The Gemtech Sandstorm suppressor should serve well for most .30-caliber urban countersniping platforms. During testing, it cut recoil and sound signatures without affecting the rifle’s accuracy.
Caliber: 7.62mm NATO Weight: 13.3 ounces • Material: Titanium Diameter: 1.5 inches • OA Length: 7.8 inches Attachment: Direct thread (5/8-24 standard)
The lightweight, titanium Sandstorm weighs only 13.3 ounces, is 7.8 inches long, and features 5/8-24 threading for solid mounting that minimizes any shifts in impact downrange when installed.
Once you use a suppressor on your precision rifle, it is difficult to go back to unsuppressed fire. That was true 18 years ago, when I first used one, and it remains true today. Complaints that a suppressor somehow degrades accuracy, ballistic efficiency or precision are pure mythology. While suppressors do not make your rifle more accurate, they certainly allow you to shoot it more accurately. In my 15 years of training police marksman, this has proven true hundreds of times. Well-built suppressors reduce felt recoil, especially on 7.62mm NATO rifles. They reduce muzzle rise and flash and all but eliminate the concussive effect felt by the shooter. Repeat shots are faster, accuracy is better and marksmen teams remain concealed after application. The better the suppressor, the greater the effect.
Rifle suppressors have improved by leaps and bounds over the last 10 years. Overall designs remain similar, but their construction, weight and effectiveness have improved greatly. My first precision rifle suppressor weighed 2 pounds.
Once you use a suppressor on your precision rifle, it is difficult to go back…
by Guns & Weapons / Jul 17, 2013