posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 10:27 PM
Originally posted by BlindBastards
Wouldn’t a crossbow be a better option if you wanted a quiet, efficient and high powered weapon?
The problem with a crossbow is the range. If you are close enough to hit someone with a crossbow you are too close to make any effective
clandestine/covert egress (you will be seen most likely) unless that person would be utterly alone. A crossbow is not completely silent.
The point of a suppressor (in a long range situation) is that sound travels slower than the round that is fired so that the target will go down prior
to the report being heard by those around the target (security or witnesses) until it is too late. The resultant confusion will place the focus on
the target rather than looking for the shooter allowing the team to either stay in place for another shot or to egress for extraction. In long range
shooting say 800+ meters (sound travels at 1116 fps, which is slower than most match grade sniper ammunition travels) a suppressed weapon is not
really even necessary as the round will hit the target before the report is heard. Even a .50 cal which has a huge and loud report and muzzle flash
will not be heard before the target is hit at the ranges it is used.
A suppressed weapon only intensifies the effect and will be almost silent especially for those in the target area.
In close quarters, as I said before the point of a suppressor isn't for stealth but the advantage is gives the operators when they communicate with
each other in protecting hearing. A suppressed assault weapon/SMG serves no other purpose than noise reduction primarily to benefit the shooter(s).
Crossbows have been tried in special operations at various times for many things with mixed or marginal results.
The only thing they were found to be consistently good for was in the removal of guard dogs (but only if they are free roaming without a handler) who
are loosely roaming an area as a deterrent. Say in a large fenced area at a fixed site i.e. power plant, nuclear or otherwise.
A suppressed .22 at the same (or greater) range is actually just as useful and allows for quicker successive shots if needed. A crossbow is not
something that reloads quickly and since it is not really all that useful for its size/weight for any other purpose it is not generally carried.