What Does It Sound Like To Get Shot At? Bullet Sounds Near & Far

Published 2022-11-20
What does it sound like to be shot at? In today’s video we show you what bullets sound like at various distances from various weapons. There is much that can be gleaned from these sounds specifically in reference to distance and caliber of the shooter. It’s a very interesting topic and I hope you’ll enjoy this video.

00:00 What does it sound like to get shot at by a 50 Cal
02:31 Weapons being used for test
03:45 Glock 17 9mm 200m
05:13 45-70 200m
06:06 40mm Grenade 200m
08:02 Weapons used for 500m to 1000m
09:44 45-70 500m
10:30 M16 5.56 500m
11:20 M4 Suppressed 500m
12:40 M1 Garand 500m
13:43 50 Cal 500m
14:33 45-70 1000m
15:06 M16 1000m
15:55 M4 Suppressed 1000m
16:30 M1 Garand 1000m
18:00 50 Cal 1000m

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All weapons featured are semi automatic and feed from 25 round magazines. All shooting was conducted on a closed private range by professional shooters.

All Comments (21)
  • Ryan Hampson
    When I was in Afghanistan in my first firefight I remember my first thought on hearing incoming rounds was "Holy shit Battlefield got the cracks right!"
  • RogerWilco99
    I've been downrange of a 12 gauge shotgun before. Fortunately none of us got hit. But I will never forget that sound. The shot going through the trees around us was VERY scary. We found out later that it was #4 buck shot. It was from some jackass that though he could shoot at people he didn't know on the land he rented for hunting from the land owner. When we complained to the land owner, he called the police -- on the shooter. They arrested him for reckless endangerment and felony aggravated assault. He ended up doing five years in our state pen. Not a great idea just starting shooting at people unless they pose a direct and immediate threat.

    By the way, I was the oldest in our group of four at 17. My friend was 16 as were both of the girls with us. We had permission from the land owner to go swimming at the bar pit (pit dug to provide dirt for overpass (flyover) construction -- on I-95) on his land.
  • Britski Hambone
    When I was a kid, me and my family were fishing at an arroyo in South Texas, when we started hearing this weird buzzing sound going right above our heads, followed by a popping noise. My dad, who had been a Marine in Korea, yelled at us to get down, and then started screaming at someone about 100 yards down the bank from us. But they either didn't hear him, or were ignoring him...until he started shooting back with his 1911 .45 ACP., kicking up dirt plumes on the bank, just in front of them. Needless to say, that got their attention, and they stopped shooting. We later came to realize that they were shooting a .22 at the water, and the projectiles were ricocheting and tumbling over our heads, making the whirring sound of the tumbling bullets. That is a sound I will never forget. Man, I miss my dad.
  • DirtyD23 1
    I got shot by a 9mm when I was 19 and that’s one sound I’ll never forget. I got hit in my left shin which I didn’t realize at the time because my adrenaline was pumping so hard and remember the sound of the other shots that wizzed past my head as I was diving behind a big dumpster that ultimately saved my life. Luckily the POS that shot me ran out of bullets and I was able to run after that and got about 2 blocks when I started feeling a burning sensation and pain in my leg and that’s when I realized I got hit and seen that I had pissed my pants a little as well. Lol It’s definitely a scary feeling when it’s all over with and you realize just how close you were to being killed.
  • PappyDC1
    I was a 19E, armor crewman, at Ft Hood back in the 80's. Myself and another soldier were pulling "range duty" for another tank battalion going through gunnery quals. We were to stay in a bunker about 800m downrange. During "cold range" stops we would go out behind the berm and service a "truck target" that ran on a mini railroad track. The truck target carrier was pulled by a steel cable attached to a 1/4 ton jeep which we took turns operating. The cable was always getting stuck or something else would need attention.
    My buddy and I were working on the target during a supposedly cold range. As I lay on my back under the target frame tightening up things I heard what I thought were big bees or hornets above my head. I thought, "Man, we've stirred up a hornet nest or something!" I would hear the buzzing, and then a second later or so hear the report of the M85 .50 cal on the tank cupola.
    This happened a couple of times and then the big buzzing started punching holes in the big plywood truck target. I still remember the splinters falling. My buddy and I safely low crawled back to the bunker. The rounds were probably 6-8 feet above our heads but it was pretty scary for this PFC!

