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Posted: 7/14/2009 2:17:38 PM EST
Im going to be shooting in an area where it is legal to do so, but dont want to disturb neighbors. Using normal ammo, how loud is .22LR out of a handgun, like a ruger or buckmark?

For reference, I have a .22 rifle with something on the order of a 30 inch barrel, and using 22 shorts, I can hardly even hear it if Im in the house and its fired outside. Normal LR's are a little louder, but not really much louder than a high powered air rifle. Even then, I think most of that 'loudness' comes from my proximity to the gun being fired.

So yeah, just how loud is a .22 handgun, for the most part?

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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:19:50 PM EST
They are way loud compared to .22LR rifles.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:21:25 PM EST
How wide open are area are you talking? Super Kolibri out of a handgun in a residential neighborhood is pretty loud, compared to out in the middle of a farmer's field.

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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:21:50 PM EST
You can hear them pretty well in a house 100 feet away is my experience. They do not really disturb anyone though. Except for rabid anti's. But that is to be expected.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:22:38 PM EST
Expect it to be quite a bit louder than what you're used to with your rifle.


I would not call a handgun chambered in .22lr a "quiet alternative" to many other firearms, if noise is a concern.



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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:23:13 PM EST
Quite a bit louder than out of a rifle, any neighbors withing 50yds will likely be annoyed. Subsonics will be a little less noisy, but I'd check with the neighbors first anyway just to make sure they don't call the fuzz.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:34:04 PM EST
Not loud at all with one of these.




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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 2:56:18 PM EST
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:04:16 PM EST
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They are way loud compared to .22LR rifles.


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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:05:57 PM EST
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Gamo recently came out with a suppressed air-rifle just for this application, if you don't mind practicing with an air-rifle. No tax stamp needed.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:08:37 PM EST
Loud enough to make your ears ring within a shot or 2. Even super colibri's sound like fire crackers.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:17:32 PM EST
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Gamo recently came out with a suppressed air-rifle just for this application, if you don't mind practicing with an air-rifle. No tax stamp needed.


The "suppressor" on the Whisper is a gimmic. Spring piston air rifles only make significant noise when the shot is supersonic or they are dieseling. Any spring piston air rifle should be nearly silent.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:19:21 PM EST
From what I recall, about as loud as a firecracker
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:22:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Windustsearch:
They are way loud compared to .22LR rifles.

I can't recall, but it's right about the same volume as a .45acp from a pistol.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:30:46 PM EST
i would say mine seem to be as loud as a 9mm, definitely have a loud sharp Pop.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:32:19 PM EST
oh wow ok, louder than I expected, thanks guys
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:32:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By eddiein1984:
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Gamo recently came out with a suppressed air-rifle just for this application, if you don't mind practicing with an air-rifle. No tax stamp needed.


The "suppressor" on the Whisper is a gimmic. Spring piston air rifles only make significant noise when the shot is supersonic or they are dieseling. Any spring piston air rifle should be nearly silent.


Uh, you are completely wrong.
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Yep. I've been shooting them for about 20 years. They sound like "bronnnk", very, very loud.


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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:36:01 PM EST
Spring Piston airguns arent THAT loud.

I mean they have a loud "break the silence" pop, but alongside actual firearms, or firecrackers, I find them to be pretty subtle.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 3:42:05 PM EST
They don't pop at all. They go "bronnk" very loudly. The sound of the spring is louder than the supersonic crack.

And I never said they were as loud as a firearm, just that they are loud. As hell. And suppressors on precharged pneumatic airguns are the shit. Spring piston guns don't benefit from a suppressor at all because of the BRONNKing.

Also, a .22 pistol does not sound like a 9mm at all. It's louder than a .22 rifle, but not anywhere near as loud as a 9mm.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 4:54:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By Windustsearch:
They are way loud compared to .22LR rifles.


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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 4:57:00 PM EST
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Not loud at all with one of these.

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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 4:59:20 PM EST
Mine is pretty quiet.



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Without it? Holy shit. The first time I shot my P22, I expected (foolishly, due to experience with .22LR rifles) that it wouldn't be all that loud.


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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 5:08:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By eddiein1984:
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Gamo recently came out with a suppressed air-rifle just for this application, if you don't mind practicing with an air-rifle. No tax stamp needed.


The "suppressor" on the Whisper is a gimmic. Spring piston air rifles only make significant noise when the shot is supersonic or they are dieseling. Any spring piston air rifle should be nearly silent.


Not in my experience. The rifle is loud. The flight of the projectile is silent.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 5:12:56 PM EST
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 5:22:42 PM EST

How loud is a .22LR out of a pistol?

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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 5:35:24 PM EST
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to compare: .22 pistol about as loud as a 12 ga, maybe same as a 9mm, I think it's not as loud as a 40/45, but not by much. I'd consider them all roughly the same.

absoute scale: will make your ears ring, a few shots may actually cause pain in your ears w/o hearing protection.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 6:22:56 PM EST
Your ears will ring like a "ten-penny" finishing nail hit smartly with a greasy ball-peen hammer.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 6:30:39 PM EST
Almost rifle loud.

out of the Sterling .22

Out of a buckmark

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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 10:40:14 PM EST
Are we talking NAA Mini or a Ruger Charger? Both are loud. I fired the super colbri's out of my .22 Marlin 81DL and sounded like they were suppressed, then shot one out of my 4" MK II and closed the door and the curtains and hunkered down for the cops to come.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:12:48 PM EST
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It's surprisingly loud out of a pistol. Your neighbors will definitely notice.


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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:16:16 PM EST
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They don't pop at all. They go "bronnk" very loudly. The sound of the spring is louder than the supersonic crack.

And I never said they were as loud as a firearm, just that they are loud. As hell. And suppressors on precharged pneumatic airguns are the shit. Spring piston guns don't benefit from a suppressor at all because of the BRONNKing.

Also, a .22 pistol does not sound like a 9mm at all. It's louder than a .22 rifle, but not anywhere near as loud as a 9mm.


Out of my 5.5" ruger, I can shoot 10 mags or so w/out hearing protection before I feel it...
On my 4" bbl 9mm its 2 shots and my ears are done.
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Link Posted: 7/14/2009 11:24:15 PM EST
It's about the same as a 9mm or a .45ACP. LOUD.
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Link Posted: 7/15/2009 3:49:32 AM EST
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They don't pop at all. They go "bronnk" very loudly. The sound of the spring is louder than the supersonic crack.

And I never said they were as loud as a firearm, just that they are loud. As hell. And suppressors on precharged pneumatic airguns are the shit. Spring piston guns don't benefit from a suppressor at all because of the BRONNKing.

Also, a .22 pistol does not sound like a 9mm at all. It's louder than a .22 rifle, but not anywhere near as loud as a 9mm.


Out of my 5.5" ruger, I can shoot 10 mags or so w/out hearing protection before I feel it...
On my 4" bbl 9mm its 2 shots and my ears are done.


Your ears should be ringing pretty good after one or two shots.

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Link Posted: 7/15/2009 4:19:41 AM EST
Wait until your neighbors are mowing their lawn, whipping their weeds, or blowing their leaves. Fire away, they won't hear a thing, but you should use hearing protection.
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Link Posted: 7/15/2009 5:14:49 AM EST
I shot a .22 snub nosed revolver. My ears REALLY rang. I was surprised at how loud the damn thing was.
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