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How Does a Gun Silencer Work?

Posted on 31 August 2011 by David Allred

Gun SilencerWe’ve all seen them and maybe even used them on occasion, but how does a gun silencer really work?

It’s a simple concept really. All a silencer, or suppressor is, is a chamber at the end of the barrel that disperses the air pressure caused by a gun shot, at a much slower rate. The sound from a gunshot is caused by a few things: the ignition of the gun powder and the escape of that high pressure from the barrel of your firearm.

It’s works similar to a balloon being popped. Poke a balloon with a needle and you get a loud pop. Let the air out slowly and it’s virtually silent.

Exhaust SilencerAnother example would be a muffler, or exhaust silencer. We’ve all heard the Chevy or Ford truck without a muffler that’s owned by the kid down the street. The muffler does the same thing. It simply allows the air to flow into a much larger space that slows it’s escape down a bit and this makes the vehicle quieter.

Inside the actual silencer, there are different designs, but there can be a series of chambers or barriers that break down the speed of the air pressure flying through it.

The only thing a silencer cannot silence is the noise the bullet actually makes while flying through the air. That should be common sense…but you never know!

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David Allred Author: David Allred is the creator of TheGunsman.com. Besides shooting things and blowing stuff up, David is a full time Father and Husband, Internet Marketer and Home Based Business owner. David Allred on Google+

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