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Posted: 4/12/2006 2:35:06 PM EST
Ear muffs? Foam ear plugs? Other?
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:35:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 2:35:57 PM EST by falaholic1]
tampons

Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:35:56 PM EST
At arfcom shoots I double up. Foam plugs and muffs.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:37:29 PM EST
I like muffs on my ears....
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:38:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Ear muffs? Foam ear plugs? Other?



What???? Speak-up.....
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:38:30 PM EST
I would rate these as nearly perfect with 34db reduction. I wear them all the time plus muffs depending upon what I am shooting.

http://www.earplugsonline.com/index.html
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:39:16 PM EST
disposable foam plugs.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:45:19 PM EST
Ear Muffs from Wal-Mart
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:47:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By sWs2:
disposable foam plugs.



Yup. Muffs are always in the way and I never have any ringing or discomfort with the .99 stuff I got at WalMart.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:49:08 PM EST
Muffs and plugs. If you do alot of shooting with other people at least muffs over plugs if you dont wear both. A good deal of sound can be transmitted throught the bone that the muffs cover. You dont really hear it but will notice latter when you can't hear.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:49:57 PM EST
I prefer ear muffs. Ear plugs are uncomfortable, they keep falling out, and they don't work as well.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:49:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 2:52:50 PM EST by Bama-Shooter]
I had 3 fullauto mag dumps from a M4 go off 3 feet from my head today. I was wearing ear muffs and my ears are still ringing.

I don't see how just the foam plugs cut it.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:51:07 PM EST
The plastic in the ear kind, not the disposable foam. Still disposable, but I think they are made to last a little while.


Doubling up is about the best bet.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:51:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By NonConformist:
Ear Muffs from Wal-Mart

Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:52:18 PM EST
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Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:56:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 2:57:29 PM EST by miamilightning]

Originally Posted By Mike_48:
I would rate these as nearly perfect with 34db reduction. I wear them all the time plus muffs depending upon what I am shooting.

http://www.earplugsonline.com/index.html



+1 I discovered these while looking for ear protection to use while riding my motorcycle on the highway - the wind noise was killing what little hearing I had left. Those earplugs dropped wind owl to practically ZERO! They are te BEST hearing protectioin on the market. I use them while shooting all the time - wouldn't use anything else!
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:57:09 PM EST
On the job, electronic ear muffs, My job bought me the electronic noise cancelling ones.

When I'm shooting for fun I wear inexpensive shooting muffs from wal-mart or Bass Pro.

Ear plugs are better than nothing , but I read that you can get damage from bone conduction without outer ear coverage.

When I was a cop and had to shoot an injured deer or an innocent dog, I would put .357 or 9mm rounds in my ears as a field expedient to minimize the hearing loss.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:59:09 PM EST


foam plugs w pistols, plugs plus muffs for louder stuff.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:01:07 PM EST
MSA/Sordin Supreme Pro

SHEISLEGEND has Peltor Soundtrap
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:20:17 PM EST
Funny this topic should come up. Had my annual hearing test today. Graph looks like a ski slope due to age and no ear protection when shooting years ago. Good news is the graph shows very little hearing loss for the past four years(Been wearing double protection while shooting).

Since a rifle shot is about 200db even double protection is lacking. You loose hearing above 80db.

Sidenote a womans voice is about 4k. All the guys in the room who were married or had girlfriends had a low point at the 4k mark. Coincidence?
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:35:24 PM EST
I use plugs, but I should use both.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:42:01 PM EST
Peltor electronic muffs most of the time.

I sometimes use the ear plugs but find them not very good for rifle shooting.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 4:26:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I had 3 fullauto mag dumps from a M4 go off 3 feet from my head today. I was wearing ear muffs and my ears are still ringing.

I don't see how just the foam plugs cut it.



They aren't perfect, and I should use both but I'm always knocking against the stock and it bugs me. Look at the DB reduction on plugs and cheap muffs. Plugs always seem to win. Someday I'll try out the expensive muffs but for now I'm not noticing any extra ringing after using just plugs. I got mine damaged as a kid being a dumbass and not wearing ears when shooting.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 4:30:51 PM EST
ProEars. In enclosed spaces ProEars and plugs. My hearing is so damaged I can't afford to lose any more of it.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 4:32:22 PM EST
To quote myself to my shooting buddy

"going to war must be hell on your ears"
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:18:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By Grunteled:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I had 3 fullauto mag dumps from a M4 go off 3 feet from my head today. I was wearing ear muffs and my ears are still ringing.

