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B&T APC9SD Sub Gun: A Look At A True Unicorn – Video Review

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Unicorn Gun: A firearm so rare, so hard to obtain, that it is compared to the mythical beast. The rare creature that is able to give you the thing that you always wanted, but thought that you could never have. I’m a huge fan of Brugger and Thomet; I have their regular APC9, and it is easily one of the best sub guns I have ever shot. That feeling is usually shared by just about anyone else who picks it up. When I was asked if I would like to review the integrally suppressed version, the APC9SD, my response was simple; “does a squirrel love nuts?” Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity, because it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to shoot a Swiss, integrally suppressed, 9mm sub-gun.
B&T APC9SD Sub Gun
B&T APC9SD
The Swiss have long been known for their attention to detail, exquisite quality, and craftsmanship. All the Brugger and Thomet guns that I’ve had the opportunity to handle have exemplified those attributes. I can say that this APC9SD is finished to the same level of superior craftsmanship and attention to detail as my original APC9. It’s good to know as B&T gets a little more popular they are holding up to their very high level of quality. 
The B&T APC9SD Sub Gun is pretty much an evolved, modern version of the HK MP5, and one of the most iconic variations of the MP5 is the MP5SD. This was a special version of the MP5 developed for special forces that has an integrated silencer element. This allowed the SD version of the MP5 to be roughly the same size as a normal sub machine gun yet function extremely quietly and most notably, do all of that with normal ammunition; no need to use specialized subsonic ammo. This is extremely interesting, because if you have played with suppressors much, especially 9mm, there’s a huge difference between the supersonic and subsonic 9mm ammo. The sound of the bullet crossing the barrier of the speed of sound is often much louder than the gun itself while using a suppressor. The fact that these SD models can take normal ammunition and keep it at subsonic levels is kind of a big deal. Especially for military applications because that means they can use the same 9mm ammo for everything; no need for specialized subsonic ammo.
B&T APC9 with Dead Air Wolf left, B&T APC9SD right
The Barrel of the B&T APC9SD is where all the magic happens. The barrel has small ports in the chamber that bleed off gasses into a suppressor that completely engulfs the entire barrel. These ports bleed off gasses, robbing the projectile of execration, thus making normal supersonic ammo subsonic. The engineering is just amazing when you really sit and think about it. The suppressor itself is pretty large at 11 7/8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. But do keep in mind, the entire 5 inch barrel sits inside it. The whole system sounds amazing, and actually better than we could get the regular APC9 to sound with any suppressor we had on hand. The only catch is, because of the design of the barrel, you can not shoot the SD version without the suppressor attached. Even though it screws on and off, this is a truly integrated system.
Barrel porting on the APC9SD Sub Gun
A look at the B&T APC9SD with the suppressor removed.
Basically, from the chamber back, this is a normal APC9, which I would say is one of the most ergonomic sub guns ever devised. With full ambidextrous controls, on both sides of the gun, you’ll have a magazine release, bolt release, and safety. Also, all of these controls work well from either side of the gun, no sacrifices in function. You’ll also find a bolt hold open on the bottom just forward of the trigger guard. I really like the placement of everything, and being able to hit the bolt release with your trigger finger is a really nice feature. The trigger is phenomenal as well, easily one of the best right out of the box sub gun triggers. This APC9SD is pulling at right about four and a half pounds, is silky smooth, and actually has a nice reset too. The charging handle is reversible so you can run it on either side of the weapon. I prefer mine on the left of the gun, so I can charge the weapon with my left hand while maintaining my sight picture. In fact, this is my definition of superior ergonomics; I can easily run the entire gun, drop the mag, release the bolt, charge the weapon, activate the safety, all without losing strong hand grip or sight picture. 
close up of the controls on the APC9SD
Another unique feature to the B&T APC series is the recoil dampening system. In the back of the receiver, there is a buffer on a spring and the sole purpose of this is to catch the bolt, and lower the felt recoil. You may think that 9mm doesn’t recoil that much, and you would be correct, but if feels like you’re shooting 22lr when you shoot it through an APC9. 
The recoil buffer of the B&T APC9SD Sub Gun.
Exploded view of the APC9SD
All these bells and whistles don’t really matter unless the gun shoots well, but have no fear, the APC9SD shoots amazingly well. Even though it may in appearance be a little large, it’s really not any bigger than the normal APC9 with a suppressor on it. The APC9SD may also appear to look a little front heavy, but it actually balances very nicely and isn’t heavy at all. A normal APC9 weighs in at just under 6 pounds, while the SD model weighs in at about 6.8 pounds. That’s really not a huge weight gain given the size of the suppressor along with the longer hand guard that wraps around the suppressor. As I have mentioned, the APC9SD balances amazingly well, and really shines when firing; the little bit of extra weight in the front, coupled with the internal recoil dampening system, makes this one of the softest shooting guns I’ve ever shot. With recoil being non-existent, keeping the gun astonishingly flat, you can also move from target to target very quickly. The gun was so flat in firing that it quickly became a little game with everyone shooting it; how quickly can you dump a mag and keep all the shots on target. I’m not sure anyone got it perfect, but you get the idea. It has no recoil whatsoever, is really flat shooting, and a ton of fun to shoot.
B&T APC9SD Sub Gun on some logs…
I know that the B&T APC9SD may not be everyone’s cup of tea, with the retail price going north of $3,000.00 with the suppressor. It’s not for the masses, but it is an exceptionally well-crafted firearm, with a somewhat unique suppression system that works phenomenally well. I think it goes without saying,  if you ever get the chance to shoot one of these, I highly recommend you seize it.
B&T APC9SD Sub Gun

