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Hearing Protection

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hso, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Excellent information about hearing protection, including a table of gunfire noise levels. http://www.e-a-r.com/hearingconservation/faq_main.cfm

    Peak Sound Pressure Levels (SPLs)
    Type of Gun SPL (dB)
    .44 Revolver 170 dB
    45 Automatic 165 dB
    M-16 160 dB
    .357 Revolver 160 dB
    12 Gauge Shotgun 155 dB
    .38 Revolver 150 dB
    .22 Rifle 145 dB

    Home Depot carries the red NRR 21 Stow Aways for $18. When they're not red they're sold to us as "Shotgunners" for a higher price. For $14 you can get the clunkier NRR 20 muffs.

    Regardless of price, if the muff doesn't have an NRR with it you should not buy it.

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