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A couple of weeks ago I found myself in Salt Lake City which of course meant I just had to make the trek out to visit Mike Pappas and Todd Magee of Dead Air Silencers. As luck would have it, at the time they were mere days away from announcing the newest suppressor in the Dead Air line, the Nomad-30.

This compact, lightweight, .30 caliber suppressor strikes a balance that makes it ideal for most of the silencer-buying market . . .

In the video above, I conduct a sloppy interview of Mike and Todd and they walk us through all of the features, benefits, and design considerations of the Nomad-30. Then we put rounds down range, firing .300 Win Mag, 300 Blackout, and 5.56 through the Nomad.

At only 6.5 inches in length (minus the mount), the Nomad-30 is a particularly compact, .30 cal suppressor. It maintains excellent sound suppression thanks to a larger-than-usual 1.735-inch diameter and a unique baffle design.

With no external tube, internal space is maximized and weight is kept to a minimum. Each 17-4 PH stainless steel baffle is directly welded to the next via LBM or laser beam welding. A pretty sweet process that bonds more deeply despite less overheating and almost no distortion.

On the business end, the Nomad uses Dead Air’s existing end cap system. The user can easily swap between end caps with different aperture diameters, flash hider end caps, and more.

On the mount end, Dead Air made the cool decision of designing the Nomad to be compatible with “legacy” mounts. Mainly, this means mounts for some SilencerCo and other suppressors. This opens up a whole world of direct-thread mount pitches and QD mounts for all sorts of different muzzle devices.

Including, of course, Dead Air’s own Key-Mo system that works with their brakes and flash hiders.

Mounted on a Barrett MRAD chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum, the Nomad-30 was surprisingly effective. For such a small suppressor, it cut the sound of that punchy caliber shockingly well. Especially for the shooter, it was flat-out quiet and completely comfortable with a great tone. It also appreciably tames recoil.

On 5.56 it sounded great. We shot this Galil ARM, a Ruger Mini-14, and an AR-15 with the Nomad attached. The large diameter of the suppressor reduces backpressure, and the sound level and tone were great even on the slimmer caliber with the .30 caliber end cap.

Through a 300 Blackout, it was as quiet as I’ve heard anywhere. At least subjectively using the ol’ ear-o-meter. Given the compact size, light weight, and durability, the Nomad-30 is a fantastic choice and a top performer for 300 BLK.

When I first saw it, I didn’t really “get” the Nomad-30 (which is funny, because I had the same experience with Dead Air’s Wolf 9SD). It isn’t a belt-fed-full-auto-rated super durable suppressor but it isn’t a featherweight titanium suppressor, and Dead Air already sells five other .30 cal cans. But after holding it and experiencing it, I’ve come around 100 percent.

I think Dead Air has found the sweet spot where most of us actually live. Do I personally need a suppressor to be rated for belt-fed full-auto fire? No. I wish, but no. Would I like a suppressor to be durable enough that I can do mag dumps through a semi-auto 5.56 or 300 BLK or .308 and not have to worry about the bore eroding? Yes, yes I would.

So it gives up a few ounces to an all-Ti can and ultimate high-temp stability to the Inconel and Stellite super-alloy cans, but in doing so finds that sweet spot between weight, durability, and sound suppression. The Nomad-30 would be at home at a PRS match, out hunting on a bolt gun or hunting hogs with a semi-auto, or taking a tactical carbine course and sending a thousand rounds down range in a day.

I’m a big fan.

Specifications: Dead Air Nomad-30

Length: 6.5″
Weight: 14 oz
Diameter: 1.735″
Caliber: Multi — up to .300 Winchester Magnum
Finish: Cerakote
Materials: all 17-4 stainless steel except for Grade 5 titanium end caps
Minimum Barrel Length: no restriction
MSRP: $916 (about $745 via Silencer Shop)


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  1. This sounds like a wonderful suppressor.

    Here is my only problem:

    $750 for suppressor
    $50 for shipping/FFL transfer
    $200 ATF tax stamp
    $1,000 total cost

    I cannot justify $1,000 for a suppressor. I have excellent bolt-action rifles that cost 1/4th to 1/3 that including optics. I have semi-auto rifles that cost 1/4th to 1/2 that including optics.

    When total cost of ownership gets down to around $400, I will buy one.

    Oh, and I forgot to include the cost of paying a gunsmith to thread the barrels of most of my rifles.

