I just wonder if anyone does this


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instantkarma
January 4, 2003, 02:41 AM
okay, I carry a Ruger SP-101 in .357 when I cut wood , place is
remote and plenty of coyotes and dogs, I have had 2 times being snuck on from dogs,killed a few, this is the question. no hearing protection, but I"m a righty, I stick left finger in right ear and turn head to left and fire, no pain in ears!just wonder if anyone has
used this in similar situations or bear attacks?stupid post, but I tell ya it works!:neener:

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HABU
January 4, 2003, 02:48 AM
If I'm shooting sumpin in defense of self, I want both hands on aim, not one in my ear!:neener:

instantkarma
January 4, 2003, 02:55 AM
but being deaf doesn't help with multiple attacks, aim straight and fire, ussually single action, I have heary lose over years and don't want to die or lose more hearing,:neener:

sm
January 4, 2003, 02:56 AM
Stop immediate threat.

Preacherman
January 4, 2003, 03:04 AM
I'm afraid that you really do need both hands on the gun and a good sight picture for this sort of thing. If hearing loss worries you, why not go to a long gun? A .357 Magnum lever-action carbine from Marlin puts the muzzle blast further out in front of you, and it won't damage your hearing nearly as much as the blast from a revolver (including the side blast from the gap between cylinder and forcing cone). They're also light enough to carry slung without too much trouble. As an added bonus, the extra few hundred feet per second velocity makes your rounds that much more damaging on impact.

New_comer
January 4, 2003, 03:32 AM
No wonder it works!

The bear or coyote becomes stupefied momentarily when they see this strange human they're preying on trying to enlarge its head using the arm as the 'bloater', common in frogs and lizards, but not in primates.

Meanwhile, human affixes target, front sight, then presses.... BANG!

End of threat! Nice trick! :neener:

SkunkApe
January 4, 2003, 03:45 AM
When being attacked by ferocious wild animals, I usually stick my left thumb in another body orifice to avoid fouling my trousers.

roscoe
January 4, 2003, 03:50 AM
This is pretty much how I always shoot concrete nails with my .22 Remington pin gun. But never a nandgun.

labgrade
January 4, 2003, 03:57 AM
double tap ....

labgrade
January 4, 2003, 04:39 AM
I use a chain saw easily once a month to cut wood for our wood stove. Take my Chessie/Choc-lab/German shorhaired pointer mix with me every time. (used to be a black lab) .... never seen stray dogs/coyotes - over 20+ years in remote CO areas.

No matter.

Hearing totally screwed enough due to "Huh!?"-factor - we just didn't know in the older days. That & not just a few F-1111s launching off the flight-line .....

Carrying either a BHP 9, or a S&W19. The Latest Dog usually hides in the truck's backseat. I get wood, keep an eye out & have yet to have to do anything but drag a lot of wood/weight into the truck.

Plenty for me & glad to have it to burn. Wish I had more (wood). The propane tank just went bust - we have no water heater, no furnace & about 2 days worth of wood for the 'stove.

It'll get better rather quickly, but do wish we had a bit better reserve (&, the propane tanker'll be here Tuesday, or so).

All-in-all, I'd just as soon have to worry about The Wolves about now ... piece of cake from where I'm standin'.

Seems to be hanging right about 40+ for daytime highs & doesn't get much below 10 at night.

Feral dogs & wolves?

What worries?

It'll come around. :D

jrhines
January 4, 2003, 10:11 AM
I cut a little wood in my youth in N. California. Always had a scatter gun & an assortment of pistols at hand, never needed 'em. But I always wore hearing protectors, usually plugs, as the chain saws are as bad as the guns, maybe worse because of the continous exposure. I still have most of my hearing, I've just learned to ignore my spouse.

J Rhines
Seneca, MD

4v50 Gary
January 4, 2003, 12:11 PM
In a stressful situation, the audio system can shut down. That's why some cops who were in firefights and survived only heard a few "pops" and not "bangs!" when the guns went off.

tlhelmer
January 4, 2003, 03:42 PM
Nope, but I saw a guy put empty .40 cases in his ears for protection. His ears rang for a week.:uhoh:

pax
January 4, 2003, 03:52 PM
You use a chainsaw without hearing protection? :scrutiny:

pax

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TallPine
January 4, 2003, 04:00 PM
Hey, just hold the chainsaw in your left hand with the throttle held wide open - that way you won't be able to hear the gunshot.

