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The Next Gen AWC Amphibian II

By Oleg Volk

The Balance and Handling of the Amphibian II Lives Up to Expectations

Since its founding 35 years ago, AWC Silencers has been one of the best-reputed makers of integrally suppressed firearms in rimfire and magnum pistol calibers. Built from the ground up to be quiet, AWC designs have always been sleek, streamlined and well-balanced. Their integrally suppressed Amphibian pistol built on the base of Ruger rimfire design has long been the mainstay of special operations and recreational shooting alike. As Ruger pistols and sound suppression technology evolved, so has the Amphibian. With the introduction of the Ruger Mark IV, the Amphibian II has progressed to Mark III and is not out to the public yet but undergoing the last stages of testing.

This particular Amphibian came with the trademark corrosion-resistant finish, but small details indicated progress: the knurled bushing at the front of the upper receiver unthreaded to reveal a 4.4-inch single piece baffle stack; the adjustable trigger with a distinctively textured flat face, the extended magazine button; and the “Halo” charging ring attached to the back of the bolt were all Tandemkross upgrades. The magazines came with Tandemkross baseplates—very helpful both for seating full magazines rapidly and for getting them out of the mag well once empty. The other obvious upgrades were Ruger’s doing: a solid, well-textured bolt stop and ambidextrous manual safety levers with a slight ledge, both improving markedly on the Mark III controls.

At just over 40 ounces and slightly over 1 foot overall length, the new Amphibian II is not a small gun. It was designed for serious use, and every aspect of its construction shows that serious intent. With the barrel diameter being 1 inch for the entire length, it fits open-mouth holsters designed for Mark IV but should be used with dedicated holsters that protect the front of the baffle stack. Even though the muzzle is recessed for protection, a properly enclosed holster will keep the bore free of obstructions. A rounded square wrench comes with the pistol to facilitate takedown once the suppressor is too dirty to unscrew...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N8 (October 2018)
and was posted online on August 24, 2018

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