Photo courtesy of Silencer Shop
The first thing I think of when I see or hear “Spikes Tactical,” is its cool spider/mask logo. There’s plenty of mystery/controversy about what the spider logo actually is or has hidden in it, but one thing that is agreed upon is that the company makes top-notch AR-15s and AR-15 parts. The Florida-based manufacturer has once again upped its cool factor by entering the suppressor market with its Buckwheat .22LR suppressor.
While the company and suppressor name grab your attention, the quality build components should, too. The Buckwheat features a fluted 7075-aluminum tube, which houses the baffle system. The blast baffle is made from titanium, while the remaining baffles are constructed from aluminum, which help keep weight down. The baffles are Iridite-coated for corrosion resistance, designed to interlock using keyed areas on each baffle, and the ports intentionally rotate through the stack once constructed. In addition, the end cap showcases stainless steel and has an O-ring for an air-tight seal. This is a take-down model and comes with a proprietary tool for disassembly.
The Buckwheat is a direct thread suppressor that I installed on my Ruger 10/22 for testing. The rifle features an aftermarket Green Mountain Rifle barrel with ½x28 threading. The rifle was already sighted in with subsonic rounds and the Buckwheat suppressor maintained its point of zero so I was able to plink Birchwood Casey metal spinner targets during testing. I also shot paper targets and the suppressor maintained the same sub-zero accuracy that the rifle prints unsuppressed.
This is a great suppressor for the rimfire shooter and it carries the quality that Spikes Tactical is known for. It’s extremely light on the end of the barrel, weighing only 5.5 ounces, and it looks good with the fluted design. The best part is that SilencerShop.com sells the Buckwheat for $265, which is a steal.
– Direct thread ½x28
– 1-inch diameter
– 6 inches long
– 5.5 ounces
– 7075 T6 aluminum, titanium blast baffle
– T3 Hardcoat Anodize, Nitride
– .22 LR