Electronic hearing protection


November 10, 2013, 09:27 PM
I'm looking for recommendations on inexpensive electronic ear muffs. I have an older pair of Caldwells and they're great, but my wife's newer pair of Caldwells have a constant buzzing in them.

I'm looking to spend $30-50. Thanks for any suggestions.

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November 10, 2013, 09:34 PM
I've had an incredibly good experience with my "Peltor 97044 Tactical 6S Active Volume Hearing Protector".


I know I spent under 50 but it may have been due to a sale. I don't think you're gonna do any better though in this general price range.

I did have an issue with them that was covered by the warranty. I received them back from 3M before the end of the next business week.

Edited to add: the link above is right at $50.00. That's where I purchased.

November 11, 2013, 01:06 AM
Love my Peltors. I have the 7S with the gel pads.

Field Tester
November 11, 2013, 02:04 AM
Don't forget Black Friday & Cyber Monday are rapidly approaching. I got mine on sale for $25 online last year.

Double Naught Spy
November 11, 2013, 07:37 AM
Caldwell makes some inexpensive muffs that have gotten some decent reviews on Amazon. I would still wear plugs with them as well, however, if you are planning on doing much shooting.

Outlaw Man
November 11, 2013, 08:52 AM
The Howard Leight Impact muffs are very good, and you can find them on sale for less than $50 somewhere most of the time.

November 11, 2013, 09:10 AM
That is what I have and I am happy with them. They need to be used with earplugs for better protection. IMHO.

November 11, 2013, 10:53 AM
The Howard Leight Impact is a favorite of mine, nice and narrow:


Mark H.

November 11, 2013, 11:00 AM
I don't even know what kind I have but I got them at Walmart for $25 and have been happy with them. I used them yesterday sighting in a 30-06, .243, 25-06 and a .223 and they worked flawlessly. It's always strange for the report to be so muffled and then hear the echo so clearly.

November 18, 2013, 10:28 PM
Get the Impacts on sale and you'll never regret it.

Odd Job
December 1, 2013, 01:34 PM
I will also add my recommendation for the Howard Leight Impact Sport. Here is my pair:

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g154/Odd_Job/HL_zpsd713234b.jpg (http://s55.photobucket.com/user/Odd_Job/media/HL_zpsd713234b.jpg.html)

Nice shooting profile, easy to use roller switch (on/off and volume). Very comfortable to wear.

December 3, 2013, 12:55 PM

Delivered under $50 and farrrrrrrrr better than the cheapies.

December 3, 2013, 03:08 PM
I like the Impacts but the dont really fit my small head.

December 3, 2013, 03:15 PM
As I recall I paid less than $30 shipped for mine and so far they've been perfect!! Stereo... six microphones... very quiet but sensitive to direction... etc.

December 3, 2013, 06:46 PM
Have had 3 Peltors so far, but the Howard Leights do a good job.


December 5, 2013, 12:14 PM
I'd say Howard Leights give the best value for $$$$ spent.

December 8, 2013, 10:03 AM
I have the Howard Leights as well. I double them up with foam earplugs when I'm at the range, and I use them by themselves when hunting. They are easy to use, they are mostly comfortable, and they work fairly well. I use them because they don't get in the way while shooting a rifle. Battery life is 20-30 hours in my experience.

My bigger earmuffs work better and are more comfortable, but they don't allow for cheek weld. If you want a pair primarily for handguns or mowing the grass there are probably better options than the Howard Leights. I have an excellent pair of Winchester muffs that were $20 or so at Walmart, but they aren't electronic. They are my first choice when a rifle isn't involved in the day's activities.

December 8, 2013, 10:16 AM
I'd highly recommend MSA Sordin (I switched over from Peltors a couple of years ago) but I'm afraid they don't make anything in that price range. Supreme Pro is nothing short of fantastic, though.

December 22, 2013, 11:59 AM
I've got the expensive Peltors and I really like them. I would imagine their low cost versions are probably OK also.

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