The current process to buy a silencer is a pain in the ass. It takes weeks before you can even see your silencer and then months before you can take it home, with a government bureaucracy having the final say about you and your equipment. Its a process that no one really wants to do more than once, and thankfully with AAC’s 762-SDN-6 you might only have to do it once for all of your rifles…
I’m giving you guys fair warning right up front: I own this silencer. I paid for it, paid the tax, and have the stamp to prove it. And while I’m going to try and give this an impartial review, I want you to take my feelings on this with a grain of salt.
Most people think that when you buy a silencer, its only good for that caliber. Not true. Any silencer designed for a specific caliber can handle smaller, less powerful calibers as well. Which means that while this silencer was designed to handle 7.62 NATO ammunition, it can also suppress any caliber with a smaller diameter and volume of gas. The volume of gas is important — .300 Win Mag is the same diameter, but not such a good idea to try through the can.
I had previously tested AAC’s M4-2000 silencer and loved it for 5.56x45mm NATO ammo, but the issue with that silencer is that you’re restricted to .223″ or smaller rounds. With the .308″ diameter silencer it should be able to help quiet the round down, but it may not be as good as a dedicated can as more gasses would escape around the bullet as it flew (like a hotdog down a hallway) through the baffles. I decided to try it out myself and see how well a .30 cal can works on .223 ammo.
So, what’s the verdict? The sound is just SLIGHTLY on the other side of the “comfortable” line. Not something I would want to shoot all the time without hearing protection, but it does a fantastic job of removing that concussive “POP” from the muzzle and making the experience much more enjoyable.
For .300 Blackout, the round it was really intended to be used for, it is absolutely perfect.
Even out of a SBR, the subsonic ammunition is (relatively) quiet as a field mouse. Supersonic is only slightly more obnoxious thanks to the supersonic crack.
Its nice that it can suppress the sound from a number of different guns, but that’s not the reason that its the perfect silencer for those who only want one can. That reason is the mount.
AAC has standardized their “standard caliber” silencers around the 51-tooth adapter, including 5.56 and 7.62 NATO. The adapter comes either with a .223 hole in the middle or a .308 hole, but also has the most popular thread pitches available for each. This means that no matter the dimensions of the barrel or the thread pitch of the threading, if you can cram a 51-tooth adapter on that puppy then your silencer WILL fit. What’s even better is that the mount is a “fast attach” mount, meaning that it screws on pretty quickly and easily — no worrying about cross-threading.
Since I got my stamp back I’ve popped a 51-tooth adapter on all of my AR-15 rifles, and anytime I want to shoot one I simply crank the silencer onto the chosen upper and walk out the door. 5.56, 300 BLK… no matter the caliber it all works. And when I eventually buy that bolt action .308 I want, the mount will thread onto that barrel just as well and let me use my precious silencer on it just as well as something that threads directly to the barrel.
That is really the benefit of the 762-SDN-6. Its a kickass .30 cal silencer all by itself, but the ability to be quickly swapped and used on a wide number of host rifles really makes it shine.
762-SDN-6 7.62 NATO Silencer
Weight: 20 oz
Sound Reduction: 39 dB (300 BLK)
Ratings (out of 5):
Sound Suppression: * * * * *
Yes. Just… yes.
Build Quality: * * * * *
After thousands of rounds through it, the most that I’ve done is scratch up the finish a little bit. And melt a little bit of a picnic table to it. But it sounds just as quiet as the first day I tried it out.
Ease of Use: * * * * *
There’s nothing to take apart, nothing to clean, and nothing to lube. It’s easy as pie to maintain. And swapping it on and off different guns is an absolute breeze.
Overall Rating: * * * * *
This right here is the perfect silencer for “standard” rifle cartridges. Anything up to and including 7.62 NATO is effectively quieted down, and the ability to swap it between barrels of different sizes and thread pitches is the icing on the cake. If you only buy one rifle silencer this is the one to buy.