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As part of setting up an area on my land to shoot (suppressed, of course, to avoid annoying the neighbors), I wanted to set up some targets that gave feedback. I figured the ping of metal was good enough feedback. So, I scored some 1/8 inch aluminum plates. Wasn’t sure if subsonic 22LR (CCI hollow points if you must know) would go through them, so I figured I’d test it out. Not that it matters because I’ll have a sure backstop but I was wondering how long a plate would last. Here’s a plate with 11 rounds at about 10 yards (it was fixing to rain so I just fired off 11 real fast without a lot of effort at aiming, so sorry for the group size):

From Gun Porn

None penetrated the metal, which is good. But I figure after about five mags or so, it’d start looking like Swiss cheese. Bonus coolness, one of the rounds after it hit the metal at about 900 FPS:

From Gun Porn

And the pings are quite loud. Louder than the suppressed Walther, for sure.

21 Responses to “Ping”

  1. thirdpower Says:

    Suppressed subsonic .22lr? You’ld hear your heartbeat over that.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    Not really. It’s louder than you think. Sounds like a staple gun.

  3. Robb Allen Says:

    Fixing to rain? What? Are you Southern or something?

    When I was in the Marines, the northerners in my barracks had a hard time understanding the phrase “Fixing to do X”. They also didn’t know what grits were.

    Silly northerners.

    I don’t have enough land space to do much more than the air rifle, although I would assume a suppressed .22 wouldn’t raise much more of a ruckus. I’d be more worried about missing though with a .22 than the .17 pellet.

  4. SayUncle Says:

    the 22 is quieter than your air rifle.

  5. thirdpower Says:

    Really? I use Remington sub-sonic in my Marlin 81 and there’s barely an audible ‘snap’.

  6. SayUncle Says:

    A bit louder in a handgun than a rifle. As I said, sounds about like a staple gun.

  7. Robb Allen Says:

    I’d still worry more about a miss with a sub sonic 22 than one with the pellet. I’m sure the energies aren’t enough in either to cause too much mayhem, but alas the instant you put gun powder into the equation, people lose their poop.

    And the air rifle, when fired in a closet (sans pellet), will make your ears ring like a mo-fo. At least, I only guess it would. I wouldn’t know that from experience or anything. Honestly.

  8. Ian Argent Says:

    As an aside – damn I wish I could kit hy wife’s Ruger like that! But the silencer might cause her to freak out and kill everyone she sees in The Great Garden State! /snark

  9. Wolfwood Says:

    Just a thought, but what would happen if you put some felt or cardboard over the metal? I’d imagine it would dampen the sound, allow better use of stick-on targets, and possibly even marginally decrease the chances of richochet.

  10. Ride Fast Says:

    […] Suppressed Walther […]

    Too cool.

  11. KCSteve Says:

    I’m another one who can only do air guns in the back yard.

    But the one the ever-indulgent wife bought me at NRA does 700fps – 900+ if I use the expensive pellets.

    Pretty sure it would sting just a bit to get hit by one. Don’t intend to find out.

  12. DC Says:

    I, for one, would be very concerned about those dings in the metal…I presume you’re smart enough to either hang the metal at an angle, or do something else to ensure that rounds that don’t penetrate have NO chance to “reflect” back at you, with the shape and pattern of those dents, I have my doubts about preventing that. AR500 hanging targets are fairly cheap and last forever, FWIW. Be safe!

  13. SayUncle Says:

    i was safe. but thanks for the tip on the targets.

  14. Robb Allen Says:

    I’m kind of perplexed by your choice of aluminum.

    Aren’t there any hippies where you live?

  15. Sebastian Says:

    Yeah, what DC said. If you shoot steel (and it should be steel, Aluminum isn’t strong enough for bullets) long enough you’ll eventually get shit flying back at you. I’ve never had it injure me badly, but it hurts when it happens. It’s drawn blood on some people. Angling the steel, as he mentioned, can help mitigate this.

  16. Vince Says:

    I thought suppression was illegal pretty much everywhere in the US. How did you get away with it?

  17. SayUncle Says:

    suppressors are lawful in most states, if you go through the NFA process.

  18. Jake Says:

    Iím kind of perplexed by your choice of aluminum.

    Arenít there any hippies where you live?

    I’m sure he has hippies there, Robb, but they do tend to move around. Especially after the first shot.

  19. David Says:

    Is that a standard P22? Looks like the barrel would need to be longer to attach the can to? Or am I missing something?

  20. SayUncle Says:

    standard, barrel comes threaded. And you add an adapter.

  21. Ritchie Says:

    Even hanging from chains, 1/8″ steel diamond plate is no match for lead .45 ACP. They don’t go through, but will bend the plate into an ugly shallow bowl before long, and then I have to turn it around and shoot it back the other way. Occasionally one will try to squeeze through a tear. Even frangible bullets ( leave a large dent. And it jumps around mightily. If a target were any more reactive it would run over and bite you.