As troops exposed to brine, are the Royal Marines still being equipped with the corrosion-prone SA80?
The performance of even the A3 with a suppressor is said to be marginal
Apparently It makes a 5.56mm sound like a .22...
Suppressors on automatic rifles firing a 5.56mm round will reduce noise by 30-40 decibels. This means each shot will sound more like a 22 caliber.
Our .50 cals (Barrett M-107 A1's) have suppressors and the vast majority of shooting is done with them fitted. It does take some of the edge off but still very loud and even with the cans fitted. We still have the same daily max for exposure to rounds fired by users with ear pro still required regardless. Like the .338's we have in service it not just the noise but also the recoil, concussion and general strain that wears on the firers not to mention eye strain from being behind a 5-25X optic for any amount of time.Well apparently you can get a silencer for .50 cal rifles. Target shooters use them to reduce the sound to a slightly more comfortable level.
If the USMC want I can tell them how to silence their grenade launchers as well.
I remember when Mark Wahlberg suppressed a .22 with a plastic drinks bottle and a rag, he didn’t even disturb the cat.