When I was in elementary school in the late 1990s, the only place I had to shoot guns was my dad's friend's property in Vermont. We used no ear or eye protection. None of my family used it while hunting either. I didn't buy my own guns until I was in my 20s and lived in a city. Now I use earplugs and the most expensive earmuffs I can find for indoor ranges. At indoor ranges, all of this goes on while waiting for range time. At outdoor ranges, the earmuffs go on as soon as I can identify a 223/5.56. That round just really bothers me.