Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last week we brought you the limited edition SilencerCo Sparrow-Ti. This week we get an introduction to the AAC Element 3, a rimfire suppressor with excellent genetics as well as some new features over previous generations. Can the Element 3 live up to its family name? Let’s take a look.
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SILENCER SATURDAY: AAC Element 3 – A Rimfire Bloodline Lives On
This will be a quick introduction to the Element 3 since it only arrived a few days ago and I have a total of 10 rounds through it. We will continue the discussion next week after I have tried it on a few other hosts.
The Element rimfire suppressors from Advanced Armament are widely regarded as top performers in their class, historically speaking. The previous model, the Element 2, was around for about 10 years and had a dedicated following of .22LR lovers.
The heart of the Element 3 is a stack of six K baffles plus a smaller blast baffle. Drawing from a side profile shape of the letter K, these are some of the most efficient baffle designs for rimfire suppressors. As an added benefit, these new K baffles keep debris inside the baffle stack and away from the outer tube, allowing for easy disassembly and cleaning.
Speaking of disassembly, the Element 3 does not require the use of any tools. The end cap is easily unscrewed by hand and the baffles removed from the front of the tube.
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Specifications – AAC Element 3
* Both the landing page and the owners manual are not yet available.
Below is a look at the six click-together baffles. The blast baffle is hiding inside the tube.
AAC Element 2 (previous generation):
As good as the Element 2 was at suppressing rimfire rounds, the open baffle stack meant that the debris coated the inside of the tube and required the use of a
medieval torture device baffle removal tool for disassembly. The Element 3 shielded baffle design eliminates this requirement.
Yes, it’s quiet. How quiet? You will have to tune in next week for a full report.
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