benefits of using a suppressor

Benefits Of Using A Suppressor

Suppressors have gained a lot of popularity lately and for good reason. There are several benefits of shooting and hunting with a suppressor. I want to tell you about my experience over the last several years.

The Obvious Benefit Of Using A Suppressor

There are several benefits of using a suppressor and I’ll start with protecting your hearing. Suppressor’s dampen the decibels that a cartridge produces when fired. While the words suppressor and silencer are interchangeable, suppressor is a more accurate term. Even the best setups aren’t completely silent. Regardless, they help protect your ears and at varying degrees depending on caliber, suppressor and ammo.
There are two types of sound you experience when you shoot a firearm. The initial explosion and then the bullet breaking the speed of sound. A suppressor helps eliminate the initial explosion but can’t do anything about a projectile breaking the speed of sound. The good news is that the initial explosion is what causes the most discomfort for shooters. You can buy subsonic ammunition or reload to help solve the sonic boom.

Barrett M107A1 with suppressor

Accuracy

Many people talk about a point of impact “POI” shift and while I can’t speak for everyone, I haven’t experienced it. I find my rifles are more accurate when my suppressor is attached. If you look at Suppressor in Slow Motion you‘ll clearly see
that the gasses stay behind the round longer and give the powder more time to fully burn. Suppressors add a little weight and help dampen the felt recoil of a firearm. This is helpful for shooters experiencing flinching.

Don’t Spook the Animals

I often hunt in Texas on a ranch were several of my friends are hunting nearby. If someone takes a shot without a suppressor, the animals typically spook. It can ruin the hunt for everyone. On the flip side, I was hunting the other day and a friend of mine was in a stand 200 yards away. I took a shot (with my suppressor attached) and he said that the animals picked their heads up, looked around, and went back to grazing.
I’ve also experienced a pack of hogs running towards me after shooting one. I never understood this until a friend of mine asked me “have you ever been shot at with a suppressor?”, to which I answered, “no man, and hopefully never do!”. He then said, go kneel down about 50 yards away and I’ll take a shot in your direction but 30 degrees to the side. I reluctantly agreed but after he popped off a few rounds I was amazed at what I heard. I felt like the shots were coming from behind me! Without hearing the initial explosion from the muzzle, all I heard was the boom from the bullet breaking the speed of sound. It was difficult to tell which direction the shot came from. This can be especially helpful if you‘re hunting an open field and follow-up shots on hogs are important.

Summary: Benefits Of Using a Suppressor

In summary, there are several benefits of using a suppressor. They range from protecting your ears and helping you make better shots to keeping the animals around after your initial shot. There are several countries around the world where hunting without a suppressor is considered rude. Unfortunately America isn‘t one of them. If you‘re interested in starting the process, please follow our steps to buying a suppressor.
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