We were impressed with the SureFire’s MB556 muzzle brake– with its controllability and flash attenuation — during our shootout at ITI back in April. So it stands to reason that SureFire’s new Mini and Micro sound suppressors will be of similar quality and utility for tactical shooters, both civilian and military.

SureFire has done a good job explaining what a suppressor is supposed to do and some of the advantages in having one attached to your AR. And now, with one suppressor that’s an inch shorter than its predecessor FA 556-212, the Minicould attract users who didn’t want to add an extra six inches to their battle rifle but still want the noise, signature and dust mitigation that a suppressor offers — and without a hit in accuracy.

SureFire’s proprietary suppressor design not only reduces the sound levels and muzzle flash of a fired weapon, helping to protect an operator’s hearing and keep his location concealed, it also typically increases projectile velocity and improves a weapon’s accuracy. This is SureFire’s philosophy of Total Signature Reduction™. Contrary to existing suppressor models, which typically degrade performance of a 1-2 MOA (Minute of Angle) rifle to 3-4 MOA-sometimes as much as 8 MOA, SureFire suppressors typically improve grouping sizes.

The company also now offers the Micro, which is an bantum 4″ long. The model seems geared toward the last two “signature reduction” factors: muzzle flash and concealment.

At 4.0 inches long and 12.0 ounces in weight, the compact and lightweight SureFire MICRO suppressor is designed to attenuate the sound signature of a carbine or rifle to a safe level, as well as reduce the dust and flash signature while minimizing added weight and length to s host weapon with a 14.5″ barrel or longer.

And oh by the way, attaching a SureFire supressor to your AR using a SureFire muzzle brake means no re-zeroing. Hello PEO Soldier Weapons…?

(Gouge: Tactical Wire)

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charles taylor July 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I call BS on no-re-zeroing. All suppressors shift the point of impact. Most modern military suppressors will improve grouping, but the due to the weight of the suppressor hanging off the barrel it will change the harmonics of the barrel, thus shifting the point of impact.

Surefire makes some nice suppressors, but they're way too expensive for what they offer. There are plenty of other suppressors that offer better sound suppression, and are more durable, at a lower cost. (AAC's models for example)

Also that claim that "existing suppressor models, which typically degrade performance of a 1-2 MOA (Minute of Angle) rifle to 3-4 MOA-sometimes as much as 8 MOA" is completely bogus. AAC, OPS-Inc, and Gemtech have been making suppressors for years that improve group sizes.

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Heff31 July 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

I think they are billing it as no shift in zero w/ suppressor after repeated removal and re-attachment. So, consistent shift in zero, not no shift in zero. From personal experience, that is a more accurate description. No shift in zero after attachment is not necessarily true for all firearms even of the same type.

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charles taylor July 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

That sounds more plausible, but it's not necessarily unique to Surefire suppressors. Thing is that I've heard surefire reps make the "no re-zeroing between suppressed and un-suppressed" claim before on video.

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Tomcatshanger July 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

I call BS on the "degrade performance of a 1-2 MOA (Minute of Angle) rifle to 3-4 MOA-sometimes as much as 8 MOA," crap as well.

Maybe they've been shooting garbage suppressors, or maybe it's just stupid marketing from the folks that want $500 for a weapon light, but they are telling a big fat lie here.

That being said, a small can makes a lot of sense, and might be seen as a rehash of the moderators used on M16 carbines in the Vietnam era.

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Edward Yee September 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Or it could be to have SOME sound suppression without entirely sacrificing the weight and portability/handling benefits of reduced length… aka the point of a carbine or SBR. I once handled a M4A1 with a long enough ("standard-length"?) suppressor that I didn't feel any benefit over the full-length M16A4, and for someone in the field there might be lesser muzzle velocity and energy on top of that.

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TKnight November 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

Just a heads up, "bantum" is actually spelled "bantam", meaning "diminutive, tiny"

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