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Handgun Gear: Best 9mm Suppressor Choices (2022)

Updated 10/18/2022

The top 9mm suppressor options to put a lid on your nine.

What are the best 9mm suppressors:

The most shot centerfire cartridge in the United States, the 9mm is as pervasive as the air we breathe. Chances are you have one in your collection, even if you’re lukewarm on the caliber. Admit it.

Its prominence is no mystery. The caliber is easy to shoot well, is a capable self-defense option, and is perhaps only eclipsed by the .22LR in economy of ammunition. It is also something else – eminently suppressible. The right can and your pistol – or pistol caliber carbine for that matter – is as stealthy as it gets in the centerfire world. That raises the question, however, what is the right 9mm suppressor?

No easy answer there, like choosing a gun it matters what’s right to you. There are a few facets you’ll definitely want to consider when shopping for an accessory that’s potentially as expensive as your pistol. Among these are:

  • Size: Do you require something short and dexterous for shooting on the move or will a full-sized unit fit the bill.
  • Weight: Will it throw the balance of your gun out of whack?
  • Sound Suppression: How much do you need to achieve your goals?
  • Flexibility: Is the suppressor dedicated to one caliber or will it sever multiple guns?
  • Cost: How much can you afford, given you have a tax bill on top of costs?

As usual, you’ll have to assess your own situation and what suppressor ticks off the right boxes. In the meantime, we’ll give you a taste of some of the best choices out there today. On top of their games, these 12 9mm suppressor options fill about every conceivable niche and will certainly keep a lid on your nine.

Best 9mm Suppressor Options

Sig ModX-9

Sig Modx-9

Sig certainly built suspense with its modular pistol suppressor. The ModX-9 made its debut at the 2019 SHOT Show to great fanfare, exciting shooters with the direction the company was taking its burgeoning suppressor empire. Flash forward to the winter of 2020 and the ModX-9 finally hit store shelves.

Despite the thumb-twiddling the wait was worth it, with Sig delivering among the slimmest, lightest and effective modular cans on the market. Thank advanced manufacturing for the ModX-9’s attributes, with the 3D-printed titanium device boasting a flawless fit and function. To its fine points, the 9mm suppressor comes in at 7.75-inches in its full configuration and weighs a very manageable 8 ounces. But it shrinks down to 3.25 with just its blast baffle and end cap for a tidy 5-ounce package. With eight total baffles, shooters can modify it to their situation at hand. No matter the size, it does a capital job of noise reduction, cutting a 9mm’s report to around 127 dB at full length to 145 dB in its smallest alignment.

Sig includes two springs with the ModX-9 with different tensions, two pistons with metric and imperial thread patterns and a fixed barrel spacer. The final point makes the suppressor compatible with carbines and sub guns, where the reciprocation of the entire booster assembly isn’t required. A nice point bout the ModX-9, it carries its weight reward, which adds to its nimbleness even when run at full length.

Sig ModX-9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm
Weight: 8/5 ounces
Length: 7.75/3.25 inches
Diameter: 1.35 inches
Materials: Titanium
Finish: N/A
Attachment: 1/2×28 and M13.5x1LH
Average Decibels: 127 (approx.) dB full configuration
MSRP: $925

YHM 9mm Sidewinder

YHM Suppressor

Even before ponying up for the tax stamp—not to mention your time filling out paperwork and waiting—a suppressor is often a sizable investment. Most retail just shy $1,000, in turn, often costing more than the guns they’re destined to hush up. This makes the Sidewinder so refreshing. Ringing up at less than $600 at most outlets, the 9mm suppress doesn’t put a shooter in the poorhouse and performs well beyond its price.

Yankee Hill’s can is pretty straightforward, a user-serviceable unit with an aluminum tube and monocore, and stainless steel blast baffle. Yeah, like many monos it suffers from first-round pop—a function of larger chamber volume. But once settled in shooters can expect generous noise reduction in the neighborhood of 36 dB—more when wet. Though, there is a bit of a trade for price and performance. The Sidewinder runs on the heavier end of the spectrum at a hair over 10 ounces, which is fairly hefty particularly for something pistol specific. For many, the Sidewinder might make a better PPC option.

