Suppressor durability is an often discussed topic these days. As technology, metallurgy, and mounting systems change, so too does the rate of ablation on these cans. The same effect holds true for rate-of-fire, with full-automatic creating a far more harsh environment within the tube than slower rates of fire.
As companies pour more money into R&D and advanced manufacturing techniques such as orbital laser welding, more and more suppressors are “full-auto rated.” Yet, as with any consumer device, this rating is not an unlimited guarantee, as we will soon see.
The video below from YouTube channel West Coast Armory shows what happens when you attach a Silencerco SWR suppressor to an M249 SAW and attempt to run a 700-round hate burst through it. You get some suppressor meltdown!
This article was originally published in 2018.