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Old 02-18-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Shooters Hearing Protection

What have you found to work great both at an indoor and an outdoor range?

When shooting my AR15 outdoors, plain old Peltor muffs work for me.
When we shot our hand guns last Saturday at an indoor range, I was cautioned to wear both foam earplugs and the Peltors.
It was still pretty loud in there with both on.

I have heard of the electronic muffs that can amplify speech so you can hear an instructor or talk to others in your group, but once a shot is fired, the muffs cancel out all of the noise.

I called the shop where I bought my Glock 21SF at, and they recommended the Peltor 97044 Tactical 6S Active Volume Hearing Protectors.
They were out of stock, so I checked Amazon, and they have them. Peltor 97044 Tactical 6S Active Volume Hearing Protector: Home Improvement

The reviews look pretty good on them, so I ordered them Wednesday, and they arrived today.

I also read about this model there.
Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff: Home Improvement

They have pretty good reviews too, and some say they are better than the Peltor 6S ones, and the reviews for the Peltors some say they are better than the Howard Leight ones.

When I arrived home today, I went to work on getting the four AAA batteries installed.
I thought I was going to bust them pulling them apart to put in the batteries.
My fingers are already cut up some from working outdoors in a damp cold environment wearing gloves that suck all of the natural oils out of my hands and fingers.
They do this every year.

Pulling these ear muffs apart made the right index finger crack open and bleed some.

Other than installing the batteries being a major PITA, I like them.
Put them on with the local news on, and it was kind of like wearing the regular Peltors, it was hard to hear.
I turned on both volume knobs and the sound came in nice and clear, louder than without them when cranked up.

I went out to the porch and it picked up a jet flying overhead and local traffic, and both were way louder than normal.

For kicks I clapped my hands real loud and hoped the neighbors did not see me , and the muffs canceled out the clap.
There was a slight delay before sound resumed again.

I read on Amazon that the Howard units do not have as much as a delay as these.
I will have to read up more on them, as I may buy them too, especially if it is easier to get to the batteries.

Besides the new muffs, this was also waiting for me when I got home.

I think I will order up another 500 pretty soon to stay stocked up.
The price on these is the same as what my friend paid for them at Walmart, so it is a very good price.

I will post back next time I shoot with the new Peltors to as if they work like they claim.

Anyone else using an electronic muff, and if so, does it work as described?
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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I use Caldwells slim line electronic earmuffs.

Best 20 bucks I ever spent. (Got em' on sale)

I've shot everything from large caliber pistols to my M-14, they always block the sound.

After a shot, there is a slight delay before volume comes back up.

That really helps when you're at the range with many people shooting.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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I use the custom molded plugs
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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I shoot for a living inside and out and have gone through many sets of ear protection and the best I have ever used is the Surefire ear pro. I usually get them in clear but they are good enough to wear shooting in the shoothouse and also allow you to hear other people talking when you're not shooting without taking them out or messing with them. They are also comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time and for around $15 a pair you can't beat them.
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