NRA: Top 6 Suppressor-Ready Pistols


The NRA writes [via]

There’s been a lot of noise about the use of firearm suppressors lately (ironic, huh?). With the Hearing Protection Act recently introduced to lawmakers, the movement to loosen regulations on the purchase and use of suppressors has never been stronger, and gun owners everywhere are waiting eagerly to be able to more readily purchase and use devices that could make shooting safer for everyone.

With or without the HPA, the popularity of suppressors has skyrocketed in recent years as new materials and technology makes them easier to build and more effective than ever. In response to this demand, gun makers are introducing more suppressor-ready handguns, boasting features like threaded barrels and raised front sights.

Here are a few shining examples of what gun buyers can look ahead to this year:



Remington R1 Tactical

The Remington R1 Tactical is a beefed-up, tactical big brother in the R1 full-size 1911 pistol line. This double-stack 1911 (starting at $959 MSRP) carries 15+1 of .45 ACP ammo, and is strengthened with a full-length guide rod, ramped barrel and upgraded VZ G10 grips. Most importantly for the suppressor crowd, the R1 Tactical features a threaded barrel for attaching the can, and raised sights to provide a clear sight picture over the suppressor body.



Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory


Smith & Wesson recently introduced their competition .22LR rimfire pistol, the SW22 Victory, a single-action, enclosed hammer-fired blowback semi-auto. The Victory is built for accuracy, including a match-grade interchangeable barrel that takes down easily using one screw.

Rimfire suppressor owners rejoice — amongst the barrel offerings in the Victory line is a threaded barrel, wearing a beautiful thread protector from the factory.



FN FNX-45 Tactical


FN improved their proven FNP-45 Tactical to create the FNX-45 Tactical, a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) hammer-driven .45 ACP pistol with enhanced ergonomics. Featuring a stainless-steel slide with raised night sights for suppressor use, and a cold hammer-forged stainless 4.5 inch-barrel with .578×28 TPI threading to attach a can, the 7.4-inch overall length FNX-45 Tactical comes prepared for suppressed use.

Other features include replaceable steel frame and slide rails, interchangeable backstraps with lanyard eyelets, fully ambidextrous decocking, safety and slide-stop levers and magazine release, and a polished chamber and feed ramp.



Heckler & Koch VP9 Tactical

German gunmaker Heckler & Koch showed off the recently debuted VP9 Tactical, part of their VP pistol line. These striker-fired polymer frame pistols (that start at an MSRP of $929) feature extended-length threaded cold hammer-forged barrels ready for suppressors with polygonal rifling, which results in reduced bullet deformation and improved muzzle velocity. The 3-dot tritium night sights allow for quick target acquisition, and can easily be swapped for high-profile suppressor-ready sights.



Kimber Warrior SOC (TFS)

While not a new release, the Kimber Warrior SOC (TFS) sets a high standard for suppressor-ready pistols, providing muscled-up improvements to the legendary 1911 semi-automatic platform. The Warrior SOC (TFS), a .45 ACP offering decked out in flat dark earth, dark green and black, features a 5.5-inch threaded barrel for suppressor mounting, front- and rear-slide serrations for easy manipulation, and Kimber’s G10 tactical grips. Additionally, the SOC (TFS) comes with a Crimson Trace Rail Master laser sight onboard.



Sig Sauer P938 Emperor Scorpion

Sig Sauer rolled out a suppressor-ready edition of its concealed carry-favorite P938, a single-action subcompact, in the new Emperor Scorpion model. This small-yet-mighty 9mm pistol boasts all of the characteristics of its Scorpion brother — all-metal frame, 1911-style controls, ambi safety, flat dark earth finish — with the addition of a threaded barrel, perfect for running a compact suppressor.

For those trying to pick out their first (or next) pistol, it’s definitely worth considering the flexibility of having a firearm ready-made for a suppressor should you choose to purchase one. Whether you already own a can, are in the market, or are intrigued at the prospect of forthcoming suppressor-friendly legislation, picking up a new firearm that’s ready to attach right out of the box is the best way to be prepared for when you want a little more quiet time with your gun.

