Originally Posted by Topos
Another viable solution is to keep next to your firearm
a pair of light weight earplugs on a loop.
Fast to put on when you need your piece.
No explanations needed if the unthinkable occurs.''
The last thing you want to do in a defensive situation is handicap one of your primary senses.
POWERED muffs might
be a viable solution but plugging your ears is a baaaad idea.
I consider powered muffs to be a better solution than a suppressor, in this instance. They protect your ears (and it doesn't matter if you "notice the blast" or not, loud noises damage your ears), they actually ENHANCE your hearing and there will be no questions asked as to why you used them.
However, I don't think it's terribly reasonable to expect that you'll have time to don your muffs in a home invasion or late night burglary scenario. It can' hurt to have them there but I would expect to not use them more often than not. In terms of preparedness, a suppressor wins.
In many places, (NY State being one), we don't really have a choice. It's either muffs or nothing. No suppressors allowed.
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.