I take it back — the theme of this year’s SHOT Show is silencers that work like LEGOs. Liberty Suppressors had their Mystic-X first, then SilencerCo came out with their Omega can, and Gemtech’s response is The One (notice a distinct biblical theme here?). The idea behind both cans is that you buy one serialized part, and put it on ALL THE THINGS. Direct thread .308 rifle? Fast attach 5.56 carbine? Bolt action .300 BLK pistol with a duck for an aiming sight? All these things and more can be suppressed with this one silencer. Just one tax stamp and all this can be yours.
The key to the system is that the mount end of the can is threaded on the inside, and the mounts are simply screw-in inserts that the end user can change at will. I think its a great concept, and I love that more silencer companies are taking this route. The real kicker is the price though: $1,000 gets you suppression on anything from 5.56 NATO to .300 Win Mag. That’s a huge drop in prices compared to only a year ago.
Also on the books this year are suppressed bolt carriers. Silencers have a tendency to increase the backpressure in the rifle and cause the bolt to cycle much more quickly than when running without a can, and as a result it increases the wear and tear on the rifle and increases felt recoil. Gemtech has a solution for that problem. Instead of changing the gas system, simply drop in a bolt with an adjustable gas key. Available in 5.56 and .308 versions, the adjustable gas key can either run full open for normal conditions or “suppressed” where some of the gasses are redirected away from the expansion chamber and keep the bolt from cycling too fast. Making the swap does require removing the bolt from the gun and pushing a couple pins, though.
Last on the list is the new “Trilogy” silencer set. Shipped straight to your SOT in a stylish case, this kit contains the three silencers that you need to suppress almost any firearm. They include a rimfire GM-22, a 45ACP pistol can the GM-45, and The One for everything else. The kit actually is pretty reasonably priced at $1,900, considering the price of the individual components.