It is quickly looking like 2015 is the year of the suppressor.

Once relegated to military and police operations, they are finally making it into the mainstream. More states are allowing them for hunting, and enthusiasts are finding out just how much fun they are.

Maligned for years as something evil, suppressors are fast becoming a valued addition for everything from pistols to high-powered rifles. Providing recoil control, hearing protection and relief from muzzle blast, they do nothing but enhance the shooting experience.

The only drawback has been cost and a degree of versatility, but even that has changed, and it looks like things are getting even better this year.

Quality suppressors remain costly items, especially when you add the $200 tax stamp paid to the ATF. Manufacturing and material improvements have actually brought quality up and price down, but many customers are only going to be able to afford one suppressor. Making suppressors work over a broad range is a huge advantage and allows retailers to stock fewer of them.

Generally pistol suppressors are not safe on rifles, and rifle suppressors just don’t work on pistols — except for 22LR ones.

Not so with the Liberty Suppressor Mystic X, which bridges that pistol-to-rifle gap nicely, allowing use on pistols, subguns and rifles from 5.56mm to 7.62 x 39mm. It’s a great alternative for those not wanting to buy a can for each caliber, especially with the increasing popularity of the 300 BLK.

Made of titanium and stainless steel, the Mystic X is rugged and light. Rated for full-auto use in seven calibers and semi-auto use in 53 calibers, it is about as “one size fits all” as you can get.

The monolithic body weighs only 10.5 ounces — add a booster and it’s only 13.9 ounces. At 8 inches in length and 1.375 inches in diameter, it fits under most handguards. Several thread adapters and boosters allow its use on different rifles, pistols, and sub-machine guns. Along with standard fixed threading adapters, most pistol calibers can be fitted to it along with an UZI mount.

Designed to produce upwards of 38 decibels of sound reduction, the Mystic X is plenty quiet.

Our testing on a 9mm Sig Sauer P320C, a Seekins Precision SBR in 300 BLK and a CMMG Mutant MK47 (7.62 x 39mm) showed the Mystic X was quiet and easy to mount and had no adverse effect on reliability or accuracy.

Each mount attached easily to the suppressor and worked as advertised on each weapon. Testing on the Primary Weapons MK116 5.56mm rifle was equally impressive. It was louder for sure, but that is to be expected with a 5.56mm rifle.

Bottom line, during one given day the Mystic X performed flawlessly on everything from a 9mm pistol to a piston-driven 5.56mm rifle. This is likely all most customers would need, and more than most would have. If you are looking for a truly versatile do-it-all kind of suppressor to stock, make sure you take a look at the Liberty Suppressors Mystic X — it might be just about perfect.

Specifications

  • Caliber            .30-caliber (9mm, 300 BLK, 7.62 x 39mm, 5.56mm Nato)
  • Length             8.3 inches (including adapter)
  • Diameter        1.375 inches
  • Weight            13.9 ounces (including adapter)
  • Thread           Various, uses adapters
  • Material          Titanium and stainless Steel
  • Reduction       33dB – 38dB (approximate)
  • Cost                 $799 (suppressor only); Adapters range from $95 to $155.