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Dead Air Nomad L, Bigger is Better – Video Review

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I’m a huge fan of Dead Air and the original Nomad suppressor. In fact, for most new suppressor owners, the Nomad is the can I recommend. It’s made of stainless steel, making it lighter than stellite or inconel, but much stronger than titanium. It also has standard 1 3/8 x 24 threads in the rear, allowing it to be extremely versatile; accepting a wide variety of adapters and muzzle devices. It is just an all-around great suppressor for most applications and users. I’m also always about bigger, quieter, suppressors. So, when I heard about the Nomad L, the new larger version of the original Nomad, I was as excited as shoppers in Wall-Mart when they bring out a pallet of toilet paper. 
Dead Air Nomad L & Nomad Suppressors
Nomad L on a POF P-415
The Nomad L is 8.39 inches long, compared to the 6.5 inches in the original. The Nomad L will  weigh in at 18.3 ounces, compared to the 14 ounces of the Nomad. It also has a wider than industry standard diameter of 1.735 inches; which I really like because that greatly increases internal volume, making the can quieter, while at the same time lowering the back pressure. It is rated for anything from 5.56 all the way up to 300 ultra mag with no barrel restrictions. I will say, that if you’re a big 5.56 shooter, and do a lot of really hard, fast,  shooting with 5.56, keep in mind that Dead Air has an extreme hard use line of suppressors; their Sandman series. 
Dead Air Nomad L next to the original Nomad
I love the Nomad L because it perfectly walks that line of a suppressor that is big enough to give you really quiet, enjoyable, shooting; yet isn’t so big that you wouldn’t run it on an AR-15, or any other gun you’d want to move around with a little. The Nomad is more than tough enough for the vast majority of shooters, and in fact, I would personally recommend the Nomad series of suppressors to most shooters over the Sandman series. The Nomad series, comparatively, is quieter and lighter than the comparable Sandman. But, if you have the need, there’s nothing tougher than the Sandman. 
We ran the Nomad L on a ton of different platforms and calibers and it performed extremely well across the board. Some things that I found interesting: it sounds good on everything from subsonic like 300 Blackout, but also sounded phenomenal on supersonic rounds as well. In fact, everyone who shot it said that it sounded better on 5.56 than anything we could remember. Now it’s a little bigger than most 5.56 cans, but it does sound amazing. 
Nomad L on a CZ Bren 2
Let’s talk about versatility and mounting options. The rear of the Nomad is threaded in what has become pretty much an industry standard 1 3/8 x 24. What that means is, it will accept adapters allowing it to accept most major industry mounts; Like the Q plan B, SilencerCo ASR, Griffin Plan A, and the Dead Air KeyMo, along with many others. This thread pattern also allows the use of direct thread inserts, and the Nomad ships with a 5/8 x 24 direct thread adapter in the box. This enables you to immediately attach this to your 308 rifles, 300 Blackout rifles, or anything else threaded in 5/8 x 24 pattern right out of the box. 
Dead Air Nomad L
The front cap of the Nomad-L is also interchangeable with an assortment of different bore apertures, flash hiders, and of course the Dead Air E-brake. Giving you even more options and versatility, allowing you to control how you want the bullet to exit the suppressor, and what effect you’d like to gain.
Nomad L on a Noveske Ghetto Blaster
The Nomad or the Nomad L would make a great first suppressor, or a great addition to someone who has a collection of cans. It offers tons of versatility in mounting options and end cap accessories. The build quality is more than strong enough to handle what the majority of shooters need, without being so heavy that it feels like you have a bowling ball on the end of your rifle. I’m a huge fan of the Nomad L because it perfectly walks that line of a suppressor that is big enough to give you really quiet, really enjoyable shooting; yet isn’t so big or unwieldy that it is more or less limited to just bench rest rifles. It’s big enough to give you the sound you want without being so large that you would feel odd running it on an AR-15.

