This myth is the reason that the gun world has been shifting its terminology from “silencer” to “suppressor”. Many people believe that putting a silencer onto a gun, be it a miniature Walther pistol or a 12 gauge shotgun, will reduce the sound of the blast to a gentle “pfft” and enable you to breeze through the hallways of any top secret facility unnoticed. The fact of the matter is that a gunshot is LOUD - 150 decibels loud - which is roughly equivalent to the sound of a jet engine. Applying even the highest quality suppressor only reduces this sound by about 40 decibels, to a noise level roughly equivalent to a jackhammer. Because hearing loss can occur at levels as low as 85 dB, it is usually recommended that shooters wear hearing protection even while shooting suppressed guns! In fact, most suppressors can only reduce noise to a No Country For Old Men, 2007, Miramax level similar to that incurred by wearing hearing protection. The reason that the gunshots aren’t truly silenced is based on two factors that contribute to the noise level. The first factor is the pressure caused by gas expansion upon firing; this is the noise that is suppressed using a silencer. The second factor is the noise generated when the bullet exceeds the sound barrier, which unless you are using special subsonic rounds, is typical. So the next time you are planning on infiltrating a top secret missile silo, maybe consider using the knife as your stealth weapon instead.
The act of cocking back the hammer has been ingrained into our heads as a “power move” for as long as hammers have existed. Cocking the gun makes a cool noise that tells the person at the receiving end that you are ready to fire. The only problem is that the gun was already good to go! This myth dates back to the Western days, when revolvers required the shooter to cock the hammer between each shot. Fortunately for us, these types of guns have long since been replaced with more practical versions. Cocking back the hammer of a modern day firearm only makes the trigger pull lighter, which is nice, but also totally unnecessary. So, when you cock the gun to show someone how serious you are, all you’re really doing is screwing up your grip and sight alignment momentarily, not to mention telling the bad guy that you have no clue what you are doing.
Anyone who has seen Rambo (or virtually any other action movie) has dealt with this annoying gun myth. You know, the one that turns a fully automatic rifle into an infinite, bullet-flinging death machine. It only takes one time shooting a full auto to realize the sad, 3 second truth. The cyclic rate of fire for a standard AK-47 is 600 rounds per minute, meaning it only takes around 3 seconds to dump a 30 round mag. Reload that gun already, Rambo!
Rambo, 1985, Carolco Pictures
Fact: The best gun for you is the one that you will carry. In a gunfight, a small caliber pocket pistol in your possession will always beat the full size one that you left at home. Many small framed women feel most comfortable with a small frame pistol, and thus are more likely to carry them. Proponents of this myth claim that the rounds like the humble .380 don’t have enough stopping power to be effective. In truth, a well placed shot is a well placed shot, regardless of the size of the round. Pistols with smaller calibers like the .380 and 9mm often make it easier to get accurate shots off quickly, making them more effective than the clunky .45 that you can barely control one-handed. The next time a gun salesman tries to sell you this myth, tell him you can see right through his backhanded up-selling strategy. 30 | sure shots mag | issue 15
Sure Shots Mag Issue 15