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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by guitarscrub, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. guitarscrub

    guitarscrub

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    I have been thinking about getting a good set of electronic "muffs" I was wondering what are the good brands and and of course "Bang for the Buck" prices. Or are they over rated?

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  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    Pro-Ears are the most popular brand, and may be the best available. I use Wolff Ears, which are a bit on the heavy side. If I ever replace them, I will get Pro-Ears.
     

  3. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    I recently bought a set of Proears Slims and I'm very satisfied with the them. Several of the group I shoot with use Peltors and are happy with them. I picked the Proears because they supposedly provide a little better electronics but whether they are worth the difference in price is a personal call. They are fairly light.
     
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    I use the Peltor Tactical 7-S. They have very good electronics and use a common 9 volt battery which is located on the outside of the muff. Midway has them for $165.49!
    Dan:cool:
     
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    sportshooter .com or .info Millennium Member

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    I have the slimline Peltor Tac-6s (after someone stole my Pro-Ears at a show). My experience of the electronics is that they are inferior to the (full-size) Pro-Ears. They will shutdown over sounds that are not loud enough to be gun shots, leaving you wondering why you suddenly can't hear what was a normal conversation a second ago. Sometimes (probably related) they seem to have a bit of a delay coming back online. On my large head they fit very snug and aren't as easy to wear all day as the Pro-Ears were.

    Now, someone reported good things about the Peltor Tac-7s, perhaps there are differences in how the slim-line and standard ones are made. But I wouldn't buy another pair of the Tac-6s. I'd even swap with the guy that stole my Pro-Ears and feel as if I'd gotten over on him.

    And, an angle I always try to care about when spending money, I know that Ridgeline/Pro-Ears is actively sponsoring major tournaments.

    Millard
     
  6. G7

    G7 Mostly Metric

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    Another vote for Peltor Tactical 7-S. But, with reservations:

    1) I have not tried PRO-EARs.

    2) My 7-S's also cut-out like sprotshooter was talking about. I think it is because I always turn the volume up to maximum amplification, thus amplifying even a finger snap to beyond a safe level -- which then kicks in the limiter as if it was a gunshot.

    Overall, I like the Peltors. Definately worth the money.
     
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    I like the Tac 7S, the battery is easy to change, and it has one control knob making it easy to turn off when your shooting. I find that when I leave them on when I'm shooting, I start to concentrate on the muffs turning on and off and also you can hear your buddies calling your shoots while your waiting to shoot your next string. Haven't tried the Pro-Ears but I hear there very good also.
     
  8. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    Yeah, and with the right buddies you can hear them call your shots with the electronics turned off! :)
     
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    I've got the Proears and have a little bit of advice. Proears need to be set up for gun fire by changing the sensitivity to the low setting. The instructions explain how to change the jumpers. It makes a difference by offering more protection.
     
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    Jerry, I for one have no idea what your talking about.I'm also under the impression that Pro-Ears have different muffs for shotguns,rifles and handguns, or it's the adjustments that were previously noted by Phil.
     
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    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    Glenn, right, you don't know nothing! Neither does Gene, Steve or Chris! ;Q You a funny guy. :)
     
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    I think I no who they are talking about!!!;Q You did shoot better with the pro ears at conyers. Hmmmm!
     
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    I have never tried the Pro-Ears, but have used both the 6S and 7S Peltors. I have found that the single switch on the 7S's are too easy to knock on when you are not using them, such as when they are in your shooting bag. I always used to take the battery out of them when I was not using them. The 6S's are much more compact and the switches are not as easy to knock on by accident, but I have still done it a time or two. The batteries are harder to reach to replace. All in all, I prefer the 6S.
     
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    Does anybody else know what Mike is talking about here? This is the first I've heard of anything like this. ;g
     
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    Dillon HP1 I have had mine now for three years and no problems and I think thay are $140.00 ?
     
  17. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    Near the battery, under the foam in each cup is a selector with 3 sets of two pins (lo-med-hi), you move the small plug to the set that meets your needs. If you have a manual, the instructions are in there. If you don't have a manual contact Ridgeline and they'll send you one. It's small, in an odd spot and is very delicate, it's not the place to be clumsy, tweezers or a small set of needle nose pliers help.
     
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    i've never used electronic muffs, so i dont quite understand. when you turn them OFF, do they work just like regular muffs? when they are ON, they wont block conversation? how about the ping of a hit on steel...can you hear that with them ON? how well do they block the noise from a gunshot? better than plugs and regular muffs combined?

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    As soon as In move to the shooting line or table, the muffs get turned off.In the off position they work just like regular ear muffs.I always advise the RO that my muffs are turned off and would they please hold the timer next to the side of my head that they're standing next to.In addition, several years ago I purchased several sets of J.R. Hearing Muff Sweats, they make the muffs cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, really good investment. They used to be sold in Brownell's but no more, The Address is, 4954 Moonlite Bay Drive,Sherrills Ford,N.C.,28673. A Really good investment no matter what muffs you purchase.^c ^c ^c They also block Jerry out better.;f ;f ;f. Almost forgot, yes you can hear the ping of the steel when the muffs are off with no problem.
     
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    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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