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    Quote Originally Posted by crosseyedshooter View Post
    All of the above. The Flow 556k seems to be about the weight and size of the Sandman K with suppression performance better than the Sandman S. I think the compromise with the Flow 556k is the regular cleaning interval and it's a 556-specific design.
    Better suppression than Sandman S?

    I asked about your reasons for wanting the Flow, because there are some other cans in the size range of the Sandman K that sound better, but none are going to be as low backpressure as the Hux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    Better suppression than Sandman S?
    Yes, the Sandman S isn't really all that impressive compared to a lot on other cans. This shows a comparison of a few different suppressors on a MK18.

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    No, the Sandman isnít impressive, but keep in mind that Pew ratings are dosing guidelines, not decibels. With dosing, a shorter duration is favored over loudness sometimes, and flow through cans have a short duration because they donít trap the gas as long.

    Iím not particularly a Sandman fanboy, but Iíd be surprised if a Sandman S with 5.56 cap did not have more performance than a Flow 5.56k in the real world, though with more backpressure. Iím still waiting on my buddyís Flow 5.56k to clear before I can be sure of that via direct side by side comparison, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    No, the Sandman isn’t impressive, but keep in mind that Pew ratings are dosing guidelines, not decibels. With dosing, a shorter duration is favored over loudness sometimes, and flow through cans have a short duration because they don’t trap the gas as long.

    I’m not particularly a Sandman fanboy, but I’d be surprised if a Sandman S with 5.56 cap did not have more performance than a Flow 5.56k in the real world, though with more backpressure. I’m still waiting on my buddy’s Flow 5.56k to clear before I can be sure of that via direct side by side comparison, though.
    Good point. Still though, I suppose from a hearing protection perspective it makes sense that a slightly louder sound over a short duration is less damaging that a slightly quieter one over a comparatively longer duration. From a signature reduction standpoint, does that still hold true, or is it a matter of splitting hairs?
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    From a signature reduction standpoint, no, absolutely not. The quieter can is quieter.

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    Well just got a email from Griffin about Suppressors to your door.

    Apparently they got something setup, to get them delivered straight to you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 223to45 View Post
    Well just got a email from Griffin about Suppressors to your door.

    Apparently they got something setup, to get them delivered straight to you.

    The may be going through Silencer Central. I haven't used them, but their business model seems to be making it easy by providing free NFA gun trusts and front door shipping to every state suppressors are legal.
    They make their own suppressors but also sell 14 other brands.

    As a side note, I used Silencer Shop in TX and it was easy then. This was before they had their kiosk system or Silencer Central was around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    From a signature reduction standpoint, no, absolutely not. The quieter can is quieter.
    Not really. An objectively louder can can provide better signature reduction because signature reduction is subjective in many ways. A lower, but louder tone, can provide better signature reduction than a quieter, but sharper tone for most people.

    There's also the question of visual signature reduction; flowthrough cans had a rep for having more of a visual signature, but I don't know if advances in the past few years have made that a moot point.
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    I just got a Sig SRDX for my 22LR stuff... There was a Sig promo for $200 off the suppressor and the range helped with the prints, paperwork and communicated with any questions.

    It took about 180 days from buying it to getting the approval email and it's my first suppressor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defaultmp3 View Post
    Not really. An objectively louder can can provide better signature reduction because signature reduction is subjective in many ways. A lower, but louder tone, can provide better signature reduction than a quieter, but sharper tone for most people.

    There's also the question of visual signature reduction; flowthrough cans had a rep for having more of a visual signature, but I don't know if advances in the past few years have made that a moot point.
    Ah yes, the old ďits loud AF, but itís got a pleasing toneĒ case.

    A lower pitched tone does not make for greater signature reduction. At equal decibels, a lower freq travels further because it goes through things better. When someone with a loud stereo system rolls past your house with their windows down, what do you hear? Vocals or thump? See also 2 vs 4 stroke engines in modern enduro racing.


    Donít confuse signature reduction with a layer of ear protection for the shooter. Signature reduction is what the neighbors notice, or donít. Or the enemy, in a military scenario.

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