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Say what you will about the ATF, the NFA, and the newly released 41P. No seriously, say it. I hate it too, but there’s no denying that the silencer business is taking off. Ruger is the most recent gun manufacturer to jump on the bus, and they’ve started with arguably the best entry to silencers out there, the venerable .22 can. We posted about the can earlier this month when it leaked to the public, but Dan and I finally had a chance to shoot it attached to Ruger’s very popular silencer host, the 22/45 Lite…


The new can from Ruger is designed to work on both .22 LR and .22 WMR as well as .17 HMR hosts on any barrel length, semi or full auto. That about covers all the needs of a dedicated .22 can, save for the big one, serviceability. As anybody who has broken a 10/22 apart can tell you, rimfire ammo is nasty stuff, and the can on the end is not immune to the junk flying out the barrel.



Ruger includes a simple takedown tool that allows you to remove both ends of the can for cleaning and maintenance. One of the design features that Ruger is very excited about is the interlocking system that keeps the thread mount firmly locked to the outer tube to prevent accidental disassembly upon removal.



One of the other neat features is the asymmetric baffle stack that Ruger claims helps with disrupting the flow of expanding and exiting gasses. The ultimate goal here is to reduce the noise, while keeping a light and compact can on the end. The Ruger rep tells me that the orientation of the “points” doesn’t seem to make a bit of difference, but that the can is metering out in the realm of competing .22 cans. The outer tube is titanium, the baffles, end cap, thread mount are stainless steel, while the rear cap is made of aluminum.


Unfortunately, Ruger had their silencer equipped pistol situated right next to their unsilenced pistols, so Dan and I weren’t able to shoot it sans protection. To my double protected ears, it sounded like a silenced .22 pistol, and the light weight didn’t seem to negatively affect the ergos of the pistol too bad. MSRP is $449, and should be in stores soon.

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  1. I’d like the Ruger 22/45 better if it wasn’t set up that the serialized part is on the barrel. I am however excited about Smith’s new offering in 22lr that makes it easier to take down and switch out barrels.

    • There is always the buckmark. The serial # is on the frame and the far better trigger is why I got one over the mark iii or 22/45 series.

  2. Dangerous! Those things make any death-machine even more death-machinier!

    [quote]I understand that you support the “Hearing Protection Act of 2015” (H.R. 3799), which was introduced by Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) on October 22, 2015. Currently, this legislation is under consideration in both the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on the Judiciary. I understand that you support this bill because it would exempt firearm silencers from federal laws under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (Public Law: 73-474). This law tasks the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with regulating short-barreled shotguns, heavy explosives, and ***silencers*** because of the lethal nature of these devices and destructive capacity they have. [/quote] -Diane Feinstein (D) CA

  3. Want to keep a 22 suppressor clean? Wipe everything down in Slip2000 EWL (extreme weapons lube). I have a Huntertown Arms and it makes clean up a breeze. Also, clean after you shoot just like a gun. Don’t let it sit there. Saves you from doing the “dip” later on.

  4. It looks to me like a rip-off of Tactical Solutions’ can. And more expensive. Every word in there is a “ditto” for the TacSol Axiom features.

    • Yeah, because the baffles(copy of Silencerco’s CTA baffles) in the Ruger can look so much like the K baffles in the Axiom.

      • Look, I don’t know the technicalities of the K baffle vs. CTA baffles, I don’t study suppressors, and I just have 2 myself, and probably have shot less than 10 in my life. But I know that this Ruger silencer copies the TacSol Axiom on many levels, such as each end is removable with the special tool, the baffle stack of cup shaped pieces is removable, the materials are the same, etc. Some of that is to be expected, however since it is going to be more expensive than the proven TacSol just makes this a non-interesting item to me.

  5. Is this all that Ruger brought to the Shot Show? The suppressor, the American Pistol and a 44 mag vaquero? I was kinda hoping for more.

  6. Last year at shot a friend of mine who was in the silencer business for 10 years, and I were talking about how Ruger could destroy the silencer industry if they decided to use their invesement casting expertise to make an inexpensive two piece monocore .22 can. He figured Ruger could bring such a can to market for $150 and make a decent profit. This assumes all aluminum construction.

    Fortunately for the rest of the industry, SR didn’t decide to go after that market.

    • A multi-metal with titanium & aluminum, high caliber rimfire can, that breaks down into multiple, cleanable, pieces is all that is going to sell – as long as the $200 stamp & 6 – 9 month wait applies. The extra $150 ($300 vs. $150) just isn’t that big of a deal in the current scenario that exists for silencers. Not when that extra $150 buys a lifetime of a better experience.

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