Good afternoon everyone and thank you for reading TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where we voluntarily register our firearms with the government and gladly pay $200 for the pleasure to do so. Today we get to review the YHM Resonator and YHM Turbo, complete with some scientific decibel meter readings. We have also shot and tested the YHM ULTimate upper reciver group and a a review should be coming out sometime this week (sorry for the suspense). But let’s get back to the YHM Resonator and Turbo reviews.
Silencer Saturday #63: YHM Resonator And YHM Turbo REVIEWS
I’m going to spoil the conclusion right up front: Yankee Hill Machine is the best value in the silencer market today. For excellent prices, buyers get a well made, great performing silencer that features a top notch (pun intended) mounting system. In fact, in a rare statement for the NFA, I tend to think that the YHM Resonator and the Turbo are UNDERPRICED. Some silencer shoppers see a sub $400 price tag (street price) and expect a reduction in quality and performance. That is definitely not the case with Yankee Hill Machine.
At the core of both the Resonator and the Turbo is a very well respected muzzle brake or flash hider quick-disconnect mounting system. A true one-handed design, each muzzle device features a spring-loaded ring with large “teeth”. The silencer ratchets on and off with a twist: Easy. On and off.
Yankee Hill recently updated their flash hiders to include closed tines, which I can only assume prevents that tuning fork sound that some flash hiders produce. The end result is a QD system that is easy to use as well as being a rock solid base for a silencer. Mount prices MSRP at just under $90.
YHM Resonator Performance
Before we get to the decibel numbers, I thought it might be helpful to talk about my subjective perceptions of the YHM Resonator while shooting subsonic 300 blackout. First off, it is very quiet. Second, the Resonator appears to have a higher tone than other 300 Blackout silencers I have tested in the past. Rather than a more standard deep thump or pffft sound (both technical terms) this suppressor produces almost what I would describe as a hushed supersonic type of sound. While it’s different than I am used to, it is still a pleasant tone.
My personal disclaimer: I am not a scientist, but I do play one on the internet. Decibel meter data alone, even if done correctly, is a poor way to evaluate silencers. Your personal use case, requirements and applications are more important than any list of numbers. Decide how you are going to use your suppressor and what is important to you, then use all the factors combined to make a purchase decision. When in doubt, ask. My email can be found below.
Decibel Metering: Environmental Variables
YHM Resonator Specifications:
- Caliber: 30 Cal.
- MSRP: $599 (Find your dealer and price at SilencerShop.com)
- Overall Length: 7.825″
- Diameter: 1.562″
- Weight: 16 Oz.
- Suppression Level: 135 dB on 20″ .308 Win
- Material: 7-4 Ph SS and Heat Treated Inconel 718
- Finish: Matte Black Cerakote
- Method of Attachment: YHM-4302 Q.D. Flash Hider or Muzzle Brake
- Rating: 17HMR through .300 RUM/.300 WIN MAG
- Full Auto Rated
Minimum Barrel Lengths:
- 7.62×51 / .308 Winchester: 10.5″ minimum barrel length
- 5.56 NATO, 6.8SPC, 7.62×39: 10.5″ minimum barrel length
- .300 Win Mag / 300 RUM: 20″ minimum barrel length
- 300 Blackout: 8″ minimum barrel length
I believe the eight inch minimum barrel length has to do with supersonic, not subsonic, rounds. However, because these silencers are on loan from YHM, I stayed conservative and did not meter the Resonator on the 5.5” Sig Sauer Rattler. I’ll confirm with YHM and get some additional meter numbers posted as soon as possible.
300BLK – Bolt Action
MILSTD Muzzle (dB)
At The Ear (dB)
YHM Turbo Performance:
Because I was pushing supersonic rounds through the Turbo, the perceived tone of the report is less of a variable. Like all supersonic rounds, even when suppressed, I suggest wearing hearing protection. However, in the name of silence, I fired two rounds without plugs. The YHM Turbo sounds good on the 12” barrel SBR and it sounded great on the 18” SPR. But let’s take a look at the meter numbers for more scientific observations.
