Back in October, the suppressor industry was abuzz with news that former SilencerCo mastermind, Mike Pappas, would be returning with a new company, Dead Air Armament. At the time, I speculated that Dead Air may eventually enlist Henry Graham, also formerly of SilencerCo and founder of Southeastern Weaponry Research (SWR). Perhaps fortunately, it looks like I was wrong.
On December 31, news broke that Henry would be starting a new company named Rugged Suppressors to reassert himself in the suppressor industry. As a designer on some excellent suppressors such as the Specwar and Octane series of cans, Henry’s work is well known and he is credited with some of the quietest suppressors on the market. In the interest of full disclosure, I do own an Octane 45 HD and have a Specwar 556 pending at my local dealer, but published numbers from reputable sources like Silencer Shop have consistently shown these suppressors to be top performers in their respective classes. With the above in mind, it should be no surprise that Henry’s departure from SilencerCo fueled the internet gossip mill for weeks as enthusiasts speculated on Henry’s future and SilencerCo’s direction.
As their first release with Rugged Suppressors, Henry and co-founder Michael Derdziak have announced the Surge 762. This suppressor appears to take many cues from the popular SilencerCo Saker, with a similar removable endcap and full Stellite baffle stack, but should revolutionize the industry as the first (to my knowledge) adjustable length rifle suppressor. The mount is also unique in that it takes the taper mount concept further by having two taper surfaces, one that works in conjunction with the mount’s threads and another that helps to secure the locking device on the suppressor itself.
MSRP on the Surge 762 is $1300, but some dealers are reporting that the street price will be just under $1000. This should put the Surge in a tight race with the Saker and Sandman suppressors.
(Surge, Saker, Sandman, alliteration much?)