Truthfully, I have had this suppressor for several months now. I wanted to give a thorough effort using it, checking adaptability to various hosts and wait to see SiCo's customer support.
Let me first brag about the specs of this can since when it first came out everyone was immediately impressed with what it offered. SiCo touted an impressive combination “of all the best features from our .30 caliber centerfire rifle silencer lines in one silencer – shortest, lightest, quietest, most versatile, full auto and magnum rated with an integral recoil reducing Anchor Brake.” Once I read this myself and since I was in the market for a .762 can, well…… what can I say? I bit!
SiCo used titanium, stainless steel, and Stellite in tandem for best in class results across the board. From the shop, each Omega comes with a 5/8×24 direct thread mount, a fast attach Active Spring Retention (ASR) mount complete with a Specwar™ ASR muzzle brake, and an Anchor Brake (from their Harvester Suppressor design). I myself as well as many in the suppressor community were a little concerned that SiCo chose to use the ASR mount rather than their more recent MAAD mount adapter featured (as seen with the SiCo Saker suppressor). As a matter of fact any suppressor blog on the internet had users debating why SiCo would make such a decision and that it would prevent usability with MAAD system. Various rumors spread across the internet, some positive and some negative, but none the less they chose their older ASR mount.
One thing that should be mentioned is SiCos barrel length recommendations per caliber for this suppressor. Some say SiCo had to sacrifice somewhere either in durability or in weight. Either way, it has the amazing SiCo lifetime warranty that in personal opinion is bar none the best I have ever seen or dealt with. So regarding the barrel lengths. The Omega is rated down to 10" barrels for .223 Remington / 5.56 NATO, 16" barrels for .308 Winchester 7.62 NATO, and 20" barrels for .300 Win Mag. For some people this seems to have been a real deal breaker. That was not the case for me based on my platform preferences
Calibers: 5.7mm - .300WM
Weight: 14 oz.
Muzzle dB: .300BLK - 119.5 dB, 5.56mm – 130.1 dB, .308WIN – 133.9dB
In addition to its impressive specs, the Omega’s design allows for maximum user adaptability and convenience. Several comments by various publics across the web have stated they think the anchor break is UGLY! Sometimes I feel so as well and other times I like it. Mind you the anchor brake serves its purpose. Regardless, this suppressor is packed with options that can be swapped out for user preference. It came with a direct thread mount (very rarely included in purchases) that functions flawlessly on my long range target rifles. User friendly design allows for fairly quick parts (mounts, endcaps) swapping. I also purchased flat endcaps for both 7.62 and 5.56 just to address any visual complaints I may have had and to open up can flexibility. Truthfully, while the 7.62 endcap functions great on a 5.56 host, I was able to reduce just shy of an addition decibel when using the 5.56 endcap on a 5.56 host. I am very pleased with the adaptability of this can. In my personal opinion adaptability is one of the most critical features when purchasing a suppressor. It keeps the hassle and wallet expense at a minimum.
Before I mention my opinion on performance, I have to give a kudos to SiCo’s customer service as I mentioned earlier. The only sadness I had once I took the suppressor home was I noticed the ASR mount would come loose occasionally. I contacted SiCo and without hesitation they sent me a new mount and prepaid shipping label to send the faulty one back! No issues at all with the new ASR mount.
Decibel Reduction results, huh? Please do not get me wrong. I know there are as many options in the suppressor world as there are ice cream options at Baskin Robbins. I have shot many of them and there are some amazing products being offered by some standup companies. Now saying that, the Omega suppressor simply broke the mold in terms of sheer performance. Especially, when you bring in weight and length factors. My dB readings came back with the following averages.
Custom 5.56 AR15 (18 inch barrel) shooting a myriad of 55gr loads – 131.3 muzzle dB average
Custom 5.56 AR15 (16 inch barrel) shooting a myriad of 55gr loads – 130.9 muzzle dB average
Happy, Happy, Happy. I own several SiCo cans just because they never let me down. I recommend taking a hard look at any SiCo products for individuals looking to add to their suppressor line-up or just break into the game!