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The BANISH Backcountry Suppressor is a great option for hunters looking for a solid multi-caliber suppressor that can go anywhere.

When it came time for me to purchase my first suppressor, I naturally chose one of the industry’s only hunting-specific suppressors – the BANISH Backcountry.

It’s now one of my favorites. Why? Because it’s light, it reduces noise significantly, and it’s designed to be as compact as possible with a shorter profile than most others on the market. This makes the BANISH Backcountry Suppressor perfect for hunting!

Read on for my full take. We know that purchasing a suppressor can be a giant pain in the butt… Thankfully, Silencer Central makes it easy on you, and we wrote up how you can purchase this suppressor (and others) in the following article.

Silencer Central BANISH Backcountry Suppressor Review

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The BANISH Backcountry Suppressor ($1099) is specifically designed for backcountry hunting, focusing on two critical factors: sound suppression and weight. Part of the BANISH lineup known for its quiet and lightweight suppressors, the Backcountry model offers the same high-quality sound suppression and durable titanium construction as its predecessor, the BANISH 30, but in a more compact and lighter package. 

Build Quality

Right out of the box, the BANISH Backcountry impresses with its solid construction. Manufactured from high-grade titanium, this suppressor is not only lightweight but also remarkably durable. The machining is impeccable with no signs of imperfections. Silencer Central’s commitment to quality craftsmanship is evident, and it shows in the BANISH Backcountry.

Lightweight & Compact for Backcountry Use

The Backcountry model is a fixed-length suppressor measuring 5.5 inches in length (5.7 inches with the mount) and weighing only 7.8 ounces; making it the perfect hunting partner for those long hunting expeditions or backpacking trips. This makes it 1.3 inches shorter and 2.2 ounces lighter than the BANISH 30 in its short configuration, a difference that is significant for backcountry enthusiasts who are mindful of gear size and weight. As an added benefit, being it doesn’t add much in the way of barrel extension, it does not compromise your rifle’s balance, either. 

Performance Is Impressive

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John set up at the range.

With an increasing number of hunters and sports shooting enthusiasts looking to protect their hearing and remain discreet, the demand for high-quality suppressors has never been greater.

Though shorter and with less baffles the BANISH Backcountry does not disappoint in this aspect. It is measurably louder than its predecessor, the BANISH 30, and other competitors. But don’t let this sway you from choosing the Backcountry. The difference was minimal, about 5db.

It still effectively reduces the gunshot noise to hearing-safe levels, depending on the ammunition used. Meaning, on a .308 or a 6.5CM, it was acceptable and comfortable. But in full honesty, when I shot it with a 28 Nosler round, it was still loud! And I expect that from a magnum round like the 28 Nosler. Just imagine that shot without the Backcountry!

In terms of blowback, the Backcountry had no noticeable gasses – at least to me. First, I tested it on a Nosler 21 chambered in 28 Nosler. Next, I used a Savage Impulse Driven Hunter chambered in 6.5CM. Both are bolt action hunting rifles I’d use in the field.

Alternatively, out of curiosity, I also did a side-by-side comparison of the Backcountry on a SIG M400 Tread chambered in 5.56. On a mag dump from the AR, the blowback gasses were extreme – not recommended (but still fun.)

A Multi-Caliber Suppressor? Yes.

One of the standout features is the suppressor’s multi-caliber capability. It’s not confined to a single caliber. This means it can be used with a range of firearms, offering greater flexibility for those who own multiple guns. The only caveat is that you might need to purchase additional mounting hardware or adaptors, depending on your setup.

The suppressor is rated for calibers up to .300 Remington Ultra Magnum (RUM). It utilizes a direct-thread 1.375×24 Universal Mount to minimize extra weight but also offers an optional muzzle brake attachment. 

Ease of Maintenance 

Cleaning and maintenance are often overlooked aspects when choosing a suppressor, but they’re crucial for long-term performance. The BANISH Backcountry features a user-serviceable design, meaning you can disassemble it without any specialized tools for cleaning. This is a significant advantage over sealed units that require professional servicing.

Final Thoughts on the BANISH Backcountry Suppressor

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The BANISH Backcountry suppressor in the field.

All things considered, the BANISH Backcountry suppressor from Silencer Central sets a new benchmark in the suppressor market. Its combination of top-tier performance, excellent build quality, and versatility makes it an ideal choice for both weekend warriors and seasoned backcountry hunters.

While it may be on the pricier side, the features and performance justify the investment for those serious about their shooting experience – and hearing.

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