Good/affordable eye/ear protection to buy in bulk? (UT Range)


October 6, 2006, 01:12 AM

The UTRPC continues to flourish, having pulled in over 200 visitors in five weeks of operation. Membership is up to 60, and enough dedicated shooters to start fielding teams (look out TCU and A&M!).

Downside: the gear is getting heavy use, so we're separating the tough from the toys. The Ruger MkIIs and S&W 22a run like champs with minimal cleaning, as does the Norinco Olympia. Buckmark keeps crashing even w/ new extractor and our experienced gunsmiths repeated efforts. S&W 63 gets nasty forcing cone fouling and spits if not cleaned semi-often, and extraction gets really sticky if we leave the chambers too long. Ruger Single Six is unstoppable.

I digress, our eyes and ears are in need of replacement. The $5 hardware store muffs are pretty uncomfy, and often break on the headband. The plastic eyeglasses are getting scratchy, and fog easily.

For ears: I've got a $15 set of Peltors, the OD green "Brit Mil Issue" ones. They look just like the black "Presidential" ones, and are very comfy and sturdy. Would these be a good bet to re-outfit? Any good place to buy a dozen or score and get a discount?

Ditto eyes: I don't know what a decent but affordable brand would be, and one where we can buy 12-20 pair.

We've got some funds to play with, and minimal expenses. We can't be prodigal, but are willing to put a little out to move up from rock-bottom safety gear.

Oh, and if someone knows a good place to buy the military flange earplugs, I want to get out regulars to stop using up our yellow foamies four times a week, and bring their own dang plugs to the range.

Thanks for any info. Will post pics of range crowd soon, but we've been run ragged just keeping the line up and safe. I'll delegate pic taking to a regular on our next shift, post some pics for those that claim "kids these days aren't interested in shooting."


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October 6, 2006, 01:39 AM
I'd recommend these over the military ear plugs since you're in an indoor range. ( They have much better isolation than the military plugs at 2/3rds the cost.

As for muffs, my workplace uses these ( They're cheap, have decent isolation, and in my experience, reasonably durable.

As for safety glasses, get something in coated polycarbonate. $5-8 bucks a pair is about right. This is priced right for your needs though. (

October 6, 2006, 02:54 AM

The QM24 muffs look pretty similar to what we have currently. They're okay, but by the time we pay shipping they're $10, and the $15 Peltors are a ton better.

IRT the Silent Ear (NRR 32) earplugs: they're about twice as expensive as the orange military flanges, about the same as the dual-end combat plugs. However, they seem pretty slick. I'll read up on them and maybe try a pair for myself.

IRT the Pyremex Alair glasses: look cool, good coverage, and a buck each is a really good deal. Do these just have a six-month lifespan or so, or do they hold up pretty well?

Any input on the above, or further ideas?


October 6, 2006, 03:36 AM
Home Depot type box store. Got entire boxes of foamy plugs and safety glasses for ya.

October 6, 2006, 11:19 AM
We've got entire crates of foamies, which some folks use exclusively and others use in conjuction with ears.

We also have a box of Home Depot-type safety glasses (which work pretty well and are sturdy, but are getting beat up over time). Ditto for Home Depot style earmuffs, which aren't too comfy and are starting to break a year or two in.

Still fishing for ideas, and will probably get the Silent Ear to try out for myself.


October 6, 2006, 11:28 AM
The shooters don't bring their own?


October 6, 2006, 11:38 AM
The shooters don't bring their own?

Nope, the majority of our shooters are first-time visitors, and part of our appeal is our "all materials provided, come as you are" policy.

It's crazy how a lot of college kids will spend $3.50 on a cup of coffee, but won't come to a student activity if it costs $2. But a lot of them are glad to spend $25 to join the club once they've had a free visit and seen how our range operates.

I'm going to try to convince the regulars to spring for a set or military flange plugs each, so that they don't keep using our foamies. But a lot of the regulars just use earmuffs.


October 6, 2006, 11:42 AM
try harbor freight. got myself a pair electronic for $18

October 6, 2006, 12:06 PM
but for eyes try:

They wave UVex saftey glasses cheap. The "Falcon" model is only $4.75, or up to about $7-8 for tinted/ colored. UVex is a good brand. They aren't the best, but they are a good value.

October 6, 2006, 12:10 PM
Grainger and buy a box of 500 EAR foams plugs.
Less than $30.

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