Most stalkers today seem to want to fit a moderator to suppress sound but are they really advantageous.
Personally I would not have one fitted to any of my own rifles, as I find carrying less weight in the field and handling of the firearm more important than sound suppresion.
I accept that the Forestry Commision insists that all its employees have to have them fitted but this is more for covering their own backs against future possible claims in respect to hearing loss. In my view other alternatives in respect to ear protection are just as effective even more so whilst discharging a firearm in the field.
Also scientifically it is also common knowledge that a high velocity bullet travelling at over 3000ft per second cannot be suppressed as the speed of sound is around 1000ft per sec (Approx) then it stands to reason that a projectile travelling at a speed 3 times that figure cannot be suppressed, admitedlly muzzel flash can be reduced.
The report from a rifle bullet or any other projectile is the noise made as the air trys to fill the gap as the projectile passes through the sound barrier which is beyond the actual rifle, so why are we so keen on fitting these heavey objects to a otherwise well balanced fire arm.
The members views on this would obviously be appreciated and be a good debatable topic in my view.
I appreciate and accept others will obviously have a different view than that held by myself.