I just bought mine, and it has the "Don't tread on me" faux ivory grips. Took it outside, and ran some super colibri through it. Still pretty quiet. Ran some stingers through it, and it was louder. I was using plugs, so that is ok. I really like it. The s/a trigger is light, and the lock up is vault tight. My opinion? Can't beat it for the price.