As a firearms instructor, I know all about assisting beginners with firearms. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with SilencerCo. Here are some suppressor benefits for new shooters.
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1. Sound Suppression – Taking the plunge into shooting for the first time can be intimidating for some individuals. The high decibel levels and concussive blast can increase stress and deter people from shooting sports. Children are often the most noise-sensitive when it comes to firearm use. These high noise levels and concussion are only amplified when utilizing indoor ranges. Lane dividers bounce sound waves and concussion back at the shooter. Adding a suppressor to a smaller caliber firearm, such as a 22LR, is a great way to reduce decibel levels, keep anxiety low and allow the shooter to focus on fundamentals.
The SilencerCo Switchback 22 is a great option for rimfire weapons. It’s the most versatile rimfire suppressor ever developed. Its modular construction allows users to choose from 3 lengths, making it ideal for both pistols and rifles.
2. Flash Suppression – Muzzle flash can also be equally as intimating, especially with short-barreled firearms. Suppressors help mitigate muzzle flash and decrease visually stimulated distress. Adding the Silencerco Charlie Flash Hider Front can reduce flash signature even further.
3. Reduced Recoil and Muzzle Flip – New shooters often struggle with recoil management. Adding a suppressor to the end of the barrel helps counter gas pressure and increases forward weight, which decreases muzzle flip. This allows for more control while they perfect their grip. Better recoil management permits faster follow-up shots.
4. Increased Accuracy – One of the most common novice shooter errors I witness is shot anticipation. This involuntary flinch response is the body’s natural reaction to counteract the recoil and blast. This is often something you have to train to overcome; however, utilizing a suppressor greatly decreases shot anticipation. This can translate to increased accuracy.
Hopefully, these benefits from shooting a suppressed firearm have convinced you to purchase your first suppressor. They can be great tools to creating a conducive learning environment for new shooters. The more positive first-time shooting experiences we foster, the more lifelong shooters and Second Amendment advocates we will create.
Want to see more about shooting from firearms trainer Avery Skipalis? Check out her YouTube channel, “Skip’s Tactical Solutions.”