My order of priorities is:
- 1) Durablity. I know nothing is guaranteed but I'd like to get the possibilities of issues as low as possible.
- 2) Suppression. Of course I'd like it to be as quiet but not at the cost of significantly reduced durability.
- 3) Versatility. This this will likely be my only centerfire rifle can I'd like it to be very versatile.
- 4) Weight. I'm not overly concerned about this unless my SIG 516 or Ruger GSR might be more sensitive to extra weight due to their designs. I'm hoping if that's the case someone can educate me about it. I will use QD mounts and from what I've read the difference between the Omega and Saker isn't as great if both use QD. I hung weight on the muzzle of each rifle about equal to the weight of each suppressor (based on factory specs). Based on that the Saker's extra weight would be noticeable but not back-breaking.
- 5) Mount. I've seen almost as much debate about this as I have the suppressors but by most accounts both seem to be good. I'm not currently invested in either.
- 6) Cost. This one is low. The difference between the two is $185 and it's not significant enough to sway me if the higher priorities point to a particular choice.
- Ruger Gunsite stainless 18-1/2" barrel
- SIG 516 16" barrel
- For now these would mostly be range toys but I will likely hunt with at least the Ruger down the road.
- a paper-thin layer of titanium
- relied on gluing the core into the tube
- keeping the Omega as light as possible for low-to-medium volume shooters - instead of focusing on a durable/easily warrantied outer tubes
Based on this, my gut is telling me Saker. I figure the Saker is more stout and it's been out longer so there might be less chance of issues. Is my logic flawed?
I found this video last night of a 7.62 suppressor comparison, including the Saker and Omega.
I have to admit, the Omega sounded pretty darn good. It wasn't shockingly better than the Saker but it did suppress better.
Click here for the entire video or see links below to jump to specific spots:
- Saker 7.62 shooting .308: 5-Shot Average = 140dB
- Omega 7.62 shooting .308: 5-Shot Average = 137dB
- Saker 7.62 shooting 5.56: 5-Shot Average = 138dB
- Omega 7.62 shooting 5.56: 5-Shot Average = 136dB
By the way, I already bought an Octane 45 HD on a whim while I was in the shop talking to them about these. They had it in stock at the military price and I just went with it. I hadn't really planned on getting a centerfire pistol can but I figured what the hell. That one seemed to be versatile. Now I need a host for it and I'm thinking a P220 along with threaded barrels for my P226 and Glock 19. I currently own a Spectre II and SS Sparrow as well.
A few photos of the rifle hosts:
And a few of my current stuff just for good measure:
I recently had my TC Contender .22LR pistol threaded as well but no photos yet. Awesome suppressor host.
My 10/22 with PWS barrel:
Browning Buck Mark Rifle: