An enormous amount of force is necessary to propel a bullet. This force produces a very loud sound that even a short period of exposure can damage one’s hearing. Due to this, gun enthusiasts are always on the lookout, either for a good hearing protection or the most efficient gun suppressor. But is silencing a gun really possible?

The sound of a gun comes mainly from three different sources. The first one is when the gun’s hammer strikes the firing pin as the trigger is pulled; this creates a sharp, metallic sound. Although this is not as ear-crushing as the gunfire itself, it still contributes to the sound a gun makes during each shot.

As the firing pin strikes the back of a bullet, it hits a primer that triggers the powder propellant inside the bullet’s casing to quickly generate an enormous amount of hot gas. The hot gas creates immense pressure at the back of the bullet, usually at 3,000 pounds per square inch, which pushes the bullet down the barrel. As the gas expands, it creates a sound which can be as loud as 165 decibels, which may cause permanent ear damage.

The third sound is created when the bullet finally comes out of the barrel and whizzes past a target. It is called a bullet crack. A ballistic crack is so unique that it makes it possible for you to distinguish gunfire from booms created by fireworks, for instance.

As an answer to the question above, to silence a gun, gun owners use suppressors, also called sound suppressors, sound moderators, or silencers, A suppressor is a device attached to the barrel of a firearm or air gun (or to a part of a firearm) which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. A suppressor, however, is only able to silence the second sound (the sound created by hot gasses). Due to the longer and wider provided by a suppressor, the escaping propellant gas is slowed down plus the hot gas is given more room to dissipate; this decreases the sound created by the pressure.

As an answer to the question above, to silence a gun, gun owners use suppressors, also called sound suppressors, sound moderators, or silencers. Now, suppressors are available either as a separate piece of equipment that can be treaded onto a firearm, or as a combination of a suppressor and a barrel. As a separate piece of equipment a suppressor is attached to the barrel of a firearm or air gun (or to a part of a firearm). This is used to reduce the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. A suppressor, however, is only able to silence the second sound (the sound created by hot gasses). Due to the longer and wider provided by a suppressor, the escaping propellant gas is slowed down plus the hot gas is given more room to dissipate; these decrease the sound created by the pressure.

More efficient in silencing a gun, especially, a rifle, however, is combination of a suppressor and a barrel. Among the quietest and most accurate integral suppressed rifles on the market available today is the Monolithic Integral Suppressed Barrel (MISB).

In its website, Suppressed Weapon Systems explains that, by making the suppressor and rifle only a single piece (welding, threading, screwing or attaching is no longer necessary), its MISB is made quieter, lighter, stronger and reduces recoil better than any other rifle on the market; it can also be quickly disassembled for cleaning in the field without the use of any tools.