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Griffin Armament Paladin 5 Silencer

Better Than You Thought

The more Evan Green of Griffin Armament described the Paladin 5 to us, the less sense it made. This was a rifle silencer, but not one with a fully (or even partially) welded core. Still, it was advertised as a “full-auto-rated” silencer. Usually, in this sort of statement lies a marketing cue: Making a silencer that is “rifle rated” or “full-auto” rated speaks to one key trait — how the manufacturer handles a warranty claim when you inevitably break it. With 5.56 silencers, lightweight ones in particular, one should mainly be concerned about when they break as opposed to how they break.

But still, we knew the proof was in the pudding. And it also turned out our thoughts on the fully welded core were actually backward, at least as to why the Paladin 5 was designed the way it was.

The first shots that rang off were unbelievable. Alexander Crown, formerly with more than a half-dozen years at Gemtech, who now works for a mid-level government agency, had the same reaction to the reduced sound and pleasant tone: “No way. Absolutely no way!”
At first, I thought it just may have been too long since I shot a 16-inch barrel with a silencer … and this is when Crown reminded me we were shooting an 11.5-inch gun. Cue a sh*tload of surprise. There’s your bottom line up front: It sounds better than nearly any non-integral on the market. Needless to say, we were impressed.


Features & Explanations

With a weight right at 12.3 ounces and a mere 6.3 inches of overall length, the Paladin 5 isn’t quite short enough to qualify as a “K” can, but it’s damn close. And if you couldn’t tell from the introduction to this article, it sounds better than everything else in the category.
But we still had questions. Namely, the lack of welding.

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