New From SilencerCo: The Switchback 22 – The Quietest Rimfire Suppressor Available

SilencerCo Switchback 22

Just in time for SilencerCo‘s tenth anniversary, the company is releasing what it’s claiming is the quietest .22LR suppressor on the market, the Switchback 22. It’s a modular suppressor designed to be run in four different configurations on calibers all the way up to and including 5.7×28. SilencerCo’s press release follows, but stay tuned because I went hands-on with this new silencer last week and will be following this post with a dB testing, shooting, and overview video plus more detail photos. In the meantime, find your Switchback via Silencer Shop and find SilencerCo’s press release right here . . .

SilencerCo Releases Quietest .22 Suppressor to Hit the Market

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – September 25, 2018 – SilencerCo has unveiled a new .22 suppressor that is aimed to silence the rimfire market and to commemorate the company’s 10-year anniversary.

The Switchback 22 allows users to choose between three lengths, with the long configuration optimized for either a pistol or rifle host. As the most versatile rimfire silencer ever developed, the Switchback 22 is the first to use rocket propulsion principles. This approach to engineering results in non-intuitive baffle reversal and reduces the sound report on a .22LR rifle to an unheard-of 108 dB (with subsonic ammunition).

SilencerCo is not new to creating modular products—they blazed the market on modularity with the Salvo 12 in 2014. Two years later the Osprey Micro 22 continued the legacy of modularity. SilencerCo then successfully launched the first and only integrally suppressed 9mm pistol on the market, the Maxim 9, which supports modularity with its short and long configurations.

“Gas flow can be sped up or slowed down by tapering a bore wider or tighter,” said Jake Turnblom, SilencerCo engineer. “Cones act as a nozzle (to speed up) or a diffuser (to slow down) gases in propulsion. The effect a cone has completely flips when transitioning to or from supersonic or subsonic velocities. Using cones (by flipping them) as supersonic diffusers is what led to the discovery of improved suppression on rifles.”

Finished in raw titanium with black nitride end caps and coupler, the Switchback 22 has a MSRP of $499 and can be configured into three sizes. On a rifle, the suppressor is hearing-safe in the shortest configuration of 2.5 inches with a weight of only 3.2 oz. The medium configuration is 3.59 inches and 4.3 oz, while the long is 5.75 inches and 6.5 oz.

SilencerCo dealers will have the chance to purchase the Switchback 22 from distributors starting today. If a customer is interested in getting their hands on one, they should reach out to their local FFL/SOT.

About SilencerCo:

Ten years ago the dream began with two men that founded it all. They started from scratch. They learned

to machine metal. They shaped their dreams. They created SilencerCo. A decade later, SilencerCo is the largest silencer manufacturer in the world, nestled in the desert of the American West.

We’re shooters, too. We know the struggle of finding quality product that performs. We know stupid happens, which is why our lifetime warranty covers stupid…once. We set the standard for quality and innovation. From the first non-round pistol silencer, to the first integrally suppressed 9mm pistol, we continue to raise the bar for the industry. We don’t settle for less than perfection. We shoot for short, light, and quiet, but we make noise when it matters — we fight for your second amendment rights. Loudly.

 

Okay, okay, here’s the video so you can see those dB numbers with your own eyes! . . .

comments

  1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    I thought about picking up a PPK/S22 like that but according to their website it has a 17.5# DA trigger. Maybe there’s a way to lighten that up though. Anyone know if they’re still being made by S&W?

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        Thanks for the info. After reading your review I might pick one up anyway if I see one cheap enough. There’s some blued ones dirt cheap on Gun Broker ($229+free ship, NIB). Some penny auctions too. Although the blued version doesn’t quite have as much Bond appeal.

    1. avatar GP1935 says:

      The new 22s are an Umarex zinc alloy product. If you want a steel slide you’ll have to buy used. S&W’s licensing arrangement ended a few years ago.

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        Not too worried about the allow slide on a sub-$300 .22.

        Yep, looks like Umarex. Made in Germany though.

  2. avatar Jon in CO says:

    That’s a crazy quiet little thing. MSRP at $499 is pretty steep for a 22 can. I still haven’t jumped on the NFA train yet. Being a renter and stuff, it’s hard to deal with the changing addresses every couple years.

  3. avatar Jim Wilkins says:

    Hm. Every one of the stats for these suppressors provides a reduction To more than 100 dB. That is a reduction but it’s still not safe to shoot without ear protection. Take this from a guy who has been living with tinnitus for more than 50 years.

    1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

      It is about as loud as dry firing the gun…so not that loud…

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