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how much muzzle blast is too much?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SpeedAKL, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. SpeedAKL

    SpeedAKL Well-Known Member

    I put this in the general gun section because it applies to all firearms, though I hear rifles mentioned the most.

    Let's face it guns are loud. Some guns are extremely loud. We all do (or at least should) wear hearing protection at the range. Assuming that you are adequately protected, do you still get irritated by huge muzzle blast, either when you fire a weapon or when someone nearby discharges one? What calibers do you find generate a little too much BOOM for sustained shooting?

    I do lots of my shooting on an AR-15 rifle. It is a carbine-length gun with a flash suppressor/muzzle brake. It's a sweet-shooting rifle obviously, but the thing is pretty darned loud, particularly if you happen to be standing beside it. Sometimes I feel bad when I am near some guy teaching his kid to shoot on a .22LR at the range and I start setting the AR off. People have commented to me about the noise before, though they never have told me to stop shooting. The Mosin M44 is another one that has bigtime noise and concussion blast.

    This concern obviously amplifies somewhat with hunting or competitive shooting, too; a flinch in anticipation of muzzle blast can send a bullet astray.
  2. Red Dragon

    Red Dragon Well-Known Member

    If you need to regrow your eyebrows after every time you go shooting, the muzzle blast may be a little too much :D
  3. Pat Cannon

    Pat Cannon Well-Known Member

    Personally I like full .357 loads in my 2.25" Ruger SP101 because I know I'll feel better if, in an emergency, I'm not the only person who poops their pants.
  4. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Well-Known Member

    If you want a quick definition of too much muzzle blast, stand next to a guy using a Cutts Compensator on the trap range!
  5. ieszu

    ieszu Well-Known Member

    I have a .338 Lapua with a muzzle brake... with full reloads it knocks boxes of ammo off the table... from 2 benches away!

    First time I fired it I was at an outdoor range in Western PA and it set my car alarm off......

    I did have a female acquaintance shoot it, she claimed just pulling the trigger gave her mini-O's.... :evil:

    Oh, and it is 19.5 lbs unloaded.... with the brake on it kicks like a .223
  6. Poprivit

    Poprivit Well-Known Member

    Muzzle blast? What muzzle blast?

    September 1995, Okavango Delta, Botswana...

    When putting the last (6-yard) shot into a Cape Buffalo with my .416 Remington Magnum fitted with a muzzle brake, I saw out of the corner of my eye my PH as he backed up three steps and put his fingers in both ears (.470 double rifle on his shoulder).

    Kind of an awkward position for him to be in if the buf decided to charge!

    I guess the rifle was a tad loud.:D
  7. Ohio Rifleman

    Ohio Rifleman Well-Known Member

    I love my M44, muzzle blast and all. The recoil reminds you you're shooting a GUN! I thought about buying a recoil pad or something for it, but I never bothered. I'm a recoil junkie, what can I say?

    Even with muffs once, my ears rang after shooting my M44. Love it! :D
  8. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    If you have to remember to use the restroom before firing your gun to avoid soiling yourself, it may have too much muzzle blast.:neener:
  9. RecoilRob

    RecoilRob Well-Known Member

    I've told people about the AR-50's concussion, but they had to experience it to get the full picture. Seriously thumps you if you are in the wrong place when someone fires it.

    Second place goes to the PLR-16 KelTec fitted with the factory muzzle brake. I need plugs and muffs to shoot it without making my head ring.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2007
  10. Gustav

    Gustav Well-Known Member

    Too much muzzle blast that all depends on ones tastes and preferences and circumstances its not always a bad thing as I once found out.:D

    A short barreled .30-06 or 7.62x54R can clear away people from couple of feet on either side of you as can a 4" hot loaded .44 Magnum a .480 Ruger Alaskan or a .45-70 Thompson Contender with a hot load.:evil:

    As long as you don't get the "look mom I got no eyebrows left award" and announce to all around who may be bothered before you discharge its only what you are willing to endure.

    On one occasion while me and a few buddies were shooting on a range on BLM land a couple of 100% goobers came up and started doing allot of unsafe things with a pistol gripped Mossberg shotgun and a Taurus 99 9mm Beretta clone.

    After not listening to the advice we offered them a couple times about safety and backstops and not shooting or handling weapons when people were downrange my buddies and I all decided to uncase and fire our rifles at the same time come the next firing session.
    We had 2 Tanker Garand's in .30-06 an FR 8 .308 Mauser and a Mini 14 with a 30 round mag.
    When the firing ended we looked over and they were packing up to leave after which we went back to practice and plinking with our .22s:evil:
  11. Big Boomer

    Big Boomer Well-Known Member

    I've posted this before, but the blast from my 460 mag is horrendous!

    It blows apart my reload boxes on the table. Blew up a cheesburger than I had taken and left on the table, it ended up all over the top of my head.

    I couldn't at first figure it out what was causing it because the muzzle was way past where stuff was breaking. So to test my theory I set a water bottle about 5" from the cylinder gap, low and behold it blew the water bottle up, decapitated it, and soaked me and the two guys standing on either side of me :eek:

    I once read a story about a guy that accidentally put his hand under the cylinder gap while firing and blew a hole threw his hand.

    What can I say...I LOVE IT!


    My 460


  12. SpeedAKL

    SpeedAKL Well-Known Member

  13. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Well-Known Member

    HA HA HA HA HA.....no really, what were we talking about? Too much blast? Can't happen, doesn't exist. These are GUNS, for Bob's sake, not McDonalds straws. If there's no boom that reminds you this isn't a pellet gun, you've got something wrong. :D
  14. obxned

    obxned Well-Known Member

    If it is really, really bad on your side, think what the other guy is receiving.
  15. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    if you need to buy a new toupee after each range visit..... too much muzzle blast.
  16. The Annoyed Man

    The Annoyed Man Well-Known Member

    It's not quite as bad as Big Boomer's .460 Mag, but my .44 Mag Model 29 (5" barrel) shoots sheets of fire out the sides from the cylinder gap... ...not to mention a wonderful fireball out the muzzle. The violence of the discharge usually gets people on either side of me for several lanes to stop what they're doing and look over to see what the hell it is. I don't know if it is objectively louder than any of my .308 rifles, but it certainly feels and sounds subjectly louder.

    I love it.
  17. stevemis

    stevemis Well-Known Member

    If your target gets set on fire, too much muzzle blast..
  18. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Well-Known Member

    Beat me to it.:D
  19. Flak_Jakett

    Flak_Jakett Well-Known Member

    If Al Gore mentions your name in his next global warming video... too much muzzle blast.
  20. Novus Collectus

    Novus Collectus Well-Known Member

    When you lose your eyebrows.

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