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What Happens When a .22LR Suppressor Goes into Full Auto on a 5.56mm NATO? [VIDEO]

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Watch as sparks fly when this .22LR suppressor is put to the test on a 5.56mm rifle.

We don’t recommend trying this at home, or anywhere else, for that matter.



Sound suppressors have long been persecuted by politicians and the media alike for their ability to dampen the sound of gunshots.

In your typical shooting situation, this suppressor on that 5.56mm rifle would work out just fine, except when the rifle is ripped into full auto at 600 rpm.

The .223 caliber bullets of the rifle are slightly larger than the .22 calibers, for which this particular suppressor was designed. The .223s require more room for expansion as they are shot, which is what causes the explosion of the suppressor.

The .22s also hold less powder than the .223s, leading to a more powerful shot which makes it actually capable of supersonic speeds in its military grade format.

As one Redditor put it, the .22 is a squirrel-plinking round, and the .223 is meant for the M16.

What are your thoughts on sound suppressors?

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What Happens When a .22LR Suppressor Goes into Full Auto on a 5.56mm NATO? [VIDEO]