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Walther P22 - What's the Best Supressor.....

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by The_Gun_Guru, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    ***** UPDATE *****

    in the $400 range?

    I want a good suppressor but I don't want to spend $1000. Can anyone reccomend a brand that won't break the bank?


    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012
  2. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N


    Feb 29, 2008
    The Silencerco Sparrow would probably be my choice if I had to choose just 1 .22 suppressor.

    MSRP is $499 but you can find them for close to you $400 budget(I assume $400 doesn't include the $200 tax stamp)

    They're great quality and a breeze to take apart for cleaning. You can burn through a ton of ammo with it and never worry about being able to get it apart. They're also very tough and rated to shoot 5.7x28mm if that appeals to you.

    The biggest criticism of the Sparrow is that it has a some FRP(First Round Pop). Personally I don't find it to be that big of a deal but if it really bothers you there is the option to spend an extra $100 and go for something like the AAC Element which has very little FRP. The Element is also about 2oz lighter.

    One thing worth mentioning when it comes to suppressors, you're better off paying the extra money to get the one you really want. There is very little market for most used suppressors, so if you buy one you can't just sell it later and upgrade if you don't like it, you're stuck with it. So spend the extra $$$ to get one with the features you want, because you're probably going to be stuck with it for good.

  3. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
  4. rgb03


    Aug 18, 2006
    For the p-22 you have to go with an element. It's a little more then your budget but you will be happy. Buy once cry once.
  5. GarySTL

    GarySTL NRA Life Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    Warrenton, MO
    I use an AAC Aviator on my P22, Ruger Mk III, and 10/22.

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  6. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member CLM

    Feb 8, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  7. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    Those look nice:wow:

    I like that one a lot. What about the Pilot 2...just as good?

    I have read that they do go bad after a while. What's an average "lifespan" for a suppressor?


    As far as dB reduction - what's considered good? I have seen that most are in the 35 - 40 range. Is that decent?:dunno:

    THANKS ALL for the quick replies!

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  8. rgb03


    Aug 18, 2006
    Not sure about the pilot 2. The only 22lr can I own is the element and other then the end cap it has performed great.
    They have fixed the end cap on the new element so you shouldn't have to worry about that.

    I have the p-22, ruger mkii/ pac lite, savage fv-sr, and a 22lr cmmg sbr for hosts and they all sound great. They all basically sound like a bb gun and are basement quiet with cci standards. The ar is slightly louder then the rest.

    From what I have read it seems like the element was designed around the p-22 and performs best on pistols. But also sounds pretty good on rifles but there may be better performers for rifles. What they are I am not sure. But if I had to do it again I would go with another element.

    Good luck.
  9. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N


    Feb 29, 2008
    I'd say the odds are pretty good


    Thats just a prototype of course, they're still working on dealing with getting the PMR to run suppressed reliably.

    The pilot 2 isn't rated for .22 mag though, but the Element and Sparrow both are.

    A quality .22lr suppressor that can be taken apart for cleaning should last you a lifetime. You can run 1000+ rounds through a Sparrow without cleaning it and it will still be effective and you'll still be able to take it apart by hand. Anyone that has dealt with a stuck .22lr suppressor after 200-300 rounds knows how much of a pain it can be to get it apart again

    As far as sound reduction goes, shooting CCI standard velocity .22lr, from a pistol with the Element and Sparrow you're talking about 116dB average. The Pilot 2 about 120dB. Gemtech G5-22 and Alpine about 122dB and the Mite about 126dB. From a rifle its 114dB from the Sparrow, 115dB from the G5-22, 117dB from the Alpine, 118dB from the Pilot 2 and Element and 122dB from the Mite.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  10. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    Thank you both for the excellent info!

    If I could get a can for both my P22 and PMR-30, I would be ecstatic!!!

  11. rjdriver


    Dec 21, 2011
    Monroe, WI 53566
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  12. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    Thanks for the link:thumbsup:

    That's nice but I notice it is rated for .22LR only. I really want one that is also rated for .22WMR.

  13. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    Check out Thompson Machine. They seem to have the best value choice.

    Excellent quality work. I own one of their ISIS 9mm multi-mount suppressors and am very happy with it.

    I bought mine from SSNFA out of Indiana. He stocks TM and sells at decent discount. Check out his demo can sales for a deeper discount also.

    Keep in mind that ATF approvals are taking 6 months now so understand that owning suppressors is not a hobby for the impatient.

    - Edit -

    The Thompson Machine CHD is rated for full auto .22 LR and also for .22 magnum if that interests you. MSRP is $280.


    If you want a really compact, dedicated .22LR can check out the Thompson Machine Wasp. MSRP is $250. It uses wipes and is always run wet to get the rated suppression level. I am thinking pretty hard about getting one of these (along with a Beretta 21A Inox).

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  14. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    I do like that CHD!!!:wow:

    Thanks for the great info!

  15. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    IT'S IN THE WORKS!!!!:banana:


    Gemtech Alpine for my Walther P22 and eventually my KT PMR-30!!!