Can You Guess That Gun Sound?

Some firearms make incredibly iconic sounds that enthusiasts the world over can recognize immediately. Are you one of these folks? Well, try and get all five as laid out if this video!  One of them is so iconic, if you have been a gun guy (or girl) for longer than a couple of months, we are sure you are expect us to include it. The others are more tricky, or at least less distinct.

Did you get them all? Let us know in the comments below and download your official printable and framable Gun Sound Diploma(tm) here.

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Cedar_92

    Is that a Famas?!

  • Martin Grønsdal

    let me ask a total dumbass question: does every military M16 go on semi auto when you load it? and is that same for the civilian ar-15’s?

    I know hk416 does not go to semi auto when the bolt is pulled back by the charging handle.

    • throwedoff

      An M-16 or AR-15 cannot be placed on “safe” unless the rifle has been charged. On an empty weapon with the trigger pulled the safety cannot be rotated to safe. It will either got to semi or auto in the case of the M-16. If you pull the charging handle back without a magazine cocking the hammer, you can the place either weapon on safe. The movement of the charging handle and bolt group does not move the selector switch for the safety. It is done manually by the shooter. That is why range masters will often have AR-15/M-16 shooters charge a weapon without a magazine and place it on safe before ever inserting a loaded magazine. They will have the shooter lock the bolt to the rear, they will visually inspect the magazine well and chamber, and instruct the shooter to release the bolt and place the weapon on safe.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        and this goes for all the ar-15 versions out there?

        • CommonSense23

          AR-15s do not need to be in fire to load. If you pull the trigger on a empty chamber, you will not be able to safe the weapon until you pull the charging handle. If the weapon is bolt forward, no magazine, on safe, you can load a mag, chamber a round, and never have to take it off safe.

          • Martin Grønsdal

            ok. I think I get this. Was this intentionally by Stoner, or is the system just “Like that”?

          • Laserbait

            That’s a great question, and I’ve wondered that myself.

  • Wetcoaster

    The first thing I thought for the 870, K98, MP5, and AR15 sounds were all ‘bolt being racked/worked/released’

    I kind of expected the sound of working the slide of a 1911 or cocking a Colt SAA to have been in there

  • All the Raindrops

    Got 1,2 and 5. Had not-unreasonable guesses for the others, I think.

  • sleff52

    May be my imagination, but I think the clip ejecting on the Garand makes a higher “ping” sound when its actually the gas operating the mechanism and not a human hand.

  • Laserbait

    The TFT on YouTube ads blow! Every time I hit a page, the F’n video starts, and I have to pause it. EVERY PAGE!

    Sheesh, c’mon guys, at least make them “click to play”, not auto-play…

    • jcitizen

      Although I do want to support this site, I have to enable AdBlock Plus sometimes to block the really pesky ads. Other wise I just turn off my sound temporarily, but of course that was not an option this time.

  • Yallan

    The only difficult one was the mauser, you would have needed to have seen alot of german war films to recognize that sound. (me being a fan of Enemy at the Gates meant I probably would have recognized a mosin-nagant) Or maybe I don’t play enough WW2 first person shooters.

    • iksnilol

      It was so familiar to me I didn’t really think about it. The Mauser clunkiness I am used to.

  • Joshua

    missed the Mauser charger and the MP5 slap, and the MP5 slap I should have got, kicked myself after you said it

    • Squirreltakular

      Same here, but for the MP5 I said “Uzi or Mac bolt going home.”

  • Scott Gilbert

    3 out of 5