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Old 03-30-2010, 17:00   #1
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Decent Electronic Ear Muffs?

I went to a local IDPA match this weekend with a buddy. Didn't shoot, only watched. Definitely will be shooting at the next match with my G19.

Anyway, I had a really hard time hearing the buzzer and the RO's commands. I had on regular Peltor ear muffs. I noticed everybody else had some sort of electronic ear protection. I guess the RO felt he didn't need to speak loudly.

I shopped around online a bit and there seems to be a huge price spread ($20-$400). Is there a "sweet spot" pricewise that will get a guy a decent pair?

Is there a preferred brand?

Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2010, 17:04   #2
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You might have had a hard time hearing the commands, because you weren't shooting. You were standing behind the R.O, while the shooter is standing in front of the R.O.... his voice is going to be "travelling" forward.

I don't have Electronics, just plain muffs, and have NO issues with hearing commands.
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Old 03-30-2010, 17:07   #3
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So far I like the Caldwell muffs I bought this year

Haven't had much chance to test them since IDPA season here just started. But the couple of times I had them on at the range they worked really well. Could hear SO and conversation while doing a good job of muffling shots.

Under $40.
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Old 03-30-2010, 19:00   #4
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Haven't had much chance to test them since IDPA season here just started. But the couple of times I had them on at the range they worked really well. Could hear SO and conversation while doing a good job of muffling shots.

Under $40.
I have the same brand. They have worked well for me so far this year for some indoor shooting as well as for an IDPA shoot this past weekend. There was a wide variety of muffs (electronic and otherwise) at that shoot. I may upgrade at some point, but for now, practice ammo is a higher priority for me.
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Old 04-02-2010, 20:16   #5
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I have been using Peltor Tac 6's for over 15 years. They run good, and are cheap now at about $60. Get the neck band style. If your budget allows, go for Sordin Supremes, about $300. http://www.sordinearmuffs.com/ You can hear shooters talking on the next stage..... The next step up is about $2,000. Digital in hear ear http://www.espamerica.com/p-14-esp-s...2-digital.aspx
I'll wait for the price to drop a little.
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Old 04-04-2010, 00:45   #6
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Ive been using the MSA Sordin PRO for the past 2 years and couldnt be happier. You can find them on ebay for low to mid 200's.
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Old 04-12-2010, 16:09   #7
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I have been using Peltor Tac 6's for over 15 years. They run good, and are cheap now at about $60. Get the neck band style. If your budget allows, go for Sordin Supremes, about $300. http://www.sordinearmuffs.com/ You can hear shooters talking on the next stage..... The next step up is about $2,000. Digital in hear ear http://www.espamerica.com/p-14-esp-s...2-digital.aspx
I'll wait for the price to drop a little.
I never cared for electronic hearing protection over $100, but those Sordin Supremes have definitely caught my eye!
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Old 03-30-2010, 17:09   #8
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Peltor Tactical 7S muffs. Not only do they do a great job, but they use a 9v battery in an external access battery compartment. No risking tearing up the ear cups to change the battery.
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Old 04-04-2010, 22:04   #9
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Budget?

Radians Pro Amp. $60 on eBay or at Academy sporting goods, $90 in your local BassPro.

Best ears under $100 in my opinion. Peltor's Tac 6 would be my second choice.

I do NOT like neckband-style because they aren't clamped on as tightly. Lying down on a 'bed' at a start, I've seen several sets left lying at the start position while the shooter departed.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:33   #10
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I bought the Radians set at Academy.

The match starts at 10am today; I'll see how they (and I) do!
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:40   #11
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note on the Tac 6

You don't have to tear the ear cups

look for the small slot on the side and separate there with a small screwdriver.


For us they let us hear normally with protection.
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Old 04-12-2010, 15:22   #12
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Ordered some from Harbor Freight--$14.95. I'll post how they do.
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Old 04-12-2010, 15:48   #13
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Old 04-12-2010, 21:27   #14
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http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=671923

I use these. A lot of folks around here also.
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I use these. A lot of folks around here also.
yes...these
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:23   #16
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Bought the same set from Brownells cheaper. My Dillons were past their 1 year warranty period and their normally great service does not extend to their electronic ear muffs.
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Old 04-14-2010, 20:38   #17
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I have the howard leight impact sport ear muffs they work great and cabelas sells them
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Old 04-15-2010, 16:45   #18
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The Harbor Freight $15.00 electronic head set hearing protectors arrived--AND THEY WORK. Can easily hear conversation and the buzzer. The shot is muffled. Uses 2 AA batt for 200 hours of use.
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:52   #19
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I use Pro Ears, and plugs. They have a good NRR and a five year warranty. Buy the best you can afford. Hearing loss is permanent.
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Old 04-16-2010, 17:20   #20
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Tx Jeff, how did the match go?
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Old 04-16-2010, 18:58   #21
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Look at the NRR. The cheap electronics run about 21 dB, that is not enough unless you double plug and maybe not then.
Hearing protection and good electronics cost money. I have Peltors now, will likely get Pro Ears Magnums at 33 dB, $319 list price when I need replacements.

Those $300 Sordins are only 18 dB, which is leaving you almost wide open to muzzle blast.
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Old 04-16-2010, 20:07   #22
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I love my Pro-Ears and would buy another pair in a second if anything happened to them.
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I've had the $30 Caldwell green ones for about 6 or so years now, can't remember exactly. Not 1 issue (knock wood).
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