Unrealistic. However, when walking you shouldn't be stopped to reload.
May 10 2016
Devs, looks like we solved this issue for you. ;)
I've often thought I was hearing gunfire snaps and it turned out to be "thunder". Definitely needs to be fixed.
The only problem is that you can't control a person's monitor settings. I personally can turn down my gamma VERY low and it is still too bright on my LED monitor. This is a nice idea in theory...but it seems like it might cause problems in the end.
May 9 2016
@SuicideKing I would agree that it just "has rough edges" IF
1.) They stopped releasing paid dlc and focused on fixing their game.
2.) BIS charged less than $60 for a "full released" game that has so many problems.