Suppressor design has remained basically unchanged for nearly a century—a simple tube with internal baffles that provides some sound reduction, usually with a significant trade-off in accuracy and durability. Which is why the suppressor has, until recently, been considered a semi-disposable device suitable only for short-range and semiautomatic-fire applications. Something you attach to the weapon only when the target is close and there is little likelihood of a protracted gunfight.
SureFire's goal was to create a suppressor that not only reduced the weapon's sound and flash signature, but one that was also durable enough to leave permanently mounted. In other words, a fulltime performance-enhancement accessory suitable for both special operations and infantry use, and accurate to the weapon's maximum effective range.
Mission accomplished. Instead of making incremental improvements to existing designs, SureFire engineers literally went back to the drawing board. They applied hard science, advanced metallurgy, and precision manufacturing to create a suppressor that can be quickly attached and dismounted from the weapon with negligible point-of-impact shift. This is a huge benefit, as most suppressors require re-zeroing the weapon after attachment, which is highly impractical on the battlefield. Additionally, a SureFire Suppressor typically improves group size, whereas some suppressors can decrease accuracy as much as 8 MOA. And it's as durable as the weapon it's mounted on—with proper operation and maintenance, a SureFire Suppressor can be expected to outlast an M-4 barrel.
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