I recently got a first-hand look at CMMG’s newest toys: The BANSHEE line of short-barreled rifles (SBRs) outfitted with the company’s DefCan suppressors. I personally ran a bunch of ammo through the MK4 BANSHEE 300BLK with DefCan 3Ti suppressor and the MK4 BANSHEE .22LR with DefCan 22. Both outfits were accurate, easy to handle and a blast to shoot. Check out the video below. 

The Guns

Brand new to the market is the CMMG BANSHEE series of SBR rifles. The BANSHEE series consists of the shortest barrels CMMG offers in 9mm, .45 ACP, 300 BLK and .22 Long Rifle. This ultra-compact and lightweight platform is extremely portable, making the BANSHEE a great option for close protection, home defense, plinking, competition shooting and close-range hunting.

The BANSHEE series consists of the shortest barrels CMMG offers in 9mm, .45 ACP, 300 BLK and .22 Long Rifle.

Each version of the BANSHEE sports CMMG’s new ambidextrous charging handle, as well as an ambidextrous sling plate and ambidextrous safety selector. The BANSHEE comes standard with CMMG’s Premier Cerakote finish, an RML M-LOK Hand Guard and a Magpul MOE Pistol Grip. The AR Pistol versions each come with a Tailhook Mod 2 Brace. The SBR versions (all NFA rules apply) come equipped with a Magpul MVG Foregrip and will feature CMMG’s new RipStock.

The RipStock is a new compact butt stock that is fully machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum and Cerakoted by CMMG. The RipStock features two of CMMG’s patent pending technologies: FASTBACK and P3. Thanks to FASTBACK Technology, users can simply pull straight back to extend the stock without worrying about a release lever like most AR butt stocks employ. It also features personal position presets (P3 Technology) that allow users to adjust a screw into one of five slots to ensure the stock extends to the same position each time.

The 9mm and .45 ACP BANSHEEs feed from factory Glock magazines and utilize CMMG’s patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback operating system. The benefit of the Radial Delayed Blowback system is that it allows CMMG to use a lighter buffer and carrier than the typical straight blowback design. This reduction in reciprocating mass ensures that both the 9mm and .45 ACP version of the BANSHEE are easily controllable.

Both the 9mm and .45 ACP SBR and pistol versions feature threaded 5-inch barrels with weapons weighing a hair more than 4½ pounds. The 300 BLK SBR and pistol version sport an 8-inch threaded barrel with a 1:7 twist and weighs 5.2 pounds. The BANSHEE .22LR pistol and SBR have a 4½-inch threaded barrel and weigh just under 4½ pounds. All rifles are backed by CMMG’s Lifetime Guarantee. Centerfire BANSHEE’s sell for $1,449.95 and the .22LR sells for $1,149.95.

The Suppressors

CMMG has long been known for the AR-style rifles, but this is their first dive into the suppressor market with the DefCan series. I shot the DefCan 3Ti and DefCan 22. CMMG also offers suppressors for 9mm, .45 ACP and 5.56 NATO. All suppressors are backed by CMMG’s Lifetime Guarantee. The new DefCan suppressors are available at SilencerShop.com. 

The DefCan 3Ti is a lightweight, full-auto rated 7.62 suppressor that delivers an impressive 32 dB sound reduction.  Its all-titanium construction delivers weight savings, durability and heat tolerance that allow the DefCan to be the workhorse suppressor for any .30-caliber rifle. Available in either direct thread or quick detach configuration. The DefCan 3Ti is rated for 16-inch or longer barrels for 7.62 NATO, 10½-inch or longer 5.56×45/.223 or 6.8 SPC, 8-inch or longer 7.62×39, 7.5-inch or longer for 300BLK.

DefCan 3Ti (Bi-Lock QD)

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO

Sound Reduction: 32 dB

Length: 9.2 inches

Diameter: 1.5 inches

Weight: 17.5 ounces

Finish: High Temperature Cerakote

MSRP: $899.95

DefCan 3Ti (Direct Thread)

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO

Sound Reduction: 32 dB

Length: 7.8 inches

Diameter: 1.5 inches

Weight: 13.1 ounces

Finish: High Temperature Cerakote

Thread: 5/8-24

MSRP: $824.95

CMMG’s DefCan 22 suppressor amplifies the fun factor with 40 dB reduction in sound.  Weighing just 2.7 ounces, the DefCan 22 is extremely lightweight. Its small frame adds very little length to the end of your rifle. Available for an MSRP of $324.95. Can be utilized with: .22 Short, .22 Long, .22LR, .22 Magnum, .17HM2 and .17HMR. Not full-auto rated.

DefCan 22 (Direct Thread)

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle

Sound Reduction: 40 dB

Length: 5 inches

Diameter: 1 inch

Weight: 2.7 ounces

Finish: Hard Coat Anodized

Thread: ½-28

MSRP: $324.95