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The Pillow Trick

Postby Roach » Tue 05 May 2015 7:36 pm

Have you seen this video from Jerry Miculek? The pillow trick. This may be critical knowledge for some home defense scenarios.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnMeTlXsXC8

I want to record it with the shotgun, but I don't think Doug's will let me try it there. Next time I get to a somewhat open range, I'm taking the pillow, video camera and the guns.

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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby manithree » Tue 05 May 2015 7:51 pm

Anybody know if that's against federal law? I don't know the legal definition of a silencer or suppressor.
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby quychang » Tue 05 May 2015 8:04 pm

manithree wrote:Anybody know if that's against federal law? I don't know the legal definition of a silencer or suppressor.


Put the pillow down, and slowly back away.

I always thought pillows were meant to be used by wives to silence snores. At least that's what they've told me when I've awoken with that silencer in place. Other than that, though it did work better than I would have expected, it does seem like a waste of a perfectly good pillow.

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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby J_dazzle23 » Tue 05 May 2015 9:41 pm

I remember seeing a scene in "shooter" where he suppresses a small caliber rifle with a water bottle. After doing some research, I think it may actually work! It's always something I've wanted to try
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby D-FIN » Tue 05 May 2015 10:07 pm

Jerry's videos are always fun to watch. Hooooooooo!
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby dewittdj » Sat 09 May 2015 8:30 pm

Jerry's a pro and very down to earth, though Jerry's ammo shelf needs some reorganizing (see end of the clip).
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby Roach » Fri 22 May 2015 9:33 am

Here is the field report for the recent pillow trick test. It was held in a secret location and we were all blindfolded and driven in circles so no one will be able to tell exactly where we were.

We covered a lot of scientific ground, but the testing methods need to be refined a bit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLtp6IdEqis

Keeping the muzzle tucked in the stuffing is key. The first shotgun shot was off the pillow had little noise reduction effect. Second shotgun blast was quieter, but the pillow moved away from the muzzle. Next test we will restrain the pillow. John's pistol shot demonstrated the effect of proper pillow restraint. I wonder how many of us really practice proper pillow restraint.

Btw it really wasn't my wife's pillow, but after seeing this she went on a mini shopping spree for new ones. Well worth a great day at the range.


Thanks to Brant and John and regards to all,

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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby jfwright1955 » Fri 22 May 2015 5:14 pm

Thanks for posting that, Bill. An interesting experiment for sure. I still don't buy that wasn't your wife's pillow, though. :wink:

I'm not sure if the video fully captured the audible differences, but enough to get the idea. If I'd have thought, I've got a dB app on my iPhone I should've used to substantiate the difference. Oh well. We'll just have to repeat the experiment sometime so we can more definitively document the difference with it. We'll also have to buy pillows in bulk so we can try a few other firearms and calibers. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby AlanM » Sat 23 May 2015 1:52 am

manithree wrote:Anybody know if that's against federal law? I don't know the legal definition of a silencer or suppressor.


OMG!! Don't give the Bureau of A [Edited by mod. -Don]That Fear Everything any ideas!!!

They once defined a shoestring as a machinegun.

Do you REALLY want to spend $200 and wait 6 months just so you can get permission to buy and possess a new fiber filled bed pillow from WalMart?
Not to mention what you would have to go through to take a pillow with you in your car on a cross country trip!!!
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby JoeSparky » Sun 24 May 2015 6:41 pm

To fillow up on alanM's post---- it aint illegal or even a silencer until you intend to use it then ---- how many pillows you got in your house? That is the number of "constructive" violations they'll tag you with forthe silencer possession but this doesnt include the makings tax violations for each time you wrapped said pillow aboutthe barrel even if you never pulled the trigger!
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Re: The Pillow Trick

Postby muddy » Mon 25 May 2015 7:37 pm

J_dazzle23 wrote:I remember seeing a scene in "shooter" where he suppresses a small caliber rifle with a water bottle. After doing some research, I think it may actually work! It's always something I've wanted to try


I have heard that a plastic water bottle stuffed with some cotton balls and a trail poked through the cotton makes a great silencer for a 22. Thats what I have heard and all I'm saying.
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