The drawback for those who figure the suppressor is perfect for a carbine, it’s purely a direct-attachment affair. Not a deal-breaker, but certainly a slower switchover compared to quick-attach systems. As to its threads, three patterns are available: 1/2″-28, 1/2″-36 and metric 13.5×1 LH.

YHM 9mm Sidewinder Specs:
Caliber: 9mm /.300 Blackout
Weight: 10.2 ounces
Length: 7.8 inches
Diameter: 1.375 inches
Materials: Aluminum/Stainless Steel
Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Attachment: 1/2″-28, 1/2″-36 and metric 13.5×1 LH
Average Decibels: 125 (approx.) dB full configuration
MSRP: $745

Gemtech Lunar 9


Modularity, it’s pretty much becoming the norm in suppressors. Why not? Drop the coin and jump the hoops, might as well have a can with versatility baked into the cake. Which makes the configurability of Gemtech’s newest offering a surprise to absolutely no one.

The ability to run two different lengths—7 or 4.7 inches—both extremely lightweight with a 10-ounce top end, makes the Lunar 9 a do-all, perfect for tactical and pleasure shooting. Though, this just the tip of the iceberg. Making matters considerably more convenient, the 9mm suppressor is also compatible—thanks to Gemtech‘s Multi-Mount system—with a variety of the company’s mounting systems—three-lug, direct thread, what have you. As for noise reduction, the Lunar 9 gets the job done, no matter what size you run it. In full configuration, it’ll knock a pistol down into the 120 dB range, shortened up the mid-130s. Not quite enough to go without plugs, but a comfortable level nonetheless.

Gemtech Lunar 9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm /.300 Blackout
Weight: 10/7 ounces
Length: 7/4.7 inches
Diameter: 1.4 inches
Materials: Aluminum/stainless steel
Finish: Hardcoat Anodize
Attachment: 1/2×28 booster included. Compatible with GM-9 mounts
Average Decibels: 129 (approx.) dB full configuration
MSRP: $654


CGS Mod 9

Doesn’t matter if you’re talking handguns or precision optics, striking a balance is always a challenge. Suppressors are no different, though CGS goes a long way in finding middle ground with its MOD 9. Lightweight, yet durable and an excellent noise-reduction profile, the 9mm suppressor walks the line on all the desirable attributes shooters search for in a can.

Yeah, the MOD-9 is a full-sized, measuring in at 7.7 inches in length, with a 1.37-inch tube diameter. If you aren’t kicking in doors for a living that should prove more than manageable, especially for the payoff. CGS has cooked up a quiet suppressor—mouse-sneeze quiet. Of course, this varies depending on ammo and barrel length, but expect most 9mms with a 4-inch-plus fire tube to generate between 113 and 120 dB with a MOD-9 mounted. Aluminum is the main ingredient of the build, including the suppressor’s 6 baffle stack and tube. This keeps it a light 10 ounces. One last note, the piston assembly is impressive, with 12-point rotational adjustment to dial in for impact shift.

CGS MOD-9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm/.22 LR/.300 Blackout
Weight: 10 ounces
Length: 7.7 inches
Diameter: 1.37 inches
Materials: Aluminum tube and baffle stack, stainless steel blast baffle
Finish: Black Anodized
Average Decibels: 123.7dB full configuration
MSRP: $915

Rugged Suppressors Obsidian 45

9mm Suppressor Rugged-Suppressors-Obsidian

Technically, the Rugged Suppressors Obsidian 45 is much more than a 9mm suppressor. Rated for .45 ACP, the extremely robust device handles some real heavyweights, including .450 Bushmaster, .45-70 Government and .458 SOCOM—with the appropriate barrel length. Quite a spread, to say the least, making the Obsidian an ideal choice if you not only want to hush up your ‘Nine’, but a load of rifles and carbines.

