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SilencerCo Scythe-Ti: Bead-Blasted Grey Matter



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While they’ve certainly had their ups and downs like the rest of the market, SilencerCo is more than simply back at full force. Their production facility rivals those of major firearms 

manufacturers, and virtually all SilencerCo does is suppressors. They’re a gargantuan within this space. With increased capability comes the ability to continue producing new models while continuing to support their legacy product line, which brings us to this: the SilencerCo Scythe-Ti.

DETAILS

The Scythe-Ti ships with Silencer-Co’s new single-port anchor brake to help diminish any additional recoil caused by the gas release, as well as a 5/8×24 threaded base. The bottom end is threaded for the standardized 1.375×24 TPI HUB mount (SilencerCo “Bravo”) so you can use ASR, KeyMo, or basically unending aftermarket options to fit your rifle. 

The Scythe ships with a new, smaller Anchor Brake endcap. It also fits standard Bravo caps.

Though the Scythe-Ti does come with a titanium endcap, it also fits other SilencerCo Bravo caps. It’s particularly noteworthy that if a non-brake endcap is used, it actually cuts down on the length a bit, because it’ll sit sub-flush to the end of the silencer. We’re told that caliber-specific single-port Anchor Brake endcaps (like for 5.56mm) will be available in the near future.

As has become standard, the serialized portion of the Scythe is located near the base, over the expansion chamber. As most baffle strikes happen near the end of the works, this makes warranty repair on the Scythe a snap, because SilencerCo can simply attach and EDM a new core.

ANODIZE

The internals and externals of the Scythe-Ti are Type 2 anodized. Normally, in the realm of firearms and suppressors, we think of Type 3, so this fact may raise an eyebrow, but we also associate that process with aluminum. Many metals can be anodized, like magnesium, zirconium, and yes, titanium. 

Commonly used on medical devices and orthopedic implants for its anti-corrosion capabilities, Type 2 anodizing reduces wear (and flecks of titanium chipping off and igniting while you shoot). Type 3 anodized titanium is mostly used to produce custom colors, but as there isn’t yet a published industry standard for this process, companies have a lot more leeway in terms of how they perform it.

The color of Type 2 anodized titanium is a dull gray, enhanced by the fact parts must be bead-blasted during the treatment. The result is a flat gray with a subtle texture — think 3D printed metal, but smooth by half.

And, of course, if that’s not your bag, beauty for the beholder is just a rattlecan away.

ON THE RANGE

We shot the Scythe-Ti on several different rifles, ranging from shorty .300BLK SIG Rattlers, 16-inch 5.56mm ARs, and 6.5 Creedmoor bolt actions. The .300BLK was quiet enough to hear rounds cutting the brush 200 yards out, and neither the 5.56 nor 6.5CM had any ears ringing.

This wasn’t terribly surprising; SilencerCo has a good track record of performance, and they claim it’s the quietest centerfire silencer they’ve ever produced. The wider body diameter helps keep the pressure down — though with a semi-auto we still had to eat a bit of gas when firing quickly. As usual, a regulated block is recommended.

The Scythe-Ti worked well on a wide variety of guns and cartridges, from little .300BLK rifles to 6.5CM.

LOOSE ROUNDS

One of the problems with the suppressor industry in particular is that there’s always a helluva lead time between individual purchase and taking your goods home. Hell, it’s not exactly uncommon for someone to plunk down the cash for the latest and greatest only for there to be another-new-shiny by the time the tax stamp comes in.

So, what to do? Well, the good news is that regardless of what marketing departments and internet fanboys tell you, reality-breaking and actual-game-changing suppressors are rarer than an honest politician, and it’s highly likely that the very best from last year will be more than sufficient next year. 

Here’s our verdict on the Scythe-Ti: a good-at-everything suppressor it is not. It’s an extremely lightweight, nearly K-sized can with an excellent performance envelope, but it’s not an unending envelope. 

For low-volume or low-pressure applications such as hunting, long-range matches, or launching rounds like subsonic .300BLK, the audible signature for the shooter with a Scythe-Ti is best in class. On a shorty 5.56mm? Even with its anodizing and other features, we’d avoid titanium entirely for that application.

For a hunter, it could be the only silencer you have. For someone with a maxed-out safe, this one could have a place, but as a third or fourth can, rather than a first. 

SPECS

SilencerCo Scythe-Ti

  • Material: Grade 5 and Grade 9 Titanium
  • Weight: 7.3 ounces (no mount),
  • 8.4 ounces (direct thread)
  • Length: 6.16 inches
  • (with Anchor Brake)
  • Diameter: 1.73 inches
  • Mount: 1.375×24 HUB
  • MSRP: $1,174

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