Pantera vs. Other

Here’s video from a law-enforcement agency evaluation of Pantera against another 30-caliber suppressor. Rather than to just depend on audio, we inserted labels and visual representations of the sounds of the first and second rounds fired. Compare the wave-forms shown as the shots to other aspects of the shot. The wave-forms are simply graphs of sound energy charted along a time-line. Notice the difference in muzzle stability during and after the shot. The Pantera has a controlled, straight push-back. The Other suppressor bounces around somewhat erratically. Pantera has almost no smoke coming out on the first shot*, but more coming out on the next. Pantera's design traps the propellant to bur

Dealers Receive Long-awaited D9

Select Dealers are getting their hands on the long-awaited D-9 and they’re lovin’ it! The D-9 is now available for retail sale* from select Acadian Armament Dealers. Dealers are competing for limited quantities and can take reserve orders for the first commercial lot until April 18, 2009. It seems everyone wants a 9mm version of the phenomenal Defender (5.56mm) suppressor. The D-9 was designed for professional use on weapons intended for QCB (Close Quarters Battle). It is absolutely reliable, it's small, it’s tough, and it’s quiet. It’s everything you’ve come to expect from Acadian Armament. And now, you can have it, too! Here’s a short video submitted by Chris Daniel of Halfcocked Arms and

It was worse than I thought...

On the last post I accused the shooter of not cleaning his Defender in six months of use. That prompted a note from him; "Hey, I cleaned that thing in October and I have video to prove it." Ok, it was four months. But that's even more impressive. You can see from this video and the pictures below just how fouled a suppressor can get in a very short time. He uses the suppressor on his 7.5" AR for SWAT and also on his .224 for feral hog eradication and loves it on both. Correction issued. rjc

Dirty Pictures

Do suppressors need to be cleaned? All suppressors will collect debris; some suppressors are cleanable, some are not. The amount of debris depends on usage. The pictures below are of a Defender 556 core used for about six months by a SWAT officer on a 7.5” AR. Carbon, lead, and copper collects on surfaces and in crevices. A significant danger in not cleaning a suppressor is the risk of a dislodged chunk of this stuff disturbing a bullet and causing a baffle strike. While the Defender 556 core is demonstrated to prevent baffle-strike damage, it’s also easy to disassemble and clean. Here’s my answer to how often you should clean your suppressor: Clean it when you clean your weapon…if you can.

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