By David Crane
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August 3, 2012
Last updated on 8/07/12.
While DefenseReview (DR) was at NDIA Joint Armaments Conference 2012, we came across what would appear to be a pretty badass family of titanium muzzle cans (silencers/sound suppressors) for rifles, machine guns and pistols made by Falken Industries. Tom Walsh (Thomas Walsh) of Falken Industries was kind enough to take DR through the attributes of the recently-introduced Falken M-Series lightweight titanium rifle suppressors specifically, which are in production and, if we understood Mr. Walsh correctly, currently available for 5.56mm/.223, 7.62mm/.308 , and 6.8mm semi-auto tactical rifles/carbines/SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles), select-fire assault rifles/carbines/SBRs and machine guns.
The Falken M-Series lightweight muzzle cans, made from Grade-7 titanium, utilize a monolithic baffle system/end cap (or "integral baffle stack and core") and threaded mount cap, making the suppressor very fast and easy to clean and maintain by the end-user in the field. The baffles themselves are also interesting in that, in addition to being all one piece (monolithic), they consist of a series/row of large circles strung end-to-end down the length of the baffle system. Mr. Walsh claims that the back-pressure increase is "minimal", and "no more than anybody else's". Sound pressure reduction is "on par with the other top-tier products in the industry," says Walsh. "But the nice thing about our product is at the end of the day, after you punish it as hard as you want, you take a wrench to it, you unscrew it, you pull it apart, and you clean it, just like you do with the rest of your firearm. The whole system comes down into three (3) different parts," Walsh continues, and you can obtain mount caps with any kind of threading you need, so it's compatible with whatever barrel to which it's being attached.
The full-auto-rated Falken M-series lightweight cans have no welds or disimilar metals, so "there's nothing to fail", and the initial blast baffle will "take a high, high pressure". The grade-7 titanium has a failure point/temperature of over 2700 degrees (fahrenheit?), so Walsh maintains that your barrel will fail before Falken's suppressors will. "We've put it on M249 SAWs and we've ripped it complete with 200-round belts," Walsh says.
Since the Falken M-series titanium suppressor(s) design is so new, it's still "being tweaked a little bit", says Walsh, which is to be expected with any/every new product, particularly new tactical firearms products. Falken Industries intends to team up with one of the larger suppressor manufacturers to develop a quick-attach/detach system for the M-series cans. Defense Review asked Walsh if Falken might introduce an approx. 5-inch 5.56mm suppressor that minimizes overall weapon length while reducing the sound signature just enough to accomplish CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat) missions, and he seemed open to the idea.
Company Contact Info:
Falken Industries, LLC
9510 Technology Drive
Manassas, VA 20110 USA
Toll Free: 888-293-2878
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