I mean, really…how could I review a Manta Suppressor Cover on a toy gun?
I’m compelled to write, but this absolutely is not a review. I can’t test whether the cover mitigates heat, or any other of its advertised properties which would be revealed by live fire. Simply put, this is pretty much a look at the Manta Suppressor Cover as an object.
Let’s rewind a bit. In summer 2018 I first heard the cover was legit for the L119A2, with information relating specifically to the SBS. However, it wasn’t until April 2019 that the cover was featured in a public pic. I noted this part of the story in an In The Wild article, recently.
The cover has been on my to do list for a while, but it was only a week or so ago that I finally put an order in to Armamat in Austria. I’ve dealt with this company a number of times and they have always been fast an efficient – even in these times of Covid-19 restrictions.
I went with the Camo colourway, because I’ll be painting my gun at some point in the near future. The camo components are mid-brown, black and olive green – similar to a classic woodland camouflage like DPM. The colours are moulded in and run through the cover like writing in a stick of rock.
There’s a front and a back to the cover and also a top and bottom. The debossed Manta logos should be at 3 and 9 o’clock, but the determinate orientation feature is the solid strip which runs front to back at 12 o’clock.
The rear of the cover is scalloped to enable multiple covers to be daisy chained, to suit longer suppressors.
This version of the cover (7” long with a 1.5” inner diameter) is correct for UKSF’s Surefire FA556SA and I’m using one of Bruno’s 3D printed replicas. I trimmed down the cover a little using a Stanley knife and it was very easy to cut.
The cover comes with hand sanitiser (ironically), which acts as lube to ease the item onto the can. The cover is composed of something like silicone rubber, so there’s really no chance of getting it on to the can without help.
With all that said, the cover is simply on the gun for looks.
It’s really surprising how the L119A2 canon has broadened in the five years since it’s been in service, with a number of big myths busted along the way. Cloners are now well capable, informed, sophisticated and confident enough to give the gun a radically different look; the Manta cover delivering something like an SD front end, in my mind.
I suppose you could also use it to disguise a 10.5 barrel, although it’s probably cheaper to do it properly and get it cut down to the specified 10”. Hard to say.