Monday, March 24, 2014

Suppressors and Other Toys: a Fun Shoot & NFA Demo

To celebrate the re-birth of Spring (which officially happened on Thursday, March 20 at 12:57 P.M. Eastern, year of our Lord 2014), we thought it fitting to usher in the new season with lot of suppressed shooting. And as it turned out, the weather on Saturday was awesome, we brought out some of our demo guns and silencers and invited a few friends. The result was very satisfactory. Fun was had by all, and despite many hundreds... or maybe even thousands of rounds fired that day, nobody in our little shooting party died.

Take that, Dianne Feinstein.

I was preoccupied for most of the day with shooting stuff and talking shop with my friends, and I never thought to pull out my camera to document any of the festivities. But we were lucky enough that one guy's girlfriend had the presence of mind to snap a few shots. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:

This first picture is me shooting an IWI Tavor 5.56 bullpup rifle with an XCaliber Firearms Mountaineer-D suppressor. I think this rifle makes a great suppressor host. It is short (bullpup design), but still has a full 16" barrel. The longer barrel means that it suppresses well. Also, most of the weight of this rifle is concentrated toward the rear, so hanging a silencer on the end of the barrel doesn't make it feel nose-heavy.  
IWI Tavor 5.56 with Xcaliber Firearms Mountaineer-D suppressor. No hearing protection needed.

This is a Rossi Ranch Hand .38SP / .357Mag SBR with a Silencerco 9Osprey suppressor. This set up is interesting... it's an unlikely marriage of a John Wayne mare's leg lever-action rifle with a ├╝ber-modern eccentric design suppressor. But the result is awesome. 158 grain .38 Special ammo is inherently subsonic. Add that important ingredient to the lever-action rifle (no cycling noise) and you get a very quiet and accurate rabbit popper.
Rossi Ranch Hand SBR with Silencerco 9Osprey suppressor.

Here are some of the long guns and SBRs we played with. The suppressors that we swapped around among various hosts were the Silencerco Saker, Mack Brothers Varminter 2.0, AAC Ti-Rant 45, Silencerco/SWR Octane 9 HD, Silencerco 9Osprey, XCaliber Firearms Mountaineer-D, Silencerco Sparrow, XCaliber Genesis, Thompson Machine Isis22, XCaliber Firearms Genesis Micro, Wilson Combat Whisper and Cadiz Gun Works Econo-Can.
All you can eat buffet.

 Some of the handguns we played with.
... and desert!

Me showing my 9-year-old son a few things about shooting a pistol. He shot a GSG .22LR pistol with a Genesis suppressor very well.

I say, "when they start picking up sticks and pointing them and saying BANG!.." it's time to start teaching them about firearms. So... yeah, about 3 or 4-years old is a good start.

My son again. This is his favorite combo: a Savage MKII bolt-action .22LR rile with a Thompson Machine Isis22 suppressor, Weaver scope and Harris bi-pod. He likes the pin-point accuracy it has. He felled one of the wooden stands for our proprietary, and soon to be patented Paper Plate & Shoot-N-See Targets. After working on one area of the "trunk" quietly for a couple mags, the "tree" finally fell.   
Savage MKII with Thompson Machine Isis22 suppressor, Weaver scope and Harris bi-pod.

Paper Plate & Shoot-N-See range with a few AR550 steel poppers.
Improvised range. Berm is about 60 yards.

Never assume. Most of the guys who came to our little event are gun guys, but it's always a good idea to reiterate the four basic, common sense gun rules. 
Sir, Yes Sir!, Jeff Cooper.

We even set up a remote-controlled clay pigeon target thrower. My Mossberg 590A1 12-gauge shotgun isn't exactly the kind of gun you'd bring to a sporting clays function, but in the right hands, it can sling out a couple of loads fairly quickly and accurately. 

Every self-respecting shotgun owner needs one of these.

The whole day was a lot of fun. We thought it was a good way to ring in some warmer weather, and I think that everyone who came agreed.

Now, if all goes well, we'll do a very similar event next weekend (3/29/14) at the DPRC (Durham Pistol and Rifle Club) in Durham, NC. It's actually in Haw River NC, but a quick Google search will give you all the info you need. As far as NC SILENCER is concerned, we will be at this event as a guest of the club who is hosting one of their fun shoots and demo days. We are using this opportunity to once again let our customers come and try out their toys that we have in quarantine. It's kind of like a conjugal visit. The event is open to the public, so come one, come all. The DPRC is charging a $20 admission fee, but if you want to come shoot any of our demo suppressors, feel free. We would appreciate it if you brought some of your own ammo, though. We only have so much..

So, try to keep your Saturday open next weekend and swing by if you can. It is March 29, 2014 and it's at the DPRC in Durham, NC. Hope to see you there!


Eric Morton, Owner/Manager

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