By Nicholas Porter
Many people grow nostalgic for their first gun, and again when they receive their first NFA stamp. I cannot deny that that is the case with this suppressor. While it was not the first I had purchased, it was the first to come back approved due to the expedience of an E-Filed Form 4. For those who are not familiar with the manufacturer, Huntertown Arms is a small company building suppressors in Fort Wayne Indiana. Suppressors are basically all they manufacture, and they do so at a price point that easily trumps most other competitors. In fact, the Guardian 9mm suppressor in this review has an MSRP at only $349 . . .
The first thing you’ll notice about the Guardian is that it is fairly basic. It is a true case of function over form, which is to be expected at its price point. This approach lends itself to most other features of its construction. It is manufactured almost entirely from aluminum, with the exception of the booster and stainless steel blast chamber. The booster and end cap are both easily removed with standard wrenches, as opposed to a custom made tool other suppressors require. This allows the suppressor to be easily serviced by the user.
Inside it you’ll notice a very simple stacked baffle configuration. This gives the user two main benefits. First, because all the baffles are identical (except for the end one) they can be re-arranged so that once the blast baffle has taken too much abuse, it can be moved further down the stack and allow a less battered one to take its place. This allows the baffles to last considerably longer than a mono-core baffle structure, however it does so at the cost of slightly reduced internal volume. Second: In the event of a baffle strike, individual baffles can be replaced. In the case of this suppressor, the company will do so at minimal cost.
On the range it’s a joy to shoot. The added weight (only 7.5 oz) to the front of the host weapon is comfortable and balances the weapon well. It can be run either wet or dry and reduces the noise level to well below hearing safe levels even when dry. Obviously it’s far more effective wet, however I have noticed that I tend to leave the range with a blackened face after running it wet since the water/oil inside is usually blasted out the back of the booster when its fired. As always, safety glasses are a must.
Should you choose to fire it with a fixed barrel host weapon, the manufacturer offers replacement caps that take the place of the booster. I was quoted $50 for one to fit a 9mm SBR’s ½”-36 thread pattern. They also offer adapters for common .22 caliber pistols such as the P22 and SIG Mosquito.
Finally, the warranty. For the low price, I never expected such a good one. Huntertown warrants all of their suppressors for life “against anything but stupid”. What do they consider stupid, you may ask? Things such as never cleaning it, using it for an unapproved caliber, running on too short a barrel…. Well you get the idea.
All in all, it’s a stupendous suppressor for a first time buyer. It’s cheap, lightweight, and easy to maintenance. They also offer other lines of suppressors including multiple size .22 caliber models as well as 5.56 and 7.62 models including some in titanium.
Supported Calibers: 9mm, 17 Mach2, 17 HMR, .22LR, .22 WMR
Full Auto: No
Overall Length: 7.6 inches 8.5 with the booster installed)
Diameter: 1.250 inches
Weight: 7.4 ounces (10.2 ounces with the booster installed)
Blast Baffle Material: Stainless Steel
Material: Stainless steel, Aluminum
Booster: 1/2-28 (13.5x1mm LH available as an option)
Finish: Hardcoated Matte Black Anodizing
Threads: 1/2″ – 28
MSRP: $349.00 (includes booster)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Style: * * *
It’s simply plain, but its anodized finish is smooth with no noticeable flaws.
Reliability: * * * * *
Apart from user error (very lower power ammo), it has not failed to cycle the host weapon.
Sound Reduction: * * * *
It’s not as effective as more expensive models, but it definitely holds its own, and does so at a fraction of the price.
Customize This: *
Apart from getting it DuraCoated or CeraKoted, forget it. But that’s basically true of most suppressors.
Overall: * * * *
It’s an ideal suppressor for a first time buyer, and its reliability, ease of maintenance, and superb warranty make it an excellent choice for anyone wanting a no-frills 9mm suppressor.