Anyone still use reflex suppressors, Allen Engineering AE30

#1
Hey guys i was just doing some research on another suppressor and was wondering if anyone uses reflex suppressors anymore, most threads i found were pretty old. i was looking at an Allen engineering AE30 for my rifle, from the older threads i read suppression was top notch on them. Just curious to see if anyone still uses them and their thoughts. any comparisons with newer suppressor technology of today, is weight the only downfall to them? this will mainly be on a bolt gun.
 
#2
I use an OPS 12th and a GA RSTA. I got into reflex cans through the OPS. I stuck with the reflex design because I like the two point mounting system. I’m also leery of what you might call cantilevered things like single point rifle cans, Larue extended eye relief mounts and undercut riverbanks.

Doc Dater had written something years back that stuck in my mind about two point systems and alignment being maintained if the suppressor loosens some, depending on the tolerance of the mount. This is my opinion/limited experience. I’m sure others could blow my ‘logic’ apart with facts and figures but that’s my take. I’ve not had any issues with the 12th in 11 years and several thousand rounds. The RSTA I have fewer rounds through but it has the same type lockup and the same tolerance to being unscrewed slightly. YMMV.
 

FatBoy

Chris Hayes, Nashville TN
#4
I have an AEM5 as well. Love Ron's cans. If I had just one request, it's that he turn some out in Ti. His cans are tanks, and clearly built to withstand daily use by Joe Snuffy, but a lighter AEM5 size 30 cal that I could put on a large frame AR as well as a bolt action would be great. (think 16.5" 30 cal hunting rifle with just 4" of can hanging off the end)
 

Servo93

Struggle Buttons
#7
Buddy i shoot with has an AEM5 on a Mk12 Mod1 clone. The thing sounds amazing and has little back blast concidering it has a standard gas block and rifle buffer. Repeatability is excellent as well at the customer service. He had a small baffle strike and Ron fixed it for free with quick turnaround.

I have a Thunderbeast Ultra 7 30 cal and a Silencerco Speckwar 556 but wouldn’t feel shorted if i got an AEM5 instead of my Speckwar. (The Thunderbeast is about twice the price and for good reason)
 
#8
I’ve been using OpsInc’s / Ron’s .22 and .30 cans since early 2000’s and they are workhorses. We have them on our duty .308 precision bolt guns and our Colt M4s and Commandos and they are still going strong. They are a little heavier than some of the cans out there now, but are very durable, have great sound attuention, are accurate and are repeatable. Quality cans and great customer service. You can’t go wrong with an AE30 on your rifle.
 
#10
There's the standard brake and collar route or you can look at having the taper machined into your barrel and the muzzle threaded 22x1.0M. The former would be more versatile perhaps but the latter may be more solid and less 'cobbled together' for lack of a better phrase.
 
#11
I’ve got a 12th model, and 3 rifles 16”,18”,20” with brake/collar. Great can for sound. Like others have said, a bit heavy- but unlike my TBAC cans I don’t worry about heat/long strings. For semi/full auto really good stuff!
 

TheMammoth

Online Training Member
#12
There's the standard brake and collar route or you can look at having the taper machined into your barrel and the muzzle threaded 22x1.0M. The former would be more versatile perhaps but the latter may be more solid and less 'cobbled together' for lack of a better phrase.
Man that sounds AWESOME to have it machined directly in the barrel...
 
#13
I have two AEM5's (30 cal versions) that I run on various caliber rifles. I love them. It would be nice to be able to direct thread them sometimes though.