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    How loud is your gun?

    How loud is your gun?

    Table 3. CENTERFIRE PISTOL DATA

    .25 ACP 155.0 dB
    .32 LONG 152.4 dB
    .32 ACP 153.5 dB
    .380 157.7 dB
    9mm 159.8 dB
    .38 S&W 153.5 dB
    .38 Spl 156.3 dB
    .357 Magnum 164.3 dB
    .41 Magnum 163.2 dB
    .44 Spl 155.9 dB
    .45 ACP 157.0 dB
    .45 COLT 154.7 dB
    Table 2. CENTERFIRE RIFLE DATA

    .223, 55GR. Commercial load 18 _" barrel 155.5dB
    .243 in 22" barrel 155.9dB
    .30-30 in 20" barrel 156.0dB
    7mm Magnum in 20" barrel 157.5dB
    .308 in 24" barrel 156.2dB
    .30-06 in 24" barrel 158.5dB
    .30-06 in 18 _" barrel 163.2dB
    .375 — 18" barrel with muzzle brake 170 dB
    Table 1. SHOTGUN NOISE DATA (DECIBEL AVERAGES)

    .410 Bore 28" barrel 150dB
    26" barrel 150.25dB
    18 _" barrel 156.30dB
    20 Gauge 28" barrel 152.50dB
    22" barrel 154.75dB
    12 Gauge 28" barrel 151.50dB
    26" barrel 156.10dB
    18 _" barrel 161.50dB
    the damage caused by one shot from a .357 magnum pistol, which can expose a shooter to 165 dB for 2msec, is equivalent to over 40 hours in a noisy workplace. Dr. Krammer, Ph.D., Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
    Source FreeHearingtest.com - Gunfire Noise Levels
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    huh...I have a .40 and I don't see stats for that. I can't imagine it'd be that far off from a .45
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    WHAT??? SPEAK LOUDER I CAN'T HEAR YOU!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradyM77 View Post
    WHAT??? SPEAK LOUDER I CAN'T HEAR YOU!?!

    ...Sorry, couldn't resist
    I see you have been shooting either the .357 or .41
    magnum

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    Actually most centerfire handgun cartridges are closer to the 160-165db range. An M16 is 165dB and the 45 ACP is as well.

    Recall the dB scale is not linear, it's logrithmic, so the difference between 2 and 3 dB is greater than the difference between 1 and 2 db.

    I shoot suppressed almost exclusively so all my gun shots range from 115db to 125db (22 rimfire to 223 centerfire).
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    Have any data on the .22mag, .357SIG and 10mm? Dang loud rounds also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    Actually most centerfire handgun cartridges are closer to the 160-165db range. An M16 is 165dB and the 45 ACP is as well.

    Recall the dB scale is not linear, it's logrithmic, so the difference between 2 and 3 dB is greater than the difference between 1 and 2 db.

    I shoot suppressed almost exclusively so all my gun shots range from 115db to 125db (22 rimfire to 223 centerfire).
    Correct, it is logarithmic. There are also several variables not listed that always make these tables suspect to me, such as barrel length, instument placement/type, very specif load info, etc.

    Consider it a ROUGH estimate though, and it's illustrative to a point.
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    Eh, considering the fact I used to work in 180dB work areas 150-170 seems tame. Still I lost enough hearing already, Im wearing good set of earplugs or headphones.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerriLi View Post
    Eh, considering the fact I used to work in 180dB work areas 150-170 seems tame. Still I lost enough hearing already, Im wearing good set of earplugs or headphones.
    You must be a fellow welder

    Grinders are loud..

    I had to air arc a lot on the railroad. That hurt
    with plugs in too.

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    It's loud, but not TOO loud. I would certainly recommend anyone who is carrying for defense to try shooting their handgun (at an outdoor range) without ear protection, just to see what it's like*. You don't want to fire your first shot and then stop to think "holy ***** that was loud!", instead you want to be expecting it to be what it is


    *I am not a doctor, so do this at your own risk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    .....Recall the dB scale is not linear, it's logrithmic, so the difference between 2 and 3 dB is greater than the difference between 1 and 2 db.........
    The difference between 2 and 3 db is 1 db. The difference between 1 and 2 db is 1 db. The subtraction is the same.

    But I think I know what you are saying. A 3 db increase is not same as going to a 3 on a knob that is scaled from 1 to 10.

    Think of it this way, if you are putting out 25 watts of power (I'm an RF guy), a 3 db increase means you are now putting out 50 watts of power, twice as much.

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    The difference is the value but the actual sound pressure level (more correctly db SPL) the thing that is being measured, is exponential.

    2 Pa (sound pressure) is about 100 dB (sound pressure level) in air. 20 Pa is about 115 dB and is the threshold for hearing damage for short exposure. You can see here a change of 15 dB is an increase of 19 pascals of sound pressure. The ratio of increase in pascal versus decibels isn't fixed (linear) such as a 1:50 Pa:dB.
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    I know my guns are loud, that's why I wear earplugs.

    In an SD situation, I don't think it will matter. I hardly even hear my shotgun or rifle go off when I shoot game animals. (and my rifles are really loud) The adrenaline seems to reduce the noticable effects somehow.
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    It's called auditor exclusion and is common during high stress situations. Your body suppresses low priority senses and skills to allow gross motor skills to take priority.
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    I can vouch for a .357 magnum going off in an enclosed room as being VERY LOUD.

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