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Yes, many times. But it is the high Freq Turbine Whine (helos and jets) that really destroy your ears.
Only hand gun I really remember hurting (being death for awhile) was a .45 70 a few years back. Also night blinded me from the muzzle flash. Fun.
Also MOUNT and breaching are death to the ears.
I shot my G21 (.45) without ears before. Not so much fun. Ears were ringing for about a minute. No noticeable hearing damage. I think its good to know exactly what you're in for if you ever have to pull the trigger in a home defence situation. Doing it more then once...I wouldn't. It is just nice to think that you are reducing the number of unknowns in a life or death situation should that situation arise.
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Today .... I was thinking about this thread....
When shooting .. yes, use hearing protection. It's only smart.
When in an SD situation, you want to protect your hearing... or your life, as that may be what your choice is.
But.. today ..... I was hearing all of these amazingly loud fireworks being shot off all over town, that could be heard a mile away..... and wondering .... "how many people are wearing hearing protection" .... because a whole lot of them were a lot louder than any gun I've ever fired.
It's nothing I would recommend to anyone to do on any regular basis without hearing protection, and should not think they aren't going to lose hearing as a result if they don't wear it. It will. But, on a one time basis , etc. ... it's less likely, although possible.
I know some of the fireworks we were setting off tonight.... were way louder than any gun I've ever shot. You should have heard how loud it got when we lit the roll of 16,000 firecrackers.... LMAO.
So..... keep away from anyone shooting fireworks tomorrow. .... and don't shoot any off yourself ... without some good hearing protection.
Makes me wonder how our ancestors fought the Revolutionary war without all going deaf. Maybe that's why the Red Coats lost, they couldn't hear anyone sneaking up on them.
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My military time 1961-1971 was spend shooting the 1911, M-1 garand, BAR, M-14, M-16 and 30 cal machine guns without ear protection. Yes I have a hearing loss due to the loud noises. We didn't know much about those thing back then. I wish that we had that information.
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USMC RET 1961-1971
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Huh. Speak up!
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Hey Whec was that a 5 inch gun? The 3inch 50s I'm familiar with came with a casing attached. They looked like a big 30-06 round. They made a mighty big bang too. ; 0
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Yes, when hunting.
Accidentally forgot to put em in at the range once. I wondered what the AR was so dang loud. Stupid hurts.
I should also add that if you are EVER in a scenario where you need to use your firearm from inside of a vehicle - get the muzzle out of any window if it's at all possible.
Without going into any personal experience detail (which I am not going to do here...so don't ask) I can say that if you think that you are going to have auditory exclusion and suffer no permanent hearing loss or Tinnitus - you are sorely mistaken and I don't care what any "experts" say.
I'll just leave it at...Get the muzzle out a window if at all possible...nuff said.
If you have no other option then do what you need to do to save your bacon but, expect future hearing related issues which ARE somewhat better than being dead or critically injured.
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Inside the turret looked like this, except we usually ran it with a 3 or 4 man crew. There was no way to fit the crew that this diagram suggests.
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There were times when stopping and inserting the issued hearing protection was not an option.
Time outs just did not happen.