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suppressor sound?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by cottonmouth, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. cottonmouth

    cottonmouth Well-Known Member

    I have read that a suppressed rifle shot will sound like it came from a 90 degree angle from the actual weapon. Is this true and if so why?

  2. BK

    BK Well-Known Member

    That might be referring to the sonic crack echoing back toward the shooter.
  3. Texas Gun Person

    Texas Gun Person Well-Known Member

    That would be 180 degrees? ^^
  4. BK

    BK Well-Known Member

    I meant bouncing from 90 degrees back toward the shooter since sound travels in more than one direction. I experienced this when there was a building or anything out to my side. It sort of sounded like someone else shot from a position 90 degrees to me, but it was only my gun's report bouncing off that object.
  5. Ranb

    Ranb Well-Known Member

    It depends on what you are shooting. My subsonic stuff like the 300 whisper sounds like a car door slamming. The high powered stuff is like an air hose being disconnected. All of them are louder when shot under weather protection, with the supersonic loads requireing ear plugs when doing so. The sonic booms echo back unless shooting in a very wide open space.

  6. Wingnut13

    Wingnut13 Well-Known Member

    You won't hear much from the suppressor, but that sound is directional. However if your rounds are super-sonic the crack from the bullet is non-directional.
  7. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    If a supersonic bullet passes an observer, he will hear the sonic boom and it will sound like it came from the closest part of bullet path to him; the "report" from the sonic boom propagates at right angles from the bullet path.

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