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Old 12-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Ear Muffs recommendation

I am currently using these

http://www.amazon.com/Dewalt-DPG62-C...rds=dewalt+ear

Sound protection is great but after an hour of usage i'm getting a lot of discomfort with the clamping force on the skin just around the ear.

I know there needs to be a proper seal to keep the noise out but I'm wondering if there are other muffs that don't clamp down on the sides of your head as hard.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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It depends on how much you want to spend.

I used these for years and they are fine:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001T7...&pi=SY200_QL40

When I stated to wear them in classes for eight hours a day, I wanted something better so I picked up a set from TCI:
http://www.tacticalcommandstore.com/...rotection.aspx

I added the gel inserts and they are oh so comfy.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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I run TCI's with gel upgrade pads as well. They're by far the best muffs I've used. Gel ear pads are better than foam, as they cannot fully compress like foam can. It's basically fluid displacement. Because of this, they will always provide a better seal than foam, and be more comfortable for longer. TCI has their models made by MSA Sordin, but TCI has slightly different specs that make them more durable than the MSA models.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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I have a cheapo pair of electronic muffs and they work just fine for me: http://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-E-Max...ectronic+Muffs

Once you've tried electronic, you'll never go back. I love being able to talk normally with someone without removing them.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:13 AM   #5
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I've tried the cheaper ones like the Caldwells (there's a parent manufacturer that makes them for multiple companies), the better but still less expensive Howard Leight Impact and Radians Pro-Amp, as well as the mid-range ProEars Revo and Peltor Tactical Sport. As you step up in cost, you step up in quality relating to comfort, construction and audio sound quality. My current back-up shooting muffs are my Peltor muffs, which I use for mowing the lawn and as a backup at shooting courses and work training. The Radians were by far the cheapest junk of the lot, save the very low end generic ones.

There's nothing wrong with getting the lower end, and there are several here running ones like the Howard Leights with complete satisfaction. It all depends on how much you plan on using them, and for what. If you plan on doing casual shooting, you're fine with anything. If you foresee throwing some abuse at the muffs, you should be looking at the Peltors for the more affordable, or TCI for the upper end. Both companies hold military, federal and law enforcement contracts, so they build their stuff to take a lot of abuse. Ultimately, it depends on your needs.

If you plan to take a lot of shooting courses, audio quality should be an important factor. The cheap ones are equivalent to grainy AM radio. The midrange like the Howard Leights and Peltor Tactical Sport are similar and equivalent to FM radio. The top end like the military/LE grade Peltors or the TCIs are like Bluetooth MP3 from Harmon Kardon Logic7 surround sound. The audio clarity and quality is distinctly better. BUT, you pay for it.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:47 AM   #6
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They are cheap and work. Not the best for indoor range with a high caliber gun right next to you but a damn good deal for the money. I have like 6 different sets of ear defenders, and this one is not that bad for the money.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B001T7QJ9O

They are cheap and work. Not the best for indoor range with a high caliber gun right next to you but a damn good deal for the money. I have like 6 different sets of ear defenders, and this one is not that bad for the money.
yea these look really nice but the only ranges I have access to are indoors (pistol).

I always double up with foam ear inserts but im wondering if the howard electronic set will provide sufficient protection.
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yea these look really nice but the only ranges I have access to are indoors (pistol).

I always double up with foam ear inserts but im wondering if the howard electronic set will provide sufficient protection.
I shoot indoor range also, never double up and I am fine with these. Granted, if someone is shooting a 44 or high caliber next to you.......you just have to deal with that. I do have several sets of ear defenders though. This works great with my rifles. My heavy duty ones make it too hard to get a cheek sight.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #9
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My wife got me a pair of Howard Leights for Christmas.


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I've got some of those surefire Earpros and I absolutely LOVE them. They're typically good enough to shoot without issue, but I'll throw on some howard leights if someone starts rattling away with larger decibel rounds.
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I've got some of those surefire Earpros and I absolutely LOVE them. They're typically good enough to shoot without issue, but I'll throw on some howard leights if someone starts rattling away with larger decibel rounds.
The Surefire's are great! I have a pair in my range bag for back up and another set in my go-bag.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:20 AM   #13
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On YouTube Nutnfancy recommends the Howard Leight muffs.

He does a good review of those compared to more expensive ones.


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Those TCI's are SO nice! They're on my short list of things to get, for sure!

For now, I'm using the Howard Leights that were posted up top. I like them but they can be a little uncomfortable after awhile.
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