The Noise Reduction Rating on those things is 7db.... in gunshot terms, that's virtually like wearing nothing at all.
Firearms can routinely reach 140 db and as high as 160 or more. Damage begins slightly north of 85db.
Reducing even a "quiet" gun shot of 130 db to 123 db is (almost) irrelevant.
Fact is, even the best devices only drop the sound from VERY damaging to SLIGHTLY damaging but.... those things have a baffled hole in them. They really don't do much at all.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Last edited by Brian Pfleuger; January 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM.