Suppressors are one of the biggest game-changers to hit shooting.
If you haven’t shot suppressed, I highly suggest you try it when possible. It’s a completely unique experience.
Suppressors offer a variety of benefits, including lessening noise that can damage hearing, reduction in felt recoil, and in some cases, increasing accuracy.
That isn’t to say that shooting suppressed is without its drawbacks.
Suppressors run dirty, which in turn means your gun is going to get dirtier.
(Check out our guide on suppressor cleaning and maintenance to keep your can running in tip-top condition.)
You can also experience gas blowback, though this depends on the length of your gun. Short-barreled rifles are more prone to this.
An altered sight picture is another potential pitfall. The suppressor can sometimes show-up in your optic as you’re aiming.
Heat from the suppressor can also distort the view through your optic — known as the mirage effect.
A mirage makes shot placement difficult, if not impossible, at some distances.
There are ways to work around the mirage, though. One of those is to use a a suppressor cover.
These nifty tools reduce the mirage caused by heat from the suppressor and make it easy to handle a hot suppressor without getting burned.
So buckle up as we tour the world of covers, weigh the pros and cons, and ultimately give you the rundown on the covers we like the best.
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Suppressor Cover: What’s That?
Covers are made by several companies and generally come in two styles with a few options in each.
The first style is the silicone sleeve — a tube made of silicone that slides onto your suppressor.
Another popular style is a cloth wrap. These generally have an inner sleeve covered by a heat resistant cloth and secured with cording.
Both styles are available in standard or high-temperature versions, referencing the temperature at which the material is rated before things start to go haywire.
(And by haywire, I mean the heat starts to have an effect.)
Putting Suppressor Covers to the Test
With several suppressor covers on the market, I wanted to test each to figure out which was the best option.
The course of fire consisted of 30 rounds of USA Ready fired in rapid bursts of five rounds, each with a 2-second pause between volleys.
This would show how sustained fire in bursts and a more conservative course of fire would look.
During testing, I looked at the fit and feel on the suppressor alongside mirage mitigation and price.
One final thing: with the SilencerCo Omega (and any similar can), it’s necessary to take off the anchor brake from the front of the can and replace it with a flat cap.
The anchor brake can heat up more than the can. You risk ruining your cover and potentially the finish of your can if you don’t remove it.
The Rubber Men: Silicone Style
Bowers Group Griptastic/Supcov High-Temp Silicone Cover
Bowers Group has long been a name in the suppressor game. The Griptastic/Supcov cover is the least expensive one on the list, ranging from $35 to $55. Pricing depends on the dimensions and color you choose.
Made from heat-resistant silicone, this one-piece sleeve is minimalistic in appearance with venting channels on the interior.
Installation of the silicone sleeve is fairly straightforward and easy.
Wet the suppressor can just a bit and slide the sleeve on. That’s it.
The fit was tight, and the cover did not move at all during shooting.
After 30 rounds of fire, it was barely warm to the touch. Better yet, I experienced no mirage at all. After the second magazine, the cover didn’t feel warm when touched.
Removal was a bit trickier.
Pour some water inside the sleeve, loosen the edges and pull…but do so without “peeling.”
That same tight fit that kept it from moving while shooting can make it a little difficult to take off when done.
Author’s Rating: 7/10
Manta Defense V1 and V2 Suppressor Covers
Manta Defense has two different versions of its suppressor sleeve, the V1 and V2.
The V1 is slightly thicker and weighs a bit more.
On the other hand, the V2 cuts about 20% of the material for a slimmer fit and reduced weight.
The solid silicone sleeve is designed with vent channels and a non-venting top section to allow for a secure fit. Both the V1 and V2 are designed with a recessing rear and protruding front so you can stack them on longer cans but still ensure a snug fit.
Priced at $70, they come in a few different colors.
Installation of the Manta sleeve involves lubing the inside of the sleeve with some hand sanitizer (provided with purchase). Then the cover slides over the can.
You then rotate the sleeve until the non-venting top section is at 12 o’clock. And you’re ready to go!
Removal is the same process; just twist in one direction while pulling up. The fit of the Manta cover is tight, but not so tight that removal is difficult.
There was no movement during shooting, and after 30 rounds, it was cool to the touch. As with the Bowers’ cover, no mirage was present.
The second magazine proved no different — no heat to the touch and no mirage present.
Author’s Rating: 7/10
Wrap It Up: Fabric Style Covers
Armageddon Gear High Temp Suppressor Mirage Cover
The first of the cloth wrap offerings, the Armageddon Gear cover, focuses on mirage mitigation.
The high-temperature version is rated up to 800-degrees Fahrenheit, utilizing a built-in insulator.
Per the instruction video, these covers are designed more for a precision rifle than for CQB or high rates of fire.
Available in four colors, the standard version will run you $70, while the high-temperature version is $80.
Installation of these wraps is a no-brainer.
Loosen your cord lock, loosen the cord, and slide the wrap into place. There should be a bit of material hanging over the back edge. Tighten the cord down starting at the rear, and then secure things in place with the cord lock.
Removal is just as easy — release the cord lock, loosen the cord, and remove.
Once tightened down, the Armageddon Gear cover moved very, very little. Due to the material hanging over, it could not shift forward but rather rolled a bit around the can.
After 30 rounds of fire, the surface felt only slightly warmer to the touch than the silicone sleeves did.
After the slower rate of fire on the second magazine, the cover had gotten no hotter, which is what I expected.
The Armageddon Gear also provided the best mirage reduction out of the covers tested, which is what they focus on.
