For my testing I decided to zero the rifle at a practical range of fifty yards. This is no long range sniper set up by any stretch of the imagination. The optic I chose was a fixed 10x rifle scope with Mil-Dot reticle. Using the sub-sonic Remington load I fired a number of test patterns to see what kind on consistency I could expect. Fifty yard, three-shot groups were averaging in the half to one inch range. All shots were taken with the SureFire suppressor in place.
Shooters used to a twelve plus pound .308 sniper platforms may find the light-weight gun a bit frustrating. You’ll definitely notice more movement in your crosshairs than with your $3000 heavy-weight custom bolt rifle. However, we go back again to the fact that we aren’t taking thousand yard shots with the Micro 7.
Taking the entire picture into account we have a .30 caliber rifle that when suppressed generates less sound at the muzzle than a standard .22 LR rifle (unsuppressed). Practically speaking, the impact of the heavy 220 grain bullet striking a sand bag is more pronounced than the shot itself. Fired into a one-gallon jug of water the impact sound was even less.
Regarding police snipers or sharpshooters, we used to hang our hat on a mythical 75 yard average shot. The American Sniper Association has been compiling date in their “Police Sniper Utilization Reports”. The ASA has discovered that the real world average is a bit less than fifty yards.
For the police sharpshooter the idea of removing a deadly threat while maintaining the ability to hear what’s going on around you and communicate would seem attractive. Is the .300 Blackout/Whisper the end all be all? No, but it certainly is another tool for the box.
About The Author:
Mr. Markel is a former United States Marine, Police Officer, and has worked as a professional bodyguard both in the U.S. and overseas. A Subject Matter Expert on Small Arms and Tactics, Markel has provided instruction to law enforcement and U.S. Military troops.
As a recognized author and writer, Paul has penned several hundred articles published in numerous professional journals and trade periodicals. Topics include firearms training, use of force, marksmanship, less-than-lethal force options, product reviews and evaluations, emergency medical care, and much more. Sought after as a public speaker, Mr. Markel is at home in front of an audience large or small.