Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Dwayne Phillips

    I am surprised at the unsafe gun handling in the video. I realize that he is at a “private” place with no one else around, but a bad example.

    • tempest

      If you’re talking about that he’s shooting towards the camera, the camera was placed on the back of his truck first and on the berm later, with nobody manning the camera. He was just risking the integrity of his camera, which was a calculated risk.

    • FormerSFMedic

      At what point was the shooter unsafe? I see NOTHING to be concerned about. The only thing that might have been considered unsafe was when he attached the AAC Suppressor to the AR15 when a round was in the chamber. That said, I’m not even sure he actually did that because it was hard to tell at that distance. The shooter made a good video and demonstrated proper safety.

      • B

        At one point there was a lot of traffic on the road past the 75 yd shooting spot. I heard several ricochets off the steel plate from both the 9mm and the .45 – one of which went up into the nearby tree because of the branches you hear breaking because of the round.
        I personally would be nervous shooting with bystanders driving that close with as many ricochets as I heard.

  • gunslinger

    indoor range i used to go to had suppressors available for rental, the only problem was that all the other lanes had people with unsuppressed fire, so it was pointless.

    this may be as close to a suppressor as i’ll ever get though

  • Kent J

    It’s cool to hear the difference in sound that it makes, but you can’t really tell how loud it is.

    The part at the end where he hid from the camera was funny to me. How would he expect us to find him regardless of the suppression? We can’t gain any direction with respect to the scene from our computer speakers and it would be every bit as hard with the loudest gun he could find.

  • Kent J

    Out of curiosity, can anyone tell me where/when our military uses suppressors? And if they are very effective in the field for disguising the sound of a shot or hiding your position?

    At a distance with some obstacles scattered about I would think the snappier suppressed shots wouldn’t carry as well, but even from the video you can hear the echo from the louder unsuppressed shots and I think it’s possible the echo might disguise position better in certain circumstances. Especially given that higher pitches (like those from the suppressed shots) are easier to locate (hence why sub-woofer position in surround sound makes little difference).

    • FormerSFMedic

      @ Kent J- The Military is currently using suppressors for a number of different applications. Special Operations assaulters (those using assault rifle and battle rifle type weapon systems) are using suppressors in large numbers on an almost permanent basis. Suppressors are also being used by Snipers and Designated Marksmen on the Special operations side and the Conventional side of the Military. Snipers can benefit substantially from a Suppressor. Suppressors are also seeing heavy use in Counter Terror Operations on rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, and submachine guns.

      As far as redirection of sound goes, a suppressor is very effective in the mountainous/rocky environment of Afghanistan. At 200m or so, the report of the rifle is either barely heard or not heard at all. Even when the report of the rifle is heard, it is often times disguised and sounds more like a typewriter than a rifle which makes it tough for our enemies to pinpoint our exact location. The mountainous/rocky terrain redirects the sound as well.

      The other aspect of sound is the bullet braking the sound barrier. That’s the CRACK you hear so well. The bullet breaking the sound barrier is about as loud as the rifle report is without a suppressor. For our Troops, this is an advantage. The sonic crack of the bullet is directed off the base of the bullet as it flies through the air at exactly 90°. So, with a suppressor, the sound level might be around 132db at the shooter while the sound level 200 m downrange 5 feet and 90° off the bullets flight path may be closer to 165db. Now, combine those stats with the fact that the terrain is uneven causing echo, and the shot now sounds like it came from some place other than where it actually did. There have been reports from Afghanistan where enemy fighters actually took cover on the wrong side because they thought the Snipers shots were coming from the opposite direction because the Sniper was using a Suppressor!

      Despite all this sound misdirection and concealment, troops actually use suppressors for other reasons. The quieter report of the rifle allows Operators to save themselves from hearing damage and more importantly communicate without yelling. Suppressors also hide flash and can completely conceal an operators position at night. Suppressors also hide any debris that may be kicked up around the shooter when he fires his weapon. Reduced recoil and enhanced accuracy are other benefits and snipers benefit also from the fact that there is no blast to obscure their vision, which allows them to spot trace.

      • Kent J

        Thanks for the explanation! That all makes perfect sense once explained.

  • JonathanF

    What fascinated me was just how much the .22 and 9×19 suppressed sounded like the classical movie silencer report, which most people will tell you is plain wrong. Clearly the movies do tend to make it too quiet, but that classic ‘pthew’ sound is definitely there at the camera/mic end.

    • bbmg

      I think the main objection to Hollywood is that you get the classic “mouse fart” noise from much larger weapons, or weapons that cannot normally be suppressed like revolvers.

      One example that springs to mind is the 357 mag Ruger which Eva Mendes wields in “Once upon a time in Mexico”:

      Even if there wasn’t a silly amount of gas escaping the gap between the cylinder and barrel, the suppressor is much too tiny to be effective, yet when she pulls the trigger, “pfffft!”…

  • Andrew

    All are nice but for even lower sound, this is my favorite:

    • bbmg

      Actually those nutty Russians went one better with the Nagant, with the “беззвучного револьвера” or “Bezzvunogo revolver”. It’s a 0.22″ projectile in a 0.38″ sabot, and the muzzle has a revolving drum which allows the sabot to be ejected for another shot. The sabot is blocked at the muzzle so no gas escapes, it is the forerunner of other “captive piston” designs.

      Here’s a nice documentary about Russian “special silent weapons”, no English subtitles available unfortunately but it’s worth watching even if you don’t understand the narration.

  • إبليس

    Fascinating! My respect for 300 Blackout has increased dramatically.

    • Seamus

      likewise brotha

  • jim

    it seems like suppressors would be much more effective if they were used with suppressed cartridges..