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Old 10-19-2011, 01:49 AM   #1
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OK, I go to the range and I wear ear protection.

I am watching "Snipers Inc" on NatGeo and the Barretts are out shooting the M107 and they are wearing ear protection.

I then see the military using the M107 and I notice that I do not see ear protection on them in military situations so I begin to wonder;

With their helmets on, are our soldiers (and sailors) utilizing any kind of hearing protection in combat situations? Or, does the ability to potentially hear someone sneaking up on their position prevent military personel from protecting their hearing while firing any weapon including the Barrett?

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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I never wore ear protection the whole 13 months I was there

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Do you have any hearing issues?

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The military has learned about hearing over the years. While I was in, during training, I never once fired a weapon without hearing protection, they were nuts about it.

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I always used ear pro on during training, never in combat.

I was a SAW gunner, and yes I do have hearing problems now.

I don't blame anyone for it, it's just the nature of the game.

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The military has learned about hearing over the years. While I was in, during training, I never once fired a weapon without hearing protection, they were nuts about it.
What about in combat situations?
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You definitely use hearing pro anytime while training, but during combat everything happens so fast you don't have time to throw them in. I guess you could always leave the wire with them in but then you can't hear commands as well, or send and recieve traffic over the net.

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Do you have any hearing issues?
Yes I do I to was a saw gunner
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At the gun show in Wichita I saw some "combat" hearing protection that I've never come across before. They were selling for a buck a pair I think. Made just like normal foam earplugs, but had a port that could be opened or closed to allow more sound in. I don't know if these are used in any of the militaries or not, but they looked interesting.

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MOST old soldiers, especially combat arms, spend a lot of time saying "Huh?" Artillery folks used to be REAL bad, but most of them finally started using some kind of hearing protection. Infantrymen use plugs on muffs on the range, not in combat.

Prior to the DRAGON and TOW anti-tank missles, we had the M40 106mm Recoiless Rifle, and the M67 90mm Recoiless. They made small rocks dance on the ground when you fired them.

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