Do you Use Electronic Ear Muffs When Shooting Rifles?


March 9, 2011, 01:02 PM
Do you use electronic ear muffs when shooting rifles?

If yes, what make and model, does it interfere with your cheek weld? None, a little, a lot?

Anyone use Dillon electronic ear muff for rifles?

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451 Detonics
March 9, 2011, 01:10 PM
I said yes , just the muffs but there are exceptions when I will use plugs under then. I use low profile Peltors and they have never cause a check weld issue with rifle or shotgun.

I prefer electronics simply so I can be aware of what is going on around me and behind my back. Matix and Platt aren't the only two who have armed themselves by attacking folks at isolated outdoor ranges. I also want to know if some jackass is fiddling with a gun while I am downrange.

March 9, 2011, 01:16 PM
For me it depends on what is being shot. I like the Howard Leights foam ear plugs. NRR 33 which is pretty impressive. If I am shooting something with a bit of concussion I will typically toss on some muffs as well. I have seen a bit of data showing that the concussion will cause damage basically around the foam plugs. I have two different electronic muffs. First are from harbor freight for about $15 each. Nothing spectacular but work well enough, especially since they are about as cheap as most standard muffs. The others are labeled from Caldwell and are a slimmer profile of basically the same Harbor Freight muffs. I think I paid $30 for them. Again, the electronic sound is a bit tinny but the work well enough for the price and have a fairly decent sound reduction rating. The Caldwell brand work much better with a rifle/shotgun. I still like to toss plugs in as well but don't always do so. I don't shoot enough to warrant more expensive muffs than the Caldwell's mostly because there isn't much lower profile or better sound protection out there.

March 9, 2011, 01:19 PM
Sometimes, yes. Sometimes no.

March 9, 2011, 02:29 PM
I use Peltor TAC 7's or TAC 5's along with E-A-R soft ear plugs. Those crickets I hear now make me feel all springy. I don't want them to die off completely and have the silence of winter in my head.


March 9, 2011, 02:55 PM
Yes, I use electronics muffs more than anything else. Never found a plug that was nearly as effective and I like being able to hear what is going on around me. Actually, the Sony earbuds for my iPod are more effective than any plug I've ever used.

March 9, 2011, 04:06 PM
I only use electric muffs now. I can hear the flies buzzing around me, my brass hit the ground, and my shooting buddies clearly.
Even helps if I want to eavesdrop. =p

And when I want to tune the world out just turn the volume down or off.

March 9, 2011, 04:28 PM
I use the MSHA electronic ear muffs. The cup is relatively small and alleviates lift off thus breaking the seal. That said I still use disposable ear plugs should be chance cup lift off occurs. I have two sets of Pro Ears but the cup size is problematic with rifle usage at least for me.

March 9, 2011, 04:29 PM
I use Howard Leight electronic muffs. I didn't feel like paying $200 for electronic ones that got bad reviews, when people who've tried both said the $70 Howard Leights performed just as good or better. They're very lightweight and compact, and don't really interfere with a cheek weld.

March 9, 2011, 05:10 PM
MSA-Sordin Supreme Pro X's for me. The don't interfere with my cheek weld, and fit under my helmet for work.

country boy marksman
March 9, 2011, 05:41 PM
No, only because I don't own any. I would like to get some, but only if the price is right

March 9, 2011, 05:44 PM
I use muffs, but, they are the old fashioned kind, with no electronics in them.

Occassionally I will have them interfere with my cheekweld, but, not typically

Ala Dan
March 9, 2011, 05:45 PM
I shoot the 16" AR platform; so YES, I use both e-muffs and ear plugs~! ;) :D

March 9, 2011, 05:52 PM
I shoot the 16" AR platform; so YES, I use both e-muffs and ear plugs~! ;) :D

I shoot the same and electronic muffs seem to do fine on their own. Mine are just some cheap $25 electronic muffs from sportsmansguide and I have no complaints.

March 9, 2011, 06:01 PM

$44.99 doesn't sound to high. Midway carries them also.

March 9, 2011, 06:01 PM
Where is the "No, I just use standard earmuffs." choice?;)
I may change to electronic when I have money left over from buying and shooting new guns, gonna be awhile.

March 9, 2011, 06:06 PM
I use the Peltor ComTac's. They don't interfere with my cheek weld with rifles or shotguns, and I have high cheek bones, so my head is lower on the stock than most.

March 9, 2011, 09:50 PM
For me it depends entirely on the location in which I'm shooting. Indoors, or in an enclosure (your typical "bench" type range) electronic muffs just don't cut it. Regular muffs + ear plugs are the way to go.

Now if I'm actually out in the open my Howard Leight electronic muffs work great by themselves. As an added bonus you can actually hear what's going on around you, which is nice if you are out by yourself in the woods doing some plinking.

March 9, 2011, 09:56 PM
Custom fit ear plugs for shotgun, plain ear muffs for rifle and handgun.

The quiet of the plain ear muffs helps me tune out distractions.

March 9, 2011, 10:02 PM
I don't currently use electronic ear muffs but I will invest in some.

March 9, 2011, 10:20 PM
Mustang02, get the Howard Leight muffs. I've had mine for a couple of years now. They hold up well and have a great battery life and sound quality. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

March 9, 2011, 10:26 PM

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