By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
July 14, 2016
Last updated on 7/15/16.
Dead Air Armament has a pretty slick-looking .45 ACP pistol/SMG (Submachine Gun) silencer/sound suppressor called the Ghost-M. DefenseReview (DR) got to check the Ghost out earlier this year at SHOT Show 2016, and we liked what we saw and heard…or, rather, what we didn’t hear. The DAA Ghost-M suppressor utilizes a modular piston mount for functioning, and it also accepts a “Front Sound Module” (FSM) on the front for further sound attenuation/mitigation. We don’t yet know how much the FSM enhances sound suppression in terms of decibel reduction, but we’ll try to find out, and modify this article accordingly.
The particular pistol onto which the Dead Air Armament Ghost-M pistol/subgun suppressor was mounted at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2016 was an Agency Arms (AA) custom Glock 19 (G19), which sported a nice Agency Arms Hand Fitted Trigger, and what appeared to be an Agency Arms Urban Combat Edition Slide. DR didn’t experience or witness any malfunctions at the range, but our round count was limited, so we don’t have any high-round-count data on that gun.
We here at DR aren’t big fans of slide cutouts (where the slide is cut all the way through, alllowing you to see the barrel) on pistol designed for concealed carry (CCW) military use, i.e., hard use under adverse combat conditions, as slide cutouts will allow more dirt and debris to enter into the action, creating a greater chance of a debris-related malfunction. A lightened slide also requires that the gun be specifically tuned for that slide with the appropriate, compensatory spring weight.
So, if DR were to have Agency Arms build a custom G19 for us, we’d most likely go with the Agency Arms Field Battle Edition G19 Slide.
Editor’s Note: DR’s current favorite custom Glock pistols are the Nous Defions/Arsenal Democracy Blackside custom Glock pistols, which are quite minialist in terms of modifications. Every mod on a Blackside Glock pistol has a functional purpose.
Anyway, subsequent to our range session, we shot some secondary video of Dead Air Armament president/CEO Mike Pappas discussing removing the Front Sound Module from the Ghost-M suppressor at the DAA booth in the exhibition hall, and that’s also worth watching below.
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Nous Defions/Arsenal Democracy Blackside Suppressed Glock 17/22 (G17/G22) Combat/Tactical Pistol Holster: Taco Shell-Design Kydex Holster is Tactical White Light/Laser-Aimer Module-Compatible! (Video!)
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NEMO Arms Omen Recon .300 Win Mag (.300WM) 18″ Tactical AR Carbine/Rifle with Recoil Reduction System Bolt Carrier Group (RRS BCG), Quick-Detach (QD) Side-Charging Handle and PROOF Research Carbon Fiber Match-Grade Barrel (Video!)
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Knight’s Armament Company Redback One (RB1) KAC SR-16 E3 CQB MOD 2 11.5-inch Select-Fire Tactical AR-15 SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) with High Combat Optic Mount for Fast and Accurate CQB-to-Medium Range Dynamic Gunfighting/Shooting! (Video!)
Cobalt Kinetics Evolve 3-Gun Competition/Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR with Cobalt Advantage Reload System (CARS) Magazine Auto-Eject/Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) Auto-Release Feature: Coming Soon to a Competition or Combat Theater Near You!
LMT Defense MARS-L (Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System-Light) M7LB2/M7LB2T Ambi (Ambidextrous) Tactical AR-15 Lower Receiver Build with Leupold D-EVO (Dual-Enhanced View Optic) 6x20mm/LCO (Leupold Carbine Optic) 1X/1-MOA-Dot Combo Sighting System! (Video!)
LMT Defense LM8PDW556 / LM8PDW300 PDW (formerly the ‘Compressor’): 10.5-Inch-Barreled 5.56mm NATO/300BLK Tactical AR-15 SBR/PDW (Short Barreled Rifle/Personal Defense Weapon) with Modified/Shortened SOPMOD Stock (Buttstock) and Weighted Bolt Carrier Group (BCG)! (Video!)
FERFRANS SOAR-P Upper Receiver Setup with Rate Reduction System/Delayed Sear Activation System (RRS/DSAS) Versus Stock Adams Arms (AA) Tactical Piston AR SBR/Sub-Carbine Upper Receivers Mounted on Colt M4A1 Carbine Select-Fire Lower: Full-Auto/Semi-Auto Range Test on Video!
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