This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
B&T out of Thun in Switzerland have just released a new series of suppressors called M.A.R.S., which is short for Miniature Assault Rifle Suppressor.
The highlights of the M.A.R.S are a greater flash reduction, lighter weight and smaller size.
The M.A.R.S. suppressors will be available in the USA, but aimed at the Law Enforcement and Military/SF market.
At the same time it’s interesting to compare Gun Laws with the focus on suppressors. For instance, in Finland suppressors are considered a firearm components, but can be used with without requiring any separate licensing. In Norway, suppressors are not regulated, and may be purchased by anyone.
There’s quite a lot of interesting information in the text from B&T, so the text below is directly quoted from the B&T brochure:
“For the last 26 years, B&T has been the industry’s premier suppressor producer. In that time B&T has not
only been chosen to produce suppressors for most of the Europe’s small arms manufacturers but also for
most of Europe’s armed forces.
In this time B&T has come to understand of the evolving needs of end-users. This experience is based on
actual combat experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places. In essence, requirements have
evolved over the years and B&T has evolved its products to perfectly serve the new needs of its customers.
The new requirements are:
• Greater flash reduction
• Lighter weight
• Smaller size
To meet the requirement for a light suppressor, the services will accept suppressors to be semi-disposable, not unlike the expected service life of a magazine or a barrel. Gone are the days when B&T would produce a suppressor that will out serve the rifle itself.
Exchange of experience with units returning from combat zones has taught B&T that noise reduction is not
as important as flash reduction. The reasons for this are simple to understand. The human ear cannot tell
the difference between the sound that is 139 dB vs. something that is 136 dB. As long as it is below 140
dB this is important because this is where permanent hearing loss will occur. The human eye however is immediately attracted to light, even if the muzzle flash occurs in the peripheral vision. During night or hours
of twilight, the attention of the enemy is attracted to the muzzle flash and that is where fire is returned.
Therefore the reduction of the muzzle flash is paramount and one the two primary design goals of the
M.A.R.S. And as extensive testing shows, this goal was met and exceeded.
The weight of suppressors is also becoming an issue. This is especially true in dynamic combat situations,
a light suppressor, that will not change the balance of an assault rifle while at the same time does
not extend the length of a rifle too much, is a must. Besides that weight saving at soldier’s equipment,
wherever possible, is becoming more and more important, as today’s soldiers are required to carry huge
loads, easily exceeding 50 kg. Communication, night vision/thermal devises, illuminators, GPS, spare
batteries for everything, not to mention body armor and ballistic plates. Every Gram of weight reduction
is a benefit. Therefore weight reduction was the other most important design goal during the development
of the M.A.R.S. This goal was also not only met but exceeded, as the M.A.R.S. is the lightest assault
rifle suppressor in its class.
The new B&T M.A.R.S. line (Miniature Assault Rifle Suppressor) was not only designed based on the input
from elite military forces in NATO, but were also field trialed in close collaboration with these units.
Field trails proved that the M.A.R.S. does meet and exceed not only today but also future requirements.
As the requirements of our customers are different, B&T offers two models of the M.A.R.S. The first one
is the M.A.R.S. – QD (quick detachable) and the second one the M.A.R.S. – DM (directly mounted).
Both models serve perfectly the different needs of different customers, depending on the mission.
For those who prefer the option to be able to mount/dismount the suppressor even during an operation,
the M.A.R.S. – QD (quick detachable) is the perfect choice. The system has only two moving parts; it can
be mounted/dismounted on the new B&T designed flash hider within seconds. While it is mounted by
just screwing it onto the flash hider it automatically secures itself on the notches of the flash hider.
To remove the suppressor just press the lever, this is a one hand operation, conducted in one swift and fluid motion in less than 5 seconds. The mounting system, consisting only of the proprietary B&T flash hider, will give excellent flash reduction when used without the suppressors while providing a fast and solid base when used for mounting the suppressor. The mounting counterpart inside the suppressor consists only of a ratched pod and spring. It is the lightest quickest detachable mounting system on the market today.
Below: The M.A.R.S. – DM (directly mounted) is the lightest and shortest assault rifle suppressor B&T currently produces. It is screwed directly on the barrel of the weapon. This lack of any mounting system allows it to be almost 300 grams lighter and 50 mm shorter than other suppressors with a mounting system. Therefore the impact on the balance of the weapon and the extension of the gun is negligible and not perceptible in combat.
Despite its small size the M.A.R.S. is a full gown up suppressors when it comes to muzzle flash and sound
reduction. This gives the operator the advantage needed in combat for outstanding optical and acoustical
camouflage of the muzzle signature.”
Below: Miniature Assault Rifle Suppressor (M.A.R.S.) is available in 5.56 mm (.223) and 7.62 mm (.308).
Below: Miniature Assault Rifle Suppressor (M.A.R.S.) in 7.62 mm (.308).
The B&T QD is detachable without tools in less than 5 seconds.
The B&T M.A.R.S. specifications. Note the Full Auto rating.
For those lucky enough to visit Milipol in France, the new B&T M.A.R.S. can be found at B&T’s booth.