Silence is Golden: Deployed Marine Unit Gives Thumbs Up to Rifle Suppressors
Once you go suppressed, you never go back. The U.S. Marine Corps has fielded its first infantry unit equipped with suppressors on all service weapons, to rave reviews from the troops themselves.
According to Military.com, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines deployed to Vaernes Garrison, Norway in January, and for the past few months, they’ve used suppressed weapons at every exercise and live-fire training event. This includes testing silenced M4s and M27 IARs (Infantry Automatic Rifles) in Arctic cold-weather training environments and at a joint live-fire event in Romania, where three suppressed Bravo Company platoons worked alongside a non-suppressed platoon from the battalion’s Weapons Company.
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Capt. Mark Edgar, Bravo Company’s commanding officer, said the difference was stark.
“It took us back to remembering what it was like not to be suppressed, when you see people trying to communicate,” Edgar said. “For guys in charge of other Marines, being able to talk is a big way that we fight. The suppressed weapons have helped that a lot.”
Staff Sgt. Troy Hauck with Bravo Company’s Weapons Platoon said these suppressors offer two distinct advantages in the field: hearing protection and …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life