Getting shot at. (Question)

Getting shot at. (Question)

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    Question Getting shot at. (Question)

    This question popped into my head while posting on another thread about a drive by shooting. Someone here will have the answer.

    I'll keep it short for a change & please move if this is the wrong place.

    When a rifle bullet passes close to you, inbound, there is a certain sound, almost like a sizzle or zinging sound.

    I have never had the displeasure of a handgun round narrowly missing me, so does a handgun round, moving at a slower velocity, make the same sound when it comes close?

    P.S. I assume you hear the sound only after the bullet passes by, due to the speed of sound being slower than the bullet. Correct?
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    I am trying to remember something from way back ......... I used to shoot with some guys in a quarry and we all were interested in this subject.

    Due to the generous numbers of large rocks near the end, which was in effect the berm, despite cliffs some 100' high ....... we all spent a short time down there with rocks for cover - well to the side I might add. We had a 2 way radio link and flags too for working within safe - cold range periods.

    I do remember rifle bullets had a distinct sound but not as I recall much at all from handgun ammo. All I do remember was the sound of a bullet impacting the target.

    I somehow think that a near miss pistol round will not register as much to hear at all - just what it hits if within audible range. Something like a .45 acp being so slow - the shot was heard and then a small delay until the target was hit - not much else. This was approx IIRC about 15 yards to one side from closest target.

    Whether a round going by at a distance of inches makes sound - someone else would have to answer!
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    Depends on round a 9mm sounds like a zinging sound depending how close and how fast it is still moving

    Now a 45 ya don't really hear

    9mm also takes a different sound when it comes though wall of house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    Depends on round a 9mm sounds like a zinging sound depending how close and how fast it is still moving

    Now a 45 ya don't really hear

    9mm also takes a different sound when it comes though wall of house

    Don't ask i'll just say working in detroit is exciting
    Ok, I won't ask.
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    9mm sounds like a yellow jacket buzzing by, but faster. A 45 is really hard to hear, but it sounds more like a hornet. From about 25 yds, you can see a 45 coming at you. Its the ones I wont hear that bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Its the ones I wont hear that bother me.
    Them are the ones your gonna feel

    Ok anyone know what a 40 sounds like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    Ok anyone know what a 40 sounds like?

    Bang.
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    Smarty pants

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    Bang.
    Why did I just know that would be comin'
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    I'm trying to come up with a way to describe it, its a odd sound. Its not really a buzz, but it does have a buzzing quality to it.

    Have you ever been on a flight line, and a jet passes very quickly? Right as the plane passes but before you hear the roar of the engine, its kinda like that. Or better yet, like a incoming morter round, but the pulse is much faster.
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    From very recent encounter in N.O.

    I was with a group conducting an insurance survey of a building two weeks ago on a major theft claim when a dirtbag pulled a driveby shooting at us with a big chrome-looking, semi-automatic handgun. (I'm a PI fire investigator and was with an adjuster, an engineer and an official with the building.) Sorry, but I didn't get to ask what caliber it was. At a guess, probably a .45. All we heard was BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!! We were between two long buildings and it echoed pretty loudly. We didn't hear any zings or impacts, so we don't know how close he came. We just had time to duck into the building to get out of his view and were not in a position to return the favor. Glad he was a lousy shot, though.
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    More like a feeling than a sound, hard to describe. I would say it resonates if that makes any sense, sort of like you can feel it in the air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .45acp View Post
    More like a feeling than a sound, hard to describe. I would say it resonates if that makes any sense, sort of like you can feel it in the air.
    So your saying the old phil collins song applys here

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    Quote Originally Posted by .45acp View Post
    More like a feeling than a sound, hard to describe. I would say it resonates if that makes any sense, sort of like you can feel it in the air.
    This is true, it has to pass pretty close for you to hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .45acp View Post
    More like a feeling than a sound, hard to describe. I would say it resonates if that makes any sense, sort of like you can feel it in the air.
    Yes, like a rifle bullet. I had trouble explaining it too, and thought about saying that you can feel it, like a high frequency vibration in the air. It is hard to put into words, but I think everyone is doing fine so far.

    Like GPS, my one, and hopefully only, driveby experience had no zing to it. So I had assumed that the rounds weren't directed at me, until I began wondering whether or not I would have heard the sound of a handgun bullet, like I have heard or felt rifle rounds.

    There were no impacts near me that I know of, so that part of the basis for my assumption makes me think that it was just a random gun popper going by, aiming God knows where.

    This is a strange topic, but interesting.
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