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    Ear Protection

    Hi folks, new to CCW and to this particular forum. Like what I see so far. Just curious about a topic while at the range. Obviously it is essential to protect your hearing (eyes too!), but which is better, ear plugs or ear muffs? I have both and prefer the plugs, a little more comfortable. But I am not sure if they offer enough protection vs. the larger muffs. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Best I have seen, are the electronic ear muffs, w/ dual stereo.gives you the best hearing as well as good hearing protection.
    Also , they would make good Home defense gear. turn em up and you have ultra hearing and protection in small enclosed rooms.
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    I would love a pair of electronic ear muffs...but that notwithstanding, because I value my hearing, and sometimes there are guys with handcannons or large-bore rifles at my (indoor) range, I use both earplugs and earmuffs.

    If I'm outside shooting skeet/trap, I just use earplugs.

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    I have a couple of pairs of Caldwell E-85's (I believe thats the model) that are stereo earmuffs....best range money I have ever spent. They were 30.00 a pair, but work great, and you dont have to keep taking them on/off if trying to instruct or listen, and they work automatically. Check them out here:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=142725
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    I use the Peltor Tactical muffs. They are great for instructing, they amplify normal conversations and automatically shut off for gunfire.

    They amplify well enough that I use them for turkey hunting. The only problem with that is they amplify so well that a turkey gobble that sounds like it right in front of you could actually be a half mile away.

    I use the ear plugs or muffs everyday at work. They are rated at 25 decipals of noise reduction. The ear muffs are rated at 27 so theres not just a whole lot of difference that you can tell. If you're going to be taking them on and off alot, the muffs are the way to go, the earplugs can get a bit tiresome. Also, the earplugs will push wax way down into your earcanal, so thats something you need to be aware of too.
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    I have a pair of Peltor Tactical 7's that I love. In fact, all the other shooters in my family have them, too. There's nothing like quietly whispering "psst...hey, stupid" while everybody's got their muffs on and seeing how many turn their heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty View Post
    There's nothing like quietly whispering "psst...hey, stupid" while everybody's got their muffs on and seeing how many turn their heads.
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    Peltors do me just fine most of the time - but if shooting rifle under cover then often like to add ear plugs under those too.

    Main thing I have to remember is to turn the darned things off after use - have wasted more than a few batteries!
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    Main thing I have to remember is to turn the darned things off after use - have wasted more than a few batteries!
    hmmm...that makes me feeel better!

    I thought I was the only dumb enough to space turning them off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Main thing I have to remember is to turn the darned things off after use - have wasted more than a few batteries!
    ... and keep an extra set of batteries in your range bag.

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    I've always used muffs. Back in my competition days I knew folks that used both at the same time. But at least muffs were the preferred way to go.
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    I shoot under a covered outdoor range and have always user both the foam plugs and ear muffs. I started out using ear muffs only, because that is what the Navy provided for us on the flight deck of a carrier. I can still hear after twenty years around jet engines and more than twice that around gun shots.
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    Just the kind of info I was looking for! Thanks you guys (and gals) for responding so quickly. Much appreciated.

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    I Paid a Little More...

    for my electronic 'muffs', but they have turned out to be a very safe way to shoot with my wife. It is much better to be able to hear everything going on around you...IMO!

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