Compare a .22 rifle to a .22 pistol for loudness. The rifle is considerably quieter.
You are wearing ear protection either way, aren't you?
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
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Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)