- Jul 30, 2008
Huh???My thoughts are in red in the quoted portion.
Now, be aware that public opinion may factor into your decision. You may get pushback from politicians, etc.
Also, we're talking SWAT here. SBRs excel in vehicles and inside buildings; an SBR with a suppressor is equal in length or longer than a 16" bbl M4. Mine is setup as a Mk18 and it's a hair longer than my long upper. Again, mission/gear train issue. Pick the right gear for the mission profile.
If the team is doing woodland ops, absolutely mount the long upper.
Silencers are a great thing, and go a long way towards reducing irreversible hearing damage (says the medic with tinnitus).
Also, a related issue is what kind of comms gear is the team using? Suppressors may be more of a safety issue (read: OSHA) for patrol than for SWAT with Peltors.
I personally think all LEOs should have the option of using a suppressor, and I'm working on developing research to show this is best practice.
These are just a few of my thoughts. I'm a doc, not a sniper so maybe one of our resident snipers will join in. My perspective is from the standpoint of someone in the stack. @Cabbage Head @Etype