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To: fire_eye
I do not intend to flame and I am a gun owner but I need to ask the question: Why would even a police officer need a silencer? There is only one reason to use a silencer and it ain't noise control.
3 posted on 10/19/2003 12:52:12 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: dwilli
Who knows. I know somebody whose grandfather used to take him shooting rats at the town dump, using a .30-06 with a silencer made out of a lawnmower muffler. I know any number of cops out here who are gun nuts and would probably like to have a silencer just because it attaches to a gun.

Personally, I don't expect to get assassinated by a Carlton cop with a silenced gun... That kind of behavior can generally be expected only from the Feds, or the LAPD. Local cops will run anyone that crazy out of town - whether or not they're on the police force.
4 posted on 10/19/2003 1:02:27 AM PDT by fire_eye
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To: dwilli
There are many reasons to use noise suppressors:

1) Tactical: to prevent people from knowing that you are firing nearby, or at least to cloak your location while you are firing if you are using supersonic ammo (such as with a normal sniper rifle)
2) Noise Control: your neighbors don't like it when you fire your machinegun at 3am. This might not seem like a good reason to you, but in countries where suppressors are legal (Norway? Finland? It's one of those countries up there) it's as good a reason as any to use one. Why bother using ear protection when you can just slap on a suppressor?
3) Controlling muzzle blast: when agents raid meth labs, they don't want the whole place going up in flames because their muzzle blast interacted with some flammable chemicals
4) Fire control: suppressors can result in less jarring recoil. They generally work by slowing the rate at which the gas leaves the barrel (it's the supersonic movement of the gas that makes most of the firearm's noise). In doing so, they increase the time the recoil is felt, making it less severe.
5) Intimidation: when you have a firearm out, people pay attention to you. When you have a suppressor stuck on the end, people know you really mean business. A suppressor has value here, just like a heavy 12g pump shotgun has more intimidation value than a plastic 9mm. This can be an advantage if you don't particularly want to have to kill someone (which is usually the situation cops are in).
6) They're really, really cool.

6 posted on 10/19/2003 1:21:02 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: dwilli
All the sexy elite commando/Delta/ and the likes have them. Sooo, you can't be podunk out-in-the-woods-that's-a-mighty-fine-sheep-you-have police department and not have all the fashible toys. Have you ever noticed the strong fashion trends in various police depts? One gets a new type of roof lights, then another gets them. SUVs get popular, then every depts needs 4 or 5. The replacement of revolvers with autos. The SWAT team mania. Now they all want to have their own NBC units. Police depts with a platoon size population, yet the podunk chief has full general stars. In a word, police are vain, almost homo in their desires to keep up with the "fellas".
16 posted on 10/19/2003 4:19:46 AM PDT by Leisler (They let me online, but not off the hospital grounds.)
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To: dwilli
Why would even a police officer need a silencer? There is only one reason to use a silencer and it ain't noise control.

It is in Finland. At some ranges, it's mandatory. The German military even has mufflers for artillery pieces. They are the size of largish storage shed, and I don't know how well they work, but I read about them in one of the European defense technology publications about 8 years ago.

63 posted on 10/19/2003 11:44:06 PM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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