Skip to comments.Welrod Silent Pistol
Posted on 09/10/2018 5:11:02 AM PDT by w1n1
If you've seen a Welrod for the first time, you might not realize what it is.
When disassembled, it resembles a piece of industrial equipment, the sort of thing you might find in an obscure corner of the hardware store next to caulk dispensers or hot glue guns.
In fact, it was nicknamed the "bicycle pump" by those who used it. It also has no easily-identifiable markings or symbols on its plain metal body.
This historically-significant weapon has a very specific purpose: silent use behind enemy lines.
Although the secretive nature of this gun makes tracking its use difficult, reports indicate it was used in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 1982 Falklands War, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, among other modern conflicts. Read the rest of this Welrod silent pistol here.
The Welrod was a silenced, magazine fed Lee-Enfield (bolt) action pistol firing a .45 ACP cartridge.
The .45 ACP is subsonic, and the Welrod’s silencer fairly efficient, making it a very quiet weapon for a firearm.
I don’t like the extremely limited 12 shot lifespan of this pistol, but I love the 73 db volume. That’s what they portray in spy movies that we never come close to with commercial silencers.
You know, people said I was crazy and I was starting to believe it.
I learned more about “silencers” in the 80s. What I learned is that they are very, very quiet but they only worked for a few shots. Usually the first shot was as expected but even the second shot was remarkably louder and the 3rd shot may not even have a quieting effect.
Then I turned 18 and started to hang out with the “gun guys” and talking about “silencers”. In CT where I lived and grew up was at the heart of firearms manufacture and I used to speak to designers, employees and serious professionals all the time. When I started to talk to the guys designing the new Silencers they furled their lip and looked at me strangely - Saying “That’s never been the case. They reduce the sounds so it’s a bit better on the ears at the range”. Then we came along with the “... those pew-pew sounds in the movies are just movie magic. That never happens”
Then I learned that many people had to say things in a specific way to make sure the ATF wasn’t listening.
But yes, old silencers used to work a lot better - but only for a few shots. These were assassination weapons, clearly. The new silencers have to work for longer periods so they can be produced with the “Hearing protection” argument on the table. Thus, all modern armorers, shooters and hobbyists alike have been made to forget that silencers used to be quiet.
You could hear it in the woods from half a mile away, but you could put two people down in a crowded bar and no one would know it until closing time.
In any event, your plagiarism shortcut left you more time for your charming hobby of shooting your wife in the chest.
I have a little .22 silencer on a semi-automatic rifle. With sub-sonic rounds, the loudest sound in the bolt coming back.
I wish we would repeal all restrictions on silencers/suppressors. They serve no purpose at all. I’d also like to repeal the vast majority of other restrictions on our individual, God-given right to keep and bear arms. “Shall not be infringed” means exactly what it says.
You can get rubber coated parts to make that go away. My 77/22 and Norrell 10/22 are SUPER quiet. An idling car will mask ALL noise.
Actually, the Welrod was a single shot pistol that fired the .32acp cartridge. Spare rounds were carried in the handgrip. It had nothing to do with the Lee Enfield.
You are probably thinking of the DeLisle silent carbine.
And THAT is what makes you and I different from the “but conservatives”.
In another thread I’m discussing the northeast “but conservative”.
Yeah. I was thinking of De Lisle.
that’s Mitchell WerBell III
In 1967 he partnered with Gordon B. Ingram, inventor of the MAC-10 submachine gun. They added WerBell’s suppressor to Ingram’s MAC-10 the “Whispering Death” for use in the Vietnam War
Luv those Mac-10’s!
I wonder if this is the gun used in the film Munich where they assassinate the female character.
The 12 shot limit is for the rubber wipes in the silencer portion of the weapon it is a simple weapon & it is what scares the politicians about people being able to do table top CNC machine work with a table top mill that can be run by a laptop pc
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