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Tracers: OK to use with a suppressor?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Odnar, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Odnar

    Odnar Well-Known Member

    Just curious. (Wish there was a NFA/AOW sub-forum at THR)
  2. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    I can't really think of a reason why they WOULDN'T be, unless you're using a suppressor that has flammable wipes and part of the tracer compound was to separate inside the suppressor and continue burning (and wipes are old technology anyway). Rifle-calibre tracers are almost all going to have a velocity too high to eliminate much of the noise anyway.
  3. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    Might be a couple of issues... keep in mind that I have no experience with either.

    1) Excessive heat inside the can
    2) Unreliable ignition due to redirection of gases
    3) Sound different
    4) SDC's concern of flammability inside the can
    5) Too much fun

    Just a few I can think of. Try them and see! :)
  4. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    I would be worried about tracer compound slowly coating the inside of the suppressor (round after round) and then starting on fire.
  5. Seafarer12

    Seafarer12 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't fool wit them myself. Tracers are just an accident waiting to happen with or without a suppressor.
  6. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    Tracers are really good at starting things on fire down range! The start burning in the bbl and do add soot etc to the bore and also to a suppressor. The point of a suppressed rifle is not to be pinpointed wouldn't a tracer be counterproductive?
  7. mondocomputerman

    mondocomputerman Well-Known Member

    "The point of a suppressed rifle is not to be pinpointed wouldn't a tracer be counterproductive?"

    Only if the other person was blind.
  8. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    yeah the question i have is why would you want too? it defeats the purpose of having the suppresor in the first place.

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