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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 8/2/2001 12:23:34 AM EST
what is the difference between subsonic and supersonic ammo?
Link Posted: 8/2/2001 12:36:10 AM EST
The speed of the bullet Subsonic=below the speed of sound Supersonic= above subsonic are ussually easier to suppress with silencers. Remember, there aren't any dumb questions sgtar15
Link Posted: 8/2/2001 12:37:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2001 12:35:22 AM EST by raven]
The difference is the speed of the bullet. Some rounds are inherently subsonic, like the .45 acp out of a pistol. This means it travels at less than 900-950 feet per second at sea level. Too slow to create a sonic boom which can be very loud. If the .45 acp is shot out of a longer-barreled weapon, and/or has a lot of propellant, it can achieve supersonic speeds. Almost all standard rifle rounds are supersonic and give a supersonic 'crack' when shot. There are specialized rounds for both pistols and rifles that have especially heavy bullets and less propellant, so the bullet travels under 950 fps, so it doesn't give a supersonic crack. When you shoot these rounds out of a silenced gun, they can be very quiet. Shooting supersonic rounds out of a silenced gun is usually self-defeating because of the noise of the supersonic crack.
Link Posted: 8/2/2001 12:42:47 AM EST
Speed of sound is somewhere around 1100 fps, I think.
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