How To Identify Gunfire And Stay Safe If You’re Caught In Mass Shooting

by : UNILAD on : 03 Sep 2017 19:03
Gun Runnerz

An instructional video has been made in order to advise the general public on how to recognise gunfire. 


Gun Runnerz uploaded the guide on their YouTube channel following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history in Las Vegas Sunday night, which left at least 59 dead and hundreds more injured.

After reviewing the footage caught on cameras during the massacre, they noticed most people didn’t realise they were being shot at.

They hope their information is ‘something no one here ever has to use.’

Gun Runnerz

So this is a video I never hoped to have to make, however after watching some of the shooting footage from the Las Vegas mass shooting, it became apparent to me that a lot of people don’t understand what gunfire sounds like especially when it’s aimed at you.

And as someone who has been shot at and as someone who’s had some experience with training with this type of stuff, I feel like it’s important for me to teach you guys how to recognise what gunfire sounds like.

What kind of weapon system you’re being engaged with when you hear it and how far away the shooter is.

Gun Runnerz

He adds:

Now keep in mind, before we go into today’s video, nothing I’m talking about is meant to be disrespectful to those that were injured or killed during the shooting or any other shooting for that matter – we’re going to talk a little bit about how people reacted but we’re not trying to judge them it’s easy to be an armchair quarterback with this kind of stuff, however this is meant to help teach people in order to keep you guys safer on the off chance you find yourself in similar situation.

The most crucial point of the video is to understand the difference between supersonic and subsonic when it comes to ammunition.

Watch the video here:

The presenter goes on to explain:


So first let’s get into it for our sake, we’re gonna break ammunition down into two different categories supersonic and subsonic.

The reason why we do so is because supersonic ammunition being fired at you sounds a lot different than subsonic ammunition so basically for our intents and purposes supersonic ammunition is probably going to be shot at you from a rifle and it’s going to sound first probably like a crack followed by a thumb.

So what you’re hearing is three different things; first you’re gonna hear the impact of the round striking whatever target hits either a person which will probably sound like a thud and then you’re gonna hear it possibly get some concrete which is gonna sound more like a crack.

Now as it comes by you its going to have like a whip cracking sound and that’s because that’s projectiles breaking the sound barrier, so it’s like a sonic boom as it goes past you.

After that hopefully you’re gonna hear a thud. Now that thud is the report of the rifle or weapon system so that is actually the expanding gases coming out of the muzzle.


64-year-old Stephen Paddock was stationed in a 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay when he fired shots at concert goers at the Route 91 musical festival nearby.

Police discovered him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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