SHOT Show is still about four months away, but it looks like companies are already starting to ramp up their product announcements to build some pre-show momentum. After last week’s big tease, SilencerCo is fast out of the gate, announcing a slew of new products from their launch party in Florida. We weren’t there, but looking through the other blogs it seems that has given us the leg up on breaking the news first so I’m not complaining. While everyone else is still partying, let me fill you in on the details we have so far . . .
Maxim 9 Integrally Suppressed 9mm Handgun
It looks like SilencerCo has chopped up and hot-rodded a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistol, adding a truly integral suppression device to the front of the gun. Details are scarce, and really the only thing we have to go on at this point are the picture (above) and the firearm name.
Silencer companies have been getting into the integral suppression market for years — AAC’s integral 10/22 and Liberty’s integral 300 BLK guns immediately come to mind — so while this isn’t a huge surprise, it’s certainly intriguing. We’ll have to see how it performs in real life though, since a semi-auto 9mm is extremely difficult to integrally suppress.
RADIUS Laser Rangefinder
SilencerCo Weapon Research (an internal division at SilencerCo) is releasing their RADIUS laser rangefinder. Capable of being attached to a standard Picatinny rail section, the device will provide a way for shooters to get accurate range information without whipping out a separate piece of gear or having to lose focus on their target. From the presser:
Introducing the Radius, a rail mounted rangefinder capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation. When we first decided to create our own rail mounted rangefinder, we wanted something that would allow us to range out to incredible distances reliably without having to come off of the gun and without breaking the bank – and that’s exactly what we’re delivering to you. Additional features of the Radius include a user configurable display, continuous ranging for 12 hours with (2) CR123 batteries, and resistance to even extreme elements.
SWR’s stated goal is to bring advanced technology to the public at an attainable price – and with the announcement of a capability-heavy range finder for only $999, we’ve done just that.
That sounds like a pretty cool product, but this is clearly a departure from SilencerCo’s core business. We’ll have to see where their head is as far as line extensions come SHOT Show.
Osprey Micro Rimfire Silencer
SilencerCo has been very successful with their modular shotgun silencer, and it looks like they are starting to dip their toes into “proper” cartridges with the same design. The Osprey Rimfire modular silencer is basically the exact same concept as the Salvo shotgun can they recently introduced, but scaled down for rimfire operation. From the presser:
The Osprey Micro is the most versatile, shortest, quietest, and easiest to clean rimfire silencer available. What makes this silencer truly unique is that it is user-configurable and can be shortened from the already compact size of 4.6” down to a mere 3.1”. Due to its eccentric design with a flat sight plane, the Osprey Micro is compatible with factory sights and can be holstered. SilencerCo also plans to release our own holsters made specifically for use with the Osprey Micro.
The Osprey Micro is available for purchase now at a price of $599 and will begin shipping in October of 2015.
I like the idea of modular silencers, but the question remains as to whether they actually offer better suppression or lighter weight than existing products. AAC introduced a couple products with this same concept last year, but don’t seem to be getting much traction in the market so SilencerCo going in the same direction seems a bit of a gamble. Again, we’re going to have to see this one in the flesh before passing judgement.