Here are 5 reasons you should consider adding a .22 suppressor to your collection.
1. Hearing loss
This might seem a little silly with a .22 right? We’ve all heard (or said) “I’ve been shooting .22s for years without ear protection. They’re not loud, if you want loud you should hear my .300 win mag!"
Not so. While a .22lr with standard velocity ammo isn’t far above the supersonic barrier, it usually comes in at over 140dB, the threshold for impulse noise hearing damage.
Combine this with the fact that .22lr is often the cheapest ammo you can find, and thus it’s the most likely you’ll shoot in bulk.
All hearing loss is cumulative, even if the ringing in your ears goes away.
2. Pest Control
If you live in any kind of rural area, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with pests of some kind. Raccoons, certain birds, rats, and more can plague your garden or pantry.
Out here on the Hammer Homestead, we’re overrun with ground squirrels after the previous resident left the structures and fields largely unused for a decade.
Whether I’m taking a shot at a sprinting squirrel or dispatching one caught in the live trap, a suppressor keeps the event quiet enough that animals outside my immediate area stay active instead of going to ground and hiding until tomorrow.
That’s right, affixing a suppressor to your gun can increase accuracy. This is for two primary reasons.
First, a suppressor can reduce harmonic vibrations in the barrel, increasing mechanical accuracy.
Second, the reduced sound signature reduces shooter’s flinch reflex, even in the relatively quiet .22lr.
4. Training New Shooters
That flinch reflex mentioned above? In my experience, it’s one of the biggest hurdles that new shooters face when trying to shoot accurately.
If the gun is hardly louder than a Red Ryder bb gun, it’s much easier for a novice to focus on their position, trigger squeeze, and sight alignment.
5. Being Neighborly
While I’m blessed with few neighbors, all of whom enjoy shooting, not everyone has such an advantageous arrangement.
Many have neighbors who will not hesitate to call law enforcement every time they hear a gunshot. Maybe they’ll just call in a noise complaint, or maybe they’ll misrepresent the situation as a dangerous event.
Even if you’re totally in the right, having the man show up uninvited is still a hassle none of us should have to deal with.
.22 suppressor FAQ
How Quiet is a Suppressed 22?
Around 115 dB. This is a combination of ammo, suppressor, and host (gun). This is a reduction of around 40dB, which represents a major difference in sound pressure levels at the shooter’s ear.
What is subsonic 22 ammo?
Subsonic .22 ammo is designed to stay under the speed of sound. These rounds exist to maximize the potential of suppressors, as bullets travelling at subsonic speeds lack the sonic boom that supersonic projectiles cause.
How fast is subsonic 22 ammo?
Subsonic rounds travel below the speed of sound, which is around 1,125 feet per second. The speed of sound changes based on air temperature and pressure.
Subsonic .22 ammunition usually has a muzzle velocity between 700 feet per second and 1,080 feet per second.
Best subsonic 22 ammo?
CCI 40gr subsonic segmented hollow points
These rounds from CCI are the standard for reliability, lethality, and noise from a rimfire cartridge.
I owned a gun shop for years and got to test fire (with my customers) nearly every suppressor that came through my door. I’ve owned a bundle of different .22 cans, and shot them on a wide variety of rifles and pistols, using an even wider variety of ammo.
Most .22 suppressors have a glaring weakness. Maybe a proprietary tool is needed for disassembly. Maybe you get good suppression, but terrible first-round pop. Perhaps you choose a low price, with questionable construction.
If you’re going to go through the NFA purchase process, the old adage of “buy once, cry once" holds especially true.
Getting a top-flight suppressor, from a well-known manufacturer, at a reasonable price, is really all a gun owner can ask for. The DRF-22 absolutely fills that role.
Check out our blog post on the best .22 suppressors to learn more about how the DRF-22 stacks up against cans from Rugged, OSS, and more.