I bought a pack of 5 MAX4466 microphones on amazon, and would need to use them to detect when a plate is hit by a bullet. There are 4 plates, each one with a microphone glued to the back. The bullet speed and the speed of sound are very similar, thus the microphone needs to be very tollerant to loud noises. Ideally, the one attached to the plate saturates the output, while the others hearing just the noise of the gun keep a lower value. Unfortunately these mics saturate even with a handclap and even adjusting the gain did not bring any good result.
I also tried other models, but they all have the same problem, they are not designed for noises that loud.
Is there a way (for example attaching a potentiometer parallel to the mic?) that allows me to decrease the sensitivity of the microphone?