    • You can get a suppressor for $400 total cost. some are less. Including tax stamp and everything. Something tells me this isn’t designed for a $250 hunting rifle, or marketed to to owners who primarily shoot $300-$400 guns…..

      • Oh wow, I had no idea that anyone was selling suppressors for something like $200.

        Does that price range provide options for all popular calibers/platforms?

        In my mind popular calibers/platforms would consist of:
        — rimfire (.22 LR and .22 WMR)
        — handgun (non Magnums through .45 ACP)
        — intermediate rifle calibers
        — full power rifle calibers
        where full power rifle calibers would include the likes of .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, and .30-06 Springfield

        • I know this thread is a bit old, but the Black Aces Tactical Po Boy sells for $199. They make one for 5.56 and another for 7.62. For the low price, you’ll make up for it in extra weight and competitive but not top-of-line suppression. Pay more to resolve those shortcomings, but if you’re fine with adding 20 oz to the end of your barrel and no QD, it’s a great way to start out in the suppressor world.

    • At least with silencer shop you pay no shipping or transfer. So save $50! Which you will need for a mount… But you can get a $399 ghost-M…two cans for $1600? Joking… Or not.

      Rifle cans, especially from more well known companies tend to be more expensive, so most would probably get their start with a cheaper pistol or .22lr can.

      If you have a larger caliber rifle suppressor, you can use it for multiple guns as long as you are ok swapping it between hosts, so in that case, split between 5-10 rifles, a nicer can and mounting system goes a long way compared to an optic or light that maybe stays on one gun.

      The $200 tax eats up a lot of the cost, and no way around that at the moment unfortunately, but if you watch there are frequently deals from various manufacturers who will give you $200 credit, or a rebate, or free mounts.

      Guns and silencers aren’t cheap, but they are fun, useful, etc, and worth the cost to me.

    • My first can was a Dead Air Mask HD, and Silencer Shop was running a special buy one Dead Air product, and get the Ghost M for $399.00, I couldn’t pass that up, and have no regrets. As for the Nomad 30…I’m looking for a can I can use on my Bergara LRP 6.5 CM and 300 blk pistol. I first looked at the Sandman L, but with the introduction of the Nomad, I think I’ll save my lunch money and buy the Nomad. As you can tell, I’m fond of Dead Air products, but my only other choice for a 30 cal rifle can would be the Omega, using the Key-Mo mount of course. You can get a suppressor at a very good price, but sound suppression does suffer on some of the cheaper cans. Warning! buying your first can, will result in buying many more, it’s addictive.

  2. suppressors An ammunition company has the opportunity to capitalize on a powder that does not make my firearm take on the appearance of a smoke stack in a Chinese coal plant.

  3. If I’m going to Shell Out a “Grand” or more for a .30-caliber Suppressor! I’d buy a Modern CNC SS-Waffenakademie (SS-Weapons Academy) HUB-23 Suppressor. Probably the best .30-caliber suppressor ever made, will reduce a 133dB 7.92x57mm by up to 75%…

  4. I think 750 is what I paid for my omega, and it came with a direct thread cap and a QD break mount.
    It’s a great can, but it’s like 11” long.

    This Nomad is pretty cool. And only 14 oz?

    • if You take off that dumb### anchor brake (that only does anything on 300 Win Mag FYI), the omega is shorter then this depending on the configuration… and just as light…

      This is from omega owner who still wants to buy the nomad. I love my omega but it’s kinda outdated compared to newer cans.

  5. Lots of text and stuff, but what are the dB numbers at the shooter’s ear? In the end that’s what is important and why they want lot’s of money for their silencer.

    • Once you’re under that hearing safe threshold of 140 dB, things like weight, length, caliber/rate of fire/barrel length restrictions, price become more important than chasing dB numbers.

  6. Is it just me or is this can basically a modular Trash Panda with steel construction? In any case, it does interest me for .556 – more so than 300 blk as I feel like Ti works just fine for the lower pressures/velocities involved. I don’t shoot 308, so that’s not really a factor…

  7. How does this compare to the Sandman K and S? I was looking at getting a Sandman K for my 11.5″ 5.56 upper since I want something compact. Does the extra inch or so for the Nomad and wider diameter make up for the size difference? How quiet is it compared to the Sandman K and S?

    • I read somewhere on one of the forums from Deadair themselves that this can actually be hearing safe on an SBR setup. The K is definitely not going to be. I think the Nomad is the way to go any day of the week compared to the K. Get the Q Plan B and it will basically be the same weight but sound so much better.

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