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Name: george
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
Would you be able to hear a sonic boom from a bullet fired from a gun that has a silencer?


Replies:
No. The silencer slows the bullet down so that there is no sonic boom. That is why it is a silencer.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois


Absolutely, provided the velocity of the bullet was faster than the speed of sound. The silencer would only affect the noise of the initial explosion that provides the push to the bullet. A sonic boom is a shock wave formed as a projectile travels faster than sound.

Dr. Bradburn



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