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Are Silenced Weapons Really That Quiet?

When looking for an appropriate weapon, many people would opt to look for one that doesn’t create a lot of noise but can still offer the power and strength you need when it comes to shooting practice and self-defense.

You can find a lot of guns that support silencers, though how quiet are they, really? If you’re curious about how quiet silences weapons are, read on!


How Quiet Are Silencers (Silenced Weapons)?

One thing you should know about silencers is that you shouldn’t call them such. They aren’t completely silent, but they are suppressors. It reduces the noise but won’t completely block it off when you fire the weapon.

So the sound would still be louder and you still need some sort of ear protection.

A common misconception is that silencers (suppressors) are very quiet, coming from movies and video games. But in reality, when you fire a weapon, there are three sources of sound:

  • The muzzle blast
  • Bullet moving in the air
  • Action working from semi-automatic firearms and machine guns

The “silencer” would only reduce the sound of the muzzle, with the latter two being a bit loud when fired.

To be exact, the sound pressure reduces by 30-40dB only. While this is significant, it isn’t exactly silencing. Take note that the usual sound pressure on firearms (pistol or AR-15) would be around 165dB (here’s an excellent article about safe hearing levels). In reality, using a suppressor will end up making it sound more like a jackhammer.

Besides suppressors, guns also have systems made for pure stealth, usual for a .2 or 9mm. It uses subsonic ammunition, which reduces the firearm’s sound presence. But even this wouldn’t be as silent as expected. It would sound like a door slammed very hard.

But with that being said, suppressors and systems that lessen the noise of guns are also very important to invest in, especially if you are planning to use it for self-defense. This is because you wouldn’t want to completely destroy your hearing when firing the gun at home. It will increase the danger in life-threatening situations, and that’s not something you’d want to experience.

Silenced weapons are not truly silent, but they are very loud unless you use a suppressor or system, which only reduces the sound pressure to a minimum, making the sound bearable enough to take, but still loud enough to hear and feel. Basically, it will ring your ear, especially if you aren’t using ear protection!

In Conclusion

The first thing to learn about the noise level of silences weapons would be that it isn’t as quiet as you expect it to be. They are actually something that suppresses the noise and bang it makes to be less conspicuous to your target, may it be humans or animals.

I hope that this article answers your question on the noise levels on weapons. If you’ve got any more questions or would like to share your insights, then do leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you have to think.

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Is It Possible to Get Killed by Bullets Falling from the Air after a Gun Salute?

Have you ever heard of the 21-gun salute? This is one of the most popular customary gun salutes performed as military honor.

Of course, there are many other gun salutes to know about, but besides the salute itself, you may wonder about the way the soldiers would shot up in the air to fire at the sky as a form of respect.

It’s interesting to see and very majestic, but have you ever thought about the bullets that are fired up in the sky as well? Many people would also end up wondering about what would happen to the stray bullets?

Won’t they fall from the air after doing a gun salute?

Read on as I show you about what happens during the gun salute and the stray bullets!

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The Gun Salute and Dangers of Stray Bullets

The gun salute is made by firing shots up in the air for a certain number of times, depending on what type of salute it is. This is done by the soldiers of the military, with the 21-gun salute best known during a funeral of one of the fallen.

But why should you care about the stray bullets from the guns during the salute, if there are any?

That’s because it’s very dangerous to shoot up in the air, point-blank!

When you have a loaded gun and would shoot up in the air, take note of the law that “what comes up, must go down.”

So in this sense, while the bullet can go up very high, it will also end up going down, which may end up fatally injuring anyone who can get hit from it. So if you think about it, with a 21-gun salute, there are 21 chances of getting hit!

Do People Get Killed By Stray Bullets Falling From the Air After a Gun Salute?

Shooting your gun straight from the air is a huge no-no for shooters, so why would soldiers do it while performing a gun salute.

That’s because there are NO bullets inside the gun when making the shot, with the salutes done with blank rounds.

Soldiers would use modified guns that only fire blank rounds to ensure safety and makes it possible for soldiers to carry guns in public, as well as veterans who have histories that disallow them from possessing guns. That way, soldiers and veterans are able to participate in the ceremony and stay safe.

In Conclusion

Fortunately, there have been no incidents of people getting hurt or killed by stray bullets from a gun salute, because there aren’t any bullets to begin with.

So you will now be able to view the majestic and honorable gun salute with ease, knowing that there will be no one who’ll get hurt.

I hope that this article informed you about what the gun salute is and its safety. If you’d like to share your own experiences or insights on this honorable salute, then do share your comments down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

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