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.
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.