I wear hearing protection whenever I shoot, even .22LR stuff simply because it's less effort to simply develop the habit of ALWAYS wearing hearing protection than only selectively wearing it and forgetting it periodically.
In competition, even though I only shoot .22LR at 25, 50 and 100 yards I find ear defenders make it much easier to focus.
I also do some firearms related stuff in theatre as a theatre and stage manager and insist that everyone on stage wears ear protection when using blank firing weapons. I once tried a .38 revolver without protection when I was younger and stupider. I lost the hearing in my left ear for 20 minutes...
It's all fun and games until you get hot brass stuck in the finger of your glove...
Last edited by Malexander; May 9, 2008 at 06:40 AM.
Reason: I am not 'Stumpty'