New from CZ-USA for 2019 is a line of suppressors covering everything from .22 LR to .300 WinMag. And they’re starting to hit dealer shelves now. I got my hands on the S2 Reflex, designed specifically for 9mm carbines (or “large format pistols”) like CZ’s own Scorpion EVO . . .
The S2 Reflex is available in two flavors: titanium (S2 Ti Reflex) and stainless steel (S2 SS Reflex). Both are identical other than the material from which they’re made and their MSRP. The SS comes in at a competitive $599 and the Ti at a tougher-to-hide-from-the-wife $929.
This S2 SS Reflex has arrived at Silencer Shop for my testing enjoyment — errr, scientific process — and I’ll be able to borrow it shortly.
A “reflex” suppressor / silencer / can means a portion of it goes back over the firearm’s barrel. This section of suppressor is hollow on the inside, of course, and offers increased expansion chamber volume, which often reduces sound volume and backpressure (blowback) without adding length to the barrel.
For this to work on a given firearm, yes, it will require a sufficient amount of clear barrel over which the suppressor can slide. And obviously the diameter of the barrel needs to fit inside of the reflex portion of the can.
Up front is a big hole in the middle where the bullet is supposed to exit. Around it . . . I wasn’t quite sure. Fun aesthetics, maybe?
But then I found the tool in the box. Ahha! So these functional holes allow the suppressor to be tightened or loosened even if it’s run down inside of a handguard and not accessible from the sides. Perfect!
The back side of the tool is ready to accept a socket wrench.
Were I purchasing one of these bad boys I’d have a difficult decision to make. The Ti suppressor costs 55% more than the SS suppressor. But it weighs 37.5% less. That’s 9.6 ounces vs 15.36 ounces. Nothing to sneeze at!
And nearly a pound is not a lightweight 9mm suppressor. Though, on a “pistol caliber carbine” like the Scorpion EVO, the weight isn’t anywhere near as noticeable as on a pistol. And by “pistol” I mean a glock like the CZ P-10 or whatever.
Those ribs on the outside aren’t just for your pleasure; this is a tubeless design with baffles directly welded together and forming the tube itself. Those curves prevent excess material and provide curves instead of corners (stronger, fewer hot spots, etc).
Speaking of strength, CZ-USA’s recommended cleaning procedure, should your 9mm suppressor eventually get gunked up inside, is to put the S2 Reflex on an AR-15 rifle and do a mag dump of .223 through it. Yes, this 9mm suppressor is full-auto rated for 9mm and arguably overbuilt. Sub-gun ready for sure.
Just be aware that if you’re installing a suppressor (or Black Collar Arms’ SCORPITROL trigger) on your Scorpion EVO, CZ acts like they have an ownership stake in Loctite.
Next weekend I’m going on a little Texas hunting trip with CZ and we’ll be shooting 100% suppressed. I’ll have a chance to test their integral and thread-on rimfire cans as well as their centerfire offerings. I’ll take some video, take some pictures, take some notes, take some animals, and report back! Stay tuned . . .