Not for desert application, but I bet that works like a champ in an urban environment. I bet most SWAT or Tac guys would fall for that leading a stack down the hallway.
I think that is great outside the box thinking.
Like the man said, you only need one second to gain an important advantage.
Worst case, absolute worst case, you have someone that hates cats and he drills your barrel with a live round meant for you.