Thoughts: Suppressed 22 AR’s
Recently there has been a surge of interest in suppressed 22 AR rifles. I believe this is because a dedicated 22 upper has been released by Gemtech.
Well…I think many of you will be disappointed by the results and I don’t recommend buying one. Let me explain.
We recently did some testing with a 22 conversion kit in the Gemtech Integra. A dedicated 5.56 integrally suppressed upper. The goal being to use the setup for urban and semi-urban animal depredation.
The results: On a windless night, shooting subsonic ammunition, the action is too loud. Way, way too loud. Not having tested the decibel levels ourselves, research by others seems to indicate the action cycling on an AR could be in the 125-130 decibel range.
Perhaps with a 22 conversion kit the cycling noise is less? But as I stated, on a windless night in urban environments, even the 22kit is a no-go in my opinion.
Officer Mike has a suppressor kit for his takedown Ruger 22. Perhaps the 10/22 action is quieter? But trying to get whisper quiet on the AR pattern of rifles is a fools errand. Don’t waste your money.
Need Uber quiet for your animal depredation opportunities? You need to run a closed system like a single shot or bolt gun. This is one area where the AR simply falls on it’s ass.
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