I don't see how just the foam plugs cut it.



They aren't perfect, and I should use both but I'm always knocking against the stock and it bugs me. Look at the DB reduction on plugs and cheap muffs. Plugs always seem to win. Someday I'll try out the expensive muffs but for now I'm not noticing any extra ringing after using just plugs. I got mine damaged as a kid being a dumbass and not wearing ears when shooting.



I had to do a lot of adjusting. But it was work the effort.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:32:30 PM EST
I wear Custom Form fitting plugs. (they are made out of some kind of soft plastic or rubber)
Over which I wear a set of Muffs. (quality counts) The non-electronic are over 12 years old, and are still in excellent condition. (external wear aside)

(one of three depending of the environment, and what I am up to)


Rifle shooting out on a formal long range style of range. (prone shooting)
Optime 101 - Over-the-Head Earmuff


Pistol Shooting and when I'm the range officer.
Tactical 7S Classic - Headband Model - NRR 24 dB



Backup Pair... (left in Car, in case)
Optime 95 - Over-the-Head Earmuff
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:57:22 PM EST
I use foam plugs combined with Peltor Tactical 6 electronic muffs. Works GREAT. The plugs are overkill with the muffs, but you hear almost nothing. In fact, it's so quiet you can hear the gun operating each time you fire if you're shooting a self loading rifle.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:00:58 PM EST
Peltor Tac 6 here also
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:01:33 PM EST
I've had bad luck with gel/rubber ear plugs. There is something about their fluid physical properties that allows them to transmit the soundwaves right through the plugs, and into my ears. After 2 hours of an arfcom shoot (complete with NFA) and my ears were ringing. Dense foam topped off with muffs is the way to go.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:01:41 PM EST
foam ear plugs. they work fine for me, but my roommate needs more.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:11:25 PM EST
cheap walmart plugs (not the disposable kind, though I do keep some of those in my range bag)
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:19:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I had 3 fullauto mag dumps from a M4 go off 3 feet from my head today. I was wearing ear muffs and my ears are still ringing.

I don't see how just the foam plugs cut it.




Muffs. Better sound reduction than any plug. Speaking of ringing.....during GW1 we heard some shit where your ears would ring for a week. No shit. My hearing is screwed (or at least thats my opinion). Always wear hearing (good) protection.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:32:26 PM EST
Forgot muffs once, used .45 ball rounds. Looked goofy but worked pretty well.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:09:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 9:12:17 PM EST by tenmikemike]

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Ear muffs? Foam ear plugs? Other?



Plugs AND muffs!!! Always! Neither is good enough alone. Ever stand near a .50BMG?? It will hollow out your head!!!
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:13:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:13:53 PM EST
Peltor Comtacs
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:15:19 PM EST
Plugs for me.. muffs just get in my way and piss me off....

Plus, plugs usually offer more protection then muffs.. When used correctly
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:18:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:23:03 PM EST
Here is some good info and a few of the better plugs on the market..

store.yahoo.com/earplugstore/silnatrubear.html

store.yahoo.com/earplugstore/
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 9:26:43 PM EST
I've used empty .45s when I didn't have anything else. Surprisingly, it works. Kinda.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:02:45 PM EST
Gemtech Trinity

Gemtech Raptor

Gemtech Halo

A little more expensive than earmuffs, but a lot more useful
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:04:44 PM EST
Free Peltors from work, and/or free foamies from work. Just had my annual hearing check today, all systems go!
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:05:52 PM EST
pistol/shotgun: electronic ear muffs

precision rifle: plugs (muffs get in the way of a good cheekweld)
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:06:32 PM EST
I was using Peltor Tac 6s, but I just last week got a pair of the Sordin Supreme Pros. Great muff's.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:29:52 PM EST
all I hear is ringing after the first shot...
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:30:48 PM EST
Com-Tacs
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:34:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 10:34:34 PM EST by SpudZ19D]

Originally Posted By crazyquik:
To quote myself to my shooting buddy

"going to war must be hell on your ears"


+1....darn near deaf thanks to IED's but i usually use field-stripped cigarette butts
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 7:57:54 AM EST
Wearing plugs and muffs -does not work.
Sound disapation is a linear equasion. If you wear ear plugs with a 25db(example) rating and ear muffs with a 32db(example) rating, you will only get the higher(32db) disapation coverage. Not a combined (57db) disapation coverage.



- suit on for all the people who are going to say "well, it works for me"
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:00:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Ear muffs? Foam ear plugs? Other?



Both...especially indoors.

HH
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