Sound level: 9mm compared to HV .22?


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PAINTBALL GUY 3
October 2, 2009, 06:17 PM
Hello all, I was just wondering what the sound level of a 9mm out of (let's say) a 6" barrel would be compared to something like a .22 LR wildcat out of a 20" barrel?


Stange thing to ask, maybe. Sorry.:rolleyes:

Thanks.

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KBintheSLC
October 2, 2009, 06:27 PM
Hello all, I was just wondering what the sound level of a 9mm out of (let's say) a 6" barrel would be compared to something like a .22 LR wildcat out of a 20" barrel?

A 9mm out of a short barrel will be much louder than a .22 out of a long barrel. I doubt the type of ammo used will even matter in the equation.

bigfatdave
October 2, 2009, 07:01 PM
It will be significantly louder. Exactly how much would depend on the gun and ammo.
I would say that the 9mm pistols I have (barrels from 3.5 to 5 inches) are more comparable to shooting a .22mag from a small revolver.
If I'm going to be doing sustained indoor shooting with 9mm (or any centerfire), I generally go to double hearing protection, outdoors I rarely bother.

GLOOB
October 2, 2009, 07:16 PM
In a word, the difference is: huge!

I'll shoot a .22 rifle outdoors without any hearing protection. Not a .22 pistol, and certainly not a 9mm pistol. When firing a .22 at the range, the sound of the guy's 9mm 2 lanes down is much louder.

I'd go out on a limb and say that the barrel length makes a bigger difference than caliber, in this equation... esp to the shooter.

Avenger29
October 2, 2009, 08:44 PM
I'll shoot a .22 rifle outdoors without any hearing protection.

You're still damaging your hearing.

bigfatdave
October 2, 2009, 09:52 PM
Avenger29 is right. Hearing damage is cumulative, and a major factor is "impulse" noise, things like gunshots, explosions, screaming, etc do immediate damage that never completely heals.

While occasionally shooting a .22 rifle without ear protection won't make you go deaf very fast, it is easily avoidable damage. Even the cheapest hearing protection would make a big difference, because it would still dampen the impulse your ears are being subjected to.

I work in high-noise industrial settings frequently, environments where earplugs or muffs aren't just a good idea, but you WANT them, because going without hurts. The best kind I've found are the re-usable silicone plugs LIKE THESE (http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/coreean26.html). They are fairly cheap, re-usable for longer than I've ever had a pair before I lost them, and wash up with normal hand-soap while you wash your hands, or in the laundry. My favorite thing about them is that they just slip in your ear without manipulating the ear canal or having to compress the plug.
I wear them for hours at a stretch on the job, and then jam them in my ears for shooting, because they are easy, comfortable, and economical ... there's no reason you couldn't keep a pair with your range stuff or in your rifle cases.

1SOW
October 2, 2009, 11:19 PM
The 9 will be louder to the shooter.

I found a loaded stainless .22 LR, 5-shot, revolver with a 1" bbl in 5' of water off Ft Walton Beach Fla.
That may be the loudest pistol I ever fired. I shot in/ran a bullseye pistol league for 2 years and have shot a large number of different handguns.

The action and bbl length appears to have the biggest effect on noise the shooter is exposed to.

I'm on my second (more powerful) set of hearing aids. Use the hearing protection--every time.

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