Why should I clean my silencer?
Burning gunpowder is a dirty process! Just as soot and creosote build up inside of your chimney, carbon fouling, residue, debris, copper, lead, and other gunk will build up over time inside of your suppressor. Yes, even centerfire rifle suppressors will typically accumulate buildup over time!
Needless to say, these deposits inside of your suppressor baffles begin to consume more and more of the internal air volume of your silencer, which reduces its efficiency. After a couple or a few thousand rounds, not only will your silencer begin to get louder because of this, but it’ll get heavier, too!
Generally speaking, high-temperature, high-pressure rounds like centerfire rifle rounds will burn the cleanest and will therefore require the least frequent cleaning. Centerfire pistol rounds are next, followed by rimfire rounds like 22 LR, which are notoriously dirty. With JK Armament suppressors it’s easy to peek inside every now and then to determine if cleaning is necessary. Dirty is okay. If there’s noticeable buildup then it’s probably time to clean.
How do I clean my silencer?
JK Armament silencers are uniquely easy to clean! Our Mission Configurable designs are fully modular, of course, which also means they can be fully disassembled. While it’s impossible to reach the inside of most suppressors, with a JK Armament 105, 155, or 195 series suppressor you have full access to clean every single part.
First, be careful! Cleaning firearms, especially barrels and suppressors, is highly likely to expose you to lead, which is toxic. If you dissolve lead into a cleaning solution, it’s even more toxic and can be absorbed through skin and mucous membranes. Wear nitrile gloves, safety glasses, and other personal protective equipment, and always dispose of used cleaning solutions properly.
The simplest way to clean your suppressor is by soaking each of its components in CLP (“clean, lube, protect”) or other cleaner/solvent designed for firearms. In particular, any solution that’s good at cleaning carbon deposits should be at the top of the list, plus if it’s capable of cleaning copper and lead fouling that’s even better. Most CLPs will do this, though most barrel bore cleaning solutions are even better.
Soak overnight or for 24 hours and the majority of carbon and other deposits will dissolve and wipe right off. A nylon bristle brush can be used to remove further deposits.
With our PRO (Grade 5 titanium) and HD (17-4 stainless steel) baffles, cleaning can be a little more aggressive and copper and soft wire bristle brushes can be used in addition to ultrasonic tanks and other systems for power cleaning. That said, all of these methods including ultrasonic cleaning will damage Cerakote and some other finishes, so we still recommend soaking the baffles in barrel bore solvent or CLP as the primary method.