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Evening all. I have been mentioned on my village whatsapp whinge group, shooting corvids early Friday morning on a field which will be planted with vining seed peas next spring. They will be hit heavily by woodpigeon as well as corvids. Does any body use the A-tec A12 sound moderator,and if so, is it any good because I think the villagers might get grumpy with me having essential crop protection fun!    I would be grateful if anybody could share their experience of one of these.

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I’ve got one. It takes a fair bit of the noise away. With subsonics it’s good, with ‘normal’ cartridges there’s still the associated crack of them.

 I would say with subs, most folk indoors in the house with windows closed wouldn’t hear anything from 150/200 yards away. If they where in the garden they would hear the gun but not readily associate it with a gun shot if that makes sense? It takes the bang away and doesn’t really sound like a gun. 

Handling wise it’s excellent. Light so doesn’t affect balance too much and no effect on sight picture on rib

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52 minutes ago, bone said:

 Thank you Stuartyboy for your reply, looks like I shall have to invest in one to keep the neighbours happy.

No problem.

They are good but no where near as quiet as a full moderated barrel shotgun. 

I’m near Glasgow, if you where close you could try mine before committing to buy.

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For the reasons that "bone" gave, I invested in one. I agree with stuartyboy's comments and it is better coupled with sub-sonics. It doesn't work with a ported gun. The sound of a shotgun is obviously a red rag to some people. If the sound is changed to something which is not obviously a shotgun then it will in all likelihood be ignored.  I need to carry out some further tests with my A-Tec before giving a definitive answer. I'll get back to you on this Forum.

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6 hours ago, theshootist said:

One question I have on these is whether a semi auto (a gas one at least) will still work with one. Logically it shouldn't make a difference if the barrel is not ported. 

I use it on a semi auto and the gun actually cycles better with it. I think this is because more gases are forced down the barrel to cycle the action due to the gases being restricted by the moderator if that makes sense?

Obviously that only applies to a gas operated cycle system, I’m not sure about an inertia system. 

Certainly, my Beretta cycles better with lower weight cartridges with the mod on than without.

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1 hour ago, stuartyboy said:

my Beretta cycles better with lower weight cartridges with the mod on than without.

That is a very interesting point of note, as I am looking to fire subs through my auto probable eley 5s.  

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14 hours ago, stuartyboy said:

I use it on a semi auto and the gun actually cycles better with it. I think this is because more gases are forced down the barrel to cycle the action due to the gases being restricted by the moderator if that makes sense?

Obviously that only applies to a gas operated cycle system, I’m not sure about an inertia system. 

Certainly, my Beretta cycles better with lower weight cartridges with the mod on than without.

Interesting and it does make sense. I think adding any extra weight to the barrel or even the rest of the gun can interfere with the cycling of an inertia driven gun - although I did hear of a chap successfully adding a titanium moderator to a Benelli M2.

 

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