At this year’s SHOT show, I was tasked with covering the various silencer manufacturers in attendance. I figured this would be a day long task, but it ended up taking the better part of three days to visit all the manufacturers I found, and I still missed some. It seemed like the majority of the companies I visited have started to get aggressive with their pistol cans, as most manufacturers are now offering something for your favorite 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP host. Rugged Suppressors was no different and had their brand new Obsidian 45 on display. . .
Like the Surge 7.62, the Obsidian is a modular silencer that offers the ability to run a short or long configuration dependent on your needs. The long configuration is 8.6 inches long, 12.8 oz in weight, and will hush a .45 ACP down to <130 dB according to Rugged. Running 147 gr. 9 mm through the same can is purported to meter around 123 dB. The short configuration cuts nearly two inches off, bringing overall length to 6.7 inches. Weight in the K configuration is advertised at 10.7 oz. As you’d expect, it is a little louder at this size with .45 ACP running 137 dB and 9 mm running 130 dB.
In either configuration, the Obsidian is full auto rated for all pistol calibers up to .45 ACP as well as .300 BLK subsonic rounds. Rugged has elected to use a non slotted piston design to cut down on gas blowback in pistols, and that piston is included with the purchase of your silencer. Additional thread on end caps and a three lug mount are expected to be released in the next month or so. MSRP is $850 and local silencer dealers in Austin are starting to receive shipments as this is written.