Been thinking about getting some electronic earmuffs, but wanted to ask first. What do you guys use? I shoot high power rifles, Shotguns at skeet and trap, and pistols on the range. I currently use a combonation of foam in ear, and "EAR" brand muffs that arn't that great. I think they are more for power tool usage. I have looked at various muffs over the years and tried them on but don't know what to buy. I see the best ones are rated at around 31dB reduction and the electronic ones are less than that, but I was still interested in the electronic ones since I get to talking at the range and it never fails, someone will start shooting while I have my muffs off.
I use the EAR roll-up foam plugs and Peltor P-6 electronic muffs when shooting rifle or handguns. The amplification of the muffs is enough to overcome the plugs for normal conversation, but blocks out noise when someone fires. For trap, skeet, & sporting I use the muffs alone. They work exceptionaly well when pulling and scoring because they amplify the calls of the guys who wisper instead of yell pull. They make the call louder than the report.
i use Silenco. good enough for me. as an aside, in basic training we were issued GI earplugs, they were good. the DI's said if we loose them than to rip the filters of a couple cigarettes, and use them!!! wonder how effective that was???
I got a set of the Peltor 6S tacticals for my birthday. CDNN still has them on sale for $119. I have loved every minute of them. I'm a firearms instructor for my agency and it is great to hear both the students as well as the range commands from the tower. Contrary to what I thought, they don't really shut off at the sound of a gun shot, they just mute all the sound to the level of the volume knob setting. It means jets, shots, and speech all come through at a comfortable volume. Matter of fact, I heard one rather loud RO from the neighboring range yesterday over the sound of all the shots! Best gift I ever got.