In the USA, silencers (suppressors) are more associated with illegal crime, yet these quieting devices have great benefits, especially as we learn how harmful muzzle blast can be on a shooter’s hearing.
In addition, even the safely handled shooting of rifles near residential areas can be a problem due to the controversial element of gunfire.
Are suppressors coming to America? How do they work, and what’s it like to hunt with a one? Join Wayne van Zwoll and Scott Mayor on an aoudad hunt in Texas for a first-hand account as published in Hunt Forever.
Hundreds of pairs of eyes glassing with a clarity and definition rivaling the finest German optics kept vigilant watch over the herd of wily free-range aoudad sheep. My hunting partner, Wayne van Zwoll, and I had spotted the challenging quarry from a mile or more away and attempted a stalk, keeping the wind in our face and the sun at our back. But the slight “clink” from a loose volcanic rock stepped on by a seemingly innocent footstep or perhaps those incredible binocular-like eyes catching our distant movement betrayed our intentions, sending brown streams of sheep pouring down into the canyons and braiding up into distant cliffs with a deftness and speed that would have a mere human tumbling to his or her fate. Throughout the day, the scenario repeated itself with Groundhog Day regularity until we grudgingly accepted the reality of on-coming darkness and put “our” sheep safely to bed in a prickly pear flat at the top of a weathered West Texas mesa.
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