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Posted: 7/12/2001 11:13:05 AM EST
Except for getting a suppressor, how can i reduce the noise level from a 16in barrell ? I have a Bushmaster shorty and im looking for something to reduce the muzzle blast noise. Is there any muzzle brakes that will knock the noise level down to that of a 20in barrell ?
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 11:23:55 AM EST
my friend, if it reduces noise- it's a suppressor. there was something, years ago, about pistol(silouette?) shooters installing a tube like device to keep noise down... but i think atf eventually ruled 'em suppressors
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 11:24:31 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 11:28:33 AM EST
oh, and if it's a post-ban you can't even put a suppressor on it- they are flashhiders too... unless you make your rifle useless by replacing the pistol grip with the thumb-hook thingy.
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 11:28:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2001 11:25:53 AM EST by turbonatr]
Get a .22lr conversion.;)
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 11:31:27 AM EST
Only a husher will cut noise, dont think anyone makes a brake that claims to cut noise, brakes increase noise levels. my 20 is a comfortable, y 16 w/ mini y-comp booms like a bitch, annoying sometimes. BALOO.
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:13:11 PM EST
I'm real fuzzy on this, but I seem to recall that sometime in the vietnam era the govt played with some kind of muzzle attachment designed to do something else that the BATF considers a suppressor because it dropped the noise level by less than 1db (which is inconsequential on a 150db muzzle blast anyway) Any device that attaches to a barrel that reduces noise, regardless of how much is usually ruled to be a suppressor. As other people mentioned, they also hold sound suppressors to be flash hiders too - so it's a nogo on a postban. Your only options are longer barrel and reduced loads. (Including 22lr). Sometimes I wonder if it might be even remotely possible to get supressors removed from NFA regulation, but watching my late night snacking usually keeps such thoughts to a minimum.
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:32:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2001 12:30:17 PM EST by Archangel]
[img]http://www.gem-tech.com/Images/predatorS.jpg[/img] [:D] Except for a supressor, the quietest config will probably be a bare barrel. Which actually isn't any quieter than one with a brake, it's just that the sound is mostly directed forward (and away from the shooter). All brakes by their nature re-direct the muzzle blast (and hence the noise) in some direction other than straight forward, so it appears louder to the shooter. So if you can't do a suppressor([}:(]), look into a .22lr conversion, or handloading.
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:37:51 PM EST
lighter load ie not as hot
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:39:07 PM EST
Now that everyone else has covered modifications to the gun--you can: 1. Shoot through the center of several tires lined up as the starting point of your range--maybe bolt them together to keep them standing on their edge (assuming you can do that when you shoot). 2. Wear ear plugs in addition to ear muffs. 3. Shoot a .22 conversion kit. Other than that you are limited to Supressors on a pre-ban (can't put them on post-bans, as they are also considered flash supressors). AFARR
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:51:46 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 12:56:12 PM EST
the replies basically confirm my suspecions, im going to go deeeeef! Next gun show, im swapping my Bushy shorty. Next purchase: -Colt HBAR -20in HBAR complete upper assembly (for spare) why the switch from Bushmaster to Colt ? no paticular reason. I shot a freinds 20in HBAR at the range a few weeks ago and fell in love. Even when i was in the military my ears never hurt so bad compared to the punishment from my 16in barrell. Yes, ive been wearing ear plugs, but it almost feels like they are not even there. I want a rifle that i can *almost* stand to shoot without plugs if i had to without permenent hearing loss. Damn i think its even worse sometimes than being AG on the .50 Browning!
Link Posted: 7/12/2001 1:07:17 PM EST
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