I was at my local membership outdoor range this week putting some rounds through my .45 Dan Wesson Bobtail, checking it out after I got it back from the factory for some warranty work.
Now, because I have always, always used hearing protection since the first time I shot a firearm, it dawned on me that I never have been close to a gun when fired, without hearing protection. I wondered, if the time comes when I have to use a firearm in self defense, it might be good to have experienced shooting, at least one round, without hearing protection, so I would know what it was like.
As I was the only person on the range, I thought, ok, I'll try it once.
HOLY COW, IS THAT THING LOUD!!!!! No wonder it's said that people who are in a gunfight get disoriented some times and don't remember it clearly. I've also heard that in such a fight or flight stress situation, hearing shuts down to some degree, so it might not be so disorienting.
No real point to my post, just an observation (and I won't be doing it again). Anyone else?