Posted September 27, 2018 12:00 pm by Comments

By Chris Eger

Utah-based SilencerCo says the full-auto rated Switchback 22 suppressor is versatile, and most important of all, quiet. (Photos: SilencerCo)
Billed as the “Quietest .22 suppressor to hit the market,” SiCo’s new user-configurable Switchback provides a lot of options.
Announced to commemorate the company’s 10-year anniversary, the Switchback was debuted Tuesday. Following up on past success with modular suppressors, such as 2014’s Salvo 12 shotgun modulator, the Switchback can be configured in three different lengths, ranging from 2.5- to 5.75-inches, with corresponding performance.
The Switchback is modular and user-configurable.
In its most optimized configuration, a company whitepaper lists the suppressor as delivering an average of 108 dB sound report while mounted on a rifle using standard testing methods. Even in its shortest 3.2-ounce stack, the suppressor is hearing-safe when mounted to a 16-inch barrel.
Jake Turnblom, a SilencerCo engineer, said the baffles are inspired by rocket diffusers, but with a twist.
“Gas flow can be sped up or slowed down by tapering a bore wider or tighter,” said Turnblom. “Cones act as a nozzle (to speed up) or a diffuser (to slow down) gases in propulsion. The effect a cone has completely flips when transitioning to or from supersonic or subsonic velocities. Using cones (by flipping them)


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