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Old 06-30-2020, 10:23 AM
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Good Morning RFC!

I know its all hindsight now, as I have already started the process back in December, but in anticipation of of my September 29th tax stamp due date, I was wondering a little about my suppressor I purchased.

At the time of completing the paperwork, I had a buckmark pistol and a buckmark rifle with threaded barrels. At first I just wanted to be able to put a "hush" on my informal plinking and add a new element to small game season and I know how much fun aquilla colibri ammo is in my bolt guns, so I will most likely be adding a threaded bolt gun to my arenal.

The suppressor of choice I went with was the Silencerco sparrow, due to the simple cleaning procedure and a highly respected company in the industry.

Does anyone have one of these? Thoughts and opinions from Owners or people who have 1st hand experience with them?

Is there a true "first round" pop that i have briefly read about? If so, is it like 50% more than a suppressed shot but still noticeably quieter than unsuppressed?
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:25 AM
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You should be pleased with it.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:17 AM
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I like mine. on a pistol, it does have a FRP on a pistol/short barrel due to the open design. but you can put some lithium grease in it or a little bit of water and that will stop that. most of my rifles group better with the sparrow on them, vs nothing on them.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:31 AM
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I like mine. on a pistol, it does have a FRP on a pistol/short barrel due to the open design. but you can put some lithium grease in it or a little bit of water and that will stop that. most of my rifles group better with the sparrow on them, vs nothing on them.
MY FRP concern was mainly a concern while hunting with a bolt gun (20-24" Barrel)
will it not be heard when moving through a longer barrel?

If it is greased up, does that mean it will collect residue and need to be cleaned quicker? Will this effect accuracy at all?
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:57 PM
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i use mine on my rifles, dry and its silent. dont worry about that. i havent even tried running mine wet, i just deal with the FRP on the pistols. on the bolt guns, dry, the loudest thing with subsonic ammo is when the trigger goes 'click'
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:02 PM
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i use mine on my rifles, dry and its silent. dont worry about that. i havent even tried running mine wet, i just deal with the FRP on the pistols. on the bolt guns, dry, the loudest thing with subsonic ammo is when the trigger goes 'click'
As of now the only pistol that would host it is a 7" buckmark...maybe it shouldn't be too bad with the additional length over the standard 4-5"?
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:04 PM
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FRP does occur with my SS Sparrow when mounted on my semi auto pistols, using subsonic ammo. It does not really bother me. Might be 10 dB more. I have never noticed any FRP when attached to my bolt action rifles. You will be very pleased with your Sparrow. I hope your wait is brief. Don’t overlook standard velocity ammo. It performs well in my Sparrow.
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The only FRP I have with mine is on my colt gold cup .22 full size 1911.

If I start it out wet not so much but it’s still there however if I blow my breath or some canned dry air for keyboards “carbon dioxide “ it eliminates the FRP.


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I've been using a Sparrow for a few years now. I clean it once a year and then immediately dirty it up again with a few rounds. When dirty it has very little first round pop, when quite dirty, it has no first round pop. I could probably leave it for 3-4 years between cleaning as it's very easy to clean and it looks brand new afterwards. I love it.
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I've been using a Sparrow for a few years now. I clean it once a year and then immediately dirty it up again with a few rounds. When dirty it has very little first round pop, when quite dirty, it has no first round pop. I could probably leave it for 3-4 years between cleaning as it's very easy to clean and it looks brand new afterwards. I love it.
Just curious as to which method you use to clean your sparrow. I'm 5 months in the "NFA" wait for my stamp. I plan on shooting only sub sonic ammo, and hopefully not spending hours on cleaning.
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Sparrow will always have FRP on a pistol unless you do as mentioned above.

There is no perceptible FRP on a rifle. Only speaking for sv .22lr ammo btw.


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Old 07-24-2020, 08:28 AM
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If it is greased up, does that mean it will collect residue and need to be cleaned quicker? Will this effect accuracy at all?
My experience has been the exact opposite. I apply grease to the cleaned baffles which allows most of the fouling to wipe off. Lots of people seem to recommend Bore Butter, a muzzleloader product. I've had the best results with silicone dielectric grease.
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Old 07-24-2020, 10:54 AM
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Just curious as to which method you use to clean your sparrow. I'm 5 months in the "NFA" wait for my stamp. I plan on shooting only sub sonic ammo, and hopefully not spending hours on cleaning.
I've got a couple thousand of Remington sub sonic ammo. It's the dirties stuff I've ever shot suppressed.

Got lots of thousands of rounds of CCI SV and subs. Their super clean.
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Old 07-24-2020, 10:59 AM
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Just curious as to which method you use to clean your sparrow. I'm 5 months in the "NFA" wait for my stamp. I plan on shooting only sub sonic ammo, and hopefully not spending hours on cleaning.
Isn't the Sparrow stainless steel?

If it is, all you need is a glass jar if will fit in and a bottle of vinegar, and a bottle of peroxide.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:34 AM
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Isn't the Sparrow stainless steel?

If it is, all you need is a glass jar if will fit in and a bottle of vinegar, and a bottle of peroxide.
WooD,

What/how are you disposing of the Lead Acetate solution after cleaning it? This solution is highly toxic to everything in the environment.

This is the reason I do NOT use the “dip” any longer. I use a media blaster gun with sodium bicarbonate, from Harbor Freight. Quick and easy.

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