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CGS Group Helios: The Best 5.56 Suppressor Ever? ~ VIDEO

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- This is the CGS Group Helios 5.56 Suppressor, and it is quite possibly the best 5.56 suppressor ever devised for several reasons. Most 5.56 specific suppressors have some limitations by design, and for these reasons, I never recommend that a first-time suppressor buyer get a 5.56 can. Unless, 5.56 is the primary round they shoot, and really don’t care about anything else. Let’s take a look at some of these limitations and how CGS Group has tried to address them with the Helios.
CGS Group Helios 5.56 Suppressor
First, 5.56 suppressors have to be built extremely tough; there’s nothing harder on a suppressor than really hard use 5.56 shooting. You want tough? This thing is made out of  3D printed Inconel; what exactly does that mean? It means go nuts, whatever you got it can handle it. Full auto, belt-fed, 5.56, burn it down to the point the barrel is melting; whatever you have, it just laughs and asks for more. You’d be hard-pressed to find a tougher built suppressor. CGS tested this can with belt feed 249 machine guns. They have run this thing so hard on various full auto platforms to the point that barrels were starting to melt, and the suppressor was fine through it all. Inconel is one of the best choices for suppressor materials when it comes to hard use with a lot of pressure and heat.
Helios on the Noveske Ghetto Blaster
One of the major problems with 556 suppressors is, they’re bored out to 556, so basically that’s the only caliber they can do. You can probably do 224 Valkyrie, but for the most part, 556 is it. If 556 is your jam, then I guess that’s all you really need. If you have some other calibers though, you’re very restricted and going to need a 30 caliber suppressor for all of your other rifle calibers. CGS refers to the Helios as a 556 suppressor. Because it is built tough enough to handle all the hard use you can throw at it. But, in what I’m going to call a sheer stroke of genius, they bored the can out for 30 caliber projectiles. That means you aren’t limited to just 556 out of your 556 suppressors. You can use .308 Win, 300 Black Out, 6.5 Creed, 762 x 39, 300 Norma Magnum. Basically, if it’s 30-caliber or less you can run it through the Helios. 
Helios on the FN SCAR 17
Another harsh fact about suppressing 556, is that it really just doesn’t suppress well. I don’t think anyone has ever heard 556 suppressed with any suppressor, and was like “damn that was nice” or “wow that was really quiet”. It’s an extremely high pressure round, it can be made hearing safe, but really cannot get what I would refer to as “quiet”. Now, you might be thinking, “well doesn’t the Helios make any sound sacrifices because of the larger bore”. We tested it side by side with the SIG SRD 556, by all accounts an excellent 556 suppressor, and everyone present felt that the Helios actually sounded better. The Helios actually sounded phenomenal across a wide range of calibers, we tested both supersonic and subsonic. When you get the Helios QD, you’ll get a very nice SKB hard case that holds the suppressor and several included accessories. The case is laid out very nicely with foam cut out to hold everything and a few open spaces for future accessories. The Helios comes with both a direct thread insert in 1/2 x 28 and 5/8 x 24 to work as a direct thread on almost any platform it is rated for. You’ll also have 2 end caps; one that