The versatility doesn’t stop with caliber compatibility. Modular, you can tailor the Obsidian to your firearm and application with an 8.7-inch full configuration and 6.7-inch K configuration. This gives you ideal lengths for use on your rifle or pistol. Either way, the suppressor is full-auto rated for all pistol calibers, as well as .300 Blackout and does a number on your gun’s report. At full length, it knocks a 9mm pistol’s report down to 123.7dB run dry. The unit features a non-slotted piston design, cutting down on gas blowback from handguns, and is constructed of a durable aircraft-grade aluminum tube and stainless steel baffles. This is a true jack-of-all-trades.

Rugged Suppressors Obsidian 45 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm/.45 ACP
Weight: 10.7-12.8 ounces
Length: 6.7-8.6 inches
Diameter: 1.37 inches
Materials: Aluminum tube, stainless steel baffles
Finish: Hard Coat Anodized and Cerokote
Attachment: .578×28 Piston
Average Decibels: 123.7dB full configuration
MSRP: $875

Dead Air Odessa-9

9mm suppressor odessa

Sound suppression, for obvious reasons, is what headlines suppressor innovation. But what about the little things that make a can more functional and practical to a greater swath of shooters? Dead Air homed in on these and, it’s safe to say, knocked it out of the park with the Odessa-9.

Among the most notable aspects is the 1.1-inch tube. On the surface, the slim design might not sound like much, until you consider it is fully compatible with nearly every pistol’s stock sights. Moreover, the 9mm suppressor adapts to any application put in front of it, given its modular design. You can run the Odessa with all 11 baffles if noise suppression is at a premium or with just one if you need to take the edge off your gun’s report. And it will do its job when run short, with four baffles putting subsonic ammunition at or near safe hearing levels. Full length, the 10-ounce suppressor reduces subsonic 9mm ammo to around 122dB. There’s little argument, the Odessa-9 makes going suppressed a whole lot easier.

Dead Air Odessa-9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm/.380 ACP, .32 ACP, 5.7x28mm, .17 HMR, .22 Mag, .22 LR
Weight: 10.6 ounces
Length: 8.59 inches
Diameter: 1.1 inches
Materials: Stainless Steel
Finish: Black Nitride
Attachment: 1/2×28, M13.5X1 LH
Average Decibels: 122dB full configuration
MSRP: $899

SIG Sauer SRD9

9mm suppressor srd9

Move over King Midas! It’s Sig Sauer that has the golden touch—at least when it comes to firearms and firearms accessories. The SRD9 is proof enough of this.

The user-serviceable 9mm suppressor is an absolute top-shelf choice. Made with a Grade 9 titanium tube and high nickel alloy stainless steel baffles, the device isn’t only lightweight (9 ounces), it’s effective. Run dry, the SRD9 knocks a 9mm’s report down to around 128dB. Full-auto rated, the suppressor also is compatible with the most popular pistol calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. It also comes with both a 1/2×28 and an m13.5x1LH pistons, giving it the ability to mount across the board, regardless of a gun’s origin. With the SRD9, you’ll pay near an entry-level price, but get pro performance.

Sig Sauer SRD9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm
Weight: 9 ounces
Length: 7.2 inches
Diameter: 1.38 inches
Materials: Titanium Tube, Stainless Steel Baffles
Finish: PVD
Attachment: 1/2×28, M13.5X1 LH
Average Decibels: 128dB
MSRP: $775

SilencerCo Osprey

9mm Suppressor osprey

SilencerCo’s uniquely shaped Osprey isn’t a spring chicken by any stretch of the imagination. But that doesn’t make the 9mm suppressor any less effective at doing its job. It’s among the best at cutting down noise, as well as offering one of the best possible shooting experiences.

