It’s summer, 2019, and as I mount my SilencerCo Omega I wonder to my self, “If you don’t have a silencer yet, I have to ask, what are you waiting for?”
Seriously, buying a can has never been easier. Sure, we still have to deal with the NFA’s regulatory hoops, but companies like Silencer Shop have really streamlined the process. The hardest part of the process today is picking out your first suppressor.
The Omega – My First Silencer
When I was ready to buy my first suppressor, all my research led me to choose the Silencerco Omega 300. There was no Pro Staff deal, no special hook up, just me parting with my cash. Today, a year and a half later, after shooting dozens of different cans, I believe I made the right choice.
Not only was it the right choice then, I believe it to be the right choice today. Apparently, I am not the only one who feels that way since the Omega is the number one selling rifle suppressor in history.
So if you don’t know what to purchase for your first rifle suppressor, you can stop reading here and just get an Omega. If you feel like you need to know why… well, then just keep reading.
Let’s Start with SilencerCo, the Manufacturer
Located in the Salt Lake City vicinity, SilencerCo was founded in 2008 and currently employ 140 people. Spend a little time on the interwebs and you’ll quickly learn they’ve had their ups and downs. They aren’t the oldest silencer maker, but they did change the suppressor game.
Through their marketing countless enthusiasts realized that cans were accessible and affordable. Today, they are the number one maker and seller of silencers, and not by a small margin.
The Omega: The Glock of Suppressors
I call the Omega the Glock of suppressors. Love Glocks or hate them, it’s hard to say someone made a mistake by buying one. They just work.
Not only does the Omega own the market in terms of volume, they have more aftermarket support and accessories than any other suppressor I know of. They are so big that other suppressor companies, like Dead Air and Q, make mounting accessories for the Omega.
Let that sink in for a moment… that is like Sig making a magazine for a Glock… I took advantage of the aftermarket support and added a Dead Air Key-Mo Mount to replace the SilencerCo ASR mount. My research, combined with my wants and needs, lead me to the conclusion that SilencerCo had the best can at the time and Dead Air had the best mount.
So that is what I got. Where else could I have done that? Sure, there are a few examples out there (most are with SilencerCo) but I think you get the point.
The Surprising Omega Specs
The Omega 300 is 7.09 inches long (most of an inch shorter than a 30 round PMAG) and comes in at 14.0 ounces (same as 3.5 sticks of butter). That is with the direct thread mount and the anchor brake. Depending on the configuration, overall length can be anywhere from 6 inches (direct thread and flat end cap) to 7.5 inches (ASR Mount and anchor brake).
In the box it comes with a 5/8×24 direct thread mount, ASR mount, Bravo Anchor Brake, and 5/8×24 ASR muzzle brake.
Even though the can is very light, it doesn’t sacrifice strength. This is due to it stellite blast baffles and a titanium tube, which offer great durability. The Omega 300 is multi-caliber rated from 5.56mm to .300 WinMag, handling barrels down to 8 inch for .300 BLK, 10 inch for 5.56mm NATO, 16 inch for 7.62mm NATO, and 20 inch barrels for magnum calibers.
On my can I ended up putting an aftermarket flat front end cap, which is titanium, to save even more weight. In fact, if you do an aftermarket titanium direct thread combined with a titanium flat front end cap, the Omega weighs in at roughly 11 ounces!
As you can see the Omega 300 by SilencerCo is feature packed and extremely modular. That’s why I think it is a great first suppressor. But we buy silencers to, well, suppress sound (we all know they typically don’t silence anything).
SilencerCo rates it at the following: 300 BLK is 119.5 dB, 5.56mm is 130.1 dB, and 7.62mm is 133.9 dB. I didn’t test these numbers myself but YouTube is your friend and with a quick search you can see this is one of the more quiet suppressors on the market.
Especially when you consider the size and weight. (Physics are hard to cheat!) The suppressor market has been flooded with new, exciting offerings over the last few years. Some are pretty exciting but few are better. So, instead of trying to be cool, just be smart and get an Omega 300 like me.