Hearing Protection...

Discussion in 'Range Reports' started by SHOOTER13, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    What does everyone here use for hearing protection at the gun range...?!

    I use the Surefire EP-4 Sonic Defender Plus system...


    EP4 Sonic Defenders® Plus protect your hearing without interfering with your ability to hear routine sounds or conversations. Their triple-flange stem design fits larger ear canals and provides a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 24dB. Sounds, at safe levels, are allowed to pass through into the ear canal, while potentially harmful noises (above 85dB) are reduced to safe levels via a proprietary design that incorporates the patented Hocks Noise Braker® filter. EP4s include attached stopper plugs, which can be inserted for further protection and blocking out lower-level noise, like that heard on a plane, where hearing ambient sounds or conversations isn't critical. The right/left color-coded Sonic Defenders Plus are made from a soft but durable, hypoallergenic polymer and are ergonomically shaped, with an adjustable-stem design, providing a secure fit, all-day comfort, and extended product life (3 to 6+ months, depending on usage and care). And their low-profile design means they can be worn while wearing a helmet or mask, or while using a phone or headset. Available in clear or black.
  2. Happysniper1

    Happysniper1 New Member

    Howard Leight Impact Sport. Electronic, low-profile, does the job well for me. When teaching on a live line at the range, it is important that I be able to hear all normal volume sounds (once caught a squib load in a student's gun with these!).

    Check 'em out: http://www.howardleight.com/ear-muffs/impact-sport--2

  3. Ear plugs dont do a damn thing for me. So I use the same thing I use at the drag strip when the pro's come to town and thats Ear Muffs. Love em and I have 2 pairs. I plan to get some Glock ones if I can find some for a good price.
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    That's the brand name of my eye protection...
  5. I was thinking about getting those but didn't know for sure how well they would dampen the shot sound.

    So I have these http://www.midwayusa.com/product/524517/midwayusa-ultimate-10-earmuffs-by-peltor-nrr-30db-black. I use those when I shoot my g21 and desert eagle .50ae and they work just fine.
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    They dampen the noise of a firearm shot very well...

    yet you can still hear the RO commands. Plus you can completely

    cut off any sound with the attached plugs that go into the Hocks

    Noise Break Filter. I would never recommend what I myself would not use.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  7. jonm61

    jonm61 New Member

    I use electronic ear muffs. I don't remember the brand name off hand and I'm too lazy right now to go dig them out of my range bag. :) They work well though. You can hear everything until someone shoots or there's another noise above a certain dB level, then it cuts all sound.

    Ok, here they are. Caldwell ES-85s. NRR 27dB, they block anything over 85dB
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  8. Well on that note then I will have to get a pair in the near future.
  9. KeenansGarage

    KeenansGarage Hiding in plain sight....

    I normally wear a pair of electronic ear muffs from Bass Pro Shops (used a gift card on them). I also use the foam ear plug inserts a lot! I never shoot without ear protection..I want to keep my hearing for many years...
  10. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Huh ?!...

    Just jokin' ;)
  11. Happysniper1

    Happysniper1 New Member

    I've tried several of the (lower cost) electronic earmuffs, and noticed one thing they all had in common: sound suppression, not sound compression. When a certain dB of sounds comes in (like a gunshot), they cut off completely. Not so the Howed Leights that I use, they cut out the higher tonal values, leaving lower tone sounds normal, which is what you want to happen. Plus, I really like that these are low-profile...do not interfere with sighting a rifle or shotgun!

    Normally like $50-60 each, got these at the Grand Opening Inaugural of Cabela's in Reno, for $19.99 each. Snagged me a bunch for the whole family!

    You can find 'em here:
  12. glocknloaded

    glocknloaded Click Click Boom Supporter

    Iam currently using Howard Leight by sperian that I picked up from my local shop.

    They are the first ones I have ever purchased so I have nothing to compare them to but the work great are comfortable and so far I love them

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  13. rivalarrival

    rivalarrival Are we there yet?

    If it's just service-caliber pistols (9mm, 38spl, .40, .45, etc) on the range, the foam earplugs do me just fine. When the guys start bringing out the cannons, I'll throw on a set of earmuffs instead of or in addition to the plugs.

    The cheap sound-suppressing earmuffs work fine with just a few guns on the range. When we get more than 3 or 4 people shooting at once, I usually just turn them off.
  14. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    Just ordered a pair of those ear muffs, was waiting to find something that suppressed and not shut off.
  15. Shooting98

    Shooting98 Member

    I might have try out the Surefire EP4.
  16. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    I think you'll like them Shooting98...
  17. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    Happy, my Impacts just came, and they are sweet!
  18. las4wo

    las4wo New Member


    I got the Caldwell's. They work great for the price!
  19. SquadCapt4

    SquadCapt4 New Member

    Allen Low Profile Sound Sensor. I've tried several different brands, from ear plugs to ear muffs. Allen's has a good combination of both worlds. Great suppression but still hear the people around you talking.

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  20. kodiak

    kodiak Active Member

    ^^^ Those look very interesting

    I'm using MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X. Been very happy with them so far.

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