Do Air Guns Make A Loud Bang?

I recently bought this break barrel air pistol. I opened the barrel and closed it without loding any pellet. I then fired a blank shot, and BOOM. The bang was really loud. It sounded like a big power balloon was just pricked by a needle. Are air guns suppose to be that loud? I always thought they were mostly... show more I recently bought this break barrel air pistol.

I opened the barrel and closed it without loding any pellet.

I then fired a blank shot, and BOOM. The bang was really loud. It sounded like a big power balloon was just pricked by a needle.

Are air guns suppose to be that loud? I always thought they were mostly silent.
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