BANISH 45 Pistol Suppressor – Review
Since this is a 45 caliber suppressor, it is a bit large in the full configuration of the author’s Glock 19.
USA –- (AmmoLand.com) – If you read my review of the BANISH 22 rimfire suppressor, you will remember that I put off buying a silencer long before I decided I put it off long enough and not bought one – but three – suppressors.
I bought cans in .22, .45 and .30 calibers to cover all of my bases regarding calibers and guns that I already own, as well as calibers and guns that I think I could seriously consider to get them someday.
The three suppressors I went with were all from the BANISH line, which was exclusive to Silencer Central. This rating is for the BANISH 45 suppressor.
BANISH 45 suppressor
BANISH 45 mounted on the author’s Glock 19
Since it is a 0.45 caliber can and not a 9mm caliber can, it is obviously a bit larger. As a compromise, it’s modular. You can run it in the full length configuration at 8.6 “with 12 baffles or short at 6.7” with 8 baffles. It is 1 ⅜ ”in diameter and weighs 9.6 or 11 ounces.
The BANISH 45 was made by Mack Brothers for Silencer Central and is a direct thread damper made of titanium and aluminum (hence the super light specifications). It has eight guide plates and can be serviced by the user from both sides. A large number of different pistons for different thread pitches and even evaluated fully automatically. It can run on any caliber up to .45ACP including 10mm and Subsonic 300 Blackout.
If you are new to mufflers like me, the thread pitch on the piston (for securing the barrel) is very important. Little did I know that the standard piston had a thread pitch of 5/8 × 24 as the BANISH 45 is a .45 caliber suppressor. Needless to say, after my long wait with the ATF, I was quite disappointed when I got my suppressor and attached it to the Lone Wolf barrel I bought for my Glock 19 … and it didn’t fit.
The BANISH 45 is a modular gun suppressor from Silencer Central.
Of course, those of you who “know” either giggle or nod your head. Instead of going within range, I went back online and bought another 1/2 × 28 plunger so I could use it on my 9mm pistol.
If you order this suppressor over the phone at Silencer Central (like I did) make sure you specify which butt the gun will come with once it’s approved. When ordering online you can simply choose the right one from the drop down menu.
Okay, enough with that. Let’s get to the area.
I was lucky enough to have the entire outdoor area to myself and was able to photograph the BANISH 45 the way I really wanted it: without hearing protection except for the suppressor itself.
Because of the 1 ⅜ ”diameter of the can, it blocked the standard height visors on my G19, but that was of little concern. I just “looked through” the muffler and could still easily ring the steel bell.
Due to the current ammo situation, I didn’t have a 9mm subsonic to go through my setup. I have been using standard speed 115-grain FMJ ammunition the entire time. Although I was still struggling with the Sonic Crack, the Glock 19 and BANISH 45 combo was calm. In fact, I’d say the steel impact sounds were the loudest part of the entire experience.
Needless to say, it was an absolute blast. The gun, the ammunition, and the oppressor all worked together wonderfully. I wish I had brought more ammunition, but we all know how this goes now.
The BANISH 45 is user serviceable from both sides and is very easy to clean.
Back home, it was time to start cleaning. Everyone tells you how fun it is to shoot suppressed. Almost no one tells you how painful it is to clean both your gun and silencer – especially if you don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner. So I had to work with my solvents and an old toothbrush.
Many of you will argue that center fire silencers do not need to be taken apart. Instead, they can be “shot” or soaked well. That may be correct, but I like the fact that the BANISH 45 is fully user serviceable from both sides. I like to do handicrafts and it was fun to take it apart and reassemble it.
A good scrubbing with the toothbrush and a few hoppes did a quick job with the little piece of carbon I had accumulated. Actually it wasn’t even enough to deserve a clean, but since it was brand new I wanted to try it out.
Once everything was clean I applied a light coat of oil to the baffles and straightened them for reinsertion into the pipe. As with most interference suppression baffles, the baffles indexed in the BANISH 45 are indexed in such a way that they have some sort of clip / latch to ensure proper alignment in the pipe.
At $ 949 (before Uncle Sam’s $ 200 tax), it’s definitely not cheap, and there are certainly other quality options at lower prices. If you’re looking for a small, budget-conscious suppressor with QD mounting options, this is not the suppressor you are looking for. There are plenty of them out there, but this isn’t one.
If you are looking for a very well built, lightweight, modular gun suppressor and both price and direct thread mounting are not an issue for you then we recommend taking a look at the BANISH 45.
Also, Silencer Central made the process very easy. I was able to split the cost into four monthly payments while waiting for my records to be cleared. After the ATF gave their blessing, the suppressor was sent to one of the FFL by Silencer Central in my home state and then mailed straight to my door. Payment, paperwork, fingerprinting, trust building, etc. were all done from my home office. Pretty handy.
About Logan Metesh
Logan Metesh is a historian specializing in the history and development of firearms. He heads High Caliber History LLC and has over a decade of experience with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and the NRA museums. His ability to present history and research in an engaging way has made him a sought-after consultant, writer, and museum expert. The ease with which he can remember obscure historical facts and figures makes him very good at Jeopardy !, but exceptionally bad at geometry.