    Note: we started to call the range tower and yell "cease fire!".....but on second thought we felt we were now safe and regardless of who was at fault, WE would be in trouble! So, back to listening to the PRC-77 and eating our "new MRE's". Pappy
  • Alicatt1
    As a teenager in the Air Training Corps (in the UK) we had an outdoor fullbore range up to 1000yds, my first introduction to firearms was in the 200yd butts scoring the shots from .303 Lee Enfields, standing there watching the target for a hole to appear a puff of dust from the backstop then hear the Bang a fraction later, the sound of the wayward shots from us young lads hitting the berm in front of the targets and hearing them them whine off into the hillside. Ah memories from more than 50 years ago :)
    Thanks for bringing back the sound of my youth 😃
  • A R
    Its really absurd how far technology has progressed, that we can have Garandthumb with and without balaclava in the same shot interacting.
  • Scott Dodge
    That garand was some shit. Charlie's point regarding the Japanese charging US lines brimming with garands and 50 cals really does make you think about how fanatical those dudes were.
  • Reginald Casiano
    Damn when you introduced the AK i was 100% fully expecting "This is the Ak-47 assault rifle, the preffered weapon of our enemy. It makes a distinct sound when fired."
  • darthjump
    This is very important actually because a seasoned soldier could tell what the enemy is dealing at you from the sound alone. Pretty segnificant intel to know what they are shooting at you.
  • Ron Ald
    I was competing in a summer biathlon race many years ago back in CA. The event was held at a range that used part of a nearby hill next to it for the running part.. I was warming up, running up the hills early in the morning before the race when I started hearing bullets whiz by just above my head. I hit the dirt immediately. I crawled off to the side of the road and made it back down to the officials tent and told them to alert the range master to emergency stop all shooting. There were some non competing range shooters in an area that had ignored the range closed signs. They were immediately reprimanded and kicked out. Too close of a call for me.
  • Mthokozisi Cele
    When i was 13 years in 1990 (in South Africa) during political crisis me and my older sister were walking from fetching water from the river...we heard the whizzing sounds over our heads and i realise it was bullets and we dived down..i later discovered the police were shooting at a group of some freedom fighters using R1 (FAL 7.62×51) on the other side of the Hill....i fell in love with that round...im now a hunter using a 308 calibre. Hello From South Africa
  • Phantom1188
    Charlie looks soooo uncomfortable getting shot at whereas mike seems right at home 😂
  • LunchBox0311
    After my first tour in Iraq I remember going to the range for the yearly rifle qual, and the first day in the pits pulling targets being QUITE unnerving for me hearing the rounds going overhead. Never had a problem with it before that.
  • Craig 64
    I've had this same sort of scenario years ago in initial training being in a bunker and having a variety of different calibre weapons from pistol to military rifles fired from distance close overhead. The most noticeable thing I remember is hearing the difference between subsonic and supersonic. You hear the crack and then the round going close overhead. Supersonic, the fast wiz overhead and then the bang.
  • Teh Rybro
    “He’s probably out cheating on me”

    Me and the boys shooting rounds over our heads for research purposes:
  • MagdumpMatt
    One time, when I was about 17, a friend and I were at a BMX track just outside of Grand Junction, CO in the desert by Mt. Garfield, and a couple of idiots were shooting in our direction. We heard the snaps and wizes over our heads and it took a second before we realized we were being shot at. We called out, "Stop shooting, you idiots. There's a BMX track up here." The sound stopped and we heard voices over the ridge, but couldn't make out what they were saying. So, we moved to to the ridge and peaked over and saw two idiots down below. We yelled out, "What the fu(k are you doing? There's a gun range just up the road. People are riding bikes up here. They answered, "Oh, $h!t, we didn't know." They left and we kept riding for a while. I guess I can be thankful that I know what it's like to be shot at...
  • Tyson Hensley
    The sound of firing a chalk training round and a HEDP (High Explosive Dual Purpose) round does sound the same. However, the impact of a chalk round isn't anywhere even remotely close to being the exact same as a HEDP round. I have multiple combat tours as an Infantryman in a Reconnaissance unit in the US ARMY. I carried a M203 the entire time and shot hundreds of live rounds as well as chalk training rounds.
  • “I have served, not necessarily in the military. I have received discounts”

    Charlie is great, a national treasure really.
  • Riley Erickson
    I love the different reactions to the garand rounds. Mike being a combat vet vs guys that haven’t been shot at. I’d be digging a tunnel at that point.