First Shots: 3 Ring Silencer Corp. Uzi Suppressor
I recently had the opportunity to suppress an Uzi and take it to the range. Needless to say, I took this opportunity. If you get the chance, you should, too. Why? Well, for one thing, shooting anything full-auto is fun. Then, shooting anything suppressed is both civilized and also fun. Combine the two, and the fun meter spikes at a rather high limit—somewhere around “most with your clothes on.”
The nice thing about this particular suppressor—3 Ring Silencer Corp.’s 175-9-P-UZI—is it’s both rated for full-auto and relatively inexpensive, with an MSRP of $495. Yes, you have to add $200 to the final price for the NFA tax stamp, but chances are if you own a full-auto Uzi, that’s not too much of a burden.
3 Ring Silencer’s Uzi can is 9 inches long, 1.75 inches in diameter and weighs slightly more than 1 pound, 3 ounces. It’s made from stainless steel and aluminum, and will provide up to 18 dB of sound reduction (with subsonic ammo).
Since it’s designed for the full-auto version of the Uzi—the overwhelming majority of which sport a short barrel—mounting is extremely simple, and doesn’t require any changes to the stock package (you won’t need a threaded barrel). The suppressor replaces the external barrel nut of the Uzi and threads right on, over the short barrel. It can be easily hand tightened, much as you would with the barrel nut itself.
One accessory I would highly recommend is a suppressor cover. When shooting full-auto, the suppressor gets extremely hot—enough to burn your hand pretty severely were you to foolishly grab it after dumping a mag. A purpose-built suppressor cover will allow you to touch the can and even remove it from the Uzi after firing.
The 3 Ring Silencer Uzi suppressor worked perfectly in testing. Owing to the current ammo shortage, any full-auto fun these days is going to be short. You can burn through a ton of precious 9 mm in just a few seconds. Therefore, my testing was not particularly extensive. I only put a few mags through the suppressed Uzi, but I did not experience anything approaching a malfunction.
I would recommend using good ammo—not premium, necessarily, but not bottom-end, either. Full-auto can be finnicky, and things like hard primers can cause stoppages. Of course, the worst cases scenario with a machine gun is a squib, which could result in a catastrophic failure, so always pay attention to what the gun is doing, regardless of what ammo you use.
Ultimately, the 3 Ring Silencer Uzi suppressor enhances the fun of full-auto at a price that is attractive. You can’t ask for much more than that.
Article by Ed Friedman