U.S. Special Operations Command has doled out a hefty contract to upgrade its arsenal of M4A1 carbines with suppressed upper receivers, the culmination of a long-running effort to make America’s most elite service members even more silent and deadly.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Michaela R. Gregory

The 5.56mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle has remained a favorite rifle of the Marine Corps for the better part of this decade. Based on the Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifle and adopted in 2011 to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, it’s widely considered more versatile and accurate over a longer range than the average weapon — so much so that the Corps has even discussed replacing every infantry Marine’s M4 carbine with an IAR variant in coming years.

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SilencerCo

Last week, SilencerCo dropped a tantalizing video, showing off their next product: the muzzleloading Maxim 50, a unique weapon that circumvents all suppressor legislation, making it suitable for a simple purchase in all 50 states.

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To mark the launch its new Maxim 9 integrally suppressed pistol, SilencerCo released a slick new video flaunting the sidearm's versatility in the most visceral way possible: through the eyes of the shooter.

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At the beginning of July, Republicans lawmakers introduced the cleverly acronymed Silencers Help Us Save Hearing (SHUSH) Act to both the House and Senate. Backed by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Crapo of Idaho and Congressman Steve King from Iowa, the legislation has a simple objective: to ensure that suppressors are "treated the same as firearms accessories.”

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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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