The eccentric suppressor (meaning the bore doesn’t run down its center axis) offers a load of advantages over its cylindrical counterparts. First and foremost, it provides more internal volume for gases to expand, thus offers more noise-reduction capabilities. A 9mm’s report is reduced to 127dB, which is dynamite. Furthermore, its off-center design helps it stay out of your sight picture, in turn you get to keep your stock sights. Additionally, the device is extremely lightweight, composed of aluminum tube and baffles, and stainless steel blast baffle. Top noise reduction capabilities, user-friendly and lightweight—what’s not to like?

SilencerCo Osprey Specs:
Caliber: 9mm, .300 Blackout, .40 S&W, .45 ACP
Weight: 9.8 ounces
Length: 7.06 inches
Diameter: 1.30×1.75 inches
Materials: Aluminum Tube and Baffles, Stainless Steel Blast Baffle
Finish: Black Oxide
Attachment: Interchangeable Pistons
Average Decibels: 127dB
MSRP: $840

CMMG DefCan 9

Not everyone shoots 9mm from pistols. In turn, not every 9mm suppressor need be designed for handguns. A fact plain as day to AR specialists
CMMG. Jumping into the noise reduction game this past year, the company tailored the pistol-caliber members of its DefCan line for sub-guns and AR pistols, rifles and carbines.

Unmistakably, the DefCan 9 looks the part. While extremely slender (1.38 inches), it is long – long as they come on this list at least. At 10.25 inches, even if it could fit your pistol, you wouldn’t want it there anyway. On a long-gun, SBR or AR-pistol it’s a completely different story. That extra length to dissipate gases does a number on a gun’s report, cutting it 32dB on average.

For its size, the DefCan 9 should prove a second thought mounted, given its featherweight. The suppressor adds a scant 10 ounces to a firearm, which is akin to adding many lighting options to the fore of a rail. Aluminum construction keeps the unit light, as well as imparting it with some desirable thermal properties, dissipating heat in a flash.

In its guts, the DefCan 9 uses a stack of seven M-style baffles, each of which has a squared port on the aperture. The design point further improves noise reduction, directing gas particles laterally inside the tube. The suppressor is completely sealed, in turn, not user accessible. However, it requires no routine cleaning.

DefCan 9 Specs:
Caliber: 9mm
Weight: 10 ounces
Length: 10.25 inches
Diameter: 1.375 inches
Materials: Aluminum Tube and Baffles
Finish: Hard Coat Anodized
Attachment: Bi-Lock Flash Hider with Included Peel Washer, Threaded 1/2-28
Average Decibels: 128dB (estimated)
MSRP: $700

SilencerCo Omega 9K

It’s difficult to make a suppressor list without the SilencerCo Omega K rearing its head. That goes for the ubiquitous 9mm. Residing on the tonier end of the market, the Omega 9K is hardly money wasted. It’s light, compact and does what it was designed to do – keep a lid on your noisy guns.

Among the smallest 9mm suppressors on this list, the tubeless Omega K adds a negligible 4.7 inches to the overall length of your gun. Yes, you’ll still know it’s there, but if you happen to compete or engage in any shooting activity that requires agility the suppressor won’t hang you up. Furthermore, at 7.2 ounces, the can won’t knock your pistol out of balance as greatly as heavier options.

Made from stainless steel and stellite (a cobalt-chromium alloy), the Omega K is wang-leather tough. The abrasion-resistant and extremely hard alloy is renowned for its wear resistance, standing up to long shooting sessions as well as the most rugged external punishment.

As to the suppressor’s performance where it counts – noise reduction – it’s a bit below par compared to longer options. SilencerCo pegs the average report of a 9mm outfitted with an Omega at 131.5dB, around 28.5dB of noise reduction. Not top of the charts, not a slouch either – especially for its size. If you need a push over the edge to spend the money, it can digest sub and supersonic 300 Blackout rounds as well.

