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What earplugs do you use?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by monotonous_iterancy, May 11, 2013.

  1. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    I'm considering switching the brand of earplugs I usually use. I've been buying this tube of 33 NPR plugs, 60 pairs, made by Serpian Safety Wear. They work great if you get good ones, but I'm not entirely convinced they have good quality control. Some of the plugs have small holes, dimples, or slight impressions from the machining. So when I use them, I go through and hand pick "good ones".

    Maybe these things don't make a difference, and if they don't, that's great, but I'm in no hurry to find out. I don't like that I feel that I have to "hand pick" the plugs I use.

    So what do you use?
  2. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I grew up using the yellow foam EAR plugs in the military (1977-2000). Guess they had a good contract :)

    I buy them by the 200-pair box at Northern Tool--about $32 a box. When shooting, I also use muffs.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Ear plugs drive me up the wall.
    I can't stand the feel of them.

    Except for the old rubber plugs the Army issued in 1968.
    They fit fairly well, and I can get by if I have to use them.

    I use earmuffs, or electronic earmuffs almost exclusively nowadays.

  4. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

    generic expanding foamies & electronic muffs for centerfire. just the muffs for rimfire.

    Got the foamies in a big box at Home Depot years back, don't know the maker.
  5. Domino300

    Domino300 Well-Known Member

    "Except for the old rubber plugs the Army issued in 1968.
    They fit fairly well, and I can get by if I have to use them."
    I don't remember being issued Army earplugs in 1968. What color were they? I never used hearing protection growing up. Maybe why the wife thinks I need a hearing aid.
    I usually use the earmuffs now, but I've forgotten them and just stuffed grass in my ears and it did help.
  6. Lunie

    Lunie Well-Known Member

  7. Lerk

    Lerk Well-Known Member

    I prefer the yellow EAR Classic plugs made by 3M. I bought the 500 bulk box and have bairly used any out of that baby for the last couple of years.
  8. Nalgi

    Nalgi Well-Known Member

    speak up! I cant hear you! Oh I was wearing my injection ear plugs!

    I got a pair made about 10 years ago at the SCI convention. They squirt a liquid into your ear and it expands and hardens. They imbed a chord linking both sides and there you have it! perfect fitting ear plugs that remind of silly putty gone hard that shut out about 90+% of sound. $60
  9. usurp31

    usurp31 Active Member

    Amazon; Howard Leight MAX1 Earplugs Uncorded NRR33 Box/200 Count. $24.00 shipped for 200 pair.
  10. Lunie

    Lunie Well-Known Member


    I think a box of 100 is potentially a lifetime supply... They last till you lose them. You can clean them, and mine often end up riding through the washing machine in a forgotten pocket. They come out soft and clean!
  11. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    Try to find a sample pack of earplugs that has a variety. Best way to find a kind that works.

    Same here. Uncomfortable, but effective.

    100 isn't hardly a lifetime supply. I don't just wear them when shooting, but anytime I'm doing something loud. Between yardwork and working in my shop, 100 might last a year.

    But I don't bother washing them. Use e'm, toss 'em. At less than .25 cents a pair, they're cheap enough to be disposable.
  12. Johannes_Paulsen

    Johannes_Paulsen Well-Known Member

  13. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Howard Leight MAX or MAX LITE.
  14. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    The only time I wear earplugs is when I'm shooting trap. Having a pair of muffs on drives me crazy for some reason when shooting trap. I use electronic muffs for everything else.

    I wear Moldex Pura-Fit and have no complaints. Bought a 100 pack a few years ago for $15 and am just getting down to the end.
  15. newfalguy101

    newfalguy101 Well-Known Member

    earmuffs only for me
  16. cold100onhw1

    cold100onhw1 Member

    Peltor shotgunner muffs work great for me.

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  17. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    Best earplugs I have used for shooting were issued, 4 flang blue ear plugs that came in the standard OD green case. Lost them somewhere in Kuwait or something.

    Now I use one of three sets:
    Surefire EP3
    Peltor yellow-black double ended
    And another pair I forget what who made them, box was long destroyed. Two plugs connected by a wire with a little diagram of a pistol before the insertable part. I think they are made by EAR or combat arms seem familiar.
  18. roadcoder

    roadcoder Active Member

    I haven't washed my ears since 1978, so you could say I use God's earplugs.
  19. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I wear muffs for pistol shooting, plugs for rifle and shotgun because with my build and stance, I always knock the stock with muff cups. Usually knocking them out of place as the shot goes off.

    I like the orange conical foam jobs, whatever brand that is.

    I had two pairs of the custom molded in my own ear silicone plugs, made several years apart by different vendors.
    Neither was very quiet or comfortable.
  20. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    I've posted this before, but apparently it needs repeating. (get it? lol) :D

    I prefer plugs and buy these in bulk. Stuff a handful in every range bag and in my truck door panel.

    No affiliation whatsoever, but I've found the Ear Plug Superstore helpful.

    Sample packs too.

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