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    What level and type of ear protection do you use while shooting?

    I visited an indoor range earlier this week, the first time shooting in way too long. I have always worn double ear protection; i.e. ear inserts and 'Mickey Mouse' ears, double protection. This time, because it's been so long to have shot in a controlled range, I wanted to ensure I could hear any voice commands that might be shouted out, so I didn't use the inner ear protection, just the outer muffs that I brought with me. Due to a medical condition, I've lost hearing primarily in my right ear, but both have been affected, so I figured it wouldn't be an issue and it wasn't, I shot without complaint and don't feel any damage was done to what remains of my hearing. I adapted the habit of double ear protection from my days of being on an Aircraft Carrier flight deck, but broke my habit this week. I also have electronic sound-cancelling muffs, but the way they fit hurt my ears and head, so I've put them on the shelf, batteries removed. I know we have prolific shooters here, what do you do?
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    Hey BC2,

    Depends. Mostly wear custom fit plugs...

    When around "Comp Guns" or Hi Power Rifles....put muffs over top.

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    For rimfire shooting over the ear muffs, just slide them off when not using without having to work in ear plugs and for centerfire shooting rifle and pistol ear plugs in the ears and ear muffs over the ears!
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    I shoot outdoors and use a variety of ear protection. I use silencers for .22lr shooting when no one else is present. Otherwise, when no one else is present I use cheap Howard Leight Sport electronic muffs for centerfire pistols and just foam ear plugs for long guns. When other shooters are present I double with foam plugs and the HL. At an indoor range the HL are inadequate and must use with foam plugs.

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    Noise cancelling muffs work fine in most cases. I keep a set of plugs in my range bag in case someone brings a howitzer.
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    Noise cancelling muffs are what I use mostly.
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    From years of riding motorcycles I have always carried a pair of foam earplugs in my watch pocket. The ones I use are Howard Leight pink/yellow foam. I believe the have the highest level of sound reduction at 33db. I always use these at the range, indoors and out. When shooting AR w/ comps I also add a pair of Walker electronic muffs. Lately for outdoor pistol shooting I find the Walkers alone work well but they are terrible indoors.
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    I know I'm weird and take the concept of 'old school' to the max, but I actually have and still use my 'fitted' flight deck rubber inserts from the Navy, still carried in the plastic container that long ago lost the neck chain. The seem to still work as well as the foam throw-aways, so I don't hesitate to put them in.
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    Noise canceling muffs here mate..

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    I wear USGI orange ear plugs. On top of that I wear a pair of Howard Leight electronic earmuffs rated at 29 db of noise reduction. With the electronics turned on, I can easily hear range commands, etc. But, gunfire is reduced to a dull thump rather than some loud noise. While back I was standing off to the side when someone touched off five rounds of .50 BMG. It just wasn't bad at all. At least I didn't think so. Everyone else was a bit bothered. Sincerely. bruce.
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