You heard that right.. Nyuk nyuk.. Ahem anyway, I`m partially deaf. I suffered a nasty head injury as a callow youth on a bicycle which rendered my left ear all but useless other than for aesthetics. When I`d be at the range and a conversation would strike up ( hah! like that happens when a group of gun nuts are in a room .. ) I`d slightly uncover my good ear to hear, provided no one else was blasting away. One day, a guy offered me a go of his .357 mag Desert eagle, I had the ear uncovered to get the finer points on its operation, then let one off with my ear uncovered.. In a booth at an indoor range.. Yep, it rang for a couple days, lucky it was a semi auto, my GP100 + Winclean divided by no ear protection = :34: So, I lashed out on a set of the aforementioned Electronic Ear Muffs yesterday at the range and put them to immediate use. They cost me 80 and change, have the Sporting Shooters of Australia logo on them. Well, at first? It all seemed sureal. I found I could actually hear BETTER than with out them on. Anything above conversation level gets cut out. I sauntered into the range proper, and I`ll be buttered on both sides, these things are super. Glen the range guy has a pair and was doing a supervised shoot for 2 young guys and girl. Beside us an older gent was putting a few mags of 45ACP down range, the 2 young guys were flailing away with a GLock and a 92 Beretta 9mm, the girl with a Ruger MkI, there were 2 others shooting centrefire pistols. Glen and I conducted a conversation at normal levels with all this going on. I`d say, if you go to the range even once a month, do yourself a favour and get some of these things, they are the ducks guts.