Author’s Rating: 9/10 for a precision rifle, 6/10 for sustained fire
Burn Proof Gear Heavy Suppressor Cover
The most expensive offering on the list, at $135 to $175, the Burn Proof Gear is a two-piece wrap.
The first layer consists of a spongy fiberglass thermal barrier, followed by a Kevlar/Nomex outer sleeve. The interior barrier is rated for 2,000-degrees Fahrenheit, while outer Nomex is rated for up to 1,000-degrees.
There are three color options in a variety of sizes, including custom orders.
Installation was pretty easy to understand. First, you stretch the fiberglass barrier over your suppressor, then slide the Nomex outer sleeve over it. The final step is cinching the cording down tightly.
Once you understand how to loosen and cinch the cord, the installation is a breeze.
Unrelated side note: Burn Proof Gear has a “Burn Proof Hank” that is incredibly useful. Whether removing a hot can or taking a pan out of the oven, at under $40, this thing is a bargain.
During the firing sequence, the Burn Proof Cover held up great!
There was a slight amount of movement, which was due to me not tightening it down fully. After fixing that, the cover was secure and did not shift.
At no point during the 30 rounds did the cover heat up enough that I could feel it with a bare hand.
There was only the slightest mirage effect with this cover, but nothing significant enough to alter the point of impact.
The second magazine is where Burn Proof started to show its worth. There was no rise in temperature on the surface of the cover. All the heat was contained on the inner sleeve.
Author’s Rating: 9/10
Rifles Only HAD Suppressor Cover
The Heat Abatement Device is a two-piece cover with some impressive tolerances.
The inner sleeve is rated to 3,000-degrees Fahrenheit and can sustain that temperature.
The outer sleeve has a second thermal lining, rated to withstand up to 2,000-degrees.
Rifles Only states that the cover is rated for semi-auto, rapid-fire, and full-auto. They do advise limiting yourself to four mag dumps, though, so as not to damage your can or cover.
Seven color options are available in a variety of sizes. The Rifles Only cover will run you just shy of $100.
Installation of the HAD was the hardest of the wrap-style covers. The method used to cinch down the cording took some getting used to.
During the first 30 round course of fire, both the inner sleeve and outer Nomex shifted forward a bit.
However, I will say this is likely due to not securing the cord around my barrel fully.
Make sure to watch the installation video to avoid this.
The second 30 rounds saw no change in heat or mirage. The cording coming unwrapped from my barrel did prove to be a bit of a distraction, though.
Again I emphasize, watch the installation video and figure out a way to secure the extra cording.
The HAD lived up to its name. This cover ate up the heat and was cool to the touch when handling the outer shell.
It reduced the mirage effect significantly, with only the slightest visible heatwave being left.
Author’s Rating: 8/10
Cole-Tac HTP Suppressor Cover
The High-Temperature Python is the newest offering from Cole-Tac.
The inner tube is rated for 3,000-degrees Fahrenheit, while a middle material is rated for 1,800-degrees. Finally, the outer Denier Cordura Nylon shell can withstand up to 1,000-degrees.
According to Cole-Tac, this cover is rated for rapid-fire and is ideal for transitioning from rifle to pistol, as it will prevent burns on your legs.
A variety of colors are available. You can customize the color choice on every part of the cover through their website. Again, this will run you just shy of $100.
Installation of the HTP was the easiest of the wrap style covers. Position the inner sleeve over your can, slide both the inner and outer sleeves in place, and tighten the three straps down.
Once secured, there was no movement during the course of fire.
Removal was as simple as undoing the straps and sliding both pieces off the front of the suppressor.
After 30 rounds of fire, the Cole-Tac cover was barely warm to the touch. After the full 60 rounds, it was only slightly warmer than when I started.
I will note that removal did allow the inner sleeve to produce some heat out of the ends, which caused it to feel a bit hotter afterward.
This had the best mirage abatement of the wrap-style covers designed for sustained rates of fire.
Author’s Rating: 9/10
SilencerCo Suppressor Cover
The SilencerCo suppressor cover was sort of a dark horse in this test run.
There is very little information available about the cover on the SilencerCo site; only three color choices and the option for standard or high-temperature.
Despite being shrouded in mystery, this cover did not disappoint.
Costing just under $70, this cover was middle of the pack in terms of cost, but not performance.
Installation and removal were similar to the Cole-Tac. Slide the two-piece assembly into place and tighten down the three-strap system. If you secure the cover properly, there will be no movement.
Full disclosure, I failed to secure one strap fully, and the cover shifted forward some while I was shooting.
Release the straps and slide the whole thing off to remove.
During the 30 round course of fire, I stopped partway to adjust and resecure the cover. Despite being nearly two-thirds through the round count, the cover was luke-warm to the touch — not uncomfortable in the slightest.
After adjusting the cover, I finished the remainder of the first magazine and immediately went into the second.
There wasn’t much difference in the heat or the mirage despite the increasing round count.
I would say that the mirage reduction of this cover was neck and neck with the Cole-Tac in terms of visible heat coming off. The only way to get more reduction is to go silicone.
Author’s Rating: 9/10
Choosing the right suppressor cover depends on the style of shooting you plan to do. While all of the covers tested were high-quality, there were areas that each of them seemed to shine. Factors like ease of install and removal are something to consider.
If you have to carry things around for extended periods, you might need to factor in weight.
Hopefully, the information here gets you to the proper cover for your preferred shooting style.
Running a cover on your suppressor? Tell us which is your fave in the comments below. Also, if you’re looking to add another suppressor to your gun safe, check out our guide for the Best Places to Buy a Suppressor Online & Off.