SILENT PARTNER

Mark Camoccio re­veals the new Parker Hale Bar­ton Gun­works Ac­cu­rate Rim­fire Si­lencer

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Mark Camoccio finds a new si­lencer from Parker Hale, for air­gun use

I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with si­lencers so when I saw a press re­lease from Parker Hale stat­ing that they were launch­ing a new model, I was keen to get my hands on one. Ap­par­ently, sev­eral years in de­vel­op­ment, the new ‘Ac­cu­rate Rim­fire’ si­lencer is avail­able in dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and vis­ually, has that clas­sic sleek, su­per­com­pact look syn­ony­mous with Parker Hale.

ALL THINGS

As the name sug­gests, un­sur­pris­ingly, there are mod­els for live stuff, proofed for .17 HMR, and .22LR, but what might have gone un­der the radar is the un­proofed model aimed at air­gun use, and that’s what we have here.

All si­lencers are half- inch, UNFthreaded, packed in a card­board tube, and are billed as light­weight, com­pact, low pro­file, with good strength- to- weight ra­tio. At just over 5.6oz in weight on my scales, this does make it fairly light, and it cer­tainly is com­pact, be­ing 1 inch in di­am­e­ter, and 7 inches in length. Con­structed from air­craft grade alu­minium al­loys, and treated to a hard an­odised fin­ish, the re­sult cer­tainly feels ro­bust.

EASY CLEAN

A big sell­ing point is the simple con­struc­tion, free from wad­ding and degrad­able ma­te­rial; the si­lencer con­sists of just the outer tube, and the all- metal threaded core, which in­cor­po­rates no less than four baf­fles. This means that the en­tire all- metal unit, ef­fec­tively two- part, can be quickly stripped and cleaned with no fuss. Just un­screw the front cap, and you’re in.

I was fit­ting the ‘Ac­cu­rate Rim­fire’ to an S400 ri­fle, for the pur­pose of this test, so it was a good com­par­i­son to see it along­side an Air Arms Q-Tec si­lencer, and as the pic­ture shows, it re­ally is ul­tra­com­pact, and a frac­tion of the size of its ri­val here – 5.6 oz against 7oz, again ac­cord­ing to my scales. As for per­for­mance, I didn’t have equip­ment to hand for a sci­en­tific test, but on a ba­sic level, the Q-Tec was ad­mit­tedly more ef­fi­cient, eat­ing the deci­bels to a whis­per. Notably more re­port then with the Parker Hale in place, but back in the real world, all the ob­tru­sive crack of the ex­pand­ing air (the s400 is very loud with no si­lencer) was elim­i­nated, and what was left was still nice and muted.

I re­ally do find the sim­plic­ity a big plus point, and that’s the ap­peal of th­ese new si­lencers. Very pre­cisely ma­chined and well fin­ished, this new model is a great ad­di­tion to the fa­mous old Parker Hale brand.■

“the new ’Ac­cu­rate Rim­fire’ si­lencer is avail­able in dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions”

Light­weight and com­pact and it looks good, too

Simple con­struc­tion this shows the all­metal in­ter­nal core

Half- inch UNF thread is stan­dard

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