- Series: Silencer History & Performance
- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873649095
- ISBN-13: 978-0873649094
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silencer: History and Performance, Volume 1: Sporting and Tactical Silencers
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About the Author
Research scientist Alan C. Paulson is the suppressor technology editor for The Small Arms Review and a member of the Institute for Research on Small Arms in International Security, the National Defense Industrial Association and numerous other professional societies.
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As a 'stamp collector' I really am interested in the 'why' of various suppressor designs, and while this book had some of that buried among the rest, they were few and far between.
If you want to know why an Uzi was hard to suppress, or the one-off ammo used by the Navy for it's 70's-ers Hush Puppy system, this is a book for you.
If you want to get into the theory and design behind modern suppressors... not so much.
As a silencer enthusiast who knows many gun owners but few silencer owners, I feel good knowing someone out there has very similar ideas about the potential for silencer technology.
And this book generates a few questions that I'd like to share here.
The author believes silencer technology should actually be encouraged, not restricted, and uses data generated by the Finnish government to support his belief. He acknowledges the social stigma, but I would go further and translate the problem into testable hypotheses; that is to ask, "Does the ability to hear gunshots at a farther distance materially aid in the discovery of crime?" I would follow that with a second, "If it does, can we easily compensate by other means?" And maybe the last question, "If we can't compensate, does the health issue to shooters outweigh the needs of law enforcement?"
The segment on testing methods raised a thought also. Net sound reduction dominates most other benchmarks in the silencer industry. The book spends a page or two on why certain sound meters work better than others. My own research into sound meters has not found a meter that can cheaply and reliably detect sound pressure greater than 150 decibels, and I've yet to find published microphone response data. I wonder if sampling sound energy directly is the best way to measure silencer performance? Because silencers turn mechanical energy to heat, maybe we can get better data by measuring heat output. The questions I would ask are, "Does thermal sampling provide the time and intensity resolution necessary?" and "Can we reliably map heat output to sound output?"
Because the book is over ten years old, it lacks the currency of other sources, such as the web (search for "silencer tests") but one can still find some of the products tested for sale. And if my limited experience provides any guidance, the technological state of silencers has only improved in the meantime. The political and social states, well not so much.
The only complaint I had about it is the physical size. Big Book! Soft cover. Really hard to read in bed.