Omega 9K Specs:
Caliber: 9MM AND .300 BLK
Weight: 7.2 ounces
Length: 4.7 inches
Diameter: 1.48 inches
Materials: Stellite Tube, Stainless Steel Baffles
Finish: Black Oxide
Attachment: Direct Thread
Average Decibels: 131.5dB (estimated)
MSRP: $750

Griffin Armament Revolution 9

Adaptable to your requirements, the Revolution 9 is akin to two cans in one. Modular in design, the 9mm suppressor has two configurations – full length and what
Griffin Armament’s call its “K” version. The latter arrangement shaves 3-inches off the Rev 9, making for a more adroit unit, ideal for a nightstand gun or the like.

You guessed it, you run small, you run louder. Never fear, you’ve got plenty of sound suppression to work with in the Rev 9. Booster housing on and all eight baffles in, the 7.6-inch suppressor shaves an impressive 34dB off a 9mm’s report. In the smaller “K” configuration, three baffles removed, it still provides a respectable 32dB of noise suppression.

Griffin Armament designed the Rev 9 as more than a range toy, stoutly constructed with stainless steel baffles and a hard-coat anodized aluminum tube. This, as you might expect, makes the suppressor a bit weightier – 11.2 ounces at full length. However, if you can stand a little more noise the “K” configuration drops the Rev 9 to 9.7 ounces.

Overall, it’s a clever and flexible concept that should cover all your bases, whatever they might be.

Revolution 9 Specs:
Caliber: 9MM AND .300 BLK
Weight: 9.7-11.2 ounces
Length: 7.88 inches
Diameter: 1.375 inches
Materials: Aluminum Tube, Stainless Steel Baffles
Finish: T3 Hard-coat Anodize, Nitride
Attachment: 1/2×28 or M13.5×1 LH
Average Decibels: 127dB (full length)
MSRP: $795

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Hardware Talk: Dillon Wrench Rack Set

Hardware Talk: Dillon Wrench Rack Set
The Dillon wrench kit comes complete: All you have to do is assemble it onto your press. They are press-specific, so make sure you get the correct one.

Do you ever say to yourself you’ve had enough? More specifically, have you had enough with the litter of tools on your loading bench?

I have.

I’m regularly swapping toolheads to change calibers on my presses as I test this or that, trying something new or swapping calibers. I tried to keep the Allen wrenches for those adjustments in a plastic box, but they always ended up on the bench.

And then, where on the bench were they? Mumble … mumble … mutter.

I finally had enough, so when I saw the wrench rack from Dillon, I knew my 550 and 750 were each going to get a set. The rack is simple: It’s a heavy-gauge stamping that you bolt to the top back of your strong mount, behind your press. You don’t use a strong mount? We’re going to have to talk about that in the next issue.

Dillon has it all covered. You bolt the plate by means of the rear bolts on your press/strong mount setup. The kit comes with the Allen wrench sizes you need to work on your press, plus a die ring wrench as well. They all slide right into their reserved spots. And, just to make it even easier, Dillon includes a strip of label, with the sizes already printed on it, and they’re spaced to line up with the spot for each of them.

The Dillon wrench kit bolts into your strong mount, on the back of your Dillon press. Once there, it’s in easy reach to put each one back when done.

Hot tip: Install the label before you bolt on the plate to save yourself the stretching and reaching to get the label in place after you’ve bolted things together.

Wait, there’s more. The wrenches come with the angle to the short leg of each one pre-dipped in vinyl, so you have a good grip and can see the wrench clearly when you go to pluck it out of the rack. As an extra bonus, the working end is a ball-end wrench tip, so you can spin the wrench even when you approach the screw you’re tightening from an angle.

Of course, gear doesn’t come cheap. The kit runs $46 from Dillon.

“Ouch,” you say?

You can buy the wrenches for a buck each. Yes, you can. But then you’ll still have them scattered on your loading bench or in a box you have to find. Once you lose one or use it someplace else and leave it there, you’ll buy another. And another. You’ll end up with three, four or five sets of them scattered to the winds.

