GUN Hearing Protection?

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  1. Labster

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    What hearing protection are you guys using at the range? Right now I'm just using a cheap set of Smith and Wesson muffs that work decently but they're showing wear and they aren't that well.
     
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    nothin like some good muffs on your ears
     
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    leightning muffs and plugs, like 33 and 31db nrr
     
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    Muffs piss me off because i cant get a decent check weld without the right side moving off my ear. So i tend to use cheap foam plugs. I need to look into plugs that block out noise over a certain db.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I have some Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs and some SureFire EarPro EP4 plugs in the mail.

    I'll be wearing the plugs under the muffs
     
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    I have both right now (well I lost my surefires the new set will be here tomorrow). The surefires outdoor were great for .22 mag rifle and .357 pistol.
     
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    how do you like the impact sports? i'm looking to possibly order a set soon
     
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    I use custom molded plugs. You can get them made at most audiologists and they fit perfectly and are comfortable enough to wear all day long. They block out WAY more than any foam plug as well. Same kind that race car drivers use.

    Of course I use them for my day job which is hanging out around race cars all day long, so I need something that works well and is super comfortable. But they are great for shooting and dont get old to wear and should cost you less than $100 easy to have them made.
     
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    I have a few sets of the little green/yellow ear plugs in my bags, car, etc. They work pretty well actually, and I believe they're about $8. For planned trips, I use Sordins.


    How do you like those? I've been thinking of trying a pair.
     
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    These, btw, work almost as well as my much more expensive Sordins. Had I not gotten them for a steal, I'd have gotten the HL's and been happy.
     
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    I'm not sure that is actually true, in fact I've heard it stated to the contrary. Its something I would consult some occupational health and safety people or an audiologist on. The logic behind them not working as well makes sense too. Your custom mold is always going to be comfortable, but the foam of a plug is always expanding out and sealing while the shape of your ear canal changes as you move into different positions or press your head into a stock.
     
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    military issue ear pro ftw! yellow side if i want to still hear the sound of the shot, brown side if i dont want to hear a damn thing.
     
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    The HL Earmuffs work excellent.
     
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    They are great they do block some sound below 80db as they are mechanical. But the low profile more than makes up with it. I shot a .357 mag revolver with no problems.
     
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    Homedepot bulk 100 ear foams for like $10
     
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    i use the orange foam ones that i use for riding my bike. didnt think it made a difference :dunno:
     
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    They definitely block out more than the average foam plug. If they are molded properly, they will not move or vary in their ability to block out sound. I live in ear plugs. I wear them for many hours on end. I have had to use foam plugs when I've misplaced or forgotten my molded ones (I always keep foam plugs placed in strategic places in my gear so I always have a pair available if needed) and they definitely do not work as well as the molded plugs.

    You just need to make sure they are made properly by an audiologist. In my case, they are not made from a mold of the ear (like some do and its not as perfect), but are actually formed in the ear canal so the final piece is what was formed in the ear. I can easily move my head around, open my mouth, do things with my jaw and even pull on my ears and they will not change position. You actually kind of "screw" them into your ear canal.

    They arent for all and good foams will be close, but if you wear them a lot, the slight amount of extra protection along with the far surpassed comfort is well worth the investment.

    I've had my last pair for three years and will have a couple new sets made this year as the originals are getting a little old and are not sealing as well as they used to.
     
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    I never liked just the muffs by themselves. It's hard to get a good seal if you've got glasses or goggles on. I use both foam plugs and muffs.
     
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    i steal foam plugs from work.
     
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    foamies from work. my hearing is half blasted from not wearing plugs in the military. so foams work just fine now
     
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    Surefires for me
     
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