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Looking for good ear protection

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Terminator, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Terminator

    Terminator

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    Right now i have the silencio low profile which work great, but i cant carry on a conversation with them on. Id like to find some good ears that allow me to talk, but protects my hearing as well. If possible ones that wont break the bank.
     
  2. DaleGribble

    DaleGribble Sandwich!

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    Harbor Freight has a pair of electronic muffs that are relatively cheap. I found them in the safety section. I think they were less than $40.00.

    They probably don't work as well as the high dollar muffs but I'm happy with my pair.
     

  3. Don At PC

    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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    I have been using a pair of Peltor Tactical 7's for about 4 years and love them. I got them from Midway USA. They run about $150 but sometimes you can find them on sale and they are worth every penny. All I have done is put in a new 9 volt battery about every 6 months.
     
  4. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    I have Pro Ears Slims, not cheap but I like them. :)
     
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    Hi,
    Radians work for me-Last longer then Peltors and the battery is on the out side, A lot easyer to change!!!

    Good Luck
     
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    i bought a pair of these also. they amplify light sounds, such as voices. when they block louder noises, like gunshots, the amplification turns off. normally i'll also use plugs under the muffs. they definitely allow you to carry on a conversation, even with the plugs. the only problem, as far as that goes, is that if there is a lot of gunfire nearby, you wont get any amplification of voices (since each gunshot shuts it down for a short period of time).

    i paid $19.99 + about $5 shipping.
     
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    Same boat & getting ready to leave the web-hint lying around for Xmas. Courtesy of dp177 have tried Peltor Tac 7S and the 6; prefer the 6, much lighter over the whole day. Both do what they do beautifully. But also shopping; which model Radians are you using as I too like the feature of outside battery access rather than digging around the foam. Thanks! ;f
     
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    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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    My Peltors has the outside battery compartment. No digging in the foam for me.;c ;c ;c
     
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    Thanks Don - perhaps I was watching DP dig for something that wasn't there? More likely is my memory has gone out of warranty. Which model do you have? I really like the Peltor's performance (and their reputation seems well-deserved). Price break between Radians and Peltors not enough of an issue to me where hearing protection is concerned. ^8
     
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    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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    WIG19;

    I have the Tac 7's and so does my son-in-law (DEJ/FL) and we have had great service. He did have one problem with his and after the warranty was out and he sent them to Peltor and they still fixed the problem at no charge. There is one small battery compartment on the outside, remove the knurl screw and replace the battery in about 30 seconds. Now I haven't used the Pro-Ears but like the looks of the slim line which may be helpful depending on your shooting stance.

    I can certainly relate to the old mind being out of warranty; mine went out a long time ago. ;f ;f ;f
     
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    Don, thanks for the patience. ^c I'll have to email DP & clarify.
    He loaned me his 7's when we were at Hallsville and, being first time using an active system - wow, what a pleasure! The 6's I tried on were just a bit lighter, but I don't think either would've been a factor in the way I shot. ;9 We unjustly blamed it on the great Mexican food the night before... Given that they last quite awhile between battery changes it's probably not that big a deal - assuming I remember to turn them off.
    Now, what was it I had for breakfast...? ^8

    Edit: FWIW, according to reviews on Midway, the 7's appear to clip the spikes a bit more evenly, got generally great reviews. The 2 reviews of Radians both mentioned a desire for a more positive detent on the on/off switch so as to avoid leaving them on accidentally. YMMV but this definitely appears to be another of those areas where you get what you're willing to pay for. Also dp177 just emailed back and the Peltor Tac 6's are the ones that use 4-AA's (2 each side) accessible from inside the foam in the earpiece.
     
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    I second the electronic ear muffs offered at Harbor Freight . I just checked and they are $20. I usually use foam ear plugs but at a match a guy let me try these on. I shot with them over my plugs and it was pretty cool. I have never tried any of the more expensive brands so I have nothing to compare it too.
     
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    I only have one set of ears - that's why I use Pro Ears.

    How much is your hearing worth?^c ^c ^c
     
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    Amen. Tinitis is a bad thing. :(
     
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    Huh?
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    ...Tinitis is the medical term for "ringing in the ears". It is a sign that you have damaged your hearing to some extent. I have used and liked the Peltors, the 6S, 7, and CE. The 6S is the most compact and transportable, but the switches would often get knocked "on" at the wrong time and you would have to go "foam diving" to replace those AAAs all the time. The switch on the 7 would also get knocked on all the time, and you would have to take out the battery when not in use but at least it was in an outside compartment so you could get at it easily. The best is the CE. Automatically switches off after 10 minutes if it does not "hear" anything. Outside battery compartment. In two years of use I think I have only changed batteries once.

    ;f
     
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    I very much appreciate that along with your thoughts on the Peltors. Sorry my 'huh?' was tongue-in-cheek, so I should've used a :joker: instead.

    The fact is that I do already have that, fairly constant, and its volume (and aggravation factor) can be increased and set off with the most innocuous thing. It's left over from the military and audiologists can see it clearly on the results of an exam.

    Those who think they shouldn't wear protection even while running thru a box of 22LR's should think twice. It's not fun - not to mention the collateral frustration to those who live around you.
    ;?
     
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    Terminator, you have mail. I have a NIB extra set of Remmys.