Ultra Slow Motion Footage Of Bullets Being Fired Through See-Through Suppressors (Silencers)

September 26, 2017


This is a video from Destin of Youtube channel SmarterEveryDay demonstrating how rifle suppressors work by firing rounds through various different versions with clear exteriors, filmed at 110,000 frames per second. I'm pretty sure at some point in the ten minute video they explain how they work, but I didn't catch that because I just skipped to the parts with bullets and fire. And, just like Hedonistica pointed out, that is not what I expected the inside of a silencer to look like. I dunno, I just assumed they were filled with cotton balls or something. I wasn't exactly the first in my class. Except in line on pizza day in the cafeteria, then I was always first. And also last, but with a fake mustache and glasses on so the lunch lady wouldn't recognize me and still give me seconds. Those were the days. And when pizza day and cinnamon roll day coincided? Man...life hasn't gotten any better since then.

Keep going for the video.

  • slipfi

    He seems legit cool. It's always nice to hear about people actually being cool instead of just seeming cool for their videos.

  • Doog

    Wait what? Who are you?

  • video was about ti kill me :o Lovely seen

  • Doog

    That's really not how I would have guessed suppressors worked either. I thought it was just a metal tube that was thick-ish and hollow and that somehow suppressed the noise.

    To be clear is a suppressor and a silencer the same thing? I don't know what you'd be 'suppressing' if not noise though there was also a lot more fire involved that I thought.

  • Cascade Taiga

    you have to think of it less of just a metal tube and more like a muffler for a car, the baffles redirect the flow of gasses just like a car muffler, making the sound less aduitable

  • The_Wretched

    " sound less aduitable"
    You know that doesn't make a lick of sense? Sound is compression waves in air. If you dampen the waves, there's less intensity to the sound.

  • GeneralDisorder

    The inventor of the suppressor called it a silencer. The angry gun nerd says "it doesn't make the muzzle report silent so fuck you for calling it what the inventor called it" hence the name "suppressor".

    Gun nerds are pretty annoying people.

  • FearlessFarris

    Speaking for the gun nerds (I'm like the Lorax for gun nerds), I think the frustration comes from politicians and activists who falsely claim that silencers actually silence things. Usually these are otherwise intelligent people, so it's easy to think that they're either being deliberately ignorant about the issue, or otherwise intentionally misleading people because they personally dislike anything gun-related.

    The term silencer is by no means a "bad word" in the gun community. As a matter of fact, the largest US manufacturer of suppressors is called "SilencerCo." Again, the frustration is with people who use the term silencer to knowingly deceive others for political reasons.

    Fun fact: European countries have some of the strictest gun control laws, yet silencers are completely unregulated and often sold out of hardware stores without even an ID requirement. In many countries, silencers are required to be used with firearms, as a matter of hearing safety for the user, and in the interests of being a good neighbor to those nearby.

  • Bling Nye

    Kinda like the inventor of the gif file format who pronounced it like the peanut butter Jif, but nerds had to fight back when they got caught mispronouncing it.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'd agree with the inventor except you don't pronounce graphics like giraffics and Jiff is a trademark. It's pronounced like "gift".

  • Bling Nye

    Except it's not the trademark "JIF" it's "gif" and it's pronounced like "gin" with a soft g, regardless of the acronym's first word being "graphics"... Following your logic, "jpeg" should then be pronounced "jay-feg" not "jay-peg" because of "photographic". Inventor declared it's pronounced with a soft g, so it is.

    It's funny though, because it's totally understandable that if you're introduced to the word without knowing anything about it, it gets said with the hard g because it looks like "gift" without the t.... So really, when it comes up in conversation, you can easily tell who the noobs are when they're using the hard g pronunciation. ;)


  • The_Wretched

    The inventor was wrong. It's a hard G. GIF not jif as in jiffy.

  • Bling Nye

    Except it's the inventor's choice, so it's impossible for him to be "wrong" ... he's the one that named it.

    It's his problem though that everyone else insists on mispronouncing it (with admittedly decent reason).

    Noob. ;)

  • GeneralDisorder

    I mean, if we follow the silcencer/suppressor thing it's "more correct" to say the thing angry nerds call it... I like the idea of calling it jay-feg while still spelling it jpeg... That'd be humorous.

    Bottom line: call it whatever the fuck you want and if people don't understand explain yourself.

  • JJP

    Same thing, "silencer" is just a marketing term. They still make a real loud thump sound.

    Its just the the air comes out more slowly, so you dont get the same BANG that the big air wave of an unsupressed gun gives off.

    Also, that fire is because thats the gas of burning gunpowder coming out, hot with flames.

  • FearlessFarris

    Yep. And with supersonic ammo (most centerfire rifle and pistol ammo), you still get the "crack" of the rifle when the bullet breaks the sound barrier. Even with heavier subsonic ammo, hearing protection is still advisable.

    Source: Me, who owns several suppressors/silencers.

  • TheQiwiMan

    I have met Destin. He is a super cool guy, even took a selfie with me.

  • Doog

    He seems legit cool. It's always nice to hear about people actually being cool instead of just seeming cool for their videos.

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