SilencerCo Unveils Chimera Suppressor at SHOT Show 2018
SilencerCo unveiled the newest addition to their rifle suppressor lineup at the 2018 Sporting Hunting Outdoor Trade-show in Las Vegas, NV. Dubbed the Chimera, this new user-serviceable sound suppressor is designed to meet the needs of high-volume, and military shooters who put tremendous strain on their suppressors.
This role was previously filled by their Saker line of center-fire, rifle-caliber sound suppressors, but rumor has it that SilencerCo will discontinue the line in favor of the new Chimera. On paper, the Chimera seems like a pure upgrade shaving off nearly three and half ounces of weight and three inches of length. While this makes the Chimera a great choice for shooters with either pistol-length ARs or NFA-regulated SBRs, the Chimera lacks the additional internal volume of the Saker and thus doesn’t perform as well – at least in the case of the 762 Saker vs the Chimera 300.
Another feature that’s really nice about the Chimera, is that it ops for partial Iconcel construction, so the can doesn’t feel like a lead weight at the end of a rifle’s barrel. Personally, I’m excited to try out this new suppressor when it arrives at Silencer Shop, a company who only recently mended a business relationship with the trendy suppressor-maker.
Lastly, the Chimera is rated for full-auto fire, and uses a new mounting system that looks like an abridged version of the ASR mounting system that SilencerCo integrated into their Saker line of cans a few years ago. This replaced the Trifecta mount, a ratcheting QD mount system pioneered by SilencerCo.
The new short ASR mount can also be placed with a direct-thread mount, the original Trifecta mount and any mount compatible the the original Saker cans.
The new Chimera will retail for $1,030 and is available now at SilencerCo.com
Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.