Feel like dropping the volume on your AR-15? The Idaho-based suppressor company Gemtech and the Montana-based Nemo Arms have what you’re looking for: a new integrally suppressed barrel for your rifle. Unveiled earlier this year at the NRA meeting in Atlanta, the Gemtech Integra is available in both 5.56x45mm and .300 Blackout.
Gemtech’s Integra sports a Nemo Arms-manufactured 10.5-inch barrel and a six-inch titanium monocore baffle insert that uses advanced fluid dynamics to capture and slow propellant gases, helping to quiet your gun down. The company claims the Integra can reduce your rifle’s report by an impressive amount: as much as 25 decibels. According to Gemtech, the 5.56 barrel registers at 131 decibels. The .300 Blackout, when used with subsonic ammunition, is slightly quieter: about 128 decibels.
Let’s be honest: The real draw of integrally suppressed barrels like the Integra is that they allow you to rock a short, suppressed package without having to pay the short-barreled rifle tax stamp. You get the best of both worlds: a slick setup that still meets the minimum overall length requirement. Combined, the barrel and suppressor give the Integra an overall length of 16 inches. It comes encased in a titanium body, inside a handguard from Seekins Precision, which has a full-length top rail and M-LOK slots on both the sides and the bottom.
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Equipped with a pistol-length gas system, the Integra’s patented gas block has a bore evacuator that vents the cartridge combustion gases, reducing gas blowback at the shooter’s face. It’s also easy to take care of. The suppressor, which is only a single piece of machined titanium, comes out easily for cleaning — all you need is a 3/8″ socket wrench to remove it.
The Gemtech is part of a new generation of integral suppressors that companies like SilencerCo and Ruger are offering. It may not cheap — both the 5.56 and .300 Blackout versions sell for $1,999 (plus the additional mandatory Federal tax stamp) — but if you’re looking for quiet power, it’s worth it.
NEWPORT — The explosion and sinking of the ship in 1943 claimed at least 1,138 lives, and while the sea swallowed the bones there were people, too, who also worked to shroud the bodies.
The sinking of the H.M.T. Rohna was the greatest loss of life at sea by enemy action in the history of U.S. war, but the British Admiralty demanded silence from the survivors and the tragedy was immediately classified by the U.S. War Department.
Michael Walsh of Newport is working to bring the story of the Rohna to the surface with a documentary film, which includes interviews with some of the survivors of the attack. Walsh has interviewed about 45 men who were aboard the ship when it was hit.
Editor's note: this story originally appeared in 2018
How you die matters. Ten years ago, on Memorial Day, I was in Fallujah, serving a year-long tour on the staff and conducting vehicle patrols between Abu Ghraib and Ramadi. That day I attended a memorial service in the field. It was just one of many held that year in Iraq, and one of the countless I witnessed over my 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Like many military veterans, Memorial Day is not abstract to me. It is personal; a moment when we remember our friends. A day, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “sacred to memories of love and grief and heroic youth."