No, The USMC Isn’t Adopting Suppressors For Everyone
Despite stories all over the Internet about a Marine Corps deployment to Norway where every weapon is suppressed, the service isn’t adopting suppressors across the board. It is part of a Marine Corps Warfighting Lab experiment. Nothing has changed from the update we gave you two weeks ago.
On another note, Mr Woodburn was asked during a Q&A period about when we should expect the test report for last year’s suppressor evaluation. He said that it should be ready by Fall but that the Marine Corps’ suppressor priority was for its Medium Machine Guns. Scuttlebutt suggests that the Marines noted a decrease in range during the evaluation when used with the M4 and M27. Furthermore, Mr Woodburn mentioned that the Marines are interested in finding a suppressor that is compatible with the M27, which could be construed as further evidence of the Marine Corps’ intent to field more M27s. Or, it could mean that the IAR would be next in line after the suppression of the medium machinegun fleet.
There still isn’t a requirement for additional suppressors in the GCE. Until there is, this is just an experiment.
Cleaning is not much different than the rest of the rifle. Take it apart and clean it. The bigger problem is the abnormal wear on the baffles due to high heat and pressure deterioration. It doesn't take many rounds before the internals require replacement. Hence the reason they are not used in SAWs and Pigs. They can be used in automatic small arms (think UZI, Sten, M16, etc).
Actually, suppressors can be used on belt fed weapons also. They just need to be durable enough and have other features designed into them that make them more suitable for belt fed use.
I have not posted here in while, but always on the lookout to comment on suppressor use, what they do and what they dont do.
Even though suppressors have been used quite widely in many countries, both in civilian and in MIL/LE use, some misinformation still exists about them, although a lot of education has been made globally and thei info about them is lightyears ahead what it was 10-15 years ago.
PS. Those .50 cal suppressors on the McMillans there are built by us
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