Hearing Protection - What is in your Range Bag?

I have a pair of ear-muffs that I don't like to use....but my firends often use (The wife uses double protection)

For friends I have those foam disposable plugs

and for me I have some generic plugs (the kind that has the rubber baffels that go in the ears and a string holding them together)

Arrrrr

-Weer'd Beard
 
tele_mark said:

Those look like the same ones I have, except mine came from Harbor Freight, who is currently selling them for $19.99.

805-388-3000
Qty Item Description Price Amount Delete
1 46798-1VGA ELECTRONIC EAR MUFFS 19.99 19.99
Subtotal 19.99


I was in Dick's in Plymouth the other day and they have a similar electronic pair for $24.95, if I recall correctly.

I also use Howard Leight earplugs; the same ones I use when riding motorcycles.

Bob
 
Take it from a guy with 105dB hearing loss in both ears, get the best you can afford and use them all the time. Several 100,000 rounds fired with no hearing protection as a youth makes for great difficulty in your later years. I have a constant ringing ( tinitus) in my right ear, answer the phone when it doesn't ring.
 
I am using the peltor tactical 6. I got them for xmas a while back and was skeptical at first, but they work well. It sure beats yelling in each others faces trying to hear what your buddy is saying.
I let my friends use the foam disposables.
 
Huh? What'd you say? Speak louder, Sonny! Don't gotta whisper, you know!

Gary Owens' (Sportsmens Guide) electronic special from 2 years back. Work great, just wish they were stereo.
 
They function quite well. No problems at all carrying on a normal conversation with someone at the range while wearing them. I'm not sure if they actually amplify sounds when not muted by gunshots, but at the range last week I could clearly hear the conversation of people over at the trap area a few hundred feet away.
 
I have Peltor Tac-7 for pistol use (interfere with rifle stocks). Also custom molded (by hearing aid specialist . . . search for my thread ~1 year ago here on this topic) plugs that I use for rifle.

I also have the plugs that I have for sale here:
http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=5343

I keep a pair of those in my back pocket. Just in case I pay a visit to someplace and decide to venture out on the range without all my gear. For instance, I was at the membership meeting at BR&P on Monday night, hung around afterwards and someone came off the range and asked for a RO to come out to the range for some reason . . . I hadn't brought any gear, but having the plugs in the back pocket is a big plus.

A prior topic:
http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=565
 
I am using some plain jane peltor bullseye 7 that are probably a good ten years old. I probably should really think about replacing them. I will double up with foam disposable plugs. I get the plugs for free at work, which I also use for long motorcycle rides on the highway. My hearing gets tested at work once every year. If there is a loss of 10 % it would become an OSHA recorable injury for them, so I can take all the plugs I want.
 
Plugs and muffs together. Both rated around 30db+-. My Dad is going deaf in one ear, I want to avoid that if at all possible. Well, I want to do anything to avoid it except setting off controlled explosions in a 40ftx50ft room.
 
Jeremiah said:
Plugs and muffs together. Both rated around 30db+-. My Dad is going deaf in one ear, I want to avoid that if at all possible. Well, I want to do anything to avoid it except setting off controlled explosions in a 40ftx50ft room.

Ditto for me... just starting using both. It's a PITA when others are around and I need to listen but damn it's better. My range seems louder than others- not well insulated.
 
I've got two pairs of ear muffs, one from Dillon and one from Midway (I keep an extra pair in case someone needs them). I've also got lots of those foam ear plugs, but I hate those damned things, they never fit in my ears right and are just a PITA. The muffs work well.
 
reinbeau said:
I've got two pairs of ear muffs, one from Dillon and one from Midway (I keep an extra pair in case someone needs them). I've also got lots of those foam ear plugs, but I hate those damned things, they never fit in my ears right and are just a PITA. The muffs work well.

Ann,

One problem that people have with inserting plugs is that you must get any/all hair out of the way Before you roll them up. It's a race with time to roll them and stuff them! They start expanding immediately and any delay in getting them in your ears greatly diminishes their effectiveness.

The best things about plugs is that you can always have them with you as they take no space/weight in a pocket or bag.
 
I've also got lots of those foam ear plugs, but I hate those damned things, they never fit in my ears right and are just a PITA.
Try the tapered plugs. They fit better than the square foam plugs. Also, if you get the kind with a string attached, they are easy to remove. See my post earlier in the thread for a link.
 
reinbeau said:
I've also got lots of those foam ear plugs, but I hate those damned things, they never fit in my ears right and are just a PITA.

LOL. I too used to hate them, but now that I know how to do it it's really quite easy and they are very effective. It may sound weird but here's something that works for me. When inserting them in your right ear, use your left arm (over your head) to pull the top of your ear up then insert the plug with your right hand. They usually drop right in. Reverse for left ear.
 
Red ones from Walmart.i can't tell the differance anyway..I lost a bunch of hearing in my right ear as a 11B doing TOW missile simulations with M80's.That and using cigarette filters when I lost my army issued ear plugs.

I wonder if I can get a doctors note prescribing me a supressor for my AR ?
 
I have the Tac-6 and those throw aways that are on a string that look like christmas trees.

Which I need to find again. The tree ones. I really like those, and I think that I only have one pair.

I can't stand the ones that you roll up. They are a pain in the ass and don't seems to be stiff enough to get up into my ear canal very well.
 
C-pher said:
I can't stand the ones that you roll up. They are a pain in the ass and don't seems to be stiff enough to get up into my ear canal very well.

Have BJ blow in your ear! [laugh2] [devil] [rofl2] [pot]
 
I have a variety of ear muffs; 1 pair of Tac-6, 2 pair of the cheaper SG electronic muffs & several plain gunshop muffs. The Tac-6 and 1 other pair of lelctronic muffs are usually in the bag. I also keep several pairs of ear plugs in the bag and usually an extra pair in the car.

The Tac-6 is great for being able to hear range commands, but on the rifle range I usually use a pair of foam plugs with them.

CD
 
I prefer to use both plugs and muffs whenever possible. We went shooting in a pit last weekend and a friend of mine started blasting without asking if everyones ears were covered. After driving trucks for a living for 27 years I have to protect what little hearing I have left.
 
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