|Enjoy the class. Just don't chew your Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun...|
If you don't spend a lot of dollars for flashy advertising to woo customers, how do you get attention in the silencer marketplace and gain a reputation for your products? Well, there are two things that usually work; one, make your products affordable by pricing them below the competition, and/or two, offer exemplary customer service and follow-through with all your customers. This approach often takes time because you are relying heavily on referrals and repeat customers, but in the end it pays off. You end up with loyal customers and positive feedback in the marketplace. There is really no way to buy that kind of advertising. Customer service with a genuine personal touch has no price tag.
It's not often that a company can do both of these things simultaneously and do them well, but Coastal has done a great job balancing these two attributes. Their products are very reasonably priced and they have proven themselves to be a great company to work with; before, during and after the sale. And as an added bonus, the suppressors that Coastal Gun Inc makes are high quality. Just because you're paying less doesn't necessarily mean you're getting less with Coastal Gun.
So I thought I'd give Coastal Gun a plug and focus on one of their suppressors; the Ultima 45. This is a pistol suppressor designed for .45 ACP semi-auto pistols, and can be used for other pistol calibers as well, as I'll mention later. The following photos depict the Ultima 45 in various states of disassembly and I've shared a few words appropriate to the photo immeditaly following each photo. Hopefully, this approach will give you a good idea of the construction, fit and finish, size and weight of the suppressor. I'll also give you my personal opinions and feedback of its real-life performance as a conclusion. Enjoy!
|Ultima 45 with take down tool. As shipped from manufacturer.|
|Serial number covered with tape to protect the privacy of innocent bystanders.|
|Manufacturer's specs: 9.5" length, 1.375" diameter.|
|Manufacturer's specs: 10.4 ounces.|
|Ultima 45 baffles. Aluminum construction.|
|Close up of the Ultima 45 baffles.|
|Ultima 45 baffle stack.|
|Tool for removing the locking ring.|
|Locking ring almost out...|
|The recoil booster can be removed from the suppressor by hand. The tool is for disassembling the actual booster assembly.|
|Factory fresh, greased up piston and spring.|
|Ultima 45 recoil booster with piston installed and showing an extra spring and piston for visual aid in design.|
|This is how you get an Ultima 45 dressed for a date with a 9mm pistol.|
So, now you've seen the Coastal Gun Inc. Ultima 45 up close and personal. Now for the questions you're probably still wondering about; How does it shoot? Is it quiet? Does NC SILENCER recommend it? Will Miley Cyrus twerk at the NBA Finals? Depending on the order you asked them, the answers are Yes, Yes, Good, and I couldn't care less. Here's some more detail:
How does it shoot? Good. It does feel a tad chunkier and nose-heavy than say an AAC Ti-RANT, but it functions properly and allows the gun to cycle as it's supposed to... that's been my experience with shooting the Ultima 45 on a Glock 21, at least. That's not to say that there is some pistol / ammo combination out there that might hang up every now and then with the Ultima. But I believe that the recoil booster design is solid. It works well, and that's what matters.
Is it quiet? Yes. It is actually above average in terms of sound reduction. You can shoot the Ultima 45 all day on your .45 pistol without needing hearing protection. And it works great on 9mm pistols too. I can't speak for .40 S&W pistols as I have not tried it, but .40 usually isn't as quiet anyway so I wouldn't expect any miracles.
Does NC SILENCER recommend it? You bet. You can spend hundreds more for a .45 pistol suppressor and not really gain a lot more performance, except maybe for weight and size savings. For $550 MSRP, you can't go wrong with the Ultima 45.
If you really want me answer the question about Miley Cyrus, I'm sorry... you're reading the wrong blog. I couldn't care less what she's doing.
That's it for today's assignment. Hope you learned something. Don't forget your homework, and I'll see you next time.
Prof. Eric Morton, SG (silencer guru)