I’m at a place in life where “cool” really doesn’t resonate with me. It seems that every day, some manufacturer introduces the newest, latest, greatest, coolest thing ever built. I did some training for an Alaska department that bought the newest, coolest gun on the market, and it didn’t work. Once in a great while, though, something truly cool crosses my path.
Like the under-five-pound AR, smaller suppressors are always a goal. I distinctly recall an episode of the original Hawaii Five-O where the assassin had an inch-long suppressor on an S&W two-inch Chief’s Special. It sounded like a beer can opening, and I really wanted one. I was crushed when I found out they really didn’t work that way.
THE PILL BOX
It’s late afternoon on December 7 and the outside temperature is about 18 degrees. I just got in from shooting the newest offering from GSL Technologies, Inc, one of the leaders in suppressor technology. I did a recent review of several models and was totally impressed with every one. The recently released Pill Box, though, is in a class by itself.
For those of you who remember film cans, this .22 LR suppressor is smaller than one. It comes with a key ring, and you could literally carry it on a set of car keys. The tiny can is just over 1 3/8 inches long and weighs less than one ounce, but it reduces the report of a .22 LR to 118 decibels. To achieve all of this, the can has a membrane that you shoot through (no hollow points).
GSL says the reduction will last for 50 (minimum) to 100+ rounds. Then for $25, send the Pill Box, a copy of your Form 4, and a repair letter stating that the unit is being returned to the factory for repair. It will be returned to you within a couple of days with a new wipe.
I couldn’t stand it … even though the light was fading and it was chilly, I grabbed a box of Gemtech subsonic .22 and my suppressor-ready Browning Black Label pistol and headed out the door.
I threw a small empty can onto the driveway and let fly—hit. I ran through the first magazine without a miss, repeated with a second magazine, then decided to see if the membrane degraded accuracy.
I set up a LaRue target at five yards and fired three rounds. I was high and left, so I shifted to the second target. I rested my hands on my truck, adjusted my point of aim a little low and sent five rounds through one hole. Way too cool!
One of the neatest features about the Pill Box is that no one would recognize it as a suppressor. I don’t have any practical/tactical reason to be concerned about discretion, but I think it’s a neat feature.
I often take a .22 Black Label when I travel, and the Pill Box will be a permanent addition. As funds allow, I’ll get a second Black Label .22 and a second Pill Box, which will reside in my Get Outta Dodge truck. Along with the light weight of the Browning Black Label, this makes a very, very compact, lightweight package that is a ball to shoot.
The really good news is that it will fit in my Christmas stocking!