Yeah, I know it's a weird subtitle, but, for me, there is truth in it. With an issue of a "neck rebuild" last year, I was in a state where I couldn't shoot rifles much. In fact, for a while, I was limited to .22 rimfire.
The rimfire gig in and of itself wasn't bad. I learned a lot, got to get a couple of new guns and found some great transition gear like the CMMG .22 LR bolt for the AR rifle. After some repair time, I got to go back into rifle, but the days of the big rifles are probably over for me. I still need to shoot some medium guns if for no other reason but to work. In an effort to reduce recoil I signed on board with the government and all the goofy forms to have ownership of suppressor, silencers or, in our jargon, a can ... hence in the last year I have been "going to the can" mode to be able to shoot rifles and realized two benefits: reduction of recoil and reduction of noise.
Since we "signed" on to be on someone's list somewhere, I went ahead and signed up for cans for Heidi's .338 Lapua, we each got a .308 and, in the "no guts, no glory" mode, we got two for 5.56 calibers. Putting cans on several rifles required minor changes in muzzlebrake-type attachments, but then this subtle change also allowed us to move the cans from gun to gun allowing for different guns to be used for different reasons. All of this in the end being more simple than it sounds, except all the waiting for the government approval thing. Having received it, I placed them on three different guns, so here is a brief summary.
The AR platform caliber .223 is based on a Noveske N4 Reece rifle topped by a Schmidt & Bender 4-16x50 PMII scope shooting Black Hills 77-grain projectiles. The can is the AAC SPR/M4 with nominal overall length (OAL) of 8.4" and a diameter of 1-1/2". On an AR, the can makes the rifle a bit heavy but the combination is maxed out in the "see" department and the 77-grain projectile stuff stretches the rifle's effectiveness way over what the book and or "experts" say it should down range.
The rifle is not too heavy, you can see like a hawk with the glass and drill the crud outta targets that in theory you should not be able to hit with this rifle/caliber combo. The can just adds some class to the rig (like wearing a tux to a street fight) and today the world as a whole could use a bit more class.
The .308 Win GAP conversion of a Remington 700 bolt action mounted to Accuracy International stock is my attempt to make the rifle smaller by being able to fold the stock over for transporting purposes. The rig is mounted with Schmidt & Bender 4-16x50 PMII scope and I shoot homegrown 168-grain Sierra MatchKing bullets over 43.4 grains of IMR 4064 powder. The can is the AAC 762-SD model with an over all length of 8.75" and a diameter of about 1-1/2". Overall the rifle comes in right at 48" long.
Heidi's GA Precision .338 Lapua bolt-action rifle is built on a Templar action spun up with a Bartlein 26" No. 7 contour barrel. The action is set up with a Remington trigger and placed in a Manners MCST2A adjustable cheekpiece stock. The rifle has a slightly oversized bolt knob, Badger triggerguard and magazine system and is fitted with the Badger FTE muzzlebrake. A 5-25x50 Schmidt & Bender PMII scope directs the 300-grain Sierra MatchKing projectiles Heidi loads and fires in Lapua cases. The quiet and recoil reducing AAC can she has mounted is called the Titan and is just short of 10" long. The outside can diameter is about 2". With an over length of 56" the rifle is not small ... but then again it shoots a very lo-o-ong way ... quietly.
I don't think the rifles shoot better and they do not shoot worse with the cans hanging on the front. That said, I think some people would or might shoot better with the cans in place because of a lack of recoil and the noise issue that might affect how they shoot. From an accuracy standpoint, the rifles were accurate before, after, during and with or without the cans being used. For all the techies hounding Editor Jeff for details, the rifles all shot under a minute of angle from a benchrest, and all shot under a minute of angle out to 700 yards.
The rifle/suppressor combinations in all calibers were quiet enough that no ear protection was required. I cover the cans with Tony Burkes' TAB covers, which protect the cans, look cool and keep the mirage down. As the cans get warm, the "mirage wave" above the can often gives you visual grief while looking though the scope. It is not catastrophic, but it can be annoying.
Specific Can Stuff
All this cool tech stuff, the decibel reduction or sound level stuff, can size, weight, capability potentials etcetera you can find on Advance Armament's website, which has a lot of other very interesting information. Be sure to check out the lifestyles section.
All in all, the guns and cans are good tools and great fun. If you have an interest and the opportunity shoot a rifle with a suppressor, my guess is you'll quietly figure a way to fill out the forms and get one for yourself! GUNS
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