No Nonsense Silence: Meet Mike Pappas

Mike Pappas, Director
of Product
Development Dead Air Armament 

Mike Pappas isn’t new to the suppressor industry and he doesn’t take any prisoners when it comes to his products. After co-founding SilencerCo and helping it become a market leader, Mike left after disagreements about the company’s direction and decided to form his own company: Dead Air Armament. Now, Mike can create the no nonsense, uncompromising suppressors he’s always envisioned.


“No corporate bottom lines. The only thing that matters to me is how it sounds. And the Sandman® sounds awesome,” said Mike.


A shooter at heart, Mike has designed Dead Air’s suppressors to deliver the sound, accuracy and ease of use that give shooters like him the excellent experience that they deserve and expect.


“Our standards are simple, good isn’t good enough. If a can comes off the line and it’s not up to par, it gets canned. It’s that simple,” Mike remarked.

Enter the Sandman: L®, S® & Ti®

Do you hear that? Still nothing? Turn up the silence™. That’s the sound of Dead Air’s 7.62 Sandman® line of suppressors. Dead Air took no shortcuts with the Sandman® and created the meanest, toughest and quietest suppressor line possible.


Every Sandman® baffle is constructed from 100% Stellite®. Suppressors work by turning noise energy into heat, and Stellite® can take the heat. Dead Air’s baffles offer better performance under extreme conditions and usage than Inconel® while their high performance precipitation-hardened stainless steel and titanium tubes can take whatever punishment you throw at them while remaining extremely lightweight.


The 7.62 Sandman® comes in three models:

7.62 Sandman-L®

L for long, no-holds barred performance while delivering 31 dB of noise reduction.

Length: 8.9″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 21.8 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Tactical bolt rifle or MSR (7.62mm/.308)
MSRP: $1,199

7.62 Sandman-S®

Big performance in a small package.

Length: 6.8″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 17.3 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body, Nitride® Muzzle Device
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Cross-over for 5.56mm, 300BLK & 7.62mm
MSRP: $1,049

7.62 Sandman-Ti®

For those demanding the ultimate silence from a precision rifle suppressor.

Length: 8.2″ Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
Weight: 16.8 oz. Finish: Cerakote® body
Diameter: 1.5″ Ideal Usage: Challenging environments faced by LEOs
MSRP: $849


Coming Soon: Mask-22®  

The Mask-22® for .22-caliber firearms does exactly what it sounds like and gives you accurate shooting so quiet you’d be wondering if you’d even pulled the trigger if it wasn’t for the thud of the bullet punching through the target and the smile of satisfaction spreading across your face.


The Mask boasts the high performance that Mike Pappas demands and provides a balance of performance, weight and extraordinary cleaning intervals that are unmatched by the competition. Coated in a Cerakote® finish to provide years of protection, Dead Air has made the Mask-22® easy to disassemble and clean because we all know that the .22lr is one of the dirtiest rounds known to man.

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