In its second annual lets-set-the-world-on-fire product launch SilencerCo has launched four new products including the Radius Rangefinder, Maxim 9 Integrally Suppressed Pistol, Osprey Micro and Hybrid. If expect the unexpected is the SilencerCo’s mantra, they’ve certainly succeeded here. The Micro Osprey is essentially a .22 version of the Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer. The Hybrid is a multipurpose can, the Maxim 9 is video game worthy design of a integrally suppressed pistol. The rifle mountable Radius Rangefinder is the first offering from SWR, SilencerCo Weapons Research.
The idea of a weapon mounted rangefinder isn’t new, but the Radius hitting your wallet for an MSRP of $999 is pretty impressive! SilencerCo says the Radius is compact and lightweight. That’s all relative of course, but for a one mile rangefinder it looks pretty good. With batteries the Radius weighs in at 18 oz. So while that adds weight to the gun, the convince factor is high. I’ve used a handheld one mile laser rangefinder before when hog hunting and it would be nice to stay on the gun while ranging.
The Radius sports continuous and momentary on activation. Kudos to SilencerCo for packaging the pressure switch with the rangefinder instead of selling it as an expensive accessory. The Radius manages interference by displaying three ranges. You’ll still need your brain intact to use this effectively, but the idea isn’t hard to handle as other laser range finders have shown. A visible laser makes for ready zeroing but can be blocked for more discrete operation.
The Hybrid Silencer
The SilencerCo Hybrid silencer is pitched as a one-size-just-might-fit-all can. There are plenty such cans that go up to .30 caliber on the market, but what I find most interesting is the Hybrid’s ability to go from a small caliber rifle or pistol can all the way up to a .458 SOCOM or even .45-70 suppressor. I love the big bore AR platform guns and another suppressor that will support these calibers is more than welcome in my world. The Hybrid is optimized for each caliber by changing the end cap out to match the caliber you’re shooting. Three mounting options should be available when the suppressor is released in 2016 including thread mount, SilencerCo’s fast attach adapter and piston adapter. Perhaps this will prove to be the Swiss Army knife of suppressors.
The Osprey Micro
SilencerCo first hit the radar some years ago with their Sparrow .22 suppressor. Then they introduced the Osprey pistol caliber can featuring an off center bore to allow for a proper sight picture and a unique flattened tube design. That influence was clearly visible in last years launch of the bigger Salvo 12, the world’s first production shotgun silencer. It appears someone hit a Salvo 12 with a shrink ray and now we have the Osprey Micro, a modular .22 caliber can. Full sized it’s a diminutive 4.6 inches long. Removable sections allow you to shrink that down further to a mere 3.1 inches. SilencerCo maintains that the shorter configuration remains hearing safe. It should start shipping in October this year.
The Maxim 9 looks like it’s straight out of a Call of Duty Black Ops video game. Slated for a 2016 launch, it’s not quite ready for prime time but it looks exciting. The idea is an integrally suppressed handgun that can be holstered where the sound suppression is good enough to stay below the hearing safe threshold. Currently built on a highly modified Smith & Wesson M&P they may have a game changer on their hands. They may opt to build on their own handgun platform before it’s all said and done. We won’t know for a while, but will definitely keep an eye out for an opportunity to check it out first hand.