Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Turbo K rifle suppressor. Last week we took a ride through preseason hunting preparation with a a look at the SilencerCo Harvester EVO. This week we venture off into new territory with a review of the Prairie Tactical PTAC-BOLT Modular rimfire suppressor. Is this your next rimfire silencer? Let’s take a look.
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SILENCER SATURDAY #242: Prairie Tactical PTAC-BOLT Modular Rimfire Suppressor
Let me get this out of the way at the beginning: rimfire is life. A suppressed .22LR, a couple of bricks of ammo, and a hill over looking a 300 yard range is all I really need in life to be happy. Every shooter should own both a quality rimfire rifle and a rimfire pistol and at least one rimfire silencer. Together they are the Swiss Army knife of guns; you can teach techniques to new shooters, practice skills without spending hundreds of dollars on ammunition, hunt, control pests, and just have good old fashion wholesome fun.
One of the reasons I love TFB and Silencer Saturday specifically is that we get exposed to lesser known companies that may not get your attention at the local gun shop or an online dealer. A lot of gun and accessory sales are made through glossy print ads in magazines, which is fine. But those ads can cost a company a lot of money.
The team at Prairie Tactical emailed be earlier this summer about taking a look at their suppressors, specifically their PTAC-30S, a .30 caliber rifles suppressor which we will test in a few weeks, and the PTAC-BOLT, a modular rimfire suppressor that can handle everything from .22LR to 5.7x28mm rounds.
The PTAC-BOLT is made with 7075 aluminum with stainless steel baffles. Now, I know that this might be a non-starter for some of you, but I have never had an issue cleaning any of my aluminum suppressors. Soaking them in a lubricant like MILTEC after a range session allows for easy cleaning with a brush and a rag the next day. Besides, the baffles can be disassembles and are made from stainless steel and can handle harsher chemicals as needed.
In its longest configuration, the PTAC-BOLT is slightly longer and heavier than typical rimfire suppressors. But being modular means that you can cut back on the length and weight depending on your host of choice. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
- Caliber: 22 Rimfire
- Manufacturer’s Page:https://ptacsd.com/a037/
- User Manual:https://ptacsd.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/A-037-Manual-2-white.pdf
- MSRP: $549.99UPC: 702571423171
- Length: 3.25″, 4.62″ 5.9″, 7.2″
- Diameter: 1.25″
- Material: 7075 Aluminum, Stainless Steel Baffles
- Weight: 3.8oz, 4.9oz, 6oz, 7.1oz
- Thread: 1/2 x 28 (C2)
- Finish: Cerakote Black
- Calibers: 22LR, 17WSM, 17HMR, 22WMR, 17 Hornet, 22 Hornet, 5.7 x 28 MM
- Fully Serviceable
- Multi caliber compatibility
- Rated for full auto fire (22LR)
- Average dB Reduction:
- Rifle: 30.2dB
- Pistol: 35.5dB
I found that disassembly and reassembly of the Prairie Tactical modular rimfire suppressor to be straightforward and easy. Simply unscrew each section and reconfigure to your desired length. It was a little tough to get the end cap off the last baffle section, so I added a small amount of nickel anti-seize to each of the threads for future cleaning sessions.
There are four modular sections, a main blast chamber section, and a front end cap with a baffle.
In its smallest configuration, the PTAC-BOLT is just shy of two inches long. I didn’t see this setup listed in the manual, but it worked fine for my range session.
Each successive modular baffle section adds about 1.3″ in length. Here it is with the main section and one baffle section.
Here is the PTAC-BOLT with the main section and two baffle sections.
Here it is with the main section and three baffle sections.
And here it is with the main section and four baffle sections.
This is a sightly larger rimfire suppressor than other options on the market. The diameter is 1.25″ which includes the wrench flats.
The larger diameter may make it a little more difficult to see some iron sight setups. This Beretta is a particularly bad example since the slide basically doubles as the rear sight.
But how does it sound?
Aided by a slightly longer length and a slightly larger diameter, the PTAC-BOLT in its longest configuration will give all of the top performing rimfire suppressors a run for their money. I’m happy to report (see what I did there) that it is very quiet. Obviously, with each modular baffle section removed, the PTAC gets louder, ending up with the smallest setup which is still “hearing safe” but might startle the barn cat if you are shooting late at night. Honesty, with three baffle sections the PTAC-BOLT sounds great and I’d probably leave it in this configuration most of the time to save on length and weight.
I can understand the hesitation with buying a suppressor from a relatively unknown company. NFA items are basically lifetime investments and most of us buy them hoping to keep them running forever. But nothing I saw with the PTAC-BOLT caused me any concern. It is slightly longer and heaver than non-modular options on the market.
This is a well made modular rimfire suppressor that can handle magnum rounds and can be disassembled for cleaning, And it’s really quiet with no noticeable first round pop. That’s enough for me.
Thanks for reading. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.