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I was baffled by the baffleless suppressor that’s currently being produced by Angstadt Arms. Okay, I’ll admit that’s not my joke, but the guy at the Angstadt Arms booth hit me with it. The Vanquish did seem somewhat confusing to me. I’m no suppressor expert, but I thought baffles were kind of a requirement.

Luckily, the folks at Angstadt Arms were willing to explain it to me, maybe more than once. Luckily, they had one on hand to take apart and explain to me. It bears mentioning that the Vanquish isn’t a traditional suppressor, but it’s a barrel for a 9mm AR-15 design. It doesn’t attach to the barrel’s end, but it replaces the barrel.

The Vanquish: Keeping It Quiet

With that said, Angstadt Arms is also producing a Vanquish rifle that will have the barrel and suppressor integrated into the firearm. This includes an SBR and a full-sized rifle, but there is no pistol variant in production.

The barrel that drops into the rifle is strategically vented to allow gas to escape from the bore. The gas escapes into the tube that wraps around the barrel. The tube that goes around the barrel is the NFA-registered component. Kinda like how the 80 lower is the SBR.

This design does two things. First, it does exactly what you expect from a suppressor and cuts the volume of the shot significantly.

Next, the venting barrel system reduces the speed of the projectile to the point where it’s subsonic. You can launch 115-grain projectiles. The Vanquish will render them subsonic. This same idea was integrated into the MP5SD decades ago.

The Vanquish does allow you to customize the venting system to reduce the amount of gas that’s venting. A set of set screws allows you to block some of the vents. Depending on the weight and speed of the round, you can block some venting to ensure it’s only reaching subsonic velocities and not reducing the velocity lower than necessary.

I think the Vanquish is a fascinating step forward for the AR community. As a fan of integrally suppressed weapons, I think the Vanquish is an interesting step in that direction.

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    • Talked with a nurse the other night at my full time who said he is planning to move down and support the effort at the border with his personal Firearms and ammo.

      • Locally, we have several veterans on their way there and joining up with another group of veterans of about 100 in number, combat ready. Our state has quietly sent combat ready air and army national guard troops, about 40 total I think from what I can get from others I know in the national guard. And from what I can gather so far other states are quietly sending national guard troops and state law enforcement.

        The battles between the cartel foot soldiers and NG troops/law enforcement have been quietly taking place mostly in skirmishes. In December 2023, with blessing of Mexican authorities, there was a major operation by Texas law enforcement/National Guard to kick the cartel off Fronton Island (AKA ‘Cartel Island’) which is actually U.S. territory where the cartel, although they had occupied this area for a while, was basically staging men, weapons, equipment, and drugs for a push into ‘mainland’ Texas.

        Fronton Island was formed in 1926 when a channel of the Rio Grande river cut it away from mainland Texas. In 1976 the U.S. officially claimed it as U.S. territory but its existed in a weird ‘grey area’ legal middle ground between Mexico and the U.S. (Texas specifically geographically) and then it came under private ownership. Law enforcement from both the U.S. and Mexico avoided it to avoid any ‘international incident’ situations for a long time, and the cartel took advantage of this and began to occupy the island long term and used it as a major drug staging point. Then recently although they had cartel smaller numbers ‘foot soldiers’ there for a long time the cartel started massing men, weapons, equipment, and drugs for a push into ‘mainland’ Texas, and started funneling known terrorist and thousands of middle eastern and South American military aged males through the island to infiltrate them into the U.S. .

        • clarification for: “Fronton Island was formed in 1926 when a channel of the Rio Grande river cut it away from mainland Texas.”

          Although geographically (before the river cut it away to form an island) the land was on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande and geographically physically part of Texas soil – the Rio Grande river was considered the international border. When that channel separated it from mainland Texas the river-border then placed it on the Mexico side ‘internationally’ because of the way the border lines were at the time. So there was this weird ‘grey area’ (international) legal middle ground between Mexico and the U.S. – then in 1976 the U.S. officially claimed it as U.S. territory but, basically, because of the way the border is with the the Rio Grande river that weird ‘grey area’ (international) legal middle ground between Mexico and the U.S. still exists today for the island which is why the blessing of Mexican authorities was needed for the operation to kick the cartel off the island.

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  5. I recently had a conversation with a nurse during my night shift at work, and he mentioned his intention to relocate and contribute to the efforts at the border by bringing along his personal firearms and ammunition.

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