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Factors in Judging a Combat Suppressor

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Factors in Judging a Combat Suppressor

Published: November 24 2020 | Tactical Solutions


Built to outlast the barrels on which they’re mounted

All suppressors will attenuate sound to some degree, which is fine for casual use, but it’s a different story when lives are on the line.
Compact and lightweight, SureFire SOCOM Series Fast-Attach suppressors were selected for use on the Mk18 and M4 by U.S. Special Operations Command after placing first among all competitors in the most extensive and demanding suppressor evaluation in history. This test covered all aspects of suppressor performance, and SureFire beat every other entry. It has also received the USSOCOM official safety verification in support of fielding.
SureFire SOCOM Series Fast-Attach suppressors are the official choice of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and US Marine Special Operations because they are built for combat. Their suppressors are battle-tested and proven to provide unmatched performance, durability, and reliability. In addition to providing tremendous sound attenuation, they reduce muzzle blast, provide minimal and consistent point-of-impact shift, securely attach/detach with no tools, minimize gas blowback, and effectively reduce flash with near-total elimination of first-round muzzle flash.


Every SureFire suppressor maintains strict standards for accuracy even with repeated attachment and removal of the suppressor. SureFire test every SOCOM suppressor for minimal and consistent sub 1-MOA (minute of angle) point of impact shift.


Our cutting-edge materials, redundant welding and advanced engineering ensure that a SureFire suppressor will withstand the punishment of extreme combat. With a service life exceeding tens of thousands of rounds of use, a SureFire suppressor can be trusted to outlast the barrel on which it is mounted.


SureFire’s proprietary Fast-Attach mounting system provides rock-solid attachment without requiring any tools. Simply slide the suppressor over the SureFire muzzle adapter indexing on the built-in slot and secure the lock ring at the base. It’s on or off in seconds, and when it’s mounted it stays mounted, solidly and securely, regardless of the number of rounds fired.


SureFire require more from their suppressors than merely suppressing the gunshot. Their suppressors significantly reduce flash and dust signature. The painstaking design results in significant flash reduction — up to 99 percent, which helps keep the shooter’s position virtually undetectable. The suppressor design also reduces vibration and recoil.


SureFire suppressors are constructed from stainless steel and Inconel alloys that stand up to the extreme temperatures and pressures generated during prolonged suppressor use in combat conditions. They also resist erosion from superheated gases and particles that can render other suppressors useless.


Managing gas flow is critical to suppressor performance and reliability. SureFire suppressors are designed to effectively minimize back pressure and reduce gas blowback on the shooter for improved reliability and combat marksmanship.


SureFire know that their suppressors are used in the most extreme combat conditions on the planet. They won’t release SOCOM Series suppressors until they verify that it performs to their rigorous standards. That means test-firing each and every unit to ensure that it achieves the desired minimal point-of-impact shift, as well as overall group size. SureFire suppressors are the choice of elite military units worldwide, and they intend to keep it that way.


SureFire’s carefully engineered baffle design significantly reduces a weapon’s report. Exactly how much depends on many factors, but SureFire use exclusive testing methodology and stateof- the-art equipment to make their suppressors as quiet as possible without compromising their performance in other areas. Their baffles are also carefully designed to allow an unstable projectile to pass through and travel safely downrange instead of piercing through the suppressor tube.