This one is all about deliberate tradeoffs, and those tradeoffs boil down to weight versus intended abuse. The Tracker is designed for hunting, so it’s designed accordingly. In most hunting situations, except maybe Prairie Dogs, you carry your rifle a lot and shoot it very little. Accordingly, Gemtech made a very “on purpose” tradeoff to go for the lowest possible weight, knowing that doing so would reduce the suppressor’s ability to handle abuse from high volumes of fire.
The suppressor is made from aluminum, inside and out, so the weight is an astonishing 11.3 ounces. As you’ll see in the video here, it’s a veritable feather compared to another .30 caliber can I had with me that day, the SilencerCo / SWR Specwar 762. Since it’s made from aluminum, it can’t take the massive heat from sustained rapid fire. For this suppressor, after ten shots or so, you want to let it cool back down to ambient temperature. If you treat it nicely like this, it will last a long, long time.
So know this going in. If you want the lightest possible weight for all day carry or just to have a sweeter handling rifle, that’s the tradeoff you make. I tested this on two rifles, a new Thompson Center Compass .308 Winchester and a new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 10 chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. It’ll work great on either of those, as they are both factory threaded and compatible with the 5/8×24 direct thread mount on the Gemtech Tracker. The Thompson Center Compass is a no-brainer. That’s a rifle you’ll carry a lot and shoot a little. As for the M&P 10 6.5 Creedmoor? Maybe. Given the specialty caliber, that rifle will likely serve as a lower volume shooter so the Tracker would be just fine with that type of usage.
Rather than blather on here about the suppressor, check out the video and you can see and hear it for yourself.
Sound reduction: 27 dB
Caliber Rating: .300 BLK, 6.8mm, 5.56mm (.223), 7.62mm (.30 Caliber – up to .300WM)
Thread Pitch: 5/8×24
Weight: 11.3 oz
Full Auto: Not Full-Auto Rated
Minimum Barrel Length, 556: 16″
Minimum Barrel Length, 300BLK: 7.5″
Minimum Barrel Length, 762 NATO: 16″
Minimum Barrel Length, Magnum: 24″
Build Material: Aluminum