YHM TURBO Specifications
- Caliber: 5.56
- MSRP: $469 (Find your dealer and price at SilencerShop.com)
- Weight: 13.5oz
- Diameter: 1.562”
- Length: 6.5”
- Construction: 17-4 Ph SS / Inconel
- Mount: Q.D. Flash Hider (1/2-28 tread pitch)
- Decibel Rating: 134 dB
Minimum Barrel Lengths:
- 5.56 NATO: 10.5″ minimum barrel length
556 12” Barrel
MILSTD Muzzle (dB)
At The Ear (dB)
556 18” Barrel
MILSTD Muzzle (dB)
- Bolt Only: 116.4
At The Ear (dB)
- Bolt Only: 117.5
Conclusions YHM Resonator and YHM Turbo:
The YHM Resonator is extremely pleasant to shoot. It’s at-ear numbers were certainly impressive and the muzzle numbers were no slouch. The higher tone doesn’t effect the pereceived performance. I’ll work on getting the review updated with some semiautomatic 300BLK numbers as well as some supersonic .308 numbers (I’m working on that host, i promise).
For the Turbo, I expected the 18” barrel numbers to be lower. However, none of the results I received were out of line for a quality silencer. I was pleasantly surprised to find solid at-ear decibel numbers, especially on the shorter barrel. The YHM Turbo sounds great for a mid-sized 5.56mm silencer.
If you are looking for a “no frills” suppressor (no removable end caps or base plate mounts) that performs very well at a price that is basically unmatched in today’s market, buying the Yankee Hill Machine Resonator and Turbo suppressors are a no-brainer.
Thanks for reading TFB. Be safe and we’ll see you next weekend.
Mike and Tyler discuss attaching a silencer to rifles and pistols. Thank you to our viewers for asking important questions!
- 32:36 How fast do Ti breaks wear compared to their various steel counterparts? Fast enough to matter?
- 35:44 Are there any brands of mounts that also work with other suppressors (Surefire to Griffin etc)?
- 37:49 Do you think we’ll ever get to a point where one attachment type is the standard?
- 39:18 When will Form 1 efile be back on sale?
- 40:17 What the is a piston and why is it necessary?
- 40:57 I’ve got an obsidian 45 I use on all my 9mm PCC’s with a 3 lug mount. Is there a 45 3 lug mount?
- 41:41 What’s the best way to keep my osprey from loosening up every magazine?
- 42:07 Any good method or tools to remove and install a muzzle device when a work bench and vice aren’t available?
- 43:22 When are you getting more DA masks? I have money burning a hole in my pocket
- 44:14 What 9mm carbine has the least amount of port pop?
- 44:44 I’m thinking of switching to PlanB from Q for my Saker; are they durable?
- 45:17 How is the sig sauer mount?
- 45:31 Talk about how a brake acts as a sacrifical baffle vs a flash hider which allows direct wear on blast baffle
CSC Arms offers an easy to clean rimfire suppressor with nickel boron coated baffles – the CSC Arms Evolution.
Published on Aug 3, 2018 – TFBTV
In this episode of TFBTV, Pete makes his video debut with a visit to New Hampshire based firearm, silencer and accessory maker Q, LLC to build the iconic Honey Badger PDW. Outfitted with a seven inch barrel that is chambered in 300 Blackout and a pistol stabilizing brace designed in conjunction with SB Tactical, the Honey Badger is a compact short range weapon that is versatile enough to function in different many environments. Watch as a Q Honey Badger Pistol is built from scratch.
In this video, the Honey Badger is suppressed with Q’s own Trash Panda silencer on loan from Silencer Shop*.
HONEY BADGER PISTOL BY Q:
The Honey Badger Pistol by Q®: Your new EDC has arrived!
The 7″ 300 BLK Honey Badger® is now available with our proprietary Pistol Stabilizing Brace®, made for Q® by our friends as SB Tactical™.
Pistol orders will be fulfilled AFTER current rifles are filled. If you wish to convert your current order, please know that you will be moved to the back of the line.
The original Honey Badger was developed at AAC by previous owner and Q CEO, Kevin Brittingham and his R&D team at the request of an elite US special operations group looking to replace their MP5-SD’s with an upgraded platform. Requirements included the ability to shoot a rifle caliber round while maintaining low visibility and excellent signature suppression. Developed in conjunction with 300 AAC Blackout, the Honey Badger was born, exceeded expectations, but never made it to the commercial market.
Enter the Honey Badger by Q. At first glance, this Honey Badger appears to be the same as the original. Q focused on taking the iconic ‘Badger to the next level and improved upon every technical aspect of the first-generation design. From the gas system to the trigger, and telescoping pistol brace – HB 2.0 does not disappoint.
GUNS FEATURED IN THIS VIDEO:
*The silencers pictured in the above video were possessed in accordance with all applicable laws.