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Revolvers and suppressors

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Texasgrillchef, May 31, 2020.

  1. Texasgrillchef

    Texasgrillchef member

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    What’s the reason one can’t use a suppressor with a revolver? Is it because of the gap between the cylinder and the barrel makes it pointless?
     
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    I don't know if it makes putting one on a revolver pointless.
    People still put them on noisy leaky gas system AKs.
     
  3. WestKentucky

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    Conventional wisdom has always been that the leak at the jump between cylinder and forcing cone lets a lot of noise escape. I would love to see a gun actually be shot with a suppressor on it and get that proven right or wrong. Preferably a gun like a 686, Blackhawk, Redhawk, or even a rough old Taurus 66.
     
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    Not sure it's a "can't" so much of a "Well, but..."

    You are going to wind up with the same issue a blowback pistol has, that it's just not quiet towards the shooter.

    The cylinder gaps is not going to be very 'friendly' for the amount of backpressure a can is likely to create.

    The front sight location is not going to help very much, either. Or the way many revolver barrels are shrouded, too.
     
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  5. somethingbenign

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    This is where a Nagant revolver with a threaded barrel would be fun.
     
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  6. MachIVshooter

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    Nagants are good hosts. .22 revolvers with fairly tight cylinder gaps will be hearing safe, but much louder than semi-auto hosts. Anything centerfire is still gonna ring your ears.

    This is one of my Hi Standard Sentinels. The SPL was the same low 130s dBs with my 5.5" standard ocelot model as the 3" Micro

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    I do eventually plan to make an integrally suppressed top break .32 or .38 with a shrouded cylinder, but haven't the time right now.
     
  7. somethingbenign

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    Never heard of a shrouded cylinder before. How effective would that be?
     
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  8. Texasgrillchef

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    Well my purpose for suppressors isn’t as much for my hearing, as much as it is to cut down on noise for everyone else. Even in Texas in this day and age, even on your own property sometimes liberal idiots will call the police on you for gun fire. However after someone called the local sheriff out on me three times, local dispatch is aware and no longer will respond to gun fire complaints during daylight hours. If all that is to be reported is the sound of gunfire and no other issues. They don’t even respond to my cannon fodder, or automatic fire anymore. Sheriff said someone reported machine gun fire one day, and he told them I had all the proper ATF/NFA paperwork and that it was legal machine gun fire.

    but my original question was just simply about revolvers and suppressors, because until someone posted their pic of their suppressed revolver I had never seen one.

    Only 22lr I have is a 10/22 Ruger. The revolver I have is a Ruger Super Redhawk, and a couple of blackpowder.
     
  9. Hoser

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    I have a can on a 4 inch S&W 686. It isnt as quiet as I hoped it would be. Even with a tightened cylinder gap, a lot of noise leaks out.
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    We'll find out.

    The plan in my head is a cylinder with a groove for a gas ring that would ride inside said shroud to seal off the entire front of the cylinder. That's why a top break, not really feasible with a swing-out cylinder or a single action where the cylinder has to be installed from the side. Besides which, lower powered top break rounds like .38 S&W or .32 long are excellent candidates for suppressed use.
     
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  11. Crosshair

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    That's true for any gas operated gun. Which is why manual actions are always the quietest.

    The diffrence is that the barrel cylinder gap is a high pressure area that is as open to the enviornment as you can get. On top of this, the dwell time is fairly long as well vs a gas operated gun.

    This is exactly the issue.

    Having filmed revolvers at 40,000 fps and seen how much gas leaks where, a suppressor would absolutely quiet a revolver. Enough to make it worthwhile? For most people, no.
     
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