Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we got a look at Dead Air’s new Primal multi-host silencer. Today we return with part 2 of our look at the Elevated Silence Evolution 30 caliber rifle suppressor. It performed nicely on the bolt action rifle in 300BLK, but how does it handle the semiautomatic SIG Sauer MCX Virtus? Let’s find out.
Elevated Silence @ TFB
As a refresher, this is a titanium suppressor that includes three mounts – 5.56, 6.5 and 7.62. Each mount is a simple screw-on taper design that is both foolproof and solid. For its size, the Evolution is fairly light; a 1.75” diameter eight inch long can at 15+ ounces is definitely respectable. For those of you who are blessed with select-fire rifles, don’t forget to take a break after two magazines. All titanium suppressors, not just the Evolution, are more vulnerable at higher temperatures.
The mount/brake seemed to be doing it’s job in acting like a sacrificial blast baffle, which is especially important for short barrel rifles. Unburned powder can torture the suppressor’s blast baffle.
Elevated Silence Evolution – Details And Specifications
The Elevated Silence Evolution looks like it was built for the SIG MCX Virtus. On the 9” barrel and with a hand guard that extends to the muzzle, the larger diameter Evolution is right at home on the short carbine. It might be superficial, but it just looks great.
Compared to the suppressor that I had on this MCX-AR-15 hybrid, a first generation Saker, the Evolution is light as a feather. It carries and points easily. With a compact gun, the last thing you want is to add excessive weight and length to the end of the barrel.
After spending a couple of weeks with Evolution on my modern woods gun, I have to say I’m impressed. When using subsonic rounds, there is a bit of first round pop, but it’s minimal. I didn’t detect any noticeable blowback issues (ignore my dirty gun, it’s always that way). I tried switching between the MCX’s two gas settings to see if I could notice a difference in sound or blowback; both settings sounded equally good.
Supersonic ammo ran and sounded more than adequately as well. I always take my left earplug out for two shots as a very crude noise reduction test (don’t try that at home). As far as I could tell, the Evolution suppressed supersonic 300BLK well enough to be considered a top shelf can.
I hate making direct comparisons because it unfair to both manufacturers, but I did have the chance to shoot my current subsonic 300BLK leader alongside the Evolution. The Dead Air Nomad-L is a bit quieter to my ears. However, as I say every week, pure suppression isn’t always the most important factor when buying a silencer.
It’s not easy to make a suppressor that can preserve point of impact on long range rifles with high pressure cartridges that can also suppress subsonic 300BLK. But that’s what the Elevation is built for and when it comes to both semiautomatic and bolt action use, it lives up to its claims. I’m not setup for long range rifles, so I’ll have to defer the experts on the Elevation’s performance on these hosts.
But the subsonic performance is there. Add in the three included muzzle devices and the Elevated Silence Evolution should definitely not be overlooked.
Have a great Labor Day. Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.
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