How Does a Suppressor Work?

If you are a gun owner, there are many gun accessories that you should know about. One of the most well-known accessories you can purchase for your firearm is a suppressor. Sometimes called silencers, these reduce the intensity of the sound your weapon makes when it fires. Although the term silencer is popular, you should know that these do not make the firing of your gun “silent” by any means. Although the sound that a firearm makes with a suppressor can vary depending on the make and model, most guns are far from “silent” even with a “silencer.” However, these accessories make using a weapon in self-defense much more feasible and are important for any gun owner to understand.

If you own a firearm, you should understand how a suppressor works and why it is important. 

How Guns Fire

To understand how suppressors work, you must first have a basic understanding of how guns work. Guns fire by igniting gunpowder behind the bullet, which then travels down the barrel of the gun due to an explosion of hot gas. This gas must create a lot of pressure to be able to propel the bullet.

Once the bullet leaves your firearm, the pressure from the gunpowder explosion releases, like when you uncork a bottle. Since the pressure must be high to shoot a gun, the release of this pressure creates an extremely loud sound. This pop is the characteristic sound of a gun firing.

Another reason guns are so loud is due to the speed of the bullet itself. As bullets leave your firearm at high speed, they create small sonic booms. This is not related to the pressure change from the firing mechanism but is solely based on the speed of the bullet.

How Suppressors Reduce Noise

Many people who are not familiar with firearms have a skewed view of what suppressors do. This is partially due to the popular, yet inaccurate, description of these gun accessories as “silencers.” It’s a common misconception that a gun with a suppressor is completely silent and therefore easier to use in covert attacks.

However, gun owners benefit from suppressors in self-defense situations. When you fire a weapon, the sound can be so intense that you are left disoriented and the loud noise can cause damage to your eardrums. If you need to defend your home and family, you cannot afford to worry about being slowed down due to the loud bang of a gun without a suppressor.

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Suppressors and More

If you need a suppressor or any other hard-to-find or NFA (National Firearms Act) controlled gun or accessory, The Hub can help. The gun experts at our Tucson gun store will help you find exactly what you need for your firearms.

Visit us today at our Tucson gun store and see for yourself.

 

The Benefits of Regular Target Shooting Practice

If you are a gun owner, you should make a habit of regularly practicing shooting your firearm. Even if you are not a gun owner yourself, going to the shooting range to fire a weapon can be a fun activity. Target shooting can involve going to a physical shooting range, or it can be more technological, such as using a virtual reality (VR) trainer. Either way, you get to blow off some steam, hone your marksmanship, and reap the many benefits of practicing your shooting.

Here are just a few of the advantages you receive from regular practice at a physical or VR gun range:

Self-Defense Skills

There are many reasons why you might decide to own a gun. One of the most common reasons is to defend yourself and your family in emergencies. Although you might not want to think about the worst-case scenario, you should prepare for what you would do if you ever needed to use your firearm in self-defense.

Target shooting is one way to prepare for a situation where you might need to use your weapon. Shooting at a physical gun range can help with your aim and shooting skills. However, an even better way to hone your self-defense skills is with a VR simulator. This gives you target shooting practice while acting out real-life scenarios. At The Hub we utilize the MILO Range tactical simulator. This system lets you improve your target shooting and your tactical abilities.

Physical and Mental Health

Shooting sports have many health benefits. When you shoot a firearm at a physical gun range, you improve your core strength, stamina, and arm strength. Keeping yourself steady while firing a weapon works various muscle groups. You also improve your hand-eye coordination, whether you use physical target shooting or a VR simulator.

Shooting ranges are also helpful for your mental health. When you practice target shooting regularly, you can have peace of mind knowing you are prepared to protect yourself and your family, reducing your stress as a result. Target shooting can also help you blow off steam and relax, which is beneficial for your overall health.

Fun Activity

Besides the practical benefits of target shooting, it is also a fun activity. If you are a gun enthusiast, it can be very exciting to try out a new weapon at the shooting range. Going to the gun range can be a great activity to do to reduce stress and have a good time.

If you opt to use a VR range, such as The Hub’s MILO Range tactical simulator, you can also have a fun time with your friends. Our MILO system allows up to four people to experience target shooting together in a safe environment. You can get your friends together and shoot zombies, or work through tactical scenarios as a team.

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Target Shooting

Here at The Hub, you can reap the benefits of target shooting by using our MILO simulator. If you prefer a physical gun range, we also have a shooting range coming soon to our Tucson location.

The Hub caters to all gun-related needs: concealed carry weapon (CCW) classes, tactical training, and purchasing new firearms. Visit us today and see for yourself.