Hello everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 suppressor. Last week we discussed three options for suppressing the popular 5.56MM AR-15 rifle. This week we dive into the Silencer Central Banish 30 modular suppressor. Unfamiliar with Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer) or the Banish line of suppressors? Read on.
Full disclosure, Silencer Central advertises on TFB. I don’t receive any compensation from any of the advertising and we don’t do “pay-for-play” type reviews. The Banish 30 is on loan and I will either offer to pay for it or return it after the review period is over.
The way I understand it, Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer) is a manufacturer and a dealer/distributor all rolled up into one company. The have their own in-house brand of suppressors – the Banish line – but also sell a variety of other manufacturer’s cans as well.
Silencer Central also has a unique suppressor buying system that allows for NFA items to be shipped directly to the end user, no matter what state they live in, after the NFA transfer application (Form 4) process in complete. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it and plan on writing up a more detailed review for those that are interested.
The Banish silencer series started as a progression of four versions of the Varminter suppressors manufactured under the Dakota Silencer label. The Banish 30 was formerly known as the Varminter 4.0
Banish silencer history: https://www.banishsuppressors.com/history/
The most versatile suppressor in the Banish line, the Banish 30 works with your rimfire and rifle calibers from .17 to .300 Weatherby.
- Length: 7” or 9” (depending on whether the tube extension is on or not)
- Diameter: 1-1/2”
- Number of Baffles: 8
- Weight: 10 oz (7”) or 13 oz (9”)
- Material: Titanium
- Thread Pitch: 5/8×24
- Brand: BANISH
- Self-Service: Yes
- Caliber: .308/7.62
- Caliber Range: .17 to .300 Weatherby
- Color: Black
- Finish: Gun Kote and Tribodone 41 DLC
- Sound Reduction: 34 dB*
- Mount Style: Direct Thread
- Full-Auto Rated: Limited Full-Auto Rated
- Lifetime Warranty: Yes
* Editors Note: Most manufacturers list a decibel reduction in their specifications. Without barrel length, host type, ammunition and the specifics on the testing procedures, it’s difficult to put these numbers in to a useable context. From now on I’m going to be reminding our readers that listing a decibel reduction number is only part of the story and requires some additional information to be useful.
The Banish 30 is modular titanium rifle suppressor that can be configured in the nine inch long configuration or the seven inch short configuration. The baffles are cones that have “mouse holes” and cans be removed for cleaning.
This suppressor uses a simple direct thread mounting system. A thread adapter is available to step down to 1/2 x 28 threads typically found on 5.56mm muzzles. The direct thread module is not removable.
The front section loosens and tightens by hand and final tightening can be done with the included end cap tool. The end cap also screws on and off with the tool and the baffles slide out easily.
The Banish 30 is rated all the way up to .300WM, although we don’t get any barrel length restrictions or rates of fire limitations. Until I know more, I limited it’s use on really short barrels, like the Daniel Defense PDW, to subsonic ammunition only.
Shooting the Banish 30
In it’s long configuration with subsonic 300BLK from Discreet Ballistics, the Banish 30 performed nicely on the short-barreled Daniel Defense PDW. As the shooter I could hear the action clacking back and forth, which is always a good sign. There was a minimal amount of first round pop and the gas blowback was almost nonexistent.
Removing the front section and running the Banish 30 in its short form turned out to only get slightly louder while maintaining the other positive characteristics noted above.
For supersonic .308 I used the SIG Sauer 716i and 168gr SIG Match ammunition. In the nine inch length, the suppression level was addequate for a 16” .308 barrel. Taking off the front section added a bit of bite, but didn’t notice any extra gas blowback. Neither configuration was ”hearing safe” on this host – which is what you should expect out of this gun and ammo combination.
This is an all titanium modular suppressor with a very respectable weight. It performs at the top of the curve for subsonic 300BLK hosts and in the middle of the pack for .308Win supersonic hosts. The price may be a bit high for a direct thread suppressor but the extra machining for modularity features always push prices higher. The Banish 30 is well made, user serviceable and is adaptable to a variety of calibers and hosts. We’ll get some more trigger time on a 5.56mm host and some final thoughts before it heads home to Silencer Central.
Thanks for reading, Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.
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