Recommend some good electronic muffs...


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SilentStalker
August 7, 2013, 01:50 PM
Can someone recommend some good electronic ear muffs that won't break the bank? All of my shooting buddies keep telling me to get some MSAs but they are like $259. I am not sure if I want to spend that kind of dough on some ear muffs. I mean not that they aren't worth it but if it can be done cheaper then obviously I would rather do so.

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Robert
August 7, 2013, 01:54 PM
Howard Leight Impact Sports can be had all day long for around $60. I am rather fond of mine.

Schwing
August 7, 2013, 03:33 PM
1+ on the Howard Leights. You can also add a pair of in the ear guards if you are around any cannons:) I have had mine for a couple of years and have been completely satisfied.

mdauben
August 7, 2013, 03:43 PM
Howard Leight Impact Sports can be had all day long for around $60. I am rather fond of mine.

+2

I love mine, too. Best value in electronic ear protection, IMO.

allaroundhunter
August 7, 2013, 03:59 PM
Howard Leight Impact Sports can be had all day long for around $60. I am rather fond of mine.

+3.

Best value for electronic muffs. I'm about to buy a second pair to have as a backup. I bought my first pair when I began shooting competitively and they have served me well ever since. Great product.

nyresq
August 7, 2013, 05:35 PM
you can commonly find the Peltor 6 muffs on sale for around $60. they are excellent muffs for the price. High end like the Comtac and swattac muffs are better but cost more. but there is a difference, you get what you pay for.

Buy once cry once. I had a set of the original comtac Peltors that I gave to my wife when I got a new set of swattacs. She is still using them today... 10 years later.

jcwit
August 7, 2013, 06:53 PM
Another positive vote for Howard Leigth.

Caliper_RWVA
August 7, 2013, 11:48 PM
I buy muffs mainly looking at the NRR (noise reduction rating) Many of the less expensive electronic muffs are in the low 20's. Not good for your hearing...

While they are probably the most expensive muffs out there, I really love my Pro Ears Gold. A 33 NRR of means my ears feel fine after a weekend on a firing line as an instructor with Project Appleseed and the electronics are wonderful. Bulky, yes, expensive, yes. But, how much have you spent on firearms? How much is your hearing worth? How much do hearing aids (that aren't as good as the original equipment) cost? Just my 2c.

DesertFox
August 8, 2013, 12:15 AM
Pro Ears Gold here as well. Even the most expensive hearing protection is cheaper than hearing aids later.

MErl
August 8, 2013, 10:03 AM
I use the HL ones everyone is recommending. If shooting anything other than rimfire or standing under a covered firing line with non-rimfire I double up with foamie plugs. Can still understand conversation and hear (cept when it cuts out for a shot of course) with the plugs in.

nyresq
August 8, 2013, 06:55 PM
Incidently, I always reccomend double up with plugs inside the muffs when on the range, especially on an indoor range. The electronics will increase the volume of people talking or other noise you want to hear enough to hear them over the foamies (or whichever plugs you use), But that shot will be far less with both instead of just muffs.

After shooting for 25 years (15 as an LEO and instructor) and learning at a young age to wear both, I am glad I did, my hearing is still excellent despite what my wife says. (hearing and listening are two different things).

45crittergitter
August 11, 2013, 12:55 AM
I like the fold-up Peltors. Skinny enough to not interfere too much with a rifle stock, and will go in a large coat pocket. Reasonably priced.

ColtPythonElite
August 11, 2013, 01:00 AM
I have the 30 buck Caldwell Low Profile. They work just fine.

Lloyd Smale
August 11, 2013, 08:42 AM
ive had good luck with peltors

arizona98tj
August 11, 2013, 10:18 PM
Howard Leight Impact Sports with a pair of foam plugs is my regular range hearing apparel.

I have a set of Pro Ears Dimension Plus (not even close to inexpensive) and they are the poorest fitting hearing protection I've ever tried. Worked with their customer service to resolve the issue but they basically gave up in the end. They sit on the shelf now, an expensive paperweight for the most part. :( They also have a very poor design for a retaining a battery in the battery compartment, IMO. Overall, one of the worst accessories I've spent money on in my 40+ years of shooting.

bill3424
August 12, 2013, 07:31 PM
MSA Sordin Supreme-X and I throw some Surefire or foam plugs underneath.

