Selecting a suppressor:
With so many options and configurations available, it can feel difficult to select the right suppressor for you. Thanks to JK Armament’s Mission Configurable designs, our suppressors are fully modular and highly adaptable, making them much more universal and user-friendly than the competition.
Broadly speaking there are shotgun, rifle, and pistol suppressors and if you have firearms that you’d like to suppress in each of those categories then you’ll be looking at a minimum of three suppressors. JK Armament’s 155 series, however, can work on both rifles and pistols, so one suppressor can serve double duty across both of those categories, both centerfire and rimfire.
A suppressor with a larger bore can be used on smaller calibers, but larger calibers cannot be fired through a smaller-caliber suppressor. For instance, firing 223/5.56 through a 308/7.62 suppressor is totally fine, but doing the opposite would be catastrophic. Likewise with 9mm through a .45 cal suppressor. Therefore, if you’re looking for a single suppressor to work across multiple rifles you’ll want it to be rated for the largest caliber you plan to suppress. We love a good .30 caliber suppressor for use on 223/5.56, 6.5mm, 7mm, 308/7.62, and much more.
On the flip side, a silencer is most efficient when its bore is sized more closely to the projectile diameter. The name of the game in firearm sound suppression is redirecting, controlling, and cooling down the combustion gasses before they leave the muzzle of the suppressor, and a tight bore diameter will strip more gas away into the baffles than an oversized bore diameter will. Therefore, for example, 9mm fired through a 9mm suppressor will be a bit quieter than 9mm fired through a .45 suppressor.
The next consideration when selecting a suppressor is what material it’s made out of. This is always a balancing act between cost, weight, and durability. We suggest choosing the lightest weight suppressor that is durable enough to withstand the types of shooting, rates of fire, and calibers that align with your planned use.
While length and weight are huge concerns when choosing suppressors from most other brands, JK Armament’s Mission Configurable suppressors are easily customized by the end user to adjust length, weight, and sound suppression level based on your mission, your preferences, and your firearms.
Mission Configurable Modular Overview:
JK Armament suppressors are Mission Configurable. First and foremost, this means our suppressors are completely modular. Each and every baffle can be removed or added to match the suppression requirements of each of your firearms, your mission, and your preferences, balancing length and weight with sound suppression performance.
Mission Configurable also means swappable end caps. Whether that’s on our 195 series of 12 gauge shotgun suppressors where the choke caps affect shot pattern constriction or it’s on our 155 or 105 series where end caps are available in different bore sizes and different styles, such as flash hiders and compensators, swappable end caps customize performance to your mission.
Mission Configurable, for most of our suppressors, also means swappable mounting systems. Direct thread, quick attach, 3-Lug, pistol boosters, and more. Whether it’s for semi-auto pistol use, long-range precision use, or quickly attaching and detaching between multiple guns, our suppressors are easily configured for the mounting system and style of your choice.
Finally, in some cases – in particular with our VSX custom suppressors! – Mission Configurable may include the ability to swap between baffles of different materials, designs, and bore sizes. For instance, easily reconfigure your suppressor from a lightweight, 9mm pistol suppressor into a hard-use, 5.56 SBR suppressor by swapping out aluminum 9mm baffles for 17-4 stainless steel rifle baffles.
105 vs 155 vs 195 Series
JK’s suppressor series designation is based on outside diameter. Our 105 series is a 1.05” diameter, the 155 series is a 1.55” diameter, and the 195 series is a 1.95” diameter.
- 105 Series:
- For rimfire and 5.7x28mm use
- For 9mm and smaller concealed carry pistol use
- Lightweight and compact
- 155 Series:
- For rifle use including SBRs, precision rifles, hunting rifles, machine guns, pistol caliber carbines, lever action rifles, and more.
- For pistol use
- Can be used on all firearms that the 105 Series is designed for, it’s just larger
- Available in multiple materials and lengths to match your planned use (rate of fire, primarily), suppression needs, and budget
- 195 Series:
- For 12 Gauge shotgun use