Remington’s Advanced Armament Corp has started a new project to draft hunters to their otherwise tacticool fold, and they’re calling it the Farm. Why the Farm? Well if it doesn’t make much sense, welcome to the club.
Maybe they’re trying to cozy up to the nostalgia associated with this country’s agricultural history, maybe they’re subtly implying that their weapons might as well be euphemistic for dying, or maybe some boss’ kid up and said “I wanna call it uh farm” and bam! it’s all over but the crying. Except for the kid, the kid’s happy when the whole office’s great suggestions, like Cerv Corp. and Piano Black Blinds (surprise win for Leslie in shipping) get tossed out; the whole mandatory lunch thing that wound up taking all day at that super-crappy Baja restaurant that the boss loves because everything’s made with bulgher wheat, wasted.
They have a neat idea and a solid product, though, so maybe the Farm will yield. The whole idea centers around the .300 AAC Blackout, or 300 BLK, or 7.62x35mm cartridge, and by extension, the .300 Winchester Magnum and to a lesser degree, the 7.62s Russian and NATO. The 300 BLK is a round designed to be shot either super- or sub-sonically, with heavy and light bullets that both stabilize at 1:8″ twists. Both benefit from suppression, of course, but with a silencer, the heavy, sub-sonic 220gr BLK is one stunning hunting round, effective to almost 500 yards.
It uses a 5.56 NATO/.223 Winchester case, and works with existing magazines made for that caliber. The bolt face and extractors don’t need changing, so it’s a barrel-swap away from chambering any AR-15 in 300 BLK. Which is so handy since that’s exactly what the Farm sells. That and silencers, from lightweight and futuristic titanium models that will set you back $1,700, to more reasonable models that start in the higher hundreds, in both standard-threaded and quick-detach flavors. They also knocked up a Remington Model 700 that’s good to go in .308 Winchester, threaded barrel and all (~$600).
Touting the benefits of hunting with a silencer, the Farm points out that they’re good for noise camouflage, hearing protection, (don’t forget about the dogs, they need all the help you can give them) muzzle control, muzzle flash eradication, and general safety.
Some people argue that the reason silencers haven’t taken off in the hunting world is due to some sort of general wariness of assassin tech. That hunters shy away from hardware that seems like it’s designed for killing people, not animals. What do you think? Is it that, or a sense of the classic huntsman, simple rifle (with a Timney trigger and thousand-dollar optics) that is not-at-all tacticool, you know it’s not tacticool because the gun’s camo, not black, or is it just the extra grand, minimum, for a silencer and a tax stamp to OK it?
In any case, the Farm seems like a good place for hunters that want a little less noise and a little more gear. (Mall ninjas welcome, please use side entrance.)