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Old May 22, 2020, 11:35 AM   #26
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I was once in an interior room with no hearing protection when a 9mm was discharged and suffered no hearing loss, pain, or disorientation. My .357 magnum SP-101 is also kept in an interior room but I keep it loaded with .38 SP JHP to avoid all of the dangers I hear about .357 magnums indoors. Equally effective for up close personal defense, except against bears!
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Old May 22, 2020, 11:58 AM   #27
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I used to have a .357 next to the bed and one day at the range I fired the gun without realizing my earplugs were not on, so I decided to switch to a new firearm. I have the FNX tactical .45 acp and a 20 gauge pump shotgun....I'm good to go.
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Old May 22, 2020, 05:39 PM   #28
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so, don't use electronic ones, just simple regular old earmuffs.
Dumb suggestion. The last thing you want is to be hearing impaired while a bad guy is sneaking around your home.

Better off risking hearing damage.

Lots of misconceptions on this thread.

For example, any burst of noise above 140dB will harm one's hearing. And every caliber mentioned (38 vs 357 mag) are both well above the threshold. As is 9mm. 45 ACP, etc. Etc.
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Old May 22, 2020, 05:57 PM   #29
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Dumb suggestion. The last thing you want is to be hearing impaired while a bad guy is sneaking around your home.

Better off risking hearing damage.

Lots of misconceptions on this thread.

For example, any burst of noise above 140dB will harm one's hearing. And every caliber mentioned (38 vs 357 mag) are both well above the threshold. As is 9mm. 45 ACP, etc. Etc.
no, the dumb suggestion is alluding to searching for a bad guy in your home. you don't need to hear the finest detail waiting for the bad guy to enter the fatal funnel.... do as you wish. I can still carry on conversations while wearing earmuffs. people do it on indoor ranges all the time.
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Old May 22, 2020, 07:29 PM   #30
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no, the dumb suggestion is alluding to searching for a bad guy in your home. you don't need to hear the finest detail waiting for the bad guy to enter the fatal funnel.... do as you wish. I can still carry on conversations while wearing earmuffs. people do it on indoor ranges all the time.
I worked SWAT for 15 years. The only time we used hearing protection in a tactical situation was when we planned to deploy Def Tecs.
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Old May 22, 2020, 07:32 PM   #31
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I worked SWAT for 15 years. The only time we used hearing protection in a tactical situation was when we planned to deploy Def Tecs.
you're talking about completely different work than laying in wait for a bad guy to come to you if the police don't get there first.
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Old May 22, 2020, 08:46 PM   #32
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Also remember that dB levels are logarithmic in nature so a 45 at say 158-160 dB is WAY less punishing then .357 Maggie at 167-169 dB.

And has been said any of them will damage your hearing. The severity may not be obvious but they will damage hearing.

Can any of them be shot without putting you on your ass, absolutely, especially in a pucker factor moment. That said they will still damage hearing.

Flash bangs are EXTREMELY loud somewhere above 175 dB I believe and can fire off multiple times depending on the type, so I imagine suddenly having several surprise 175 dB blasts going off would be nauseating. I imagine even those trained to use them have to acclimate to their use.
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Old May 22, 2020, 08:56 PM   #33
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I have considered a J frame 3 inch .357, but fear the noise might burst ear drums.
I doubt it will burst your ear drums, but it will be something you will never forget. The people I know who have fired a .357Mag indoors without hearing protection have permanent and very noticeable hearing damage as a result.
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I have read that some people actually keep a set of electronic muffs by their bedstand gun. I'd hate to be in the process of putting them on/turning them on and to lose valuable life saving time.
I have a set of electronic muffs by the bed. If I were absolutely sure I had time, I would put them on--for one thing they provide better than normal hearing without affecting the ability to locate directions normally. Otherwise I wouldn't bother with them. If there were any chance that time was critical, they would never be touched.
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Old May 23, 2020, 03:02 PM   #34
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A sudden noise during the night such as my little dog started barking up a storm, or the security system alarm going off, or the sound of a door being kicked in, etc. will hopefully wake me. I would likely grab the gun closest to where I am when in bed, i.e., the bedside stand drawer, which is a 40S&W loaded Ruger sr40c with a 14 round magazine. I would hope that I could exercise sufficient self control to NOT go on a search mission trying to find the bad guy, but would get behind my dresser, facing the door to the bedroom and be prepared to shoot if the thug starts to open that door. If I have a second or two after grabbing the gun I will grab my eyeglasses. If I have a few seconds more, I will slip on basic hearing protection. With enough time, I will dial 911 as well.

I am fairly well deaf already, having suffered major hearing loss from unprotected ears during my year in Vietnam (which is coming on to 50 years ago as of August). But my priority is being ready and able to protect my life and the life of my wife. Second priority is protecting my dog. Third priority is protecting my hearing. Needing a gun in my home when I am not yet in bed would likely result, based on where in the house that I am, of grabbing my 17 round Glock 17 or possibly my S&W Model 19 loaded with 6 rounds of 38 +p. Any of my guns would likely cause short term additional hearing loss, but not as severe as if I was using 357 magnum.
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Old May 23, 2020, 04:18 PM   #35
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At the outdoor covered range yesterday and there were two fellows shooting short barrel AR type 556 pistols and the report even with hearing protection they were loud. Range officer made a comment that, that is the new Home Protection firearm. I said looks like fun for about 10 minutes!
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Old May 23, 2020, 05:03 PM   #36
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What ya-don't see is my e-muffs hanging on a hook ----- enhances my hearing & I'll be able to hear the cops later -- LOL
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Old May 23, 2020, 05:21 PM   #37
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please. please, no one should take what I say as an endorsement for using earmuffs if time allows. personally my alarm siren on the inside of the house is ear piercing, so even if I didn't think earmuffs were a good idea in case of firing a gun inside I'd want them because of that damn alarm.

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Old May 23, 2020, 06:04 PM   #38
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I've had - pistol - flashlight & muffs on my bedside table for over 10 years ----
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Old May 23, 2020, 07:13 PM   #39
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Think about shooting at an indoor range with no hearing protection. At best you will be having ringing ears, worst case you will blow your ear drums, blind yourself with flash, and become disoriented. if you are talking dedicated bedside gun I would recommend a semi auto, caliber of your preference with a threaded barrel and a linear compensator like the kaw valley. they direct the blast and sound forwards away from the shooter. it still wont be pleasant but it will be a good bit better.
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Nothing wrong with having a pair of electronic ear muffs bed side. If you have a chance to put them on then do so, but another option is a suppressor. Suppressors are getting very popular on home defense guns as people want to protect their hearing if they have to discharge a gun in their home.

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I might be willing to use a suppressor for self-defense on a fixed-barrel semi-auto handgun, but not on a model where the barrel moves with the slide. I know about recoil boosters that are made to compensate for the reliability issues that can result, but I'm not sold on the idea.
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