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Reflex Suppressors for M16 / AR-15

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Photo: M16 equipped with a 4-baffle T4AR Ranger Reflex Suppressor fired full auto. Two empty cases are seen flying to the right. The Reflex Suppressed weapon is only insignificantly longer than unsuppressed, still retaining its original handy measures. Relatively easy to control AR15 / M16 becomes even easier to fire with a suppressor due to it's muzzle brake and compensator effect. A .223 Rem bullet has a relatively low bullet flight noise level (supersonic crack) and a moderate powder charge thus both factors making .223 rifles easy to suppress to comfortable and safe sound levels. For still quieter report also a longer 8-baffle T8AR Scout Reflex Suppressor is available for the M16.

Update 01.04.2009

AR-15/ M16 Reflex Suppressor Manual

ar15a2.jpg (6162 bytes)Telescopic Reflex Suppressor is a sound suppressor, designed especially for use with full-power service 5.56 x 45 mm/ .223 caliber cartridges. Suppressor T4AR Ranger extends total length of Colt AR-15 A2 Sporter or M16 abt. 30 mm ( 1.2") when compared with normal flash hider. The T8AR Scout for extra quiet operation extends the rifle by abt. 59 mm (2.3"). Mounting on flash hider thread is possible to normal and heavy-barreled AR Sporter/ M16 variations, with exception of short-barreled carbine and 9 mm models, for which the R12CAR forward mounting Reflex Suppressor is suitable. Reflex Suppressors standard overlay is military grade Parkerizing.

Please, note: No suppressor is able to eliminate ballistic "crack" of supersonic bullet, but noise of report towards the shooter is usually not louder than snap of .22 rimfire rifle, shooting Hi-Velocity .22 LR cartridges. Using custom-loaded 5.56 x 45 mm subsonic rounds (muzzle velocity ca. 300 m/s or 1000 fps) the noise of the shot is not very much more audible than is the hammer click of a dry-fired rifle.

armount.jpg (7676 bytes)Mounting: Heat flash hider with propane torch or on an electric cooking plate until thread locking glue is softened. Unscrew flash hider while hot and let the muzzle cool down. Clean remnants of glue away from the 1/2" x 28G muzzle thread and screw mounting sleeve (inside suppressor jacket) on the muzzle thread. Do not use tools or excessive twist force. Overtightening is unnecessary and a way to excessive shift of shot group.

Shooting with suppressor: Reflex Suppressor is a highly efficient Muzzle Brake, due to abrupt reflection or blowback of muzzle blast inside suppressor jacket. Suppressor shall not increase group diameter of shots in target or object. Additional weight on barrel shifts the place of group center, but that displacement is easily corrected by sight adjustment. Extent of displacement is usually less than one MIL or four Minutes Of Angle (<10 centimeters at 100 meters). More extensive off-aiming or sight adjustment may be needed, when using subsonic rounds. Trajectory of subsonic bullet is very curved. Low power subsonic loads are usually unable to produce automatic ejection and feed.

Maintenance: Reflex Suppressor is a practically maintenance-free device. Normal fouling of powder and primers cannot take effect on its functioning. Loose solid impurities, like powder kernels and carbon chips, are easy to remove by shaking the suppressor, while keeping it vertically, front end downwards. Compressed air may be used for cleaning, but liquid or solvent washing is unnecessary and unadvisable. Regular gun oil can be used for storing. Remove suppressor, or leave the action of the rifle open after shooting session. This helps water condensed from powder gases to evaporate away.

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