressor professionals, Justin, says,  “the Sandman-S is a very versatile suppressor and the mounting technology is extremely efficient with the ability to attach and detach the suppressor one handed.” The Sandman’s mounting system that Justin mentioned above also allows for the silencer to be easily mounted under / inside a handguard that many other silencers aren’t able to accomodate.

Final verdict: Because of the Sandman-S’s materials, it is one of the toughest silencers out there. With such durable construction, this Dead Air suppressor is equipped to handle hard use and belt-fed fun.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.8”
  • Weight: 17.7oz
  • Diameter: 1.5”
  • Build Materials: Stellite, Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: 5.56mm, 7.62mm, .300WM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: KeyMo Mount
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

Q Trash Panda

Q Trash Panda on Honey Badger

The Trash Panda, made by Q, has made its way to the top five rifle suppressor category because it hits a sweet spot between sound performance, repeatable POI shift due to its tapered mounting system, weight, and durability. Constructed of titanium, the Trash Panda is the lightest contender in our top five category, while still providing top tier noise reduction due to its large 1.75-inch diameter.

“Q’s Trash Panda falls in a Goldilocks zone for many customers. Not too big, not too small, not too heavy, not too fragile… the Trash Panda is able to strike a happy balance between sound performance at the muzzle and at the shooter’s ear,” states Zachary, one of our trusty suppressor pros.

Final verdict: The Q Trash Panda is suited for hunting, plinking targets, or tactical use, while still maintaining its full auto rating. Because of its taper, the Trash Panda also exhibits minimal POI shift, so when accuracy is needed, this Q suppressor is definitely a contender.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.9”
  • Weight: 11.8oz
  • Diameter: 1.75”
  • Build Materials: Titanium
  • Finish: PVD
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: .300 BLK, 5.56mm, 6.8mm, 7.62x39mm, 7.62, .300 WM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 5/8x24 and 1/2x28 Cherry Bomb Compensator included
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

Dead Air Nomad

Dead Air Nomad-30

The Dead Air Nomad has made it to our top five sellers as a compact yet versatile suppressor choice. Its wider diameter allows for a shorter length without compromising sound reduction. With a Key-Mo attachment (sold separately), the Nomad is full-auto rated up to 300 WinMag, allowing for a fast firing schedule on various firearm host platforms.

Our sales professional Jay states, “As shipped, it is a direct thread silencer which eliminates additional muzzle brake expenses. However, it can be configured later to accept devices with an additional purchase. The best of both worlds.” With a mounting system that accepts any device of the popular 1.375x24 thread pitch, Dead Air’s Nomad is acclaimed for its compatibility with various mounting options, including the SilencerCo ASR, Griffin Plan A, Q Plan B..

Final verdict: Because of its wider diameter, Dead Air was able to significantly shorten the length without sacrificing sound performance. This, coupled with its impressive compatibility makes the Dead Air Nomad another silencer on this top five list considered a jack-of-all-trades. The Nomad’s durability allows for a more frequent firing schedule and is able to handle hard use for your full-auto pleasure.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 6.5”
  • Weight: 14 oz
  • Diameter: 1.735”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, Titanium
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: .300 BLK, 5.56mm, 7.62mm, .300 WM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 5/8x24 Direct Thread included
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

Surefire SOCOM 5.56 RC2

SureFire SOCOM 556 RC2

You may have noticed that the SureFire SOCOM 5.56 RC2 is the only 5.56 dedicated suppressor that has made it to the top of our rifle silencer list. As we mentioned previously, the 5.56 rating delineates between the caliber’s pressure and bore size. This suppressor in SureFire’s SOCOM series is virtually indestructible, which is why it’s won a fair amount of military and governmental contracts.

“The RC2 sets the standard for duty and tactical applications, with an emphasis on toughness and reliability in the field. It has been subject to the most exhaustive testing ever conducted,” said Mike, one of our suppressor gurus at the Shop. The SOCOM 5.56 RC2 was simply designed to perform, providing a rock-solid system that holds zero even when put through some of the harshest conditions.

Final verdict: SureFire’s SOCOM 5.56 RC2 is equipped to handle an intense firing schedule for your host firearm. Dedicated to 5.56, the SOCOM RC2 is compact, incredibly durable, and a customer favorite for AR-15 platforms.

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

Since this is a list of the best sellers of 2020, and we’re not through the full year yet, we might have left you wanting a full year’s worth of sales data now. So here you have it: our 2019 best rifle suppressor list below with an honorable mention to the suppressor that barely didn’t make the 2020 list… yet.

 BONUS: Best Rifle Silencers in 2019

  1. SilencerCo Omega 300
  2. Q Trash Panda
  3. Dead Air Sandman-S
  4. Dead Air Nomad
  5. Q Thunder Chicken

Honorable Mention: Q Thunder Chicken

Q Thunder Chicken

Q’s Thunder Chicken boasts a longer stature compared to its top five rifle suppressor compadres, but it also provides an impressive sound reduction. Its titanium construction keeps the Thunder Chicken’s weight manageable while still providing all of the durability you need for your centerfire suppressor.

The Thunder Chicken features maximized performance and reduced sound signature due to its increased internal volume from its tubeless design. With its fast attach system, this Q suppressor provides the versatility to be used on many various host platforms for your shooting pleasure.

Final Verdict: The Q Thunder Chicken is a great rifle suppressor for your hunting or plinking needs. As the longest suppressor on the 2019 best rifle suppressor roster, it’s made its way to the top by providing ultra noise reduction without adding too much weight on to the end of the rifle.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 8.1”
  • Weight: 14.7 oz
  • Diameter: 1.75”
  • Build Materials: Titanium
  • Finish: PVD
  • Barrel Rating: None
  • Rating: .300 BLK, 5.56mm, 6.8mm, 7.62x39mm, 7.62, .300WM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: 5/8x24 and 1/2x28 Cherry Bomb Compensator included
  • Full Auto Rated: Yes

This blog post is here to start giving you ideas of what our customers look for when they set out to purchase their next suppressor. Each of these centerfire silencers listed features unique attributes that made them climb their way into the hearts (and households) of our customers. We do know one thing’s for certain, whether you’re searching for hard use, light use, or somewhere in between, we’ve got you covered.


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