I am ready to try out my new Howard Leight Shooter’s Electronic Earmuffs at the Seminole Cup!
Last week I spent a day at South Florida Shooting Club for the Team USA Shooting School, where Doug Vine and I spent several hours watching Wendell Cherry and John Woolley instructing students. Hours of non-stop shotgun shooting and my poor ears were ringing and sore. Like most shooters, I came to realize that the foam ear plugs just don’t cut it; they don’t stay in well, they don’t block out the shotgun sound sufficiently, and you can’t hear conversation.
So I have been picking the brains of several of my Clay Shooting clients to find out what kind of ear protection they recommend. Many of them use Custom Molded Shooting Earpieces with electronic inserts so they can hear normal conversations while the electronics block out shotgun sounds, these are made to fit their ears. The cost for a set of Pro Ears Custom Molded Electronic Shooting Earpieces is about $2000. Since (at this time) I am not shooting often and most of the work I do with Clay Shooters is in my office, I opted out of these earpieces.
One of my clients suggested Peltor Tactical 6S Active Volume Hearing Protectors. He said he has been using them for 20+ years and has never had a problem with them. They do well to cut out the hazardous impulse noises from firearms, allow for conversation, have a volume controll, fold up, and run on batteries. Because they are earmuffs, he prefers them in the colder months as they keep his ears warm, but in the summer they be hot and cause him to sweat. He also suggested taking the batteries out when not in use to prolong the life of the earmuffs.
When I researched Peltor Tactical 6s Earmuffs I was able to come across hundreds of reviews. Most were very positive and recommended them. But there were several that made a different recommendation.
The Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs had thousands of postive reviews and recommendations. They fold up smaller and are more compact, have an plug-in for MP3 player (this will be great for clients who are using my hypnosis MP3s), the muffs are thin in the area where the stock needs to come up tight to the face, automatic shut off after 4 hours, can easily hear normal conversation around while automatically blocking noises above 82 dB, and they have a noise reduction rating: NRR 22. Like many other folks, I was sold.
One guy who is a sound engineer, life member of NRA and sport shooter thought so highly of the Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs that he created an informative video review that’s available on Amazon.
Seminole Cup is next weekend and I am looking forward to using my new Howard Leight Shooter’s Electronic Earmuffs!