I had a lengthy discussion with the SilencerCo dudes at SHOT Show about what I wanted to accomplish with a rifle silencer. And yes, I said silencer instead of suppressor. I’ll say suppressor too, as both terms are technically correct. Hiram Percy Maxim’s 1903 invention, patented in 1908, was in fact called the Maxim Silencer. We all know that suppressors don’t completely silence, but flushing toilets don’t always flush either.
The first decision was whether or not to get a rifle suppressor. My initial desire was to use it with a 300 AAC Blackout rifle, and for subsonic rounds, you can actually use many pistol suppressors. Just don’t do that with higher pressure supersonic ammunition. So that decision was easy, and I decided to go big with a heavy duty can so I wouldn’t have to worry about such things.
The next decision was mounting method, and that’s the one that pointed me to the SilencerCo Specwar 762. You see, one of the neat things about the Specwar 762 is that it comes with a Trifecta muzzle brake or flash hider. When you open the box that fact is not obvious as the muzzle attachment is already inside the silencer body, so it appears, at first glance to be a thread-mounted system.
To remove the Trifecta muzzle brake (or flash hider) just rotate the locking ring clockwise as you’re staring into the back end, then unscrew the muzzle device from the suppressor body. The Trifecta devices feature a few large threads with a serrated locking ring underneath. The Specwar body screws onto the Trifecta muzzle device threads, then the locking ring grabs the serrated area so the silencer stays put. It’s fast and secure.
Since the Specwar 762 is a .308 size suppressor, I chose to try it out on several different rifles. Knowing that I would want to use this silencer on at least three different rifles, I ordered two additional Specwar Trifecta flash hiders. With a muzzle brake and two flash hiders, I equipped a Rock River Arms LAR 6.8, a Daniel Defense DDM4v5 300 Blackout and a Mossberg MVP Patrol .308 with Trifecta muzzle devices. Now, moving the silencer from one rifle to another takes seconds. The Specwar 762 is rated for full-auto, so it’s plenty durable for any of the rifles mentioned.