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Old 12-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #31
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Nothing wrong with being prepared but personally I would choose to have all my senses available to me during a SD encounter, would hate to be gunned down by the LEO behind me whose commands to drop the gun I failed to hear due to earplugs. JMHO
That's the first thing that came to my mind.
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Nothing wrong with being prepared but personally I would choose to have all my senses available to me during a SD encounter, would hate to be gunned down by the LEO behind me whose commands to drop the gun I failed to hear due to earplugs. JMHO.
I think you've lost some of your senses anyway if you didn't know a LEO was behind you with a gun. Further, if you didn't have your plugs in during the shooting, your hearing may not be faring much better anyway.
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So Marthor... are you shooting SASS now?
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Speaking from experience, as others here can possibly attest, shooting a .45 inside a real home with carpet curtains and furniture to absorb the sound is far different than shooting in a range or outdoors. It's really not as bad as you might think due to the fact that your brain shuts down all senses but sight and the ringing in your ears goes away within 3 to 5 minutes.
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Speaking from experience, as others here can possibly attest, shooting a .45 inside a real home with carpet curtains and furniture to absorb the sound is far different than shooting in a range or outdoors. It's really not as bad as you might think due to the fact that your brain shuts down all senses but sight and the ringing in your ears goes away within 3 to 5 minutes.
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Hearing plays an important role in our "Situational Awareness" senses in real life.

Ear plugs should be utilized for range, training and other shooting exercises.
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So Marthor... are you shooting SASS now?
I made it out to the pistol range to try out the Vaqueros. The recoil was very easy with the 38 special 158 grain.

I have arrangements with a buddy to go shooting in January, and I'll try out the new coach shotgun and lever rifle.

I plan on taking the orientation training class with "The Cowboys" in Los Angeles when I move out there in a few months and that will get me started in the real events.
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I've had this exact same thought before. (What? Huh? In the ear...)

I do think the only place we can really prepare for is in our home. It is one of the situations in which we could sense danger and still have time to prepare (someone breaking in, etc.). I have thought about electronic ear muffs that give total ear protection, but still allow you to hear the sounds around you. I don't think I would ever put in ear plugs in a critical situation. Tactically, it is just not a good idea.

You used the word "silencer." Never use that word again. It is a suppressor!.

Though this option could cost about $700, I have on my mental list to buy a threaded barrel ($200) for my bedside handgun of choice and keep a suppressor ($500) next to it. If I hear someone breaking in, I screw on the suppressor and get to protecting my castle. At that point I don't care about a jury.
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Honestly man, in an sd situation Id probably be so jacked up hearing protection would be one of the last things on my mind.
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Yes, but my entire line of work revolves around my hearing (I'm a musician and music educator). I don't care how hopped up on adrenaline one might be, there is NO level of protection that provides to the inner ear. A 45acp or 5 going off in my hallway is still going to slam my ear drums.

Survival is always priority #1, though.
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In an actual SD situation you will barely have time to present and fire, much less fool around with hearing protection.
I would suggest a class from a professional trainer focused on SD situations, even if firing at stationary targets.
I would go a step further and maybe think about running a Tueller Drill just to see if there's any extra fractions of seconds available.

I completely understand the desire to protect your hearing. Unfortunately, drawing your weapon in SD is a last-resort tactic. The really good options are no longer available, including walking away and everybody goes home uninjured.
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