Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, home of the new MARC Bolt Action Pistol Chassis in 300BLK and .308WIN. Last week we discussed one of my favorite topics in the firearms world – suppressed subsonic pistol caliber carbines. For those progressives out there who have sworn off compact pistol carbines in favor of rifle PDW’s, we have a treat for you this week. Dead Air has finally announced the release of the Nomad-L, a longer and quieter version of the popular Nomad-30 released in late 2018. But does size, specifically length, matter that much? (I’ve always heard that it’s ok, size doesn’t matter, followed by sobbing and sympathy hugs).
We’ve featured the Nomad-30 several times in the last year and I’m comfortable claiming it as one on my all-time favorite 7.62mm rifle suppressors. Besides being very quiet, it is relatively light weight, utilizes the near universal rear thread pitch that allows for a host of mounting systems as well as front end modularity for brakes and flash hiders.
A common question that I hear from those who are looking for a new 30 caliber is a comparison request between Dead Air’s Sandman-S and the Nomad-30 (and now Nomad-L). The short answer to this question is:
- If you are looking for a bomb-proof suppressor that can take heavy punishment from really short barrels and extended firing schedules, while accepting a bit more weight and a bit less noise reduction potential, the Sandman-S is for you.
- If you are after excellent suppression, a lighter weight while preserving modularity but are willing to sacrifice the end-of-the-world indestructibility of the Sandman series, the Nomad-30 is a top choice.
- If you want all the features of the Nomad-30 and are ok with adding almost three inches for extreme suppression for subsonic or supersonic rounds, the Nomad-L should be your first stop.
Even though the Nomad-L is Dead Air’s newest release, we did get a preview of its performance last year thanks to Discreet Ballistics hosting a sound metering day incorporating nearly two dozen manufacturers makes and models of 30 caliber suppressors. At the time, the longer Nomad was referred to as the Nomax. While slight changes have been made between the prototype and the commercially available Nomad-L, Dead Air has stated that the differences would be indistinguishable to the end user. Which means we have some solid decibel meter numbers comparing the two Nomad’s.
Using the MiniPulse at the ear numbers, the comparison between the Nomax (Nomad-L) and the Nomad-30 spanned more than 12dB. In layman’s terms, the Nomad-L is unscientifically about four times as quiet as the Nomad-30 to the ear. That’s huge in the suppressed weapons world.
Below, the Nomax prototype is the second silencer from the right, with two Nomad-30 silencers to the left.
SILENCER SATURDAY #111: Size Matters! The New Dead Air Nomad-L
When supreme silence is the goal, the Nomad-L is the answer. Effectively suppressing .300 Blackout is child’s play. But when you step up to high-pressure cartridges you need to bring your A-Game. That’s where the Nomad-L shines. The Nomad-L still delivers class-leading performance in lower pressure calibers, but the performance undoubtedly reigns supreme when used with higher pressure calibers. At only 18.3 ounces the Nomad-L still remains agile enough for multiple platforms and hosts.
The Nomad-L is made with 17-4 stainless steel and Grade 5 titanium. Like the Nomad-30, it features an improved high-efficiency baffle design with industry-leading sound reduction at the muzzle and minimal first round pop. It ships in its direct-thread configuration with 5/8-24 threads.
The Nomad series bring plenty versatility. If you are already a fan of the Dead Air muzzle devices, you’ll be happy to know the Nomad-L is KeyMo compatible. That means your Nomad-L can have the same robust and proven attachment method as our Sandman models, giving you the best of both worlds. It is also compatible with the Sandman series front caps.
*Accessories such as Key-Mo and E-Brake shown in images are not included.
*Rated up to .300 Norma Mag.
- Rating: 22 HORNET, 5.56 NATO, 22-250, 204 RUGER, .243 WIN, 6.5 CREEDMOOR, 6.8 SPC, 7.62 NATO, 7MM REM MAG, .30-06 SPRINGFIELD, 300 BLACKOUT, 300 WIN, NORMA MAG, ULTRA MAG
- DIRECT THREAD ONLY: 5.45X39MM, 7.62X39MM W/ CONCENTRIC BARREL, 7.62X54R W/ CONCENTRIC BARREL
- Length: 8.39″ (vs 6.5″ Nomad-30)
- Weight: 18.3 oz. (vs 14 oz. Nomad-30)
- Diameter: 1.735″
- Finish: SILENCER SATURDAY #111: Length Matters! The New Dead Air Nomad-LCerakote body
- Min. Barrel Length: No Restrictions
- MSRP: $1,065
Nomad-L vs Nomad-30 Range Time:
Today’s testing is fairly simple: using the SIG Sauer MCX platform, swap between the Nomad-30 and the Nomad-L when using both supersonic and subsonic 300BLK ammunition. Since I’m still between decibel meters at the moment, you’ll have to trust my highly tuned ears for the comparison.
If I had the choice between the Nomad-L and the Nomad-30, I’d pick the newer, longer can without hesitation. Then again, I’m a decibel whore and adding two inches for a three to four times performance boost is right up my alley (that’s what she said). Either way, the Nomad-L appears to go toe to toe with the best in class suppressors currently on the market.
Update: I just walked out and shot a few more mags of subsonic 300BLK. Damn, this think is click-clack action quiet. I may have a new favorite full size rifle suppressor.
Have a great weekend everyone. Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you back here in a week for another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday.
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