The Real Effects of Silencers on Shooting
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A gun suppressor is one of the most popular gun accessories found at shooting ranges as well as Hollywood. As popular as silencers are, it’s amazing to note that so much of what a suppressor does is misunderstood by the general public and even many avid shooters. From sound and muzzle flare reduction to bullet speed, here are the real effects of suppressors on shooting.

The Real Effects of Suppressors

The Impossibility of Silence

The most common understanding of a suppressor is that they are capable of magically making a gun shoot silently. We hate to break it to you, but there’s no way to completely silence a gun. The very definition of a suppressor is that it suppresses the gun; the oft-used term, silencer, is nothing more than a misnomer.

A suppressor does indeed reduce the amount of sound that a gun gives off when fired, but perhaps, more importantly, is the reduction in muzzle flare. A pistol suppressor is more effective at reducing sound than a rifle suppressor since pistols are quieter than rifles to begin with.

Effects on Accuracy and PrecisionA high-quality suppressor does more than reduce sound; it can make you a more accurate shooter. For many years, it was believed that suppressors had a negative effect on accuracy, due to the extended muzzle slowing down the bullet’s velocity.

This reduction in bullet velocity is simply something you don’t need to worry about anymore. Suppressor and bullet technology have improved over the years and the velocity reduction, if present at all, is negligible at best.

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Dianna Wyson