U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- How’s your 2020 working out, pretty exciting right? There’s that whole coronavirus thing, quarantine, we found out Carole Baskin killed her husband and got away with it, and now we have murder hornets. If 2020 keeps the hits coming like this surely we’ll have an alien invasion by July, and I’m pretty excited about that because it made for a great movie. Of course, all of the shows about viruses were way cooler than the real thing.
With all that insanity going on, we do have something good coming out of 2020, Q has finally released a new suppressor, the Jumbo Shrimp. The Jumbo Shrimp is the smallest in Q’s current line up of titanium suppressors at merely 5.69 inches in length, a diameter of 1.75 inches, and weighing it at only 9.2 ounces. What is really remarkable, as is with everything Q makes, not only is the silencer extremely light, but the muzzle device is as well. Q’s muzzle device, the Cherry Bomb, weighs in at only 2 ounces, giving you a total system weight of only 11.2 ounces. Needless to say, you’ll barely notice this at the end of your rifle.
Another thing that really sets the Jumbo Shrimp apart from the rest of the Q lineup and a bunch of suppressors, is the fact that it is bored out to 6.5, and not 30 caliber like the Thunder Chicken and the Trash Panda. What that means is you can definitely use this on your 5.56 guns, and on 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor, 260 Remington and a number of other calibers as long as they are smaller than 6.5 in diameter. What that also means is you can’t use this for 30 caliber projectiles; so no 300 Blackout, no 308, no 7.62 x 39, really, no 30 cals.
Now, that means this can is built to cater to a few very specific roles, and unless you fit one of those roles, this may not be the suppressor for you. I think the Jumbo Shrimp is a great suppressor, and it has extremely impressive performance, especially given its size, and we’ll talk more about that in a moment. But, I want to say that this is probably not a great first suppressor for the majority of shooters. For most new shooters that are interested in a Q suppressor I would recommend either the Trash panda or the Thunder Chicken, because they will give you the versatility of being a 30 caliber suppressor and even better sound performance on more platforms.
Now, that is unless you're shooting fits one of these specific roles that I really see the Jumbo Shrimp excelling in. First, this would make a phenomenal hunting suppressor. If you hunt with 6.5 Creedmoor, this will give you an extremely effective suppressor in a compact, light weight package that you wouldn’t even really notice on the end of your rifle. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better performing, smaller suppressor for your 6.5 Creedmoor. I also think the Jumbo Shrimp would make a great PRS, or competition suppressor. Again, being so small, you’ll barely notice it, while giving you excellent suppression especially given the longer barrels you usually see in a competition rifle.
Q has done a lot of very impressive and innovative things in their short history, but the most innovative, or at least really close to the top is the cherry bomb. The cherry bomb is Q’s fast attach muzzle device and works with all of Q’s current titanium suppressors, the Thunder Chicken, Trash Panda, and the Jumbo Shrimp. Q made the stainless steel cherry bomb basically act as a sacrificial blast baffle for their titanium suppressors. This lets a good portion of the blast get absorbed by the stainless cherry bomb, and it dissipates that blast, helping preserve the titanium suppressor. This basically allows you to use the Q suppressors harder than you could use a typical titanium can.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are more impressive features to the cherry bomb. It is completely symmetrical, meaning that you just tighten it on your barrel with no concerns of orientation. This not only makes installation stupid easy, it also eliminates the need for shims, which can lead to some alignment issues. You can install it easily with a 1/4 inch socket, and you can’t forget about the taper. As best as I understand it, and keep in mind I'm not a firearms engineer, a taper on the cherry bomb aligns with a taper on the inside of the Jumbo Shrimp. Once the metals heat up just a little and expand, this creates an amazing seal that does several things. First, this seal keeps the suppressor from walking off or loosening in any way. I can say this is definitely working because you have to wait for the suppressor to cool a good bit before you can even get a Q suppressor off the Cherry Bomb. This seal also helps with alignment, and since the tapers are in front of the threads for the suppressor, it keeps the threads completely clean and totally eliminates the chance of the suppressor carbon locking to the cherry bomb. As extremely evident in any cherry bomb, with any use what so ever. With the Blast section dirty as hell, and the threads cleaner than a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Well the big question is, “how does it sound?”… and that question always gets a bit more intense when you have a suppressor this small. I was actually extremely impressed with the Jumbo Shrimp, and it greatly exceeded my expectations. It also exceeded everyone’s expectations that shot it. The Jumbo shrimp sounds really good on my Bergara Ridgeback with a 24 inch barrel chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. It even sounded good on my Desert Tech SRS 6.5 Creedmoor with only an 18 inch barrel. Q makes the claim that the Jumbo Shrimp will be hearing safe on a 16 inch 6.5 Creed like their fix, and I totally think this would be true, and what an awesome combo that would be. Having the ultra light fix with this ultra light can on it would be an amazing setup. I feel, and again this is an opinion, it’s right at hearing safe levels on a 16 inch 5.56. So with limited use I think it would be ok, but I would like to see some real numbers on that. I do feel if you go any less than 16 inches you’re probably not going to be hearing safe.
I think the Jumbo Shrimp is a phenomenal suppressor for the hunter who uses 6.5 Creedmoor. I feel it has a place in competitive rifle uses, or just in general if 6.5 is you jam, this is your can. It has amazing sound suppression, and a really great sound signature, especially given its size. I know a lot of people out there want to use this as a short 5.56 can, and it will work for that, especially if you’re running a 16 inch AR. I will say that there are probably cans specific built for that purpose which may serve you better, and Q has one in the works for that task. As I mentioned previously; I want to say unless you’re a big hunter, this probably isn’t a great first suppressor; I think you would be far better served by the Trash panda or the Thunder Chicken with their 30 caliber bore. The Jumbo Shrimp is a great suppressor for its designated task and probably hard to match for that given role, just keep in mind it may not be for everyone.
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