will function as a traditional suppressor, and another vented end cap specifically designed to reduce backpressure in the suppressor and weapon system. This end cap will essentially give you the benefits of a flow-through suppressor. This will also give you virtually no gas to the face, potentially making your rifle more pleasant to shoot suppressed. Your rifle should also run a little cleaner with this end cap. Now, I will say that while the provided vented end cap does an amazing job eliminating backpressure, it does make the can significantly louder. Talking to CGS, there will be many new end caps coming out, and some with less or smaller holes in the end cap. I think that would be a more happy medium between lowering back pressure and providing a little more suppression. 
Normal front cap, 8 inch 5.56
Vented front cap 8 inch 5.56
Lastly in the case, you’ll have the QD adapter mount allowing your Helios to work with all the major mounts on the market today like Dead Air’s Keymo, JAMC Custom, Silencerco ASR, and Q Plan B, you can use the Helios with just about any mount available on the today. This is a great thing because if you’re invested in a particular company’s mounting system, you can more than likely use the Helios with that mounting system. 
The Helios has an amazingly pleasant deep tone and sounds phenomenal. Mainly due to the very unique baffle stack borrowed from their Hyperion suppressor. The idea behind the baffle stack in the Helios is to immediately vent the first chamber into the perimeter of the can so that the peak pressure lowers in the first section of V-shaped baffles to help prevent erosion. Then the gases that were vented off re-combine about midway through the suppressor causing turbulence and slowing down the airflow. Then the gases that have already been slowed by that process, pass through the second type of baffle that takes advantage of the lower pressure air caused by the turbulence. All of that means that there is actually a ton of engineering and a great use of the volume of the Helios, giving you the shooter, an amazing sounding suppressor, especially given its size.
Diagram showing how the baffle stack in the Helios works.
The CGS Helios is not a cheap suppressor. However, when you add up all the included accessories, both common thread pitch adapters, the adapter that allows it to use all industry common muzzle brakes, a normal end cap, one that virtually eliminates backpressure, the fact that it’s constructed from 3D printed Inconel and comes in a really nice case that you can actually use to transport it and all its accessories to and from the range, I really think that you’re getting your money’s worth. 
Helios on the Bergara Ridge Back
If you use your cans extremely hard on short barrel 556 or are lucky enough to have some full-auto stuff, this is an awesome can for you, it’s more than tough enough to take whatever you can dish out. Or, if you’re just a regular guy who wants a great sounding tough can that can suppress a wide range of rifle rounds, this works great for you as well. This suppressor covers a wide range of users and applications, and I feel that CGS has another real winner in their lineup.
CGS Helios in the included case and all the included accessories
CGS Group Helios

Length: 7.2 inches, with normal end cap and direct thread adapter
Diameter: 1.75 inches
Weight: 19 ounces, with normal end cap and direct thread adapter
Price: $1379.00 at Silencer Shop as of publication

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