posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 02:13 PM
Whilst silencers look 'cool', they effect the balance of the weapon, make the weapon muzzle heavy and are cumbersome and the majority most
definately effect muzzle velocity - even when sub-sonic ammunition is used.
The silencers I used were about 12 and 18 inches long respectively, extremely lightweight (being manufactured from plastic or polycarbonate), had two
'leather' baffles or washers (about 1/4 inch thick) - one at the front and the other at the rear between which, was a series of wire wool washers.
(These allegedly absorbed the rapidly expanding gasses)
To attach it to my rifle, the 12 inch silencer slotted into a grove cut along the barrel of my SLR and was secured with what I can only describe as a
'butterfly' screw. This silencer - used with military ammunition, only had a limited lifespan of 10 to 12 shots.
The 18 inch silencer or suppressor I used, was attached to the weapon by the simple method of screwing it directly over the barrel. (That is, a thread
had been tapped over the last few inches of the muzzle and not the other was round, as depicted in some Hollywood firlms)
I found that accuracy was traded for stealth but, in my opinion, it was down to ammunition type.