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Posted: 8/9/2003 10:05:54 AM EDT
Hello folks.

Which one would be less damaging to your ears in STHF, especially indoors when you engage perps to defend your life? 5.56mm (AR15) or a 12 gauge shotgun?
Link Posted: 8/9/2003 5:42:40 PM EDT
I have no data to back this up.

It would seem to me that the lower pitch of a 12 Ga, would be less harmful than the sharp, and trans-sonic report
Link Posted: 8/9/2003 5:54:45 PM EDT
Honestly, neither one should cause permanent damage, unless you've got a JP brake on the AR and you're (90 degrees) standing next to it while it's being fired.

Most hearing loss is culmulative, over years of repeated unprotected firing.

Having fired both types of weapons indoors, I can say that your ears WILL ring for a day or so afterward.

I wouldn't sweat this perceived problem, and just think of how loud it will be for the other guy(s).

Link Posted: 8/9/2003 6:22:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2003 9:00:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2003 9:00:50 PM EDT by MaverickMkii]
Thanks for your opinions.

I've shot a Bushy 14.5" with mini-Y outdoors without a hearing protection and it rang till the next morning... I will never do that again.


Link Posted: 8/13/2003 3:27:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2003 3:33:34 PM EDT by Stryfe]

Originally Posted By dissipator556:
Honestly, neither one should cause permanent damage


Either fired indoors will cause damage.
You may or may not notice it, but the damage will be done.
You do not "get used" to loud noises, you stop hearing them all together.

Hearing damage can result from a one-time exposure to very loud noise, short-term exposure to loud noise or long-term exposure to moderate noise. Noise in excess of 80-85 decibels (dB) is considered potentially damaging.
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Link Posted: 8/13/2003 7:44:38 PM EDT
Hmmm the thing I seemed to 'not hear' was my old lady.....
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