In a rare break with rigid tradition and military bearing, a recent video series has been released in which Chief Warrant Officer 5 Wade discusses suppressor usage within the Marine infantry, in order to dispel some myths that troops might have when it comes to the practical application of mounted suppressors on their weapon systems. In particular, he focuses on the supposed loss of velocity when it comes to 5.56x45mm rifles and associated cans by shooting them through a chronograph. He also showed just how hot a suppressor could get after several magazines of rounds through it. Gunner Wade did this by completing the iconic Youtube bacon cooking by wrapping the suppressor with raw bacon.
Before our readers get curious about a Mk.18 upper receiver possibly being adopted, it appears that the Gunner is using his personal Daniel Defense MK.18 along with his personal NFA registered suppressor, rather than any actual Government equipment. It also doesn’t appear to even be filmed on Camp Lejeune itself, but more likely in Croatan National Forest where there are similar roads and lakes as pictured in the video. The whole “mood” of the video is very un-Marine infantry like. Infantry officers and SNCOs can be some of the most uptight folks on the block at times, and this is probably precisely what Wade was looking to accomplish by filming a completely candid and casual Youtube infomercial, to get the attention of infantrymen throughout the Fleet Marine Force. We still don’t know what this entails for the Fleet in terms of actual implementation, or even if the current RFI is going to continue to fruition.
Whether or not we see a force-wide adoption and issue of suppressors for various weapon systems, the points Gunner Wade can be argued from various perspectives. I know for a fact that with 7.62x51mm NATO M40A5s, the Surefire suppressors would indeed change the point of impact due to the heat generated. Although this might have not been shown in the chronograph testing the Gunner did, if he took the weapons out to some distance, the point of impact changes might have been observable.