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bubble920 01-07-2010 02:27 AM

Sound of silencers/suppressers
 
Can anybody name a movie in which the sound of a round being let off with a silencer is actually correct? Also a silencer produces still quite a lot noise (higher than 100db sometimes) but the noise is abnormal.
Any suggestions why Hollywood never replicates the "true" sound of silencer in use?

Thanks

Excalibur 01-07-2010 02:57 AM

Well first off, it's called a suppressor, not a silencer. Silencer is just a Hollywood term.

Anyway, we can assume Hollywood likes the cooler noises that actual sounds. Like real guns would have that star burst flare when being fired.

Spartan198 01-07-2010 04:39 AM

Actually, Hiram Maxim, the man credited with inventing and selling the first commercially successful suppressor, called his device the Maxim Silencer, so it's not just a Hollywood term.

Excalibur 01-08-2010 04:23 AM

But the proper term is that it is called a Suppressor.

Gunner313 01-08-2010 07:55 AM

Silencer is a common term used by many manufactuers to discribe there products, such as AAC, AWC, Surefire, KAC, YHM and Gemtech.


Either word is commonly used at shoots and when meeting with the industy members trying to sell there products.

MT2008 01-09-2010 06:07 PM

"Silencer" may be used by some manufacturers (from what I can tell, mostly third-rate ones) to describe their products, but it's not technically correct. Much the opposite. Most "suppressors" aren't "silent" at all.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bubble920 (Post 10467)
Can anybody name a movie in which the sound of a round being let off with a silencer is actually correct? Also a silencer produces still quite a lot noise (higher than 100db sometimes) but the noise is abnormal.
Any suggestions why Hollywood never replicates the "true" sound of silencer in use?

Thanks

We had a topic about this in another part of the forum. The suppressors you see in movies are never real ones. They won't function properly with blanks, and besides, the gunfire you hear in movies is almost never the actual sound of the gun (the gunfire is always dubbed in later). Plus, since suppressors are NFA-regulated in the U.S., using fake suppressors means that the armorers have fewer Class III devices to watch after when they're on-set.

I'll try to find the topic where one of our armorers talked about it...

The Mercenary 03-05-2010 12:30 AM

I think the sound effect thats used in Code Name:Wildgeese is so stupid its laughable, does'nt sound at all metallic.


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