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  1. avatar South philly joe says:

    The irony is that by the time the HPA is passed half the big silencer companies are probably going to go under because no ones buying them in the hopes this passes soon.

  2. avatar tmm says:

    Top six? These? A S&W Victory, four .45 “Tacticals” and a suppressor ready P938? I like Sigs, but a suppressor hanging off a P938 doesn’t make it into the top six. This is a list of six, but this wouldn’t be my top six.

    1. avatar Muzzle Device says:

      Where is the Ruger 22/45 Lite? Seems missing that means there were gaping holes in the author’s research.

      1. avatar MLee says:

        @ Muzzle Device

        This story is just more page filler. Where is the Ruger SR22 with the extended barrel all suppressor ready? That has been a good strong seller for Ruger.

    2. avatar tmm says:

      *the HK is a 9mm…but the list is still bleh.

    3. avatar Anthony says:

      Yeah I agree Sir. My wife owns a 938, I bought it for 2 reasons; concealment and reliability. I guess if you are James Bond a can would be ok. Otherwise a 938 with a can is ridiculous.

  3. avatar Logan says:

    Where is the Dan Wesson Discretion Jeremy S. reviewed?

  4. avatar JAlan says:

    CZ P-09 suppressor ready here. Clearly NRA has crap taste.

    1. avatar Ed says:

      I’m going to bet that the NRA receives some type of financial support from these manufacturers. What other reason could there be for such a mediocre list. The VP9 is ok, but not really suppressor ready without the right height sights and the FNX is a good pick…the rest are an eclectic bunch to say the least. Remington just makes garbage now,period. The others leave something to desire (the Kimber is damn expensive for what you get.) Walther makes a few different models with threaded barrels and suppressor height sights. Ruger makes a threaded SR1911 as well. This is a list of pistols from contributors to the NRA, Period.

      1. avatar Skoon says:

        What about that suppressor ready glock all it needs it’s a threaded barrel and tall sights

        1. avatar Doktor says:

          Umm, the “ready” part is missing. But yes you’re right, it is a pistol.

        2. avatar VPR says:

          Factory threaded glocks are about as common as hen’s teeth these days, sadly :c

  5. avatar pete says:

    Yep, FNX45T. +P rated so one can send 230’s at about 950 fps or 200’s at 1050 for high subsonic ME.

  6. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Sig 938, a 2 finger grip pocket pistol would look and likely feel totally out of balance with a can on the front.

  7. avatar Dick says:

    Would say the beretta m9a3 should b at top

  8. avatar James69 says:

    P22 ??? Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?

    1. avatar pete says:

      Bleh, zinc. I’d say the M&P 22 compact should make it but the two-part threaded adapter is a PITA.

  9. avatar Noishkel says:

    Hell there’s going to be all kinds of opportunities for after market threaded barrels if they ever get the HPA passed.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m waiting for a suppressed Baby Browning.

  11. avatar Ironhead says:

    A remington r1??? Not even if you gave it to me. The rest sure. What about the glocks and Springfields?

  12. avatar Frank says:

    If you live in Virginia and don’t have a Concealed Handgun Permit, be sure you understand the laws before carrying a loaded semi-auto center-fire handgun with a threaded barrel in public. Without a permit, even open carry with a threaded barrel can earn you a Class 1 misdemeanor in some cases.

  13. avatar strych9 says:

    Other than the FN, pass.

    Two suppressed .45’s in the house plus a 9mm and I’d take any, Glock 21 included, over practically everything on this list.

  14. avatar McBell says:

    The HK45 Tactical and HK MK23 definitly deserve a spot on the top 5 list.

  15. avatar Action45 says:

    That list is bad, and they should feel bad for publishing it.

  16. avatar Mark Horning says:

    Other than the FN, the list is terrible, and even the FN is crazy expensive.

    Several excellent choices by CZ left off. And H&K has much better choices than the VP9.

    Presumably this is really a list of “Threaded barrel guns from companies who buy advert space in American Rifleman”

  17. avatar RustyNutz says:

    I would have voted for the Smith M&P 22c. Great shooting, fun little 22. The barrel comes pre-threaded, apparently some come with caps while others come with adaptors. Mine is waiting for a stamp to get that sweet silent 22 action going

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