With the Dillon kit, you have a place for them. And the Dillon blue vinyl coating lets you know “This is a loading room wrench; I have to get it back there.”

I’m not saying you need to go full-on Marie Kondo on your loading room, bench and components storage, but keeping the tools that get things properly adjusted is a smart thing to do. And when you can make a change by simply grabbing the handy wrench and put it back right where it was, your loading process will be less distracted, more focused and more productive.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2024 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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Practice Or Panic: Team Tactic Basics For Couples And Families

Practice Or Panic: Team Tactic Basics For Couples And Families

If you and your loved ones expect to keep cool in an emergency, you need to practice team tactics.

When most think of team tactics, they envision highly trained Delta Force operatives—or a SWAT team—breaching a door and conducting a dynamic entry. That’s a good example of team tactics in action … but few of us will ever participate in an activity like that.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t develop your team tactics. Well, unless you’re a hermit who has no friends and has moved to the mountains to live alone and write a manifesto. Most normal humans have other humans they often hang with, whether they’re their good friend, a spouse or children.

I’ve had some team tactics training. As a soldier, and back in my badge-wearing days, it was part of the curriculum. I’ve also attended a team tactics course at Gunsite Academy that focused on civilian teams, like a husband and a wife. Recently, I also did some work helping Benghazi survivor and master firearms instructor David “Boon” Benton, who was portrayed in the movie 13 Hours, train our local SWAT team.

You’ll learn tactical theory at a team tactics class, but most learning occurs during after action reviews following tactical simulations.

Regardless of the group or situation, there are two things that team operations—whether they involve a six- or two-man team—have in common: A tactically proficient and successful team must have a plan, and they must have good communication.

Determine Your Team

If you’re a loner, you’re your own team (and hopefully someday you’ll find another human who finds you moderately tolerable). For the rest of us who are at least semi-normal, we’ll have a good friend and/or a significant other with whom we’re commonly around. This is your team, and it might also include children.

A good civilian team tactics course will address common situations like you might experience around vehicles and in parking lots.

Each team member should also have a job. These jobs could be as simple as following your mother, calling 911 or holding on to the hands of your siblings. A job for a team member could be as simple as being armed and making sure an emergency first aid kit is present and accessible, and all team members should be responsible for not forgetting to have their cell phone with them.

This doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s best when kept simple and generic, and don’t put excessive responsibility on the backs of untrained or juvenile team members. However, every team member should know what the job of the other team members are. At a minimum, this tells them who to look to for guidance, and if capable, others know what each team member is responsible for and then they can assume that role if necessary.

A team tactics course isn’t a shooting course. It’s primarily a course to teach you and your partner how to work—stay alive—together.

In fact, establishing a team chain of command is important. If you’re identified as the team leader, but your wife and kids are out without you, generally your wife would assume that role. This means one of the kids—if capable and of a responsible age—can assume the duties of your wife. This goes a long way toward answering the question, “Dad’s not here. What now?”

Have A Plan

It’s impossible to develop a comprehensive plan for every situation that might develop. However, you can institute operating guidelines for common tasks that might occur. These are established tactical responses, predetermined to deal with things that have a high probability of happening.

Dealing with doors is a perfect example.

During one team tactics course, my partner and I were presented with various reality-based scenarios we had to react to. This was during force-on-force exercises where all the participants were armed with handguns that fired Simunitions. During the prior day while under the guidance of an instructor, my partner and I were given an opportunity to establish some operating guidelines: make a plan.

Don’t go to team tactics course planning to learn how to shoot or to run your gun. You need to know that before you get there.

One of our plans was how we’d deal with opening closed doors that led into the unknown. Just before the Simunition training began, I told my partner we should deal with every door just as we had decided during the previous day. This worked well and eliminated unnecessary communication and possible confusion. When we approached a closed door that we had to go through, each of us knew—without a word—what we were supposed to do.

This same concept can apply to a lot of situations.

