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Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by donray, Jan 30, 2013.
I recommend electronic hearing protection so that you can hear what's going on around you etc. I use disposable plugs because I can't afford electronic ear pro.
What does electronic ear protection cost ?
I've been happy with my Howard Leight Impact Sport earmuffs, but I also use disposable foam plugs when shooting at my local indoor range. If shooting a match outdoors I just use the muffs and they are fine. Slim design makes them easy to keep with my other gear in my range bag. They run about $50.
I use Peltor - Tactical Pro. I like them better than other electronics I tried. A bit of cost but after 40 yrs. I thought I deserved it. I can hear RO's and my students, but the shots are muted a lot. Peltor has good non electronic too.
Dillon Precision HP1 (NRR 21) Electronic Hearing Protector (One of the best)
some good options with info here - http://www.earplugstore.com/hunting-and-shooting-ear-plugs.html
personally i use the muffs at the range, everywhere else I like the re-usable insert ones
I use Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff. They are available from Amazon for under $50. Good amplification. I can hear much better with these earphones than without. Like a very ugly hearing aid. Highly recommend them.
If you wanna get fancy, the electronic ones are fun...they take a little getting used to though, and can be a tad pricy...
I've had to wear hearing protection in every job I've had (tree service, steel fab, drilling and blasting...crazy rock drummer...) so I'm used to it but the yellow foamies are great, they've saved my hearing tremendously over the years, easy to carry, re-usable, cheap...
Use what is most comfortable to you, in the ear, over the ear, just as long as you have something on, you'll be fine...
What did you say?
These ear plugs were free!
If you want it quiet enough to fire a rifle indoors, try foam earplugs and muff-type hearing protection at the same time .
Muffs are easy to remove and reinstall between shooting sessions .
Sometimes my muffs rub against a rifle stock, so I may opt for foam plugs . The foam plugs I use are purple ones from the Phamacy Dept. at Walmart, which are available in bulk in a plastic jar . I think they are made by Flents .
If you are shooting near a rifle that can badly damage your ears, use foam because you won't remove the foam plugs absentmindedly and get hammered .
Carry foam plugs in your car for any emergency, such as shopping in a store that plays loud music or dropping in at a singles dance . They also make nice gifts for fellow shooters who forget their ear protection .
Hats and eyeglasses can interfere with muff hearing protectors ; one more point for foam .
The foam plugs get dirty and thrown out and must be installed deep and properly to work. I sometimes have to pry mine out with my car key or with the tweezers on my Victorinox Swiss Army Knife .
In summary : I haven't used electronic types due to cost . I do know that foam plugs belong in your shooting bag, glove box, first aid kit, survival kit, console, wife's car and maybe on your key ring . I have had muffs that wore out due to the foam inserts deteriorating but still like muffs and have a quiet pair from Cabela's .
I have several different brands of muffs-
All pretty much the same--
Bottom line is USE SOMETHING!
I can not begin to discribe the herd of crickets steady chirping I hear in sterio 24/7 from NOT useing them
Another HL impact Sport wearer here. Very effective and for under $50 it's well worth it.
I double up when shooting rifle. I use the Howard Leight (_+ $50) and ear plugs. For pistols I just use the electronic ear muffs.
Thanks for the advice. Got the Howard Leight Sport Model and I love them.
paid $50's for electronic peltor tacticals in a gray color, 2 AAA`s in each cup but they have really surprised me. bought them at wal~mart.
I use db blocker custom ear plugs. They are molded specifically to your ear. I'm not all that sure of how spendy they are because my employer supplies them. But I can tell you they work very well and are really comfortable. Check them out. Www.protectear.com