Originally Posted by fordracing
Why are they awesome? And why do you recommend them?
Where to begin.... I got my first can because I wanted to see what they could do. Then I needed a rimfire can and now I'm waiting for a rifle can.... Maybe I'll stop there.
First, it greatly reduces muzzle blast. It is safer for you and others shooting around you if at a range. Ever felt the heat and pressure wave from the 300 win mag next to you?
It reduces the muzzle blast signature. Hearing protection for you and fellow hunters/shooters. Supersonic rounds are tolerable without hearing protection but not truly hearing safe. Subsonic rounds range from hearing safe to nearly silent.
It hides the location of the shooter. This may sound like a combat/assassin type thing but is critical for hunters. The prey will not hear or cannot tell the location of the gunfire which often confuses them and they are less likely to scatter. That can be very helpful if one misses or is hunting multiple hogs/coyotes etc.
I can load a round and walk into my back yard and test the round without my neighbors being disturbed. It is a lot more handy than driving all the way to the range to test loads.
Yard vermin can be dispatched without any neighbors being disturbed, especially anti gun cop calling neighbors.
For home defense, it protects hearing for everyone so verbal communication is easier. It also protects low light vision by nearly eliminating the flash.
Some things won't happen. Guns are never truly silent. Supersonic rounds are still loud due to the sonic boom. The gun will be somewhat harder to hold and aim with a weight on the end of a barrel.
Ever see Zero Dark Thirty? It shows the SEALS using AAC SDN cans. Yet in one scene it shows the outside of the building while inside the SEALS are popping a few rounds to make sure the bad guys are dead. The movie shows bright flashes coming out the window. That is all Hollywood magic as the flashes would be virtually non existent with a can