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Old June 10, 2010, 02:14 PM   #1
booker_t
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Ear Pro Alternatives

I did some searching through the forums and I found a few threads on ear-pro, but nothing too recent or comprehensive, so I'm going to throw this out there.

Personally, I do not like wearing muffs on the range. They add weight to my head and since my line of work doesn't require wearing a helmet, I'd rather not have the weight when I train. That being the case, the fancy electronic muffs are out of the question, while they are an excellent ear-pro option.

Basic foam plugs are decent, I think they do a well-enough job unless you have somebody dumping .50 Cal or a .30-06 next to you. Even at an indoor range I've been fine with standard foam plugs, no loss of hearing or ringing after 12+ years.

I've been trying to track down foam "combat" plugs that a buddy of mine who worked at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) used to have a stock of. They attentuate pretty strongly over 90dB but allow normal conversation. They were designed (I believe) as a small, light, disposable option for artillery gunners, tankers, etc.

Searching the web, I came across an offering from Surefire that I'm very interested in. The "EP-6 Signature Series," at $14 a pair they are definitely worth a shot, and they claim 3-6month lifetime with proper care, and depending on frequency of use. Anybody have experience with Surefire's ear-pro? They appear to be a great option for hunters as well, who want to protect their ears, but don't want to wear bulky muffs for hours waiting for their shot.

http://www.surefire.com/EP6-SignatureSeries

Anything else comparable to those that somebody could recommend? I'm looking for under $20/pair that allows normal conversation while attenuating blast.

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