Let’s say you want to establish a plan to tactically exit a location by vehicle. In this instance, you could identify the person who will drive, where each team member shall sit and how to access the vehicle depending on the direction of approach and even the direction of the potential threat. Sure, when the time comes to implement the plan there may be extenuating circumstances—the pre-identified driver might be injured—but you can plan for that as well: If team member A is injured, then team member C will drive.

What do you do if your partner gets hurt? You should have a plan for that.

If you have children, it’s very important to include them in these plans. It’s also important to dry run the plan to make sure everyone is on the same page. If you have an infant, who is going to carry him or her? It could be your wife or an older sibling. If you’re planning a response to a home invasion or burglar, the kids need to know what to do when the alarm sounds.

You should also always have at least one contingency; if you cannot do plan A, execute plan B. Similarly, you should also have a rendezvous point established outside the home, and you should also do the same for commonly trafficked locations such as malls or shopping centers.

Instructors at a team tactics course not only evaluate your tactics, but they also critique and help you learn to communicate with your partner.


More than anything else, communication is the most important aspect of team tactics.

Let’s say, for example, you and your wife are engaged in a gunfight and you either need to reload, have a stoppage or maybe you dropped your gun. Your wife needs to know about this while it’s happening; she needs to know why you aren’t shooting or why you’re hiding behind the car. And she needs to be made aware of this without having to watch you or look to see what you’re doing.

How will you and your partner handle a corner like this? You need to know beforehand, and that’s part of planning.

Screaming, “I’m reloading!” or “I’ve lost my gun!” takes too many words and might not be a good idea. Establish simple and direct communications for potential issues ahead of time. You could simply yell out, “Working!” and your wife would know you’re temporarily unavailable. To let her know the problem has been solved, your communication could be as simple as “Up!”

You and your partner should know how to solve simple tactical problems with minimal communication.

Talking while shooting or while responding to a lethal encounter doesn’t come naturally. It’s something that needs to be practiced. Also, if you’re in a face-to-face encounter with a potential threat, having an action word that’ll key your partner in on an action you’re about to take is a good idea—kind of the opposite of a “safe” word, if you know what I mean. But in some situations, your communication can and should be non-verbal.

You should have hand signals that help convey actions or actives like to cover or watch, to move or maybe even run. Similarly, you should be able to convey the direction you want to move or the location of a potential threat. Think these communications through, keep them as simple as possible and limit them to the obvious. This isn’t a time to establish a new and comprehensive sign language; you simply want to be able to convey highly probable observations or instructions without words, as clearly and quickly as possible.

Team tactics should be developed with your partner and include the weapon systems you’ll be using.

Go To School

The best way (of course) to learn team tactics is to take a class from a reputable school. But keep in mind that most team tactics courses aren’t shooting courses: Don’t expect to attend a team tactics class to learn how to shoot. In fact, many schools offering team tactics training have a training prerequisite so that they know you can shoot and handle a firearm safely before they’ll let you in the class. Yeah, you’ll do some shooting in a team tactics class, but you won’t learn to shoot in a team tactics class.

Gun-handling skills should be learned before attending a team tactics course.

This might seem overly stringent, but it makes perfect sense. It takes about five, 8-hour days of training to go from a non-shooter to someone who is safe and reasonably competent with a defensive handgun. A basic team tactics course should be, at a minimum, 2 to 3 days long … and ideally 5 days. To learn to shoot and to learn team tactics could consume 2 weeks, and most of us can’t take 2 weeks off from life to do that. It’s just like with any other firearms discipline—you learn to shoot and then you learn the tactics.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2024 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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New Guns And Gear March 2024

New Guns And Gear March 2024

Looking for a new iron or piece of kit to enhance the one you already own? Check out these 7 new bits of guns and gear to grow your firearms wish list.

