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Posted: 7/29/2002 3:04:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/29/2002 3:05:31 PM EDT by kill-9]
I'm a plug man myself... -kill-9
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:07:32 PM EDT
I do both. I have to preserve the little bit of hearing that I have left.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:08:07 PM EDT
[b]WHAT?!?!?[/b] Speak up, young man, I can't hear ya!
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:08:56 PM EDT
Plugs hurt my ears...but have to use them when using a shotgun or rifle...
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:09:17 PM EDT
Outdoors: Plugs only. Indoors: Both especially w/ comp guns ___________________________________ Life is to short to drink cheap [beer]
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:12:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:12:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:12:24 PM EDT
I use muffs most of the time, but sometimes use both if shooting really loud guns or on the firing line with shooting on both sides.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:13:03 PM EDT
I do quite a bit of audio related work. To protect my income, I wear both plugs and Pro-Ears electronic hearing protection.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:13:15 PM EDT
Outdoors- Ultra 10s. The best passive Headset on the market- 29db reduction. If indoors, with the M4 or other centerfire rifle, BOTH! [8D]
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:29:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:31:27 PM EDT
... I use Dillon/Peltor Hearing Protectors, the electronic Stereo Tactical 7-S The 7-S (NRR 21) reduces harmful impulse sounds in less than 2 milliseconds and features a single volume control and preset controls for left-right balance. ... If shooting large bore I'll augment them with plugs. ... Only way to go, no one sneaks a fart without you hearing it!
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:37:40 PM EDT
I'm a new shooter, with just a 9mm pistol to my name. I use muffs (indoors) because they're easy to take on and off and hard to lose. I have cheap non-electronic muffs from wallyworld, and they dampen plenty of sound. I might have to try both if I start shooting rifles.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:38:26 PM EDT
plugs. muffs to to interfere with my glasses
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:41:57 PM EDT
I use the electronic muffs, but I just bought some plugs to test.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:45:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:50:01 PM EDT
All of my shooting is outdoors, so generally I wear just plugs. If it's going to be a long session with a load gun I'll double up.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 3:55:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/29/2002 3:56:39 PM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 5:53:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 5:58:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: Firearms are really really loud and each unprotected shot damages your ears [b]forever[/b]. The tiny receptor hairs in the inner ear never grow back.
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That's the only reason you need.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 6:01:30 PM EDT
Depends on what I'm shooting. If it is just a .22 I'll use plugs. For handguns and/or big rifles I'll use both. For the AR, just plugs.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 6:01:44 PM EDT
I think I have seen this on this board before: Muffs might be better due to the dampening effect on the sound that radiates through the bone near your inner ear. Don't know if it is true, just passing on what I have read here before.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 6:21:52 PM EDT
both. hey i got a idea we need to lobby to get silenecers removed from the nfa and sold as "hearing protection"
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 6:23:31 PM EDT
I'll refrain from saying anything about plugging muffs... I've found that with hearing protection, either/or leaves me with the distortion sound after shooting; kinda like hearing under water, it's garbled for a while. With BOTH plugs and muffs, that doesn't happen. Save your ears, guys. Your eyes, too. Be safe.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 7:48:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 8:02:27 PM EDT
I used plugs this weekend for the first time, whereas I have always used muffs in the past. I still can't get my hearing back to normal. I don't know if I had them plugged in too far and they pushed on something or if they just didn't deaden the noise as much as I thought.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 8:25:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 9:28:26 PM EDT
I just ordered some of [url=http://www.botachtactical.com/aearcomarear.html]these[/url] but before I try them out I might venture to ask if anyone has tried them first. [:D]
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 9:31:47 PM EDT
Personally, I prefer muffs.... uh.. oh wait.. Oh you mean for HEARING protection??? Nevermind.
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 9:35:11 PM EDT
Due to too many concerts with unprotected hearing, I wear both plugs and muffs, regardless of the situation. I need to spare all the hearing I have left. Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 7/29/2002 9:45:47 PM EDT
If you want any usable hearing left when you are older, wear both. Plugs do not afford enough protection...even from little ole .22s. Get some custom made plugs...much more comfortable & you can wear them longer...about $80-100/pair. As for hunting, they do make electronic hearing protection...they look like hearing aids but work just the opposite...they amplify a little bit so you can hear the game, but when the firearm goes off, it dampens the blast to a protected level. No. They aren't cheap but they are much cheaper than hearing aids...which pretty much suck...even the most expensive ones. Do a search for electronic hearing protection & you will get quite a few leads.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 3:40:27 AM EDT
Plugs for the shotgun sports. Muffs for rifle and pistol. Both for indoor.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 3:42:25 AM EDT
Plugs in the pits. Muffs on the line.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 8:11:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 8:17:37 AM EDT
inside: both outside: plugs unless it is something really loud.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 8:19:08 AM EDT
Plugs. Muffs get in my way, I hate hearing the clunking if they bump my stock. Plus, cleaning all the wax booggies off the plugs is fun! [:D]
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 8:47:30 AM EDT
I used hearing protection(plugs) for the first time [b]ever[/b] 3 days ago. All I can say is that it was weird having the mighty roar of a 12 ga reduced to a little pop. Previously I just lived with the reduced hearing for the rest of the day. However, seeing as how I'm finally getting an AR in 1 day and 22 hours[:)], I knew that I would be doing a significant amount of shooting with a loud gun...so I got some plugs. I also realized the importance of protection when about a month ago I went shooting with some friends and we fired about 1000 rnds .22, 50 rnds 12 ga., 30 rnds 7.62x54, and 20 rnds 30-06.(nobody had hearing protection) We also got some eye protection after my brother caught some hot brass with his face. You use hearing protection for .22's?[>:/]
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:06:34 AM EDT
If I'm shooting just 22 rimfire and nobody nearby is shooting anything more potent, then either plugs OR muffs. But I believe neither alone is sufficient when shooting high-power rifle.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:11:44 AM EDT
what i found to be the tits set up is the Walker's Tactical Ear II which looks like a behind the ear hearing aid. I took the thing down to a hearing aid place and had them build some ear plugs to fit it(molded to exactly fit your ear). the unit is adjustable for frequency and amplification and yet kills gunfire noise. With the unit turned all the way down you can hardly hear someone talking to you from three feet away. When the tac ear is turned up you can hear far better than normal and yet still take a shot and not hardly hear it.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:30:07 AM EDT
Where can you get the custom molded hearing protection plugs? ([}:)] I like to plug the occassional muff, does that count?)
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:53:51 AM EDT
.22, nothing, everything else, both.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:53:58 AM EDT
Phil-A-Steen, I had mine done at a hearing aid place. They will make an impression of your ear and in a week or so they will have the plugs for you. be advised that with plugs(no amplifier) of this type you will absolutly NOT be able to hear range commands so i would be hesitant to go with just the plugs.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 9:58:21 AM EDT
With anything louder than a 22, I use both. No need to take chances....these ears are all I will ever have.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 10:01:07 AM EDT
Custom ear mold plugs. Money well spent. Comfortable and allow proper cheek weld.
Link Posted: 7/30/2002 10:15:30 AM EDT
plugs. muffs get in the way. in a pinch, field-stripped cigarette butts work. try to get them from someone you know.
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