New From Microtech Knives: R2K 9mm Suppressors

Microtech Knives is well known for high-end, well, knives. I’ve owned two myself, I do believe JWT carries one, and there’s a shiny new UTX-70 in my jeans fifth pocket as I type. But Microtech’s owner, Tony Marfione, has always been passionate about firearm suppressors and has been designing them since the early 90’s. Finally, Microtech is releasing one under their brand name: the all-titanium, modular R2K . . .

In the video above Tony gives us the grand tour of the new suppressor.

The R2K is modular in that the end user can easily swap it between two length configurations. By unscrewing a few inches off the muzzle end, it moves from full-length and maximum suppression to a smaller, lighter, but still surprisingly quiet “K” configuration.

The trick here is that the R2K’s baffles won’t fall out at this point. Unlike the other suppressors on the market, an internal cap retains the baffles inside both sections and you’re ready to shoot in K configuration immediately upon unscrewing the modular extension. No need to remove and re-install a muzzle cap into the K side. Though you can if you want to.

Titanium K-Baffles comprise the internal baffle stack. They key together offset 180° and are, as you’d expect, extremely lightweight. That unique design on the bullet-facing side apparently made a huge difference in trapping gasses and reducing volume. It sounded like the Microtech crew was genuinely surprised just how quiet the R2K ended up being, especially in K config.

At about 11 ounces in full configuration, and running between a 32 dB and 40+ dB noise reduction depending on config and whether shot wet or dry, the R2K is impressive on paper and in the hand. It’s also full-auto and +P rated, and cool on subsonic 300 Blackout too.

Hopefully we can put one through its paces on some pistols and PCCs soon!

MSRP is $1,250, which puts it at the high end of the pistol caliber suppressor price scale. As you may expect from Microtech, which is not an inexpensive brand. However, it appears as though no corners were cut here, from the 17-4 PH mount to everything else being milled from high-grade titanium to the PVD treatment rather than Certakote. The R2K also comes in a locking plastic case with custom-cut foam along with two mounts, a fixed mount adapter, and disassembly tools. So it’s a nice, complete kit.

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  1. avatar Bil says:

    Instead of wasting time with Suppressors for dentists, focus on the most affordable models for the rest of us. Giving ink to overpriced toys for fat, rich guys who only go to a range once or twice a year just encourages the wrong end of the market.

    1. avatar ironicatbest says:

      Purchase now before the government bans it. You too can break a law for only $1200

    2. avatar Ing says:

      There is no wrong end of the market — unless it’s an end where there’s no profit. Dig into TTAG’s reviews, and you’ll find suppressors of all types and prices.

      Unfortunately, as Jon in CO says below, government interference guarantees that even low-end suppressors will be budget-busters for poor schlubs like you and me. It’s all by design. That $200 tax stamp was equivalent to $3,500 back when the law was passed in the 1930s.

  2. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    I think it includes a 13.5LH piston for your HK and Sig shooting enjoyment, plus the customary 1/2×28 for the rest. Glad you don’t have to get them separately. The AAC Ti-rant 9M is similarly equipped, though AAC doesn’t include a fixed barrel adapter (only $20 though). Buying extra pistons and adapters is frequently a hidden cost, so you may get a can for $550-700, but then have to buy an extra $150 in pistons. Even so this will be a more expensive can, I guess we will see whether the construction, brand name, or performance will sell it in the high end of consumer cans.

    9mm is an interesting choice to start with (though I read elsewhere they have a 22lr coming as well). A .45 pistol can gives you all the smaller calibers as well and is a good choice for a one can “system” for newer buyers, making it easier to justify spending more.

    Will this be available in various finishes, stonewashed, Starwars themes, blue, red, etc?

  3. avatar Jon in CO says:

    The problem is, with current regs in place, R&D and manufacturing makes it an expensive process. If we removed it from NFA guidelines, you’d see things like Osprey’s down around the $300 range, out the door. Your higher end boutique cans like this one, would be cut in half.

    With Microtech though, I’d expect a Halo 5, a Utx 85, or an ultratech included with the price.

    1. avatar Justin says:

      I wonder who they stole this design from!?

      And the high price is almost certainly to help cover legal fees against their ill conceived lawsuit against KAI USA which was thrown out recently by a Pa court. http://knifenews.com/judge-dismisses-microtech-vs-kai-lawsuit/

      Guess you can’t bleed money forever…especially when you also take your own son who owns heretic knives to court too!

  4. avatar Jasper Norton says:

    Marifone did/does some nice designs. I don’t even pay attention much anymore to anything that Microtech does. Whatever new product he releases will be over priced and unoriginal. I sold my old Mts about a dozen years ago and the early Microtechs were a sight to behold! I think Marifone got caught up in the hero worship that used to be thrown at him and he thought he might actually be anointed? To be fair to the guy… the Microtech fan boys devolve into little girls going gaga over the latest Monster High doll and associated outfits. Seriously, I’ve never seen grown men squeal so much and pant (yes, “pant”) “me too, me too, I need that!!!! oh oh oh! Look at that!”. Microholics are worse than the flashlight guys. I think being the BIG fish in a small pond made him forget what a good knife is. I’ll take an old STrider, Benchmade, or a ZT anytime over a knife that’s only fit for a Safe, showing off to your friends, or holding in your left hand while watching reruns of “24”. I will say I miss my old Nemesis though…

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