A suppressor, sound suppressor, or sound moderator (also incorrectly silencer), is a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and flash generated by firing the weapon.
In Battlefield 2 suppressors were on the three available pistols: the USMC, SAS, SEALs and EU's 92FS, the MEC, Spetsnaz, Rebel Forces and Insurgent Forces' MR-444 and the PLA'S QSZ-92 and were available to the Special Forces and Sniper Kits.
Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
"A Sound Suppressor significantly reduces the sound signature and eliminates muzzle flash. However, the cold-loaded ammunition used by Suppressed weapons travels slower and does less damage at long range."
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In Battlefield 3's multiplayer, the sound suppressor attachment can be attached to almost all of the firearms in-game, except for the shotguns, 93R, .44 Magnum and the MP412 REX. The AS VAL has an integrated suppressor, unique among BF3 weapons, but not uncommon among real-world firearms.
Cold-loaded (subsonic) ammunition is automatically used with any weapon with an attached suppressor. Using a suppressor will decrease bullet velocity and cause the rounds to drop faster, and will cause the rounds' initial damage to drop off sooner. Because of less propellant used in the subsonic ammunition and because of the added weight of the suppressor at the barrel's end, recoil is reduced slightly but also reduced is hip fire accuracy (as mentioned in loading screen tips).
Most sniper rifles have the same velocity as each other while using a suppressor, giving some commonality among the selection. Suppressors can also make mid-range aim more selective—for instance, the markings on the 8× rifle scope roughly correspond to 100m increments, while the markings on the PKS-07 graduate every 160m.
The suppressor is unlocked through kill progression for primary weapons, and suppressed versions of the G17, M9, MP-443, and the G18 by leveling up. The M1911 unlocked by being a Battlefield Veteran or an EA Gun Club member also has a suppressed variant.
The decrease in sound and removal of muzzle flash can allow a player to use his weapon without fear of the sound of gunfire or the bright muzzle flash giving away his position at medium or long range, though at close range muzzle fire is still audible. As of the 1.04 patch, equipping the suppressor will prevent the player from showing on the minimap when he fires, allowing for a stealthier approach to flanking or firing on enemies. Using a suppressor on a Light Machine Gun can give players the advantage of providing heavy suppressive fire on enemies without himself becoming an obvious target. However, the loss of damage over range can be a problem for some players even with a light machine gun. Also worth noting, is that as the suppressor reduces bullet velocity, bullets and their following tracers remain airborne for longer periods of time, in which they can be seen, which may draw the attention of medium-long range distanced enemies. In addition to the aforementioned, a Suppressor applies the biggest penalty to hip fire accuracy (usually a 1.0 increase) of any barrel modification available, meaning players will be needing to rely more on aimed fire at close range, which may prove potentially fatal.
- When you first pick up a suppressed weapon in Battlefield: Bad Company, Haggard shows interest but soon says that "silencers are for girls" as he is more of a loud kind of guy than one to show for stealth.
- In BF3 After Patch 1.04, the suppressor has the most beneficial features out of all of the weapon attachments. It reduces spread, does not let player to be 'spotted' on the minimap when he fires a weapon, reduces recoil and eliminates muzzle flash, although it must be noted that neither the accuracy increase, nor the recoil reduction is anywhere near is effective as the ones provided by heavy barrel or flash suppressor respectively.
- The AS Val is the only weapon in Battlefield 3 to be integrally suppressed, meaning the suppressor is equipped by default.
- In Battlefield 3, the suppressor inexplicably also causes mortar and underslung weapon users to not appear on the minimap when firing their weapons, although those nearby can still hear the firing sounds.