The New Guns And Gear:

WOOX Titano

Heirloom looks with state-of-the-art performance, the WOOX Titano stands out in competition stocks. Tailored for Benchrest and F-Class shooters, the stock boasts a stunning American walnut stock and an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis. With a 3-inch fore and wide barrel channel supporting up to 1.20-inch diameter barrels, it accommodates large fire tubes common to comp rifles. Furthermore, WOOX’s Suspense weight system allows you to precisely balance the system with six 2.5-ounce weights. The buttstock is fully adjustable for both the length of pull and cheek rise. Other notables include a smooth-bottom bag rider butt and Integrated thumb rests to enhance grip comfort.
MSRP: $999

Taylor’s & Company 1875 Outlaw Revolver

Taylors 1875
A collaboration with Uberti, Taylor’s & Company offers up a faithful reproduction of a classic Remington single-action, but with a modern twist—it’s chambered for 9mm. While no Old West outlaws pitch Parabellum, the modernization effort makes it easier on contemporary cowboys’ pocketbooks. Available in 7.5- and 5.5-inch barrel lengths, the 1875 Outlaw features smooth walnut grips, a forged blued steel frame, a rear frame notch and a fixed front blade sight. Also, the webbed ejector rod helps the wheelgun cut an unmistakable profile. It’s enough to make Frank James envious.
MSRP: $698

StopBox Chamber Lock

chamber lock
New or old, it’s wise to stop the unauthorized use of a firearm. That’s where the Chamber Lock comes into play. At once, it keeps a firearm safe, yet at hand. Construct-ed from Type II hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum, it features a patented mechanical hand gesture code lock, ensuring intuitive use even in low-light or high-stress situations. The lock offers six configurable combinations, expandable to 16 with the Actuator Accessory Pack, although preset combinations are recommended for optimal security. Compatible with most AR-15s and shotguns.
MSRP: $150

MTM Case-Gard Bull Rifle Rest

MTM rifle rest
Dialing in a rifle is the key to a solid shooting platform. MTM Case-Gard provides just this with its affordable Bull Rifle Rest. With an adjustable length between 18.3 and 26 inches, it accommodates nearly any long-gun you shoulder. Additionally, the lightweight rest features slip-free rubber feet and a wide stance, for a wobble-free shooting base. And front elevation adjustments are easily made on the rest, thanks to a screw system allowing you to get a rifle or shotgun situated just right.
MSRP: $43

Mission First Tactical Leather Hybrid Holsters

MFT holster
What a looker! Too bad it’s meant to be kept under wraps. This Kydex and leather gem offers exact tolerances, secure retention and easy re-holstering. Plus, the hanger requires no break-in time compared to its traditional leather cousins. Versatile for AIWB, IWB or OWB use, it accommodates right- and left-hand positioning. Additionally, the American-made hybrids are red-dot compatible and have an audible “CLICK” when you re-holster.
MSRP: $70

Ruger Diamond Anniversary Limited Edition SR1911 Pistol

Ruger Diamond 1911
In celebration of its 75th year, Sturm, Ruger & Company presents its limited-edition 75th Anniversary Ruger SR1911. This iconic pistol features a finely detailed, laser-engraved slide and custom grip panels with intricate scrollwork. Ruger’s CNC-controlled machining ensures precision, while the classic 1911 fire control and positive barrel lockup enhance accuracy. You’ll have to act fast on these beauties, only 750 units are being produced in 2024, and each pistol bears the special R75 serial number prefix and ships in a marked case with two stainless-steel magazines.
MSRP: $1,800

Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep .32 Auto

Federal 32 Auto
In the day and age of deep carry, good ol’ .32 ACP is making a bit of a comeback. Federal Premium is supporting its renaissance with the introduction of Hydra-Shok Deep in the pocket caliber. Rigorous testing and stringent manufacturing processes ensure superb accuracy and consistent ballistic performance of this ammo. Furthermore, the notched copper jacket of the Hydra-Shok bullet ensures consistent controlled expansion and adequate stopping power trigger pull in and out.
MSRP: $35, box of 20

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the March 2024 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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