Originally Posted By 762AR25:
I definitely see the appeal for MOUT/CQB situations. I never wore hearing protection when I was in the Army no matter what we were doing--I didn't want to lose any situational awareness. When I was an E-nothing my team was in a stack getting ready to do an entry and the guy behind me saw something to our right and brought up his weapon and fired several times. His muzzle was maybe 4-6 inches from my right ear and every time he shot it was like getting hit in the head with a hammer with each successive blast getting stronger.
If I were still doing that for a living these would be just the tool for the job. There were other times I was "blasted" or saw others get the receiving end but that was by far the worst and was also the first so it stuck with me. I must have resilient ears though because my hearing has checked out OK multiple times. My wife disagrees though because of the volume of my voice (which is just a military thing IMO) and how loud I keep the TV but hey, I got the tests to say otherwise!
You've made a great point.
As Jack stated, the CQB fills a specific role and meets certain mission requirements. There were times when we were kicking in doors during pre-dawn hits on HVTs, and we wanted something that would mitigate blast and concussion if we had to engage targets in a closed environment. Adrenaline played a huge role in making a lot of the blast and noise more tolerable. Thankfully considering guys in our platoon were engaged close-quarters with guys lobbing grenades at them inside a building. Nevertheless, muzzle blast going off by your head is no joke, and my worsening tinnitus is evidence of that fact.
Without a doubt, there is certainly an undeniable cool factor associated with the CQB cans, and it would definitely be cool to have one just because. Especially if you've got the disposable cheddar to get one. But when it comes to the average joe and the question of practical application comes up, it's hard to justify owning one over a full-sized can. Unless, you're a career shooter still kicking in doors for a living or working in some capacity where you might find yourself fighting indoors, or perhaps a team member on some mobile security detail, your average shooter would likely opt for maximizing sound suppression over blast reduction and mobility for the same price. I don't doubt that the CQB is effective in what it was designed to do, but for most people it just doesn't make much sense over a full-sized can. Now I get that some might want a CQB just in case they're dealing with a home invasion type scenario or something along those lines, but the chances of any of us playing out a scenario like that is very slim. And even then, what real advantage would a CQB have over a full-sized can in a one-off situation? I'm not knocking anyone who owns one or wants to own one. Hell, I'd love to own one myself. If for nothing else than to add to the collection of KAC goodness and because... well... 'Murica! But in reality you're either using it for the role it was designed for because of what you do for a living, you have money to burn and it looks really cool on your KAC gun, or maybe just living out your Call of Duty operator fantasy when getting kitted up for your next Costa class. Not mad at anyone either way. ETA: clarifying not a knock against anyone who owns a CQB.