A-Tec A12 Shotgun Silencer/Suppressor Review
If you own a 12-gauge shotgun then chances are that it is either a pump-action shotgun or a semi-automatic shotgun. Both types of shotguns can do significant damage to the target it hits. However, like all firearms, they are quite loud and could possibly scare away other potential living targets. As for those in a combat situation, shooting a shotgun could alert additional enemy forces of your whereabouts. For this reason, you would need a silencer attachment for your shotgun to prevent those loud sounds from being made.
The A-Tec A12 Shotgun Silencer is designed to work with any semi-automatic or pump-action shotgun. It will be easy to fit the silencer onto your shotgun as well. If you know how to install a choke into the bore of your shotgun’s barrel, then you already know how to install the A-Tec A12 Shotgun Silencer. It comes with a modified choke where one end of the choke goes into the bore and the other end attaches to the silencer. Then, when you start shooting your shotgun, the sound of the shots will be significantly reduced.
To give you an indication of how much quieter these sounds will be, let’s examine the sound level according to decibels. The average decibel level of a shotgun firing with this silencer attached is between 19.2 decibels and 20.1 decibels. If a shotgun were to shoot normally without a silencer, the decibel level would be around 155 decibels. Doctors will tell you that exposure to sounds with a decibel level of over 140 will eventually cause permanent damage to your hearing ability. A 20-decibel level is comfortable even without earmuffs. So, even if you are a recreational shooter who is not worried about alerting enemy forces, it will still be beneficial to have the A-Tec A12 Shotgun Silencer in order to prevent hearing loss.
The A-Tec A12 Shotgun Silencer comes from Norway. It is priced at NOK 3,996.00, which is the Norwegian currency. This converts to roughly $513 to those in the United States. The weight of the silencer is 560 grams and it will add an extra 300 millimeters to the length of your weapon.
It can be used only with wadded birdshot ammunition. You can’t use slugs with it. Tested it with Remington 870 Tactical. Removed the breacher choke and installed the silencer in several minutes. It does add some weight but it was not too heavy for me. Awesome range toy, I really enjoyed testing it.
The standard modified choke that comes with the silencer works as adapter, there are adapter chokes available which are made for specific shotgun models. Some examples of chokes available are for Remington 870, Remington 1100, Beretta Optima HP, Browning Invector Plus, and Benelli Crio Plus.
Shotgun Silencer (Suppressor)