Silent rifles were developed by Status Guns & Engineering as a result of requests by hunters wishing to avoid frightening game in their immediate surroundings.
In silencing a rifle two things must be achieved: The projectile must not exceed the speed of sound and the gas exiting the muzzle must be captured and allowed to escape relatively slowly. Status achieves this by using a behind the muzzle silencer and subsonic ammunition.
Naturally a subsonic projectile has reduced energy or hitting power. This is compensated for by increasing projectile weight. In most cases Status Silent Rifles are chambered for .458 x 2 with a 500 grain bullet or 45-70 cartridge loaded with a 400 grain flat nosed bullet . At sub- sonic velocities these heavy bullets prove very effective. (See comparison table below of a .308 slowed to 980 fps and the .458 X 2).
Status guns currently builds two silenced rifles the first is based on a Mauser action with a 5 round magazine in 458 X 2 caliber and a single shot take down rifle based on the H & R Handy Rifle in 45-70 caliber for back packing.
Should customers wish to use other cartridges and calibres Status will build rifles to their specific needs.
Ballistics for a .308 150gr. SP at 980 Feet per Second
Ballistics for the 458 X 2 SP 500gr. SP at 980 Feet per Second At an Elevation Angle of: 0 degrees. Sight Height 2.5 inches Sight zero 100 yards.
Mauser action with a 5 round magazine in 458 X 2 caliber
Ballistics for the 45-70 400 gr Flat Nose at 980 Feet per Second At an Elevation Angle of: 0 degrees. Sight Height 1.5 inches Sight zero 100 yards.
H & R Handy Rifle Take down in 45-70 caliber