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Old 07-30-2012, 05:45 AM   #1
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Something goes bump in the night and you have a 4.5" 9mm, a 5" 1911 in 45acp, and a 12gauge shotgun all sitting there next to you. You are equally proficient on all 3 and can hit equally well.

Of course no ear protection since it is your hallway!

Which one do you pick up, merely on the basis of how much it will decimate your ears shooting it unprotected 1-4 times in your hallway?

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I don't own any of those guns posted but I'd shoot the one I think will stop the threat the best. The noise is a minor factor, to me, in a moment like that.

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I don't own any of those guns posted but I'd shoot the one I think will stop the threat the best. The noise is a minor factor, to me, in a moment like that.
Agreed, I'll pick up a snubnose 45-70 if it's handy.
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Hearing is a non-factor in this case. Of course the noise/flash is one reason I'd never have a snubby 357mag laying around as a primary HD option, but temporary hearing is a minor concern in the moment...even with the potential to be a bit more than "temporary". I believe you're a music teacher, which would understandably place more concern on protecting your ears.

I'll choose the 12ga if I intend to hunker down. I might prefer a pistol if I'm going to roam around a bit and investigate (because there's really no telling where such a walkabout would take you...to your car?...up the street?..into the neighbor's yard?). Handgun caliber would not matter...anything 9mm or better, with a medium to full frame.

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Shots fired "for real" do not sound like much. The brain has a way of shutting down unwanted/unneeded stuff in a time of crisis. Auditory exclusion is the term that is used to describe the phenomenon. Many people describe hearing law "popping" sounds and no ringing of the ears after shooting large handguns in enclosed spaces.

Tachypshychia is another phenomenon that occurs. Time seems to slow down to a crawl because the brain is processing iniformation at a very rapid pace.

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Shots fired "for real" do not sound like much. The brain has a way of shutting down unwanted/unneeded stuff in a time of crisis. Auditory exclusion is the term that is used to describe the phenomenon. Many people describe hearing law "popping" sounds and no ringing of the ears after shooting large handguns in enclosed spaces..
kinda like hunting, you barely hear your shot, and it never affect you like when target shooting.

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ive exprienced this several times. its so crazy. feels like you can see and remember everything.
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I'd be more concerned what's going to do the least damage to

the house, my hearing would be the least of my concerns,

when the time comes.

My personal ballistic tests on wood, plywood, laminated

particle-board, underlayment,

cans, and the like, have shown me that a .45, of the

ones mentioned, would probably spend it's terminal energy

best in an intruder...

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Shots fired "for real" do not sound like much. The brain has a way of shutting down unwanted/unneeded stuff in a time of crisis. Auditory exclusion is the term that is used to describe the phenomenon. Many people describe hearing law "popping" sounds and no ringing of the ears after shooting large handguns in enclosed spaces.

Tachypshychia is another phenomenon that occurs. Time seems to slow down to a crawl because the brain is processing iniformation at a very rapid pace.
Robo' Right...

I was fortunate enough to never need to drop the hammer during my service but I have dropped many deer, most with a 30-06 and no hearing protection.

I don't remember any that resulted in ear ringing or any other adverse effects...

That's not to say there's no damage, very well may be but I've not noticed it.

I do however keep my .357 SP 101 "truck gun" loaded with .38 Special because I just know touching off a .357 Mag in an enclosed cab would be painful.

I'm sure you could google decibel ratings and I would thing the 12 G loaded with anything but slugs would be the lowest reading.

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Wow, this is good! I'm just trying to figure out if I should have my 1911 5" or my XDM9 4.5" by my bed each night. I really like my hearing. (sweeper22, I'm very impressed with your perception and memory!)

Tachypsychia is a good word.

BTW, this thread isn't about the features of the actual weapons. That stuff is in a million other threads. This one is about the BOOM in your room. Which BOOM messes you up less?
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Wow, this is good! I'm just trying to figure out if I should have my 1911 5" or my XDM9 4.5" by my bed each night. I really like my hearing. (sweeper22, I'm very impressed with your perception and memory!)

Tachypsychia is a good word.

BTW, this thread isn't about the features of the actual weapons. That stuff is in a million other threads. This one is about the BOOM in your room. Which BOOM messes you up less?
Honestly Chris, I think factory workers, helicopter crews, and avid concert goers have a greater risk of hearing loss/damage than shooter who religiously use hearing protection while training and take the occasional unprotected shot/shots in self defense or at game animals.

I'm no expert bit I've always heard that it's "sustained" high decibles and not the occasional blast that causes permanent injury.

I've not met many shooters, hunters, or cops with hearing problems unless they were north of 70 YO. I have however, had to shout my conversations at every earthwork subcontractor I've ever hired. Jackhammers and heavy equipment seem to do far more damage than dumping deer in the field or goblins in the hallway.

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