Picked up a PTS Mini4 suppressor and 51T hider from Airsoft Tiger. They shipped the item out really fast and the postal service didn’t disappoint.
I’d heard good things about the PTS M4-2000 from credible sources (including my friend Alan in Hawaii and Stu of PPTW), so I considered the compact version was a good bet. It adds less than 3″ to the barrel – although whether it’s effective as a suppressor, being so short, remains to be seen.
You can read about the RS version of the Mini4 at the Advanced Armament Company (AAC) website.
The suppressor screws clockwise onto the 51T hider. As it tightens and is drawn onto the hider, the ratchet mechanism of the suppressor connects with the splined collar of the hider and engages the click-stops. The result is a solid, locked-down unit…in theory. Given that the hider screws on to the barrel counter-clockwise, I can see there may be problems. Screwing on the suppressor (clockwise) could potentially unscrew the hider.
Anyway…the suppressor is nice looking and well made, with clear engravings. The main body is aluminium, but the ratchet system is steel. This version is the non-US version, which includes sound suppressive foam. When taking a closer look at the foam, I noticed that a long-ish metal spring sits at the foam’s core – surrounding the path of the BB. This serves to press a thick, perforated aluminium disc back towards the flash hider. I’m not 100% sure what the benefit of this is. It could be to dampen any rattle of the suppressor on the hider, but I’m not convinced it would be that effective.
The hider leaves something to be desired when compared to FCC’s 90T hider, but PTS’ effort is steel and it is well made. And no, the FCC hider doesn’t fit the suppressor – nor should it. In the RS, the 51T and 90T fit on different suppressors with different rachet systems.
FCC top, PTS bottom: