I was tasked with finding new silencers at SHOT, and boy did I. It seems you couldn’t throw a rock at SHOT without hitting a can, many of them quite modular. A point we’ve beat to death around here, buying cans is expensive and time consuming. As such, consumers are demanding “do it all” silencers that can be attached to multiple hosts while still doing a good job quieting things down. Griffin recently jumped in with both feet with their Optimus, a one size fits all can that can do everything from .22 LR to .300 Win Mag. Given that the Optimus has quickly sold out, they’ve also gone forward with another modular can, the Alpha.
Griffin Armament owners (and brothers) Evan and Austin Green, are anything but subtle. They’re both about 6′ 5″ and built like corn fed midwesterners. They also have a habit of crowding your personal space a la LBJ while they rapid fire pepper you with questions. It goes without saying that Griffin is positioning their new Alpha can to compete with SilencerCo’s Omega, but Evan wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss the reference when I was interviewing him on the SHOT show floor. Got it.
Built as a user serviceable, centerfire can, the Alpha features 17-4 stainless throughout, and a patent pending ratchet locking end cap. The Alpha will feature swappable end caps with different sized apertures to compliment the host of choice.
The Griffin guys tell me that the Alpha will weigh in at approximately 16.3 oz with a brake and that they’re seeing about 137 dB at the muzzle on a 20″ .308 and 133 dB with a 14.5″ 5.56 and the appropriate end cap. MSRP is $1050 and it should be available in the next few months at your local dealer of choice.