Say what you will about the ATF, the NFA, and the newly released 41P. No seriously, say it. I hate it too, but there’s no denying that the silencer business is taking off. Ruger is the most recent gun manufacturer to jump on the bus, and they’ve started with arguably the best entry to silencers out there, the venerable .22 can. We posted about the can earlier this month when it leaked to the public, but Dan and I finally had a chance to shoot it attached to Ruger’s very popular silencer host, the 22/45 Lite…
The new can from Ruger is designed to work on both .22 LR and .22 WMR as well as .17 HMR hosts on any barrel length, semi or full auto. That about covers all the needs of a dedicated .22 can, save for the big one, serviceability. As anybody who has broken a 10/22 apart can tell you, rimfire ammo is nasty stuff, and the can on the end is not immune to the junk flying out the barrel.
Ruger includes a simple takedown tool that allows you to remove both ends of the can for cleaning and maintenance. One of the design features that Ruger is very excited about is the interlocking system that keeps the thread mount firmly locked to the outer tube to prevent accidental disassembly upon removal.
One of the other neat features is the asymmetric baffle stack that Ruger claims helps with disrupting the flow of expanding and exiting gasses. The ultimate goal here is to reduce the noise, while keeping a light and compact can on the end. The Ruger rep tells me that the orientation of the “points” doesn’t seem to make a bit of difference, but that the can is metering out in the realm of competing .22 cans. The outer tube is titanium, the baffles, end cap, thread mount are stainless steel, while the rear cap is made of aluminum.
Unfortunately, Ruger had their silencer equipped pistol situated right next to their unsilenced pistols, so Dan and I weren’t able to shoot it sans protection. To my double protected ears, it sounded like a silenced .22 pistol, and the light weight didn’t seem to negatively affect the ergos of the pistol too bad. MSRP is $449, and should be in stores soon.