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  1. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    so that others may learn from my mistake.
    I am used to shooting .22s and 9mms. I have not up until yesterday owned a pistol.

    I was given a .357 Ruger Blackhawk SA revolver by a family member as well as some ammunition. I decided to go out back and fire off a few rounds at a makeshift target. (In the county and nothing but woods behind me for miles) I did not wear hearing protection because my logic was that I was only going to fire off a few rounds. After the second shot, I temporarily lost hearing in my left ear. No pain, just can't hear much. It was very stupid on my part because I knew better. That was this morning and I still do not have full hearing in my left ear.

    I had never shot a .357 pistol before, and knew it would be quite loud, but I never thought it would have been THAT loud.

    Lesson learned, I purchased ear plugs and ear muffs for the range.
     
  2. Stockman

    Stockman New Member

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    You'll shoot your eye out kid! :)

    Really though, good lesson hope the hearing comes back!
     
  3. SlowTA367

    SlowTA367 New Member

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    I did that before when I got my AR-15. It wasn't TOO loud, but when we switched over to my friends SKS and shotgun, I was really wishing I had my earplugs.
     
  4. amill94

    amill94 OT Supporter

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    I've always worn ear protection...even when shooting a 22. Knowing hearing is something that gets worse over time, I want to keep it as long as possible.
     
  5. Slick26

    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    Oh man... and a .357 even. Thats nasty loud.
     
  6. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    Good think it wasn't a carbine :noes:
     
  7. farrelly

    farrelly New Member

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    same here. one time i fired an ar forgetting to put in my plugs. The ringining in my ear lasted a little while after firing just one round. First and last round i've ever fired without protection.
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    Its just not worth it. Always where your protection boys. :rofl:
    But seriously... if you lost your hearing, you'd really be kicking yourself.
     
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    Gimik New Member

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    we never wore hearing protection while hunting when I was growing up. I remember some dove seasons where we were shooting for hours, and no one was wearing ears. As far as I know, my hearing is normal :dunno:

    I've actually never thought of wearing hearing protection while I was hunting, and I've never met anyone that actually did.
     
  10. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    Birdshot isn't too bad
     
  11. What do soldiers/hunters do? Serious question here.
     
  12. Topgun

    Topgun OT Supporter

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    ear plugs
     
  13. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    stick a couple 5.56 rounds in your ear
     
  14. SlowTA367

    SlowTA367 New Member

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    :bowrofl:
     
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    Made that mistake once.......magnum's make a nice little bang bang
     
  16. t1h

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    i wonder how loud my m1 garand is. i've always worn hearing protection when shooting it
     
  17. Buzz Killington

    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Your experience is a good reminder.

    My old man taught at the NY State Police ranges (he supervised/trained Troopers for their qualifying etc.) For the first few years he never bothered to wear ear protection...now he's probably 40% deaf :(
     
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    A .22 is just as bad for your ears as a .357, even if it isn't as much BOOM, there is still a very damaging high pitch noise.
     
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    They making hearing aids for hunters that will amplify sounds, but automatically block all noise if it's over XX db.
     
  20. BigBadJohn

    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Loud enough to never go without it again. I can see how they went w/o it back in ww2, with the andrenaline puming, it didnt matter. But the first time I took mine out, I was still setting mine up. My dad had already started with his. I went and got a set of ear plugs after the second shot.
     
  21. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I am now just able to start hearing in my left ear. My right one was somewhat not bothered by it. The rounds I was shooting were 158 grain. I don't know how large or small that is so far as .357s go, but I know the only other time I will fire that pistol without hearing protection will be in self/home defense.
     
  22. Fingerbang

    Fingerbang What the fuck is the internet?

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    I took my dads .357 ruger to the range once and loaded it with .38's and one .357 round. The people next to us were learning how to shoot, found out later the guy teaching was my dads accountant. So I was going through the .38's and when the .357 came around BOOM. The people next to us must have jumped a foot.

    Outdoor range and they took their muffs off to talk to each other.
     
  23. NEp8ntballer

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    ^that's a mean yet fun trick to put on people. load it with .38s and one .357 as the last shot. they'll start plinking away with the .38s but when they hit that .357 round they are in for one helluva shock.
     
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    Fingerbang What the fuck is the internet?

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    I wouldnt do that. I knew it was coming I wouldnt want to load it that way and hand it off to someone else and not tell them.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    I carry ear plugs and use them if I can but alot of the time you just don't have the time to put them in :hs:
     

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