When a race starts, should a gun be used or a horn to start it?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 year ago
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    Starting pistols are the preferred choice because the noise has a very sharp start to it. The sound it makes is also loud and near-instant across a wide range of sound frequencies, which is why hitting a cymbal or a drum would be less effective (a drum is also far less portable and bulkier than a pistol, and the drum-skins are often not rain resistant).

    Bursting a balloon would do the same thing but the sound isn’t loud enough. Horns start quietly before reaching their peak noise, so contestants closest to the horn or those with superior hearing will have an unfair advantage. Top level events have a loudspeaker behind each starting block so distance from the horn would not matter but the slow attack of the noise would still be a problem.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Use the green flag.

  • 1 year ago

    Use the horn or a flashlight.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    It has been said that in some less salubrious areas of London that there have been many false starts in races when the local drug dealers settle scores.

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  • 1 year ago

    depends on personal preference or resources.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Why are you asking in Maintenance & Repairs?

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    FAIL. Try again. 

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    A horn.  Contestants and spectators might think there is a gunman and might run for cover if a gun is used.

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