Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Turbo T3 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we talked about some of the best suppressor-ready hosts on the market. This week we have a brief tutorial on cleaning the YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. How often should you clean your rimfire silencers? Let’s take a look.
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SILENCER SATURDAY #284: YHM Phantom 22 Rimfire Maintenance
I am not an advocate of regularly cleaning suppressors – that is unless they are of the rimfire variety. Rimfire rounds are notoriously dirty and can gunk up a silencer very quickly. The standard rule of thumb for cleaning is either every 500 rounds or every range trip, depending on your firing schedule.
A couple of things before we begin:
- Remember proper firearm safety – unload, check twice, keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- Read the owners manual.
- Always wear protective gloves and a mask.
- Dispose of all cleaning rags and clean up your work area thoroughly.
Let’s dig in.
YHM Phantom 22 – Specifications:
The Phantom features shielded baffles that keeps all the debris contained on the inside, making disassembly easy. This Phantom has about 1500-2000 rounds through it and the outside of the baffles are pristine.
Rimfire is dirty. Very dirty. Check out all the buildup in each of the baffles. Below is the blast chamber sleeve.
Use a soft metal pudge or scraper to scrape away the debris. A copper brush works well too. Below is all the residue knocked out of the baffles.
Use a mild gun solvent/oil and a brush to remove the rest of the build up. Avoid WD-40 and other solvents that might harm metals.
There is no reason to be a perfectionist here, rimfire silencers can sound better when slightly dirty. Use a silicone lubricant to wipe everything down.
Follow the instructions to reassemble the YHM Phantom, making sure that everything is aligned properly. The baffles have small tabs on the inside that are lined up with the mouse holes. Click them together as seen above.
Then screw blast chamber/sleeve and end cap securely to the tube.
And you are now ready to go for another 500+ rounds. Go wash your hands.
Have a great week. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.