:D

blades67
January 4, 2003, 04:48 PM
Just take a set of electronic hearing protection with you. Will make it harder for animals to sneak up on you and protect your ears if you have to shoot.

sasnofear
January 4, 2003, 05:18 PM
ur a big whoss, ur not being permantly deaf. get over it ya big jessy :neener:

treeprof
January 4, 2003, 05:42 PM
Sometimes the mind doesn't register the loudness of the shots (auditory exclusion) but the noise and blast still do damage to the ears.

Lancel
January 4, 2003, 05:59 PM
I've damaged my ears enough over the years so when hunting, I wear Sonic II ear plugs. You can hear but they protect from gun shots.;)

Larry

PATH
January 4, 2003, 06:02 PM
When shooting I always wear protection. The electronic stuff today is marvelous!

HABU
January 4, 2003, 06:30 PM
I think I will make electronic hearing protection a part of my CCW package. That way I can converse with others whilst wearing the ears, yet if I have to discharge my weapon, I wont have to turn my head and plug my ear to protect my hearing from a single shot or three.:D :neener:

Bainx
January 4, 2003, 07:19 PM
But I agree with you.

instantkarma
January 5, 2003, 02:22 AM
I agree too, but found using toes in ear I can use both hands
and get better accuracy, :neener:

Blackhawk
January 5, 2003, 02:42 AM
Electronic muffs are the way I'd go, too.

chaim
January 5, 2003, 02:54 AM
You know outdoors in a defensive situation I wouldn't worry about it. One or two shots won't deafen you, though your ears may ring for a while.

In the old days people were more "macho" and regularly went shooting w/out hearing protection. They wouldn't have done that so long if the damage was so fast. Yes, most who did that have hearing damage (some quite major), but it is from the cumulative effects not just one or two exposures.

Actually, in basic training before our last range trip I lost my ear plugs. Since we were going one last time I decided to spare myself the trouble with the drill sergeant and I didn't get them replaced. Well, while the .223 may not be that loud, 200 going off at once (on full-auto for some of the time) can be deafening. My ears rang for about 2 days. However, I can still hear ok. I do have some tinnuitis (I think that is what it is called, the occasional buzzing or ringing that comes from time to time for anywhere from minutes to days at a time), but not really from that, more from my old concert going days.

Schuey2002
January 5, 2003, 02:55 AM
I use a chain saw easily once a month to cut wood for our wood stove. Take my Chessie/Choc-lab/German shorhaired pointer mix with me every time. (used to be a black lab) .... never seen stray dogs/coyotes - over 20+ years in remote CO areas.
Like Labgrade, I too have spent alot of time in the "woods", in my case it's the highly wooded mountains of the Oregon coast.

I have yet to even see a coyote. I've heard them off in the distance "yippin' away", but have yet to encounter one..

If I were in a situation where I was "snuck up on" by coyotes or stray dogs, I would just shoot and not worry about my hearing.
If the choice was my life or my hearing, I'd chose to save my life.
:)

labgrade
January 5, 2003, 11:35 PM
Yup, but I've been stupid more than once.

Be a good enough bet to protect your hearing - I know that mine is mostly gone - for some levels.

All-in-all, I'd rather have it - like some much of other youthful
things.

P12
January 6, 2003, 12:27 AM
tinnuitis (I think that is what it is called, the occasional buzzing or ringing that comes from time to time for anywhere from minutes to days at a time Yep, that's what it's called.

And sometimes, (thankfully not to often) it can drive ya NUTS!

Exercise can help. Well some anyway.

V-fib
January 6, 2003, 03:06 AM
Cut wood with a chainsaw without hearing protection? Personally I use a full helmet with face shield and ear muffs also kevlar chaps and safety boots. However I always have a pair of North “Sonic II” hearing protectors in my pocket . They muffle ANY loud noise (even my .357) but on the other hand allow you to hear regular sounds around you. (growling feral dogs) You can pick them up at Wally World for under $10. Recently I had a pair that wore out (the rubber earpiece split) I e-mailed the company to ask what the price would be for a replacement ear pieces Vs. just buying a new pair and the company sent me 2 pairs of earpieces No Charge! ;)

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