Today, I received the T8.1 Tiberius Arms / LAPCO .683 Rifled barrel and HushShot Barrel Front/Extension in the mail. As usual for products I've ever received from LAPCO they were both excellently packaged in individual plastic cases. Each of these cases also contained the nice, olive/black LAPCO sticker.
My barrel is 01 of 50 T8.1 Rifled barrels with the Big Shot Assault (BSA) style muzzle threading. It included a pair of detents and LAPCO's matte hard anodizing and laser engraving. I opted for the BSA threading because I like LAPCO's tips better (especially the thread protector) and, in my own humble opinion it is a better design for a tip to screw on to and stay true.
All HushShots feature the same nice anodizing, engraving, mirror bore finish and the BSA style Muzzle threads. Mine came with the BSA breech-end threads to match my 8.1 Rifled Barrel. Even though I knew the numbers before hand, I'm surprised to see first hand how many ports there are (six rows of 24), and each of them measure right about .075”
I screwed the HushShot onto the rifled 8.1 barrel and it aligned perfectly.
This length allows for the HushShot to run through the fore-end shrouds on 9.1s so, it may be a little quieter since some of the portion will be inside the shroud.
Of course I had to try the tip out on a couple of my other barrels. It fit and aligned a hair off from perfect on my 9.1 STR8Shot (.690 smoothbore) barrel to form the SUPER MEGA BARREL.
On my 8.1 STR8Shot, it aligned just a hair worse but, I believe still usable. Again this HushShot is a prototype, meant for my 8.1 Rifled Barrel and, I believe the final production versions will line up just as good as any LAPCO two-piece barrel (SnapShot or the new “Desert Edge”, which is to say, perfectly (at least as good as the Mark I Eyeball can detect).
Of course the 8.1 Rifled Barrel and the HushShot are capable of accepting LAPCO's thread protector or Assault tips but, neither of them come with them standard. So, unless you have several lying around like I do, be sure to get at least one.
Overall, I'm once again thoroughly pleased with the fit and finish of these products. Weather permitting, I will test out the HushShot this weekend for sound reduction.
Edited by UV Halo, 15 March 2012 - 07:25 PM.