Shooters in NSW and in wider Australia should be encouraged to learn that the Game Council of NSW has just published a feasibility study on the use of Sound Moderators by hunters and shooters.
Quoting extensive experience by shooters in New Zealand, the UK and elsewhere, where moderators are in routine use, the paper argues unassailably that there are absolutely no negatives for stakeholders or the wider public with regard to public safety or criminal involvement in a potential black market of “silencers”.
Unlike silencers, which are designed for use with sub-sonic firearms for clandestine use by armed services and the like, a moderator for recreational, pest control or range use, are used with firearms firing sub-sonic or supersonic ammunition.
The purpose of the moderator isn’t to “silence” the shot, rather to moderate the muzzle blast of supersonic gasses escaping the muzzle, thereby greatly reducing the shock to the shooter’s system from the rifle report. Once out of the muzzle, the bullet does make a supersonic crack, detectable from close by or in the vicinity of the bullet’s path.
This results in a better health and safety outcome for hunters and target shooters and more effective pest control outcomes during feral animal control by professional shooters or recreational hunters.
You can access the lengthy and comprehensive document on the home page of the NSW Game Council website on www.gamecouncil.nsw.gov.au