Just got back from a late showing of No Country For Old Men. It's an adaptation of the novel by the same name by Cormac McCarthy. Excellent film, I recommend it. Cormac McCarthy is an amazing writer, and they definetly did not drop the ball transferring his work to the screen.
Anyhow - my real question: in the movie, the main character is being pursued by a psychotic killer. Throughout the film, the killer routinely uses a suppressed semi-auto shotgun to dispatch his victims. To my untrained eye, it looks like it might be a Beretta.
In short - Is there even a thing as a suppressed shotgun? I've never seen one. And yes, I know that you can slap a suppressor on darn near any gun and it will make it quieter, but is there any basis in reality for a suppressed shotgun? I can't imagine it would be that effective, especially when used with a semi-auto loaded with buckshot.
Other than that, it was very cool. The can itself was freaking BIG, lol. I can't find a picture at the moment but I'll keep trying.
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November 22, 2007, 01:19 AM
can and is done, but there are limitations... see the link:
November 22, 2007, 01:33 AM
A shotgun suppressor only gives about 5-6dB of noise reduction.
November 22, 2007, 01:37 AM
Are you sure? Because the one in the movie was really, really quiet.:neener:
November 22, 2007, 02:02 AM
Thats 5-6db reduction with standard ammo. That Finnish site says that the supression is more effective with special subsonic shotgun shells... it makes it sound like u don't need hearing protection for those.
I saw that movie too, I've been thinking about it all week. Definitely a must see!
November 22, 2007, 02:05 AM
In terms of actual sound/blast to the shooter, silencers on shotguns work.
No matter what you do, with shot, it makes noise going through the air.
November 22, 2007, 07:36 AM
I've fired one of these in 12 gauge before; http://www.saddleryandgunroom.co.uk/_private/retail%20cat.pdf They're made for pest control, and you can get the same suppressor on a Mossberg pump-action if you want a repeater. It's nowhere near completely silent (there's a wierd sort of "thump"-ring noise when you fire it, because the suppressor body acts like sort of a bell), but it IS a big downstep from a non-suppressed shotgun.
November 22, 2007, 12:08 PM
The Army experimented with the suppressed-subsonic combo in Vietnam. It worked well in a noisy jungle where range was limited.
November 22, 2007, 01:27 PM
To me, for what it's worth, it sounds quieter than a silenced .308 with supersonic ammunition.
November 22, 2007, 08:59 PM
(there's a wierd sort of "thump"-ring noise when you fire it, because the suppressor body acts like sort of a bell)
Sounds like it does what it means to--makes it hard to figure out it's a gunshot.
Smitty in CT
November 22, 2007, 10:04 PM
There is always the Hastings "metro" chokes....
or this one....
November 23, 2007, 02:37 AM
Gunsmith Tony Rumore is working on a suppressor for a shotgun. He has tried the suppressor on a shotgun with an 8-inch barrel. Using the suppressor with a short-barreled shotgun like this, has the advantage of keeping the overall length of the shotgun with the suppressor installed, about the same length as an unsuppressed shotgun with a normal length barrel. The shorter barrel also reduces the shot velocity a bit, which improves the sound reduction performance of the suppressor.