WEST VALLEY CITY, UT –-(Ammoland.com)- SilencerCo has unveiled a new .22 suppressor that is aimed to silence the rimfire market and to commemorate the company’s 10-year anniversary.
The Switchback 22 allows users to choose between three lengths, with the long configuration optimized for either a pistol or rifle host. As the most versatile rimfire silencer ever developed, the Switchback 22 is the first to use rocket propulsion principles. This approach to engineering results in non-intuitive baffle reversal and reduces the sound report on a .22LR rifle to an unheard-of 108 dB (with subsonic ammunition).
SilencerCo is not new to creating modular products—they blazed the market on modularity with the Salvo 12 in 2014. Two years later the Osprey Micro 22 continued the legacy of modularity. SilencerCo then successfully launched the first and only integrally suppressed 9mm pistol on the market, the Maxim 9, which supports modularity with its short and long configurations.
“Gas flow can be sped up or slowed down by tapering a bore wider or tighter,” said Jake Turnblom, SilencerCo engineer. “Cones act as a nozzle (to speed up) or a diffuser (to slow down) gases in propulsion.The effect a cone has completely flips when transitioning to or from supersonic or subsonic velocities. Using cones (by flipping them) as supersonic diffusers is what led to the discovery of improved suppression on rifles.”
Finished in raw titanium with black nitride end caps and coupler, the Switchback 22 has a MSRP of $499 and can be configured into three sizes. On a rifle, the suppressor is hearing-safe in the shortest configuration of 2.5 inches with a weight of only 3.2 oz. The medium configuration is 3.59 inches and 4.3 oz, while the long is 5.75 inches and 6.5 oz.
SilencerCo dealers will have the chance to purchase the Switchback 22 from distributors starting today. If a customer is interested in getting their hands on one, they should reach out to their local FFL/SOT.
Ten years ago the dream began with two men that founded it all. They started from scratch. They learnedto machine metal. They shaped their dreams. They created SilencerCo. A decade later, SilencerCo is the largest silencer manufacturer in the world, nestled in the desert of the American West.
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I don’t know where you saw 1050 on CCI standard, all of mine says 1080fps and in fact it used to shoot great without super sonic crack but than I must have switched to different batch which produces crack now in my Marlin bolt action that I threaded myself, I think it’s 20″ barrel. I am thinking of cutting the barrel down to 16″ to stay subsonic.
Very interesting! Which configuration of ammunition and weapons did you find had the lowest dB recorded? How much was accuracy affected with this configuration?
Per SilencerCo’s website “Sound measurements taken on 16” barrel bolt action rifle and a 3.3” barrel semi-automatic pistol, using ASA standard testing methods with 22LR CCI Standard Velocity Ammo.” Not subsonic as your article states.
CCI Standard velocity IS subsonic. 1050 FPS printed on the package. They can go supersonic in a long enough barrel in the right circumstances, but usually thats not the case.
CCI sells multiple loads – ‘Subsonic’, 1050, and ‘Standard Velocity’, 1070. Near as I can tell the subsonic load is lightened a little to make it more consistently subsonic, e.g. in cold conditions or with a particularly hot round.
Per CCI’s website, standard velocity .22 cal 40 grain bullet velocity is 1070 fps. Therefore subsonic. Just sayin’…~