Did you know that there are 86,579 silencers is Texas alone? If you’ve ever wondered how a silencer works, but are too lazy to actually look it up (we’re not judging, it’s okay), then you might be interested in Popular Mechanics’ post on the subject featuring some sweet GIFs from SilencerCo. The GIFs demonstrate the mechanics that make noise suppression possible, even ranking different calibers of silenced weapons to other sounds to give a sense of scale.
A word of warning, one GIF uses the word “facts” a little too liberally. Case and point: it links the increase in silencer sales with a decrease in violent crime without articulating how the two figures actually impact one another.