The ignorance of youth :-)
Yes, to be young and stupid. Too bad we all get old and wiser (and deaf too).
It is your choice to take simple protection - precautions to protect your ears, eyes and the rest of your health. Don't follow in our foot steps in becoming deaf, blind and even worse.
Your young now but believe me if you live any longer you'll get old. When you get old the simple joys in life is all that is left so take a few steps to protect them because you only get one body. Yes, I'm sure by the time your old they may have come up with transplating your brain into a new body but until they do that you only get one - take reasonable care of it.
Mortars? Try an M1 main battle tank. It's a bit louder.
"Shoot Safetly, Shoot Often and Share Your Sport." Jim Scoutten, Shooting USA
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