Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, Apr 12, 2012.
In that open field, a good suppressor or good pair of plugs/muffs is most likely sufficient to protect from the impulse noise of a gun shot, even magnum rifles. Fire that same weapon right next to a structure, you'll notice a marked increase in the volume at your head. On an indoor range? Absolutely double up with rifles, and I haven't found a suppressor yet that would render a .300 mag hearing safe for unprotected ears in the confines of an indoor range.
Remember basic acoutsic principles; sound is vibration, and the intensity of that sound is pressure. Both are reflected off of surfaces.
I bet if you asked any of them they would say "WHAT?"
Not to prevent even further damage.
Rule #1: Don't use a loudener (brake) unless you absolutely have to. Translation: Don't use a brake unless shooting a .338 lapua or larger.
That rule is for hunting / shooting without protection. But since all rifles have a field purpose in my worldview, it applies to all rifles, AFAIAC.
By the way, this is exactly what do. It still doesn’t work well. I have weird ear canals that are really small so it’s tough to get them to go in anyways. Add in sweat and them wanting to push out over time it’s still best for me to double up.
What? Beg your pardon?
I shoot fairly regularly, and in my declining years I've traded the open air (from 12 degrees to 107 degrees) on handguns for the comfort of a nice indoor range in the next town over.
Weather no longer matters.
In there, with ballistic barriers between each station, I for damn sure double up on EVERY handgun I shoot.
This is also a rental & retail joint, and one of the rentals happens to be a .50.
Periodically, I have the good fortune to be working away at my station when somebody comes in & rents the gun for a shot.
I say "a" shot because the most anybody's done while I was there has been 3 shots with the thing.
At no time has it been unpleasant to my ears, even shooting two stations away.
It did blow my target paper out of my hand once, when I was standing up to staple a new one onto the backer at the same time a shooter let go with a round.
It moves some air when it blows.
Plug yourself CORRECTLY, then toss on a good headset, and worry more about your shoulder than your ears.
I was shooting a .44 Mag Desert Eagle right next to the wall last week with plugs in & testing a new Peltor Sport Tactical 500 headset, the noise was a major nothing there. And the Bluetooth feature was neat.
Electric headsets have come a long way since the old Wolf Ears of the 1980s.
Nothing like an SBR to the right and a brake to your left,,,
I always double-up.
FWIW, I've found Flents 'Quiet Contour' foamies to be very comfortable for extended use. More so than non-contoured plugs:
I've got a pair of those. Says 33dB or 37dB attenuation, depending on whos info you read. Don't know if mine attenuate 37dB, but they are simply the best muff I've ever owned, and make my old Silencio Magnums (29dB) seem like wadded up tissue. Best 22 bucks I've ever spent.
The loudest I ever heard and felt was a field fire demo with a reinforced rifle co (about 270) men firing M1s BARs, browning light and heavy mgs, bazookas, 81 and 4deuce mortars, a few carbines and 1911s as rapidly as possible at an “enemy village”....damn that hurt even with filters in.
Walk outside and can you hear the birds tweet? I couldn't until recently.
I started using silicone ear plugs that have multi layers and I can tune out almost everything. Shooting the guns aren’t as loud as standing near them. The brakes on them throw most of the noise to the sides.
If you are a GI or exGI, ask the VA for molded ear plugs at your next visit, or when you have your hearing aides "tweeked". Mine work so well, I don't need the muffs; I can hear my heart beat pulse on my ears. Mole skin ay cheek weld helps isolate too, besides, the stock isn't so cold.
Since muffs and plugs cover a broader frequency range than either alone, remember that muffs over plugs provides the greatest hearing protection you can get without a suppressor.
My local shooting range has two and they are really good
FYI: Many muffs provide 29db of reduction. If the Decibel Defense really do give you 39db reduction, then the are twice as quiet as the 29ers.
29 to 31 halves the sound of 29
31 to 34 halves the sound of 31 or 1/4 the sound of 29
Those numbers are, of course, correct......on paper. As I understand it, though, most people, however, cannot detect the doubling/halving effect until the actual decrease is 10db (which is way more than "double").
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