In 2014, I had the opportunity to visit Gemtech’s facility in Boise, Idaho. We were in the arms cage packing for a range trip when I noticed a plastic tray with 10 or so very small suppressors. Each was not much larger than a tube of lipstick.

Being the polite guest, I asked before touching. What I had found was a batch of Aurora 9mm suppressors awaiting transfer to a government end user.

I was told that the Aurora was designed in the mid-1990s for a pilot’s bailout kit and has since been utilized by other government entities. The concept was to provide signature reduction in a significantly reduced package. The internal components consist of old-school neoprene wipes and aluminum spacers.

It should be noted that the Aurora is only designed to be effective for five to 10 rounds and is not well suited for general use. At that time of my visit, the project was still “sensitive” and the information was embargoed.

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