Talkin bout shootin, here on the Shootin Forum,
and knowing there are some Scientific Minded folks, and at least one who is Chemically Minded, I seek an answer, (IF THERE IS ONE.)
Why do we always speak of, and measure Sound, the sound produced or redirected by a Muzzle Brake, or short barrel in terms of Decibels? To the exclusion of other things?
Are the other things, really significant, or not? I hope this is not too convoluted. There are Two other things I'm asking.
FIRST, Wouldn't redirecting sound effectively make it closer to the ears? Which would increase its effect to the ears. We know that close sound is more damaging than sound further away. (I rejected the purchase of a SS Rifle, because the barrel was only 20" long. If the rifle had been a BA the barrel would be maybe 4" farther away from the ears, and acceptable to me.) If the SS action was 4" shorter, the barrel would sound more like a 16" barrel to the shooter. ) I hope you can follow that. Let me know if I'm thinkin wrong.
(Does a Muzzle Brake move the sound closer to one's ears. ) I think Yes, on this one.
The SECOND question is about frequency, or is it Pitch? It seems to me, that some guns sound more Irritating, on firing than others. I think short barrels sound worse, but is it just because the sound is closer, or is it a different pitch that bothers me?
Is there no easy way go measure the frequency of the sound produced on firing.
Thanks, if you can offer me any insight.
Smitty of the North