Advanced Armament Corp (AAC) Ti-RANT 9

My path to ownership on this suppressor was a little circuitous. In 2013 I decided that it was time to start looking at having a suppressed pistol in my home defense line-up. I'm talking about the proverbial nightstand gun, although I knew for me that wasn't going to be the exact situation. The newly proposed 41P had certainly turned up my NFA acquisition valve, but that wasn't the only driver. As I do with everything, I started my research. Unfortunately, and as is quite common for me, the things I look into usually are quite uncommon. That means I can't just run over to the local dealer and get a feel for something. Even worse, when it comes to suppressors and firearms, it means even if I could find one, I'll never be able to try it out first. I'm plopping down money without experience. After a bunch of research I narrowed down my choices to the AAC Ti-RANT or the SilencerCo Osprey in 45.

I have an irrational love for .45ACP. My trusty XD(M) is in .45ACP and was my intended first suppressor host as nightstand gun. I called up my favorite local gunshop and inquired as to whether or not they had the AAC Ti-RANT or SilencerCo Osprey available. They had both, but the AAC Ti-RANT they only had in 9mm. I bought the SilencerCo Osprey 45. I really wanted to get a suppressor for my MP5 clones as well. The sales staff convinced me that the SilencerCo Octane 9 was probably a better choice and they had some due in any day. I reserved one in 9mm, paid for in full. After a couple months had passed and the Octane still due "any day" I decided to switch over to the in-stock AAC Ti-RANT. I wasn't sure how quickly 41P would be announced as final and didn't want to get stuck waiting indefinitely.

5 months later my approved Form 4 arrived and I got to take this home. It turned out that AAC didn't have a 3-lug mount for the Ti-RANT, but a third-party company, JB Tactical, stepped in to fill the gap and I picked one up. My first time shooting it with my MP5 clones and 147gr ammo was absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe it. It was sublime. I also acquired a threaded barrel for my M&P 9c. That little gun is an absolute hoot with 147gr subsonics and the Ti-RANT. I think I shoot it better with the suppressor attached, even though the sights are blocked by the suppressor body. The only way I can rationalize it is that without the noise (and at the time I could only shoot indoors, which is much much louder) I was less stressed while shooting. Being more relaxed allowed me to shoot better. Now that I have more dedicated subgun suppressors, I've relagated the Ti-RANT to pistol use only. That's not a bad thing. The Ti-RANT is light and well suited to pistols. While at this time I've only used it on my M&P 9c, I've acquired threaded barrels for a VP9, PPQ, P938, and I bought a factory threaded XD(M) in 9mm as well.

So what about the suppressor itself? Well, it's nice. Unfortunately, I can't be very precise. I don't have the equipment to provide dB readings. I don't have years of experience shooting a wide variety of suppressors to compare against. What I do know is that it feels like quality. There is a feel of precision in the assembly. It's light. Hanging off the end of a pistol, it doesn't change the balance as much as I would expect. It also feels durable. Dumping dozens of rounds through it in short order didn't cause any indication of strain. In short, I'm quite happy with this purchase. The only thing that would keep me from getting another is concerns about the company. AAC is now a subsidiary of the Freedom Group. The Freedom Group has been carefully running good companies into the ground. I am concerned about future support for products. Hopefully that will change.