There is a trend in the precision marksmanship community that has a large growing interest. The trend that I am going to discuss is suppressors, or more commonly known as “silencers “or “Cans”. Suppressors have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. For nearly 100 years, suppressors have been more of an uncommon item for a civilian marksman to own. Thanks to the war on terrorism, many companies have brought some great products to market in hopes of providing our military units with their product. Like many great products that have been developed for our military, those products have also bled over to the civilian market. The suppressor is no different.
There are many different brands of suppressors on the market today. Many are built around different types of weapon systems for a specific purpose in mind. The suppressor that I will be highlighting today is built to suit the needs of the precision rifle. Now the precision rifle is a unique and very specialized weapon. For a rifle to be considered a precision rifle it must meet certain criteria. The main criteria that must be met falls under the accuracy standards. A precision rifle should be capable of shooting a 1 minute of angle “MOA” multiple shot group or under at 100yds. That equates to a 1 inch multiple shot group at 100yds. Today, precision rifles are built to extremely high standards, and most of them perform far better than 1 MOA. Many reach .25 MOA or better.
There are many benefits of adding a suppressor to a precision rifle other than the pure benefit of sound suppression. The shooter must take into account what suppressor he will be utilizing because some will change the way the rifle performs. Many suppressors will change the point of impact “POI” of the round when added to the rifle. Certain suppressors will also compromise the rifles accuracy. These two factors alone can cause many problems for the precision shooter the main one being a miss of the target. For the civilian shooter that can cause dropped points on the score card but for the military sniper than can mean loss of life on the battlefield.
I have had the privilege to get behind many suppressed weapons in my career. There is one suppressor that has stood out to me that I would like to talk about. I am currently running a Short Action Customs “SAC” 6.5 Creedmoor built on a Remington 700 action. The Suppressor that I have outfitted it with is the Thunder Beast Arms Corp “TBAC” 30P-1. This suppressor not only provides me with sound suppression but also adds velocity to my round with zero POI shift at 100yds. Now many have probably heard in the past that suppressors slow the round down. I can assure you that couldn’t be farther from the truth. When I fire my rifle without a suppressor, my rounds clock in at 2850 feet per second “FPS”on average. By simply adding the TBAC 30P-1 my rounds clock in at 2880 FPS on average. The reason this happens is because of phenomenon known as “Free Bore Boost”. By adding the 30P-1 it extends the length of the barrel which gives the propellant more time to burn, which subsequently increases the velocity of the projectile. Now that benefits me because the bullet drops less over an extended distance which allows me more room for error in unknown distance situations. The bullet also travels through the different wind conditions faster, not allowing them to affect the projectile as much. That all adds up to more hits on target, more bad guys down and more good guys around to fight another day.
The TBAC 30P-1 also aids in recoil. One of the biggest problems that I found myself in on the competition scene is not knowing where my round had impacted due to the recoil of the rifle pushing my sights off target. Subsequently, I was unable to correct my sight adjustments in the proper manner. When I was in the Marine Corps I had the benefit of having a dedicated spotter to observe my rounds as they flew through the air and onto or off of target. As a civilian competitor I no longer have that luxury. Today when I’m engaging targets I have to rely on my own ability to spot my rounds on or off target. Before I began shooting with a suppressor I found it difficult sometimes to see my impacts due to recoil. By adding the 30P-1 I know longer have that problem. The 30P-1 mitigates recoil to the point that at longer distances I can actually see my own bullets vapor trail at times. This all adds up to me being able to correct my sight adjustments and put more rounds on target faster and with more precision.
The final benefits the 30P-1 offers is the ability to shoot with less or no hearing protection and with less signature. This is extremely important to the law enforcement or military sniper. By having this ability the snipers can communicate with their spotter, teammates and command elements more efficiently and have a better picture of battlefield. In low light conditions the 30P-1 virtually eliminates muzzle flash. This is important because muzzle flash will temporarily blind the shooter causing them to be out of the fight and unable to engage hostile targets which could cause loss of innocent lives. I would also add for the law enforcement community there is an added benefit of less liability to the civilian public due to hearing damage.
There are many suppressor manufacturers that offer great solutions. I am just introducing you to one product that I believe is at the top of the ranks. I would recommend the 30P-1 to any precision shooter looking for a suppressor that won’t kill you in the pocket book and also provides top of the line performance.
|Caliber||.30 caliber, up to .300 Winchester Magnum|
|Weight||16 ounces (varies with thread pattern)|
|Threads||5/8-24 standard, also M18x1.5, M18x1.0|
|Finish||Black CeraKote; OD Green or FDE available|
|Use||Precision/Long-range rifle, bolt or semi-auto|