Firing A Fully Automatic Machine Gun Until It Melts Its Silencer

August 3, 2017


This is a video of the folks from West Coast Armory firing 700 rounds through a fully automatic M249 SAW machine gun to see how long it takes the attached suppressor to melt. SPOILER: the video is just over a minute, so it doesn't take long. So I take it that silencer isn't any good any more? Because we could probably use it for something . Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "We melt it down and use it to cast a giant sex toy sculpture titled 'Make Freaky Deaky Love, Not War'?!" Wow, you really were. "And have it displayed on the South Lawn of the White House." Get out of my brain!

Keep going for the video.

Thanks ShockMe, just give me a minute while I shuffle around on the carpet in my socks.

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  • GeneralDisorder

    Based on the screenshot... someone said "Engage safety squints".

  • Jake Guimond

    "Fully automatic machin gun" lol, also to the "the gun wasnt even silent" suppressors dont make guns silent.

  • Talon184

    I was really expecting the gun to blow up in their faces...seems kinda unsafe, but then, even though I'm from Texas, I know surprisingly little about guns.

  • CitizenV2

    So what was the point in this video but to give every red blooded American an erection?

  • TheQiwiMan

    If your last name is as cool as Schwarzenegger or Stallone, it's cool enough to counteract the heating of the machine guns, allowing you to shoot infinitely without this happening.

    It's science.

  • Malcolm Fried

    But can you play My Country Tis Of Thee?

  • Perpetual Pizza

    Very disappointed, the rifle wasn't even silent to start with.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Silencer is a correct name because the inventor of the firearm suppressor called it a silencer.

    Still, remember that sound pressure level is measured in dB which is logarithmic. The sound energy difference between a 7.62X51 rifle cartridge and something like a refrigerator running in your kitchen would be a factor of 10^11 (i.e. 11 zeros after the 1, aka 100,000,000,000). And a "silencer" tends to drop the report of supersonic rounds by aroung 30 dB (or 1/1000th sound pressure level).

    Edit: had the wrong number of zeros originally.

  • Jeremy Tilton

    Dammit, the one thing I was curious about is how the sound would change as the suppressor overheated/melted. The various angles and cuts screwed all that up. BOOO!

  • Bling Nye

    I'd like to see what they were shooting at and how much the bullets deviated after the suppressor went down.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Well I'll be damned... I always thought pictures of video games where they show guns, and cannons with red hot metal on the business end (from the supposed unrelentless onslaught) to be exaggerations.

    EDIT : Okay, now that I think of the concept of a minigun, I think I simply never put any real thoughts into it

  • The_Wretched

    I hope they had adequate ventilation.

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