Think of your ears as an investment you want to protect. When I first bought my MSA's, I just about crapped my pants. After years and years of use, I say it's well worth the money. Seeing family members with hearing loss, I sure don't want to be like them.

RetiredUSNChief
August 12, 2013, 08:19 PM
1+ on the Howard Leights. You can also add a pair of in the ear guards if you are around any cannons:) I have had mine for a couple of years and have been completely satisfied.

;)Huh...

My cannon's not quite THAT loud!

Crashbox
August 15, 2013, 08:07 PM
This is a great and timely thread as I am considering the purchase of the Peltor Pro Ears Gold.

I also double up with both ear plugs and muffs, mainly because I like to shoot .357 Magnum 125 JHP's with 17.2 grains of 2400 behind them, in both my GP100 4" and SP101 3"... and I will very likely still double up even with the Peltors...

hso
August 17, 2013, 01:51 PM
Even the most expensive hearing protection is cheaper than hearing aids later.

Sound words for all of us.

Hearing protection is an investment and keeping your hearing and avoiding that nasty ringing of tinnitus is the payoff.

Always use plugs under muffs for the most protection you can get (actually, plugs+muffs+suppressor is the most protection, but most of us can't afford that level of investment).

SuedePflow
August 20, 2013, 03:47 PM
I use the Peltor Tactical 6S'. They perform perfectly and I love the behind the neck wire because it's doesn't interfere with my hat.

Only $54 shipped on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Tactical-Behind--Hearing-Protector/dp/B0000X6I5I/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1377024156&sr=8-7&keywords=peltor

SpentCasing
August 24, 2013, 06:43 PM
This exact topic came up a few years ago. Most everyone then ,as well as now, used the Howard Leights. It stuck in my mind and one day Midway had them on sale. I picked them up and they are great for the price.

Readers Digest version: another +1 for the Howard Leight Impact Sports muffs.

OpticsPlanet
August 26, 2013, 02:06 PM
If you're using a rifle or shotgun, the Howard Leight impact Sport is nice and narrow, a consideration if you're trying to get your head next to the stock:

http://images2.opticsplanet.com/755-405-ffffff/opplanet-howard-leight-impact-sound-management-electronic-hearing-proctection-earmuffs-r01526.jpg

http://www.opticsplanet.com/howard-leight-impact-sound-management-electronic-hearing-proctection-earmuffs-r01526.html

Mark H.

Outlaw Man
August 27, 2013, 07:44 PM
If you're going to go with the Pro Ears, there's a $30 rebate right now. Combined with your Optics Planet discount, they're going to come in around $225 out the door. That's still pricey, but not much more than the tax stamp on a suppressor....without all the hassle.

I invested in molded (the good way) plugs for my wife and me this year, so muffs will have to wait a bit. Some good info here, though.

Jim Watson
August 27, 2013, 07:50 PM
When my old Peltors were lost in The Incident (with house fire) I looked around and the Pro Ears Gold 33 dB had the best specs. So I bought a pair of passive Pro Ears to try the fit and have as a spare to the electronics. After two years all the padding is crumbling. And a friend with the Gold has given up on keeping the electronics working and just wears them as passives.

I haven't tried the Leights, but they get good reviews.
Only 22 dB, so "double plug" with them or anything similar.

My present spares are Peltor 30 dB passives and will go to them when the Pro Ears padding is shot.
I care less about casual conversation on the range than I used to and I can hear the PACT timer well enough.

JohnBT
August 28, 2013, 08:37 PM
That's strange, I bought a set of Pro Ears Mag Golds a few years ago and they're still working like new. It's nice being able to use the batteries out of my Surefire flashlights in an emergency.

John

P.S. - They have a Memorial Day weekend sale - 25% off.

oneounceload
August 28, 2013, 10:00 PM
Even the most expensive hearing protection is cheaper than hearing aids later.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

As someone who has a constant HISS in my ears (Mine was from Jimi Hendrix at volume 9 with headphones a LONG time ago), get the best - period. Ears and eyes are NOT where you want to scrimp a dollar. Walker Game Ears, Peltor Tactical 6S as well as their Tactical Pro are some of the best. Remember to use plugs with high pressure rounds in addition to the muffs - especially indoors or under a cover where the sound is amplified

MaterDei
August 28, 2013, 10:09 PM
P.S. - They have a Memorial Day weekend sale - 25% off.

That's odd. Memorial Day is in May. That's a long running sale!

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