Like the perfect hunting rifle, the perfect silencer weighs practically nothing, never affects your shot, allows you to leave your ear pro at home, and costs pennies. Though I keep wandering among the various manufacturers here at SHOT show, I still haven’t found the perfect silencer – though I did find some all titanium models from Freedom Armory.
As you can see in the lead photo, Freedom Armory makes a full line of rimfire, pistol, and rifle silencers. What isn’t immediately apparent is that every silencer pictured is made almost exclusively of titanium and is end user serviceable.
The Dragoon line is comprised of a direct thread and QD 5.56 silencer and a similar equipped 7.62 silencers. The direct thread 5.56 can weights in at 9.7 oz at 6.75 inches long. The QD is 7.5 inches and weights 11 oz. The direct thread 7.62 is 8.75 inches and 11.5 oz with the QD can at 9.5 inches and 13 oz. Freedom Armory has elected to go with a slightly smaller diameter, 1.375 inches, vs. the industry standard of 1.5 inches in an effort to create a less obtrusive silencer. As you can see from specs above, this has necessitated going to a slightly longer silencer.
Their mount system seems to make good use of a taper mount interface that ensures even, concentric lockup. They also include a locking mechanism that locks up on the back ring and the wrench flats seen above. This ensures that the silencer won’t be coming loose and won’t be rotating.
On the sound suppression front, I have to say that I’m quite pleased with their literature and I really want to see their silencers in action. They were the only manufacturer I’ve met with that has included the barrel length and ammo information in their sound metering results. Their 30 cal silencers are hearing safe (<140 dB) on .22 LR, 5.7×28, 5.56, 300 BLK, and .308. They list a 143 dB reading on 300 Wby Magnum. Their 5.56 can is hearing safe on .22 LR, 5.7 x 28, and 5.56.
MSRP on the direct thread 5.56 silencer is $795 with the QD system adding $200. The direct thread 30 cal is $995 and like the 5.56 silencer, QD adds $200. Both QD systems include one mount.
Like the rifle silencers, the Grenadier line of pistol silencers are end user serviceable without special tools and include a removable baffle system that can be disassembled for cleaning. Since the baffles are made of titanium, they can be cleaned in nearly any solvent or even a steel pin tumbler.
The Grenadier .45 is rated for .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 9 mm, .300 BLK supers and subs, and .458 SOCOM subsonics. It adds 8.5 inches to the muzzle and weighs in at 11.4 oz. They offer nearly ever piston you’d ever need as well as the direct thread adapter necessary to use it on your 300 BLK and .458. For black or FDE, MSRP is $980. You can get a polished titanium version for $1030.
The Grenadier 9 mm is rated for 9 mm and .300 BLK. It adds 7.4 inches to the end of your rifle or pistol and 10.3 oz. Common 9 mm pistons are available and you can pick it up in black or FDE fro $930. Getting the bling adds $50.
One of the coolest features is the ability to stagger the baffles to create more or less gas disruption. The owner of Freedom tells me that they usually see a couple dB of reduction on a 300 BLK by alternating the orientation of the U shaped cut you see in the baffle above. For pistols, they seem the best results lining all the U shaped cuts together.
Freedom’s rifle silencers are in line with the market at large for titanium, though something like the Dead Air Ti is $140 less expensive at the expense of 5 ish oz in weight. Alternatively, the Thunder Beast Ultra line is about the same weight and price depending on the length you’re looking for.
The pistol cans are definitely at the higher end of the market, not surprising given the material selection and engineering that went into the baffles and mount systems. This is a niche product, but as RF likes to tell me, that’s usually where the big money hangs out.