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Table 3 Peak sound pressure level range of different weapons*

From: Impact of noise on hearing in the military

Type of weapons Peak sound pressure level range (dB)
Rifles  
.45-70 Rifle 155.2-159.9
.30-06 Rifle 158.7-163.1
Shotguns  
.410 Bore 151.0- 157.3
20 Gauge 154.8
12 Gauge 156.1- 161.5
Pistols  
.22 151
9 mm Luger 159 163
.45 ACP 158
Other Weapons  
Hand grenade 158
Light anti-tank weapon 184
Inside armored vehicle, continuous noise LAeq103 – 107
  1. *Adapted from Chen L, Brueck SE. Noise and lead exposure at an outdoor firing range – California. Health Hazard Evaluation report Sept 2011, and from Kramer WL. Gunfire noise and hearing. American Tinnitus Association. June 2002:14–15.