One of the first things that crossed my mind when I saw the release for Ruger’s new Silent-SR suppressor was, “Do they know something I don’t?” Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past several years, you should have noticed that suppressors are becoming more commonplace on shooting ranges. In many countries, it’s just good manners to use suppressors and they’re commonly used for hunting because it reduces recoil along with the blast.
Here in the US, they’ve always been look at nefariously by until lately. Plus, we now have the American Suppressor Association trying to get the Hearing Protection Act passed so we can buy suppressors without all of the NFA BS.
I asked Ken Jorgensen, Ruger’s main PR guy if Ruger had any inside knowledge. Ken was quite candid in that he really didn’t think the company had thought that far down the road, instead volunteering that “We make more suppressor-ready guns than anyone in the industry and it just made sense [to get into the suppressor market].”
Ruger’s Silent-SR is a lightweight, compact size and offers top-tier sound reduction. It was designed and built by Ruger utilizing the very latest in fluid dynamic simulation and computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining equipment.
The Silent-SR reduces sound pressure levels of .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR pistols and rifles by up to 40 dB and is rated for .22 LR full auto.
Thread pattern is a standard 1/2”-28 for compatibility with most threaded rimfire firearms.
With a MSRP of only $450, this suppressor could be an industry changer.
Ruger also had in its booth one of its new Precision Rifles and I had a chance to speak with one of its design engineers, Jonathan Mather, about what makes the gun unique. “It’s not just another rifle in a chassis,” explained Mather. “We built the gun around the receiver.” One of the unique things about this gun is that it will take magazines from several different types of rifles including ARs because the gun has a single magazine release that operates both side and rear-style mag catches.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.