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Econoglocker
01-11-2011, 22:07
So how much louder is the muzzle blast on a 14.5 inch barrel compared to a 16 inch? been thinking of building a 14.5 but some people have told me they are much louder. don't know if they meant with a muzzle brake though. in general are they comparable or are they completely different?

Foxtrotx1
01-11-2011, 22:10
Noticeably louder. Not nearly as bad as a 7-12.5

Econoglocker
01-11-2011, 22:12
yeah, I hear(no pun intended) that those really short barrels can make your ears bleed

Bushflyr
01-11-2011, 22:25
While there may be a noticeable difference when shooting identically equipped rifles side by side, your choice of muzzle device and ammo will make a much larger difference.

Don't let the noise factor sway your decision at all.

FWIW I don't notice all that much difference in the noise between my 14.9" with a Phantom and my 7.5" with a KX3. (I haven't shot them back to back) I can sure tell I wouldn't want to be in front of that shorty though. It actually echos off the 25 yard berm. Loudly.

Foxtrotx1
01-11-2011, 22:40
While there may be a noticeable difference when shooting identically equipped rifles side by side, your choice of muzzle device and ammo will make a much larger difference.

Don't let the noise factor sway your decision at all.

FWIW I don't notice all that much difference in the noise between my 14.9" with a Phantom and my 7.5" with a KX3. (I haven't shot them back to back) I can sure tell I wouldn't want to be in front of that shorty though. It actually echos off the 25 yard berm. Loudly.

The Kx3 puts it all forward right?

MrMurphy
01-11-2011, 22:56
With an A2, no noticeable difference.

A KX3 is meant for 10" and shorter guns. Sticking one on a 14.5 will simply announce to the world you are an idiot.

Bushflyr
01-11-2011, 23:33
The Kx3 puts it all forward right?

Yes. But like Mr. Murphy said, it's meant for shortys.

I was just illustrating my point about muzzle thingys making a much bigger difference than barrel length, not recommending you put one on your rifle.

RMTactical
01-12-2011, 00:25
I haven't noticed a huge difference personally.

Streetking
01-12-2011, 00:42
I have a PLR with a 9.2in. it is much louder then anything else I have, 16/20

fuzzy03cls
01-12-2011, 07:44
Noise difference? Don't know. I wear hearing protection. They all sound the same to me. I have both.

mjkeat
01-12-2011, 09:38
Noise difference? Don't know. I wear hearing protection. They all sound the same to me. I have both.

As should everyone. Unless you're in the Mil. and want that $123 a month in exchange for your hearing.

I have both as well and dont notice any difference. Ive even asked people at the range and they dont report any difference either.

Alaskapopo
01-12-2011, 21:28
So how much louder is the muzzle blast on a 14.5 inch barrel compared to a 16 inch? been thinking of building a 14.5 but some people have told me they are much louder. don't know if they meant with a muzzle brake though. in general are they comparable or are they completely different?

Given an the same muzzle device I can't tell a difference between the two.
Pat

AK_Stick
01-13-2011, 00:17
I can't tell an appreciable difference between the two.

13.7-20 inches are all fairly close as far as sound, your choice of flash hider/comp will have more effect than the barrel length change.

Below 13.7, you notice each inch or so quite a bit.

Econoglocker
01-13-2011, 14:59
Thanks everyone for your help. Hopefully in the future I will be able to pick up a lightweight 14.5 inch upper, since I want something light and handy but not deafening.

Mayhem like Me
01-13-2011, 15:17
Totally dependant on what muzzle device you are using..

Brakes are much louder than hiders for the shooter naked barrel even less noise to shooter.



The Noveske pig and a few others spare the shooter but send more blast downrange.

Eurodriver
01-13-2011, 22:04
I have shot at multiple ranges with sixty plus shooters shooting M16A4s (20") and M4s (14.5") and I notice zero difference. This is without hearing protection standing right in between both shooters. Of course both weapons have the A2 FH. I would think the difference from 16 to 14.5" would be nothing.

just a shooter
01-14-2011, 10:14
I have shot at multiple ranges with sixty plus shooters shooting M16A4s (20") and M4s (14.5") and I notice zero difference. This is without hearing protection standing right in between both shooters. Of course both weapons have the A2 FH. I would think the difference from 16 to 14.5" would be nothing.

well of course you don't hear a difference........you're already hearing impaired.:whistling:

G26man
01-14-2011, 11:54
With an A2, no noticeable difference.

A KX3 is meant for 10" and shorter guns. Sticking one on a 14.5 will simply announce to the world you are an idiot.
Doesn't mean you're an idiot if you just want to throw the sound downrange. I use this levang comp on a 16" AR, makes shooting a more pleasant experience for me and my range neighbors and if God forbid I ever have to use it without hearing protection I'll be glad it's there.

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