America is a gun loving country. Many of us believe that guns represent the heart of our nation’s foundation and identity. We believe that this is a symbol of our freedom. But wait— if we are truly a gun loving country,why is it that most of us believe in these ridiculous gun myths? If YOU consider yourself gun crazy, go ahead and check the list.
Silencers Turn Gunfire Into a Gentle Whisper
Cautious spies and assassins know that if you’re going to take out a bad guy in an office or a library, be sure to use a silencer. It turns the concussive “bang” into a neutered “ptew.”
Exploding gunpowder is loud. Really loud. As loud as a jet engine. A little metal tube won’t do a whole lot to stop that.An unsilenced gunshot is around 140 to 160 decibels–that’s in the range where hearing it once can permanently damage your ears. If you’ve never had a gun go off next to you, trust us when we say it’s loud enough that your whole body will flinch at the sound of it. A silencer can get that all the way down to 120 or 130 decibles, aka the sound of a jackhammer. Still loud enough to cause physical pain if it’s close enough to you.
So why the hell do silencers even exist? Well, if you’re in an outdoor, noisy environment, they can make quite a bit of difference. Specifically, they make it really hard to tell where exactly the shot is coming from, or how far away it is.