The U.S. Marine Corps is set to distribute 30,000 suppressors to its infantry, reconnaissance, and special operations forces by 2023.
In 2015, the Marines began a two-year study in an effort to prove the value and benefit that suppressors could have throughout the force. Suppressors, often referred to as silencers, are designed to decrease sound and muzzle flash when a round is fired.
Since suppressors minimize muzzle flash, they are ideal for nighttime operations. One benefit is concealment: with minimal flash, it’s more difficult for the enemy to zero in on one’s position. Another benefit is that Marines can maintain their night vision and not become disoriented.
For operations in general, suppressors allow for better communications between Marines and minimize confusion during a firefight.