Great information. Appreciate the amount of detail!There are a few companies out there that do budget cans this way. The thing you need to look out for is what does the mounting system cost. Generally a direct-thread is the cheapest, but you do need to periodically make sure the can stays tight to avoid baffle strikes. The two that come to mind are Radical Firearms, and Liberty Suppressors. I remember both were all the rage some years ago. I never got super excited about it, but there you go.
I don't have much experience with cheap suppressors, working for a Type 10, we would periodically just build test suppressors out in the machine shop when we had time, and either chop 'em up if they didn't work good, or put down the paperwork if they were good. The cheapest way to go is just a form-1 can. I dunno how handy you are, or if you have any machine shop experience. One way to cheap out without a lot of experience is to go with a "form-1 solvent trap" however, for 5.56 make sure you're getting something made of stainless steel. (preferably 303 so it's easier for you to drill).
Anyways, sorry i couldn't be of more help, but I didn't wanna leave you hanging. If you're willing to spend some coin, check out MaxFlo suppressors, You're in the ~$2k range. OSS are also well worth the money, but you're really skirting that $1000 budget number.
The one thing I'll say after shooting suppressed as much as I do, cans that don't give excessive backpressure are so much better than really quiet can. There's nothing quite like pulling the trigger and then having an injection of stinging gas come around your glasses and into your eyes. You don't really care how quiet it is at that point, because you're too busy trying to clear the tears out of your eyes.
Anyways, hope that helps.
My silencerco is really quiet. shooting 308 subs all you hear is the click of the bolt. I was pretty impressed and the prices seem to be fair which is why I always recommend them to people. They also have a great warranty.Well, if you like value and getting the most out of your money, I honestly can’t think of any reason to buy a really expensive suppressor. I don’t see the point except for bragging rights. I took a carbine class last year and the instructor had a really expensive suppressor (SureFire I think), his rifle was 16”, and his was louder than my 11.5”/YHM setup. I could tell he was impressed with mine but still justified his because that’s what LE/Mil use.
The solvent traps are cheap and fast ways to get a can, a Form-1 returns in about 2 months, a form-4 might still be a year. Form-4 cans can be almost any weight, it just depends whether you're looking at a carbon steel, stainless, inconel, titanium, etc... type can. The stronger and more high temperature the material is, the lighter the can will be. It also matters whether it's rated for full auto, SBR, etc.I was looking at the solvent traps and quiet bore kits for a form-1 approach like I did for my 9mm. All of the kits seem to be heavy. Are the form-4 already done silencers north of 2 lbs also?