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Old 02-15-2014, 01:53 AM   #1
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Can someone please share with me what they believe is the best noise canceling headset for the price? I am about to purchase my very first one, and I want to get it right. Thx in advance


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Old 02-15-2014, 02:12 AM   #2
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For target plinking the cheap ones will do just fine. For hunting, you should get some with directional microphones.

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Any particular model or brand?


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Get one from Sports Academy or Gander Mountain. If you don't like it, return it.

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I have used them for years and I prefer PELTOR TACTICAL Electronic Ear Muffs.
The Tactical model unlike others lets you get down and have a proper cheek weld when shooting rifles and shotguns. Most Ear Muffs are very Round on the Sides and will cause you to not be able to get a proper cheek weld. In addition each earpiece contains two AA Batteries that cuts the sound level off at a specific decibel level. This allows you to carry on a normal conversation at the bench or when hearing range commands given. But when the weapon fires it cuts off the harmful sounds. You can get them with the normal over the head band or the behind the head wire band which I prefer due to the fact I can wear a ball cap without the button on top of the hat burrowing into the top of my head due to the pressure of a normal over the head mounting band. Or the band wanting to slip back on my head while shooting. The below picture of the ones I am speaking about are upside down in the picture. The Wire goes behind your head. And they are very comfortable.

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Your hearing does not come back after it is lost. I have always used muffs indoors and plugs outside. I still have hearing loss (not at all deaf, but noticeable) after forty years. Get the best muffs you can afford. I use Peltor Tactical Pro. They are electronic and are on the expensive side. They work great. You can also double up, muffs and plugs. Especially indoors next to somebody with a .44 mag. or worse.
Oh! And turn your music down!!!!!
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I have these and like them a lot.

Howard Leight by Honeywell R-01902 Impact Pro

They let you hold normal conversations yet block the noise when shots are fired. I have used these at indoor ranges next to some hefty calibers and they work great.

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25-5,

Hit the nail on the head! When exposed to excessive decibels ear plugs "Are Not Enough! Contrary to popular belief! Why? Because the bones around the outside of the ear also transmits sound to the ear drum which can be harmful. A perfect example of this was when I was on SWAT for 16+ years. When we started out we had cumberson mikes and ear muffs to communicate with eachother and the Command Post. Then came the wonderful age of technology. We then went to small pads that rested against our jaw bones in front of the ears and left our ear channel completely open to hear with. We found that we could whisper in the small micraphones we wore and the voice even being a whisper would pass through the pad through voice vibration to our jaw bone bone and on to the eardrum. We could hear someone speaking just as clearly as listening through our ear. With that in mind, it proves if exposed to harmful decibles the ear drum still can be injured by the bones around the ear transmitting sound. That could be why 25-5 advised he still has hearing loss only using ear plugs outside? So as he stated your hearing is very valuable and when gone it is gone! So do not take the risk with inferior ear protection spend the extra money and get some quality ear protection that works. I have had one set of my Peltors for well over 15 years. And a couple of years ago purchased two more sets for my grandkids and friends to wear when we go shooting. Dependable protection makes the cost for good quality ear muffs very inexpensive if you follow me! When we instruct the LE Carbine schools I double up with the foam ear plugs and the Peltors as 25-5 mentioned! (Concrete Baffels & Walls!)

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At the range, or target shooting. I use both muffs and ear plugs. The muffs are Caldwells, and they have stereo front facing mikes. The important thing to look for is the latch time on the electronics as to how fast they shut down the amplification, and how many dB the cut the sound.

For shooting I personally don't wear the noise canceling ear muffs. Those I use when I have to fly in small aircraft where that ambient drone of the engine is about a hundred decibels, and I have to listen to it for hours.

I don't wear them for hunting. But. I hunt spot and stalk style, in fairly open country. The one or two rounds I shoot when hunting, while damaging are far less so than the hundred plus in a short time of a range session.

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I'm a fan of the ear muffs and I have a pair of Howard Leights.

I think I got mine fro around $20 on Amazon.

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