Does a Suppressed Pistol Sound like a Nail Gun?

Does a Suppressed Pistol Sound like a Nail Gun?

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Opinion Does a Suppressed Pistol Sound like a Nail Gun? Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- In response to reports that the Virginia Beach shooter used a firearm suppressor in carrying out his terrible crime, David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor for the Giffords gun control group, claimed that a suppressed pistol is especially dangerous because the noise associated with the firearm is difficult to distinguish from a nail gun. As per usual for claims Chipman and his employer make about firearm suppressors, this is false. In an article appearing in the Virginian-Pilot, Chipman claims, “The gun does not sound gun-like. It takes the edge out of the tone . . . This is how I would describe it: It makes a gun sort of sound like a nail gun.” But, a suppressed .45 caliber pistol, like the one that is reported to have been used in Virginia Beach, is many times louder than a nail gun: A suppressed .45 caliber pistol produces about 130-135 dBA. A nail gun produces about 100 dBA . Decibels (dBA) are a logarithmic scale, so sound levels increase in a non-linear fashion. A 3 dBA increase doubles the sound pressure level. (Although most people perceive a 6 to 10 dBA increase as double the noise level.) The 30-35 dBA difference between a nail gun and a suppressed pistol will be perceived as at least eight times louder to the human ear. As an interesting comparison, an unsuppressed pistol produces about 165 dBA. So the difference between […]

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