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Recording Studio

The goal of this project was to record authentic WW2 era rifles and capture the true sound they produce without the distortion and overcompression that plagues most available gun recordings. These distorted recordings are so common they tend to change the perception of what they really sound like.

Pictured below are the actual rifles used for this recording project.  The recordings were made using an x-y stereo pair of microphones and recorded at 16bit/44.1 khz (CD quality) on a digital recorder.  The bolt cycling recordings were recorded in the studio using a 24bit 48khz sampling rate recorder.   An ORTF stereo mic technique was used and placed in the position of the ears of person operating the bolt.

The next step in this project will be to use WW2 era ammo as opposed to the modern ammo that was used in the K98 and Enfield.

The bolt recordings are surprisingly unique for each rifle. One can easily determine which sound is which rifle after hearing each only a few times.

British Enfield No.4 Mk 1

German K98

Russian Mosin-Nagant M44

The test site video:

Test site picture. (The gun is about where the camera is. Microphone was moved down the road away from the gun)