A suppressor, sound suppressor or silencer is a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. Suppressors are typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas and sometimes by reducing the velocity of the bullet.
Suppressors impose a –1 penalty to damage rolls while using the suppressed weapon. On the plus side, characters within 5” (10 yards) of the fired weapon (and not in line of sight) must make a Notice roll to realize a weapon’s been fired. Those beyond 5” suffer a –2 to this roll, beyond 10”, a –4. Beyond 20”, no roll is possible unless the character is looking at the user. In all cases, if someone is observing the shooter, the shooter may make a Stealth roll (opposed by Notice) to hide the use of the weapon, which incurs the usual multi-action penalty to the Shooting roll.
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