A very interesting article here, “US Marine unit in Norway first to deploy with rifle suppressors”:
When Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, arrived here in January, they weren’t just beginning a brand-new rotational deployment. They were also the first Marine Corps infantry unit to deploy with suppressors on every individual service weapon.
And three months into using suppressed weapons in every exercise and live-fire training event, Marines who spoke withsay they never want to go back.
Now, there comes a cost. The laws of physics, like those of economics, are not to be ignored:
They get very hot when used, and can burn skin and clothing if not handled with care. They must be cleaned properly in order to stay effective. They add a pound or so of weight to the rifle, and the current model occasionally comes loose from the rifle muzzle, said Staff Sgt. Nelson Acevedo, platoon sergeant for Bravo’s 3rd Platoon.
The Marine Corps is going to learn quite a bit from this little company-sized deployment. That being said, let’s give the last word to the Commandant:
Asked about the status of evaluation at the end of March, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller toldhe is worried about both cost and weight when evaluating the possibility of issuing suppressors to infantrymen.
“The cost to kit out an infantry Marine used to be a couple thousand bucks; now it’s like $7,500. I’ve got to store this stuff, they’ve got to carry this stuff. I’m trying to make the load lighter, not heavier,” he said. “But it’s a tool … every action has a side-effect, but we’ll work through all that.”