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Old November 18, 2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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What's harder on the ears?

The pop of the fast burning powder in light weight loads or the crack of the supersonic light bullet?

Does it makes sense to carry a round that is just slightly slower than the speed of sound to prevent hearing damage?
All handgun rounds will damage your hearing if you lack hearing protection.
A few decible reduction does not put in safe territory.
Check the link below to get an idea of the level of sound pressure of many firearms cartridges.
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