Jeremy and others have already seen the Gemtech Integra at various shows over the past year, but this was my first time putting hands on one at the 2017 SHOT show. Unlike a traditional short barreled AR 15 + silencer, commonly referred to as a “two stamp” rifle, the Integra has a pinned and welded shroud that attaches to a much shorter than standard barrel. This brings overall barrel length to 16.1 inches, removing a $200 tax burden from a prospective buyer.
Built by NEMO Arms, the Integra comes in either 300 BLK with a ten inch barrel or 5.56 with a 10.5 inch barrel. The whole unit is covered by an M-LOK equipped Seekins Precision MCSR V2 hand guard that runs the entire length of the barrel.
Using a 3/8″ ratchet, the monocore can be removed by the end user for cleaning and maintenance. The outer tube and core are all made of Titanium, leading to a full auto rating in a package that weighs in at roughly four pounds. Included with the package is a bolt carrier group and charging handle.
Gemtech claims that the Integra meters at 128 dB with subsonic 300 BLK and 131 dB with M855 5.56×45 mm ammunition. Unfortunately, Gemtech’s booth was positioned next door to a company showing off ported pistols, so I was unable to shoot without my hearing protection.
That said, I found the experience to be quite comfortable with very little gassy blowback. With Washington state legalizing short barreled rifles in the last year, the legal use case for this sort of thing has evaporated, but for those who hate paying taxes, and want a dedicated suppressed rifle, this just might be the ticket. MSRP is $1,899, and Gemtech expects to have these on dealer shelves in 2017. Stay tuned for a review.