Originally Posted by pilot
My opinion is from only shooting a few rounds at the range with the 5-7. It is loud. Extremely loud. As in, way to fuckin' loud. No thanks, I'm deaf enough.
It definitely is loud, and the crack has a higher pitch than, say, a 9 or 40 or 45. But it really isn't a problem with decent hearing protection, which we need to wear anytime we shoot, even a .22. Unfortunately, as a youth and young man I spent too much time shooting without any hearing protection, in civilian life and in the Army, and now have some tinitis to prove it.