Executive summary for the how to’s:
–Do not buy HTA products, their suppression and customer service is terrible, this is for people who are already screwed and already own one and are looking for a way to make the best of the suppressors they are stuck with. I want to like HTA, it’s a smallish business owned by another Former Marine but unfortunately their products and customer service are not good and I cannot recommend anyone do business with them. Hopefully some day HTA can get their act together and I can endorse them but until then steer clear. If you want a good quality .30 suppressor you can take apart take a look at Curtistactical Joe will hook you up.
-Add a set screw to prevent the omi mounts from backing off.
-Turn down baffles to a traditional cone shape (maybe leave one baffle stock for a blast baffle) use a 1 1/4″ circular bit to do this.
-Add ‘Clips’ to the baffles using a circular file or dremel.
-Add CF Gunworks QD Mount if you want QD capability.
My first suppressor purchases were three Huntertown Arms (HTA) Kestrel Suppressors the, Kestrel 5.56, Kestrel AK 7.62, and Kestrel .308. After waiting ~8 months to get my suppressors approved I finally got the in hand and from the first time I used them until recently I was pretty disappointed with the results. My .30 cal suppressors were way too loud, the 5.56 can despite it’s weird baffle design sounded ok. I had some baffle strikes on my original kestrel 5.56 due to some bad threads on my 10/22. So I sent the 5.56 in for repairs and it came back with an upgraded design, I contacted HTA about doing upgrades on my .30 cal Kestrels and they eventually agreed and I sent my .30 Kestrels in for an ‘upgrade’.
Unfortunately HTA had my two suppressors for several months and would not return my emails or phone calls until I threatened legal action if they didn’t respond, which they did promptly after the legal threat. When I received the suppressors back I again had really high hopes and I loved the more sturdy blast chamber, the removable end-caps, and cone-ish baffles. Once I started shooting the re-manufactured suppressors I was very disappointed with the suppression.
I poked around and found a thread on silencertalk about getting the HTA cans re-baffled and I contacted Joe at Curtistactical to inquire about having him re-baffle my .30cal Kestrels. My original plan was to send them to Joe and get them re-baffled, but his shop burned down so I that was out of the question for a while during his rebuild. While Joe was rebuilding his shop I emailed him some pictures of my baffles and he made some recommendations that resulted in me adding the clips and wearing the baffles down to a more traditional cone shape. And the results are excellent. If anything happens to my current baffle stack or it gets worn out I will definitely send them to Joe to get reworked.
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