Best .22 Rifle Suppressors – Updated For 2020

The best .22 suppressor options in 2020:

  • SilencerCo – 22 Sparrow
  • OSS RAD 22
  • GEMTECH – GM-22 Suppressor 22LRE
  • SUREFIRE – SF Ryder 22-S
  • SILENCERCO – Spectre II 22LR Black Silencer
  • AAC Element 2

Due to suppressors being a sensitive subject when it comes to regulations as well as personal preferences, I will not go too much into the usefulness.

Instead, let’s dive into the performance-based reviews of the best .22 rifle suppressors on the market.

What makes a good suppressor?

First of all, let’s establish a few parameters on which we can rely on when looking at many different suppressors which are massively different in many aspects. Here are the most important parameters for this article:

  • Cost: Even if you can afford a higher-end suppressor, the tax tends to be very high.
  • Suppression: This is a big one considering you are giving money for a suppressor.
  • Durability: If you buy something, you want to make sure it will last.
  • Maintenance: You will clean it out often because rimfires tend to be dirty.
  • Manageable: If it’s going to add weight to the end of your barrel, it’s not worth it.

In the end, you will be the one to pick and choose the pros and cons to find the perfect suppressor for your .22. We are here to show you those pros and cons more clearly and maybe point out a few characteristics not usually found in the product description.

1. SILENCERCO Sparrow LR – Best 22 LR Suppressor

SILENCERCO have been making some of the best suppressors on the market for more than ten years, and the SPARROW SUPPRESSOR 22 LR DIRECT THREAD is no exception.

Sparrow 22 is very easy to disassemble. even after heavy abuse, due to the multi-part containment (MPC) technology. It’s made of alloyed and heat-treated steels coated with black oxide and threaded with 1/2×28 threading.

However, because of the .22lr rounds not being jacketed with copper, lead and carbon debris tend to build up fast in suppressors making them heavier. That’s where the MPC technology really comes in handy, enabling you to quickly clean the Sparrow 22 and continue shooting.

One of the reasons we like Sparrow 22 can is its full-automatic use rating which basically means a whole lot of fast fun.

Because it’s rated for 41dB noise reduction, the right ammunition could get you below 100dB.

When it comes to size, Sparrow 22 suppressor might be even called tiny compared to some other options on the market. Being only 5 inches long and weighing approximately 6.5 ounces, you will have no problem at all adjusting to it quickly.

The top price should be below $450, I have even seen shops that sell them for $360, which is a great insight into the pricing of some stores, as well as the taxes.

2. OSS RAD 22

The OSS Rad 22 is an awesome .22 suppressor, and I would highly recommend this can as your first .22 suppressor or your fifth. It’s crazy-quiet with .22, it’s tough enough to handle 5.7 in full auto, and is easy to maintain. I don’t know what more you could ask of a .22 silencer.

Since all of the internals on the OSS RAD22 are stainless steel, you can dump them all into a sonic cleaner for easy, trouble-free cleaning. They’ve also made the internals very easy to reassemble. You have the baffle extension, then all the flow baffles, none of which need to be timed or oriented in any specific way followed by two cone baffles. Really simple and easy.

It maintains a very pleasant, deep tone across several different platforms and, it’s even very comfortable to the ear on the CMMG Banshee chambered in 5.7 with only a 5-inch barrel. Of course, it is stupid-quiet shooting subsonic .22 through it, and will instantly bring a smile to your face.

GEMTECH – GM-22 Suppressor 22 Long Rifle

The first thing you notice about the Gemtech GM-22 is its very light weight. While the GM-22 is approximately the same size as other .22 rimfire suppressors on the market, the all-aluminum construction shaves a lot of weight.

The GM-22 is a two-piece suppressor – the exterior tube housing and the monolithic baffle stack. As a result, disassembly and reassembly couldn’t be simpler – just unscrew the baffle stack from the tube and slide it out. The direct thread mount is part of the baffle stack and uses standard (for most rimfire applications) 1/2×28 tpi threading.

Word of advice: Be sure to take the GM-22 apart and clean frequently so the baffle tube doesn’t get stuck inside the body.

You get a much, much lighter suppressor in return for paying a little more attention to cleaning and maintenance. That’s the price of the weight savings. As long as you know that going in, you’ll have no trouble.

SUREFIRE – SF Ryder 22-S

The SureFire RYDER™ 22-S is a lightweight suppressor optimized for .17 HMR and .22 Long Rifle rimfire pistols and rifles.

Built to exacting standards like our Fast-Attach® suppressors for centerfire calibers, the Ryder 22-S features a patented aluminum body with rounded ends and flutes to reduce weight with no sacrifice in strength and is coated with a tough Mil-Spec hard-anodized finish that resists scratches, abrasion, and corrosion.

At just over 5 ounces in weight and only 5.4 inches long, the compact RYDER 22-S minimizes effects on the weapon’s weight and maneuverability.

The RYDER 22-S features patented heat-treated stainless steel baffles that offer increased durability and are capable of handling 17 HMR and .22 WMR ammunition – even full-auto fire.

Built-in spacers between the baffles help to reduce carbon buildup and keep the suppressor clean longer. The indexed, individually numbered baffles are easy to remove, disassemble, clean, and reassemble.

SILENCERCO – Spectre II 22LR Black Silencer

Before the versatile Spectre 22 hit the market, rimfire suppressor aficionados had to decide between an easy-to-clean monocore can and a very quiet K-baffle design. Thankfully, SilencerCo brought the best of both worlds together in the Spectre 22 by pioneering their Click-Together Assembly (CTA) baffle system.

This breakthrough provides nearly the same effectiveness as a true K-baffle, combined with the simple maintenance of a monocore unit. As a result, this silencer was an immediate success.

As mentioned, the Spectre 22 has a unique CTA baffle design that is user-serviceable and easy to disassemble, which are high priorities for .22LR silencers.

To avoid buildup, it employs the CTA system that keeps carbon and lead debris from reaching the suppressor tube, allowing the unit to be taken apart quickly. This setup also helps minimize the dreaded first-round pop. Moreover, the use of sturdy stainless steel gives this 6.8-ounce can added durability, so a full day at the gun range is encouraged.

The Spectre 22 has been an incredibly influential silencer. Therefore, most of today’s modern rimfire designs have utilized its best features to produce new and improved cans.

Like the Sparrow, this unit muffles sound by an incredible 41 decibels—providing ideal protection for hunters, hobbyists, and home defenders.

RUGER – Silent-SR 22LR Threaded mount

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The Ruger Silent-SR Suppressor is rated for 22 LR full auto, 22 WMR, 17 HMR, and 5.7x28mm pistols and rifles with a standard 1/2 x 28″ thread pattern for compatibility with most threaded rimfire firearms.

Ruger claims a decibel reduction of up to 40 dB.

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The Ruger Silent-SR Suppressor is composed of a serialized titanium tube, aluminum rear cap, and stainless steel threaded mount, baffles and front cap.

The use of three different materials was to maximize strength and minimize weight without sacrificing durability. The stainless steel baffles are why the can is a bit on the heavier side.

However, like all Ruger products being “built like tanks,” this will undoubtedly ensure the shooter a lifetime of use if maintained properly.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, not every shooter needs a suppressor. If one is simply a hobbyist who enjoys the occasional thrill of shooting, quality ear protection would likely serve your needs just fine.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s reasons for shooting are their own and almost all of them are completely valid.

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