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5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)

Home - by - February 11, 2013 - 23:59 America/New_York - 15 Comments


Even in gun-crazy America, most of us aren’t shooting things as part of our day-to-day routine. So most Americans actually know very little about guns. Hollywood writers realized this a long time ago and, being writers, used it as an excuse to never do any fact-checking ever again.



Silencers Turn Gunfire Into a Gentle Whisper

Where You’ve Seen It:

In The Line Of Fire, Die Hard 2, No Country For Old Men, Shooter, practically every James Bond movie.

The Myth:

Cautious spies and assassins know that if you’re going to take out a bad guy in an office or a library, be sure to use a silencer. It turns the concussive “bang” into a neutered “ptew.”

Above: Stealth.

Itty-bitty handguns aren’t the only things you can silence. Giant freaking shotguns can even be fitted with a special silencer that renders them inaudible in quiet suburban neighborhoods.

Also, while silencers look all slick and expensive and fancy, Hollywood says pretty much any long, hollow tube will do the job. Grab a two-liter, stuff it with socks or something, and you can be just as dangerous as Mark Wahlberg in Shooter.


The Problem:

Exploding gunpowder is loud. Really loud. As loud as a jet engine. A little metal tube won’t do a whole lot to stop that. This is what a suppressed handgun actually sounds like:

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18576_5-ridiculous-gun-myths-everyone-believes-thanks-to-movies.html#ixzz2KZDslRDm



  1. eternal cracker p

    February 12th, 2013

    Best use of a silencer that wasn’t hyped was in The Walking Dead.

    You can make a decent silencer out of an oil filter, but never to a whisper.

    After going over the article with my fully automatic eyes, it dawned on me why magazine capacity MUST be limited. They never run out of bullets in movies, and in the rare circumstance they do run out, the next clip will certainly have over 100 rounds even though it holds only 6.

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  2. old_oaks

    February 12th, 2013

    1.) Silencers only “suppress” some of the sound, try one of these, provided you want to pay the Federal Government $200 to buy it.


    2.) Machine guns ARE assault rifles, semi-automatic rifles are not.

    3.) Anyone can buy plates and a plate carrier for a little over $200 that will stop an AK round


    4.) A good trigger and sear job will make a VERY audible CLICK, cheap shit, not so much.


    5.) Shotguns and gun blasts do not recoil people into walls.


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  3. Bad Brad

    February 12th, 2013

    Cracked, is Cracked. That’s Bull Shit. It’s the air filling back into the barrel and the shock wave that makes the noise. That’s actually pretty sad journalism.

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  4. Birdie Num Num

    February 12th, 2013

    This brings to mind some comedian’s famous bit about Superman.

    After the bad guy empties his gun at bullet-impervious Superman,he throws his gun at the man of steel, whereupon Superman ducks.

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 12th, 2013

    It’s Hollyweird and the movies for goodness sakes! These are the same people that gave AGore an Oscar for his 100 minute commercial for buying HIS carbon credits.

    If you expect truth from Hollyweird movies, then hang out with the 47% that makes up your closest friends and continuously vote democrat because they’re “for the little guy.”

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  6. Whom

    February 12th, 2013

    Actually silencers can be very quiet. Check out the various oil can suppressor videos for example. As long as the bullet is subsonic, basically about all you hear is the mechanism gun cycling! Like an airsoft.

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  7. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 12th, 2013

    Hey. CRACKED is cracked. It was a rival to MAD Magazine back when but never got a toehold, so to speak. The problem is sorting the commenting bullsh_tters from those who know their stuff.

    Hint: the GLOCK video is interesting, however the guy rambles and repeats himself with annoying frequency like (we) old guys tend to do. But I had to stick with it to hear what he had to say about the Glock 30 (mine) about which so little is written elsewhere.

    @ Brad- Makes sense. That’s what thunder is, too.

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  8. Carlsonal

    February 12th, 2013

    How about the ease with which many novices make quick un-aimed headshots? Movies think that hitting an opponent is easy, even without any training. How many movies have you seen in which a protagonist picks up a handgun he/she has never touched before and manages to squeeze off a lethal shot that would be impossible even for freaking navy seals?

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  9. Unruly Refugee

    February 12th, 2013

    We used to make silencers out of a tube with washers and steel wool. Just experimental, of course, you know – for science purposes and to verify tv shows. lol
    It shortens the radius within which the gunfire can be heard.

    The excessive cocking really rattles my nerves, but not as much as the Mexican standoff. You just don’t draw on somebody and then wait to see if you scared them enough to cause them to not shoot you. I mean, WTF? Reaction times don’t allow for that kind of thing. That’s how cops shoot kids with toy guns — you don’t alway have time to verify the treat. If you stand there without acting, your oponent’s reaction time may be quicker than yours and you will never see your next paycheck.

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  10. Unruly Refugee

    February 12th, 2013

    @Birdie Num Num, I remember laughing when Superman would grab the barrel of a gun and bend it into a horse shoe while the weak little bad guy held the other end. So the bad guy would have to be just as strong as Superman to keep his wrist from snapping off.

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  11. Anonymous

    February 12th, 2013

    “If those of us raised on action movies have to fend off a Red Dawn-style invasion, it’s going to be a total clusterfuck.”

    Isn’t this the thought makes Pelosi and Feinstein’s panties moist ?
    (also BroncoBama’s)

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  12. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 12th, 2013

    @ Anon.

    Anything with a $ attached to it makes Pelosi moist. NOTHING at all makes Feinstein moist.

    They’re Californians, remember? Only extremes are allowed.

    HBD, cousin Abe.

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  13. Roadmaster

    February 12th, 2013

    An empty water bottle duct taped to the end of the barrel of a .22 is quite effective for muffling a shot. Still loud but not as loud and doesn’t carry nearly as far. Disguises more than anything. Makes a sound like hitting a board with a hammer and only good for one use. A second shot will be almost normal because the bottle’s ability to contain the expanding gases will be compromised and produce the distinctive, sharp, CRACK of a gun shot, instead of a softer whack!

    How do I know? NOYFB!

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  14. Cynic

    February 12th, 2013

    They forgot the biggest myth: Taking guns away from lawful citizens will reduce crime.

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  15. Dumbplumber

    February 12th, 2013

    Ah, in my younger and much more foolish days (a “friend” of mine had a .45 cal. Mac 10, made fully auto by strapping a 1/2″ nut to the back of the trigger guard). Now this “friend” of mine also had a threaded aluminum tube with a series of threaded sleeves, steel wool and a latex disc at the end of the barrel, acting as a ‘wiper’.

    Now I don’t want to contradict any so called “experts” on silenced weapons, but this friend of mine lived next to a grade school and one day while a baseball game was going on not 60 feet away, this friend of mine stepped out my door and popped about 6 rounds into the flower bed. Not one player turned to hear the loud “farting” noise from the blast.

    Of course this friend later traded his Mac toy to another buddy who was later caught with it and spent 5 years in Lompoc for it.

    But of course this is just made up, like Obama is the greatest living douche-bag to every occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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