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    Question Ear Protection

    This past Friday I used ear plugs but found them to be an inconvenience.. Put'em in, take'em out, Put'em in, take'em out... Not to mention I had gloves on, so it made the process more difficult.
    Does anyone use those electronic ear muffs that allow lower level sound through? If so, which ones do you use and how do you like them?

    I found some on ebay CLICK ME Anyone have experience with these type?
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    I have not used the ones on the Ebay link, but I have a pair and they are the best thing since sliced bread. It will muffle any loud sounds(gun fire) and allow you to hold a conversation in a normal tone. You don't have to get the most exspensive pair, but something around 27decibles should be good.

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    Thanks for the info. I figure I'll give the ebay one's a shot. If they work as well as the expensive ones or close to it, great! If they don't, I only take a $28 hit.

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    The ones on the link you posted are not stereo (only 1 mic), can be kinda' annoying. Other than that I know nothing about the brand.

    Sportsman's Guide has the same model at 19.97, with their lower shipping the price difference ends up being 47 cents (personally, I don't buy anything off anti-gun evilbay unless it really saves me a lot of money) The normal retail for them is about $60-$80 so it looks like a good deal. Makes me wonder why they are priced so low though.

    This is what I use:
    http://www.gundogsonline.com/hearing...rotection.html

    At indoor ranges I also use foam earplugs, outdoors just the muffs.

    http://www.gundogsonline.com/hearing...ng-protection/
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce333 View Post
    The ones on the link you posted are not stereo (only 1 mic), can be kinda' annoying. Other than that I know nothing about the brand.
    Interesting point.. I can see how that would be annoying. Thanks for your input.

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    Ear Protection

    I also am looking for some Ear Protection.. I searched ebay for some and saw the ones you posted and had some questions too..


    Does anyone know what rating you should get if you dont get the Electronic ones..

    I saw some that were cheap with a Rating of 26 is this good?

    I have been look on ebay for Eye and Ear Protection combo, if you know of any sites that have Glass and Ear Muffs for cheap that are good let me know..

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    Caldwell makes the ones you posted the link to, they work well. They also make them in stereo. Check around for better prices and shipping it seems that everyone has them.

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    I wouldn't scimp on ear protection. I never used it when I was younger in the Army field artillery and today I live with constant cicada noise in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falshman70 View Post
    I wouldn't scimp on ear protection. I never used it when I was younger in the Army field artillery and today I live with constant cicada noise in the background.
    I was kinda thinking the same thing. I think this is something I can't skimp on. Hearing damage is 9/10 permanent. Thanks for the advise.

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    Since Iím married and this is my second one Iím great at tuning things out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    Since I’m married and this is my second one I’m great at tuning things out.
    Huh.......What?

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    Uh... ear protection is sort of important - like good brakes on your vehicle.
    I would not skimp under any circumstance.
    If you can't afford quality "ears", then don't shoot. Hearing loss is not recoverable.
    Once it's gone - it's gone!

    I can personally recommend the non electronic muffs by Howard Leight or the electronic Tactical 6s by Peltor.
    If you have nothing else, stop by the Stiel dealer and get a set of chainsaw ear protection.
    Do your self a favor, never shoot without quality ear protection!

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    Just got my $20 muffs in and so far they work great!

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    The cheap 22+db muffs work great for shooting. If you tend to shoot allot or enjoy going on a raccoon hunt now and again electronic muffs are the way to go. I just got a pare of Silencio Falcons and they work great! I have tried some of the cheaper kind and the sound was really uncomfortable. These make you hear better than you normally can and then when you fire they shut off very quickly. Batteries are easy to get to and they last a long time. They have 22db protection. I highly recommend them.

    (I have used normal ones all my life and always wanted the electronic kind but never wanted to put down that much cash. Now that I have them i wish I had got them years ago. They are very neat! Oh and the Silencio have a 1 year warranty.)

    Hope this helps!



    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4787311

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    Having wasted my money in the past, maybe I can help you avoid the same disappointments.

    - I bought some electronic muffs that were only mono, not stereo. This has already been addressed. You want stereo, even though the others may be cheaper.

    - I bought some because they were much cheaper than the others, and then discovered that the "shutoff" had a long reset. Typically, electronic muffs amplify normal sounds, but shut off when they detect loud sounds. So, it's possible to carry on conversations in normal tones. However, the cheap ones I bought shut off when they detected loud sounds, but stayed shut off for about a second. So, if you were having a conversation at a range, you would miss a few words. If you were at a busy range, your conversation would constantly be cutting in and out. It was maddening.

    If one model is substantially cheaper than all the others, there is a reason.

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    Besides the fact that they're not stereo (which doesn't really bother me), I haven't had any problems with the sound being cut out for too long. I've been to both indoor and outdoor ranges with them and they have worked great, not to mention kept my ears warm when outside . I've been able to carry on conversations fine.

    I'm sure there's much better ones out there, but for $20 you really can't go wrong with these.

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    The folks at my gun range want to make me a pair of custom ear plugs. They say they want to pour hot plastic in my ears and let it set. :smt103

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    Haha! Wanna borrow my muffs?
    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    The folks at my gun range want to make me a pair of custom ear plugs. They say they want to pour hot plastic in my ears and let it set. :smt103

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjSaneR View Post
    Haha! Wanna borrow my muffs?
    what? I'm sorry, couldn't hear you ...

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