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I'm looking for recommendations on over the ear hearing protection. Budget is a concern but would look to spend between $10-$30 (my range is a bit flexible if there is reason to extend it).

I've done some online review searches. People seem to like Howard Leight branded muffs. What do people here like?

PS, I did a couple searches here as I'm sure this has been covered, but I'm woefully inadequate at using sigforum's search function). Apologies if I missed something obvious.
 
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If you will be using them when shooting a rifle, I prefer these Howard Leight's as the thinner profile makes it easier to get a proper cheek weld.

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-...=howard+leight&psc=1

I don't find them to be quiet enough on their own for rifle fire though, especially when indoors, so I also double up with these HL foam plugs underneath. With the volume turned up on the muffs you can still hear instructions even with the foam earplugs in:

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-...s=howard+leight+foam

If shooting pistol only I wear these. They are quiet enough that I don't have to double up with foam plugs underneath which is more comfortable for wearing all day. But the thicker size makes them unfeasible for rifle shooting:

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-...ywords=howard+leight




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Thanks, Brett. Mine will be used mostly for indoor pistol shooting. I appreciate the tips on rifle shooting though as I will do that from time to time.
 
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Shooting indoors, or high powered rifles or shotguns, foam under muffs is a good idea.

If you don't want to limit headwear to caps,

https://www.amazon.com/3M-Soun...oting+ear+protection


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use, and recommend, the Peltor RangeGuard, as a budget option. They have a decent NRR, but like all earmuffs should be combined with earplugs. They are comfortable for all day wear, which I do frequently, and seal well. You can usually get a set for about $45. The electronics do well to let you bear others while still wearing earplugs. https://www.amazon.com/RangeGu...ds=peltor+rangeguard

I have a set of the Howard Leight Impact Sport earmuffs. They offer good protection when you get a good seal around the ear, but are a little harder to get that seal. Also, while they were OK omfort wise when I first bought them, after many sessions of wearing them the earseals deteriorated and they have become slightly uncomfortable to wear for more than brief periods.

Also, skip the Peltor Tactical 100 earmuffs. They are nearly identical to the RangeGuard, but cost about $70. They do say Tactical on the package and are black, so maybe that's worth an extra $25 to some folks.


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The electronics have failed in all of my Peltors. And changing batteries is a PITA.


Went with Howard Leight and they are great.
 
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Originally posted by IndianaBoy:
The electronics have failed in all of my Peltors. And changing batteries is a PITA.
Some of the older Peltors had horrible battery compartments, but the newer ones like the Rangeguard are very easy to use.

As for durability, several of my coworkers have the old Peltor Tactical 6S, and have used them for many years with no problems. My Rangeguards are going two years of heavy use, with no problems.


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I have both the Peltor 6S and the Peltor Tactical 100. I would say the Tactical 100 are more comfortable to wear, easier to change battery, and have the auto shut off. Downside is that you don't hear as well. I use the Tactical 100 for pistol practice. I use the 6s when coaching trap.
 
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If electronics aren't necessary,

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=n...kband+Earmuff+Nrr25+

https://www.amazon.com/Honeywe...64eb&pf_rd_i=desktop


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I am a huge fan of electronics and my peltors run I think around $60. Money well spent. I like the neck band version and always double up with plugs underneath as well. I expect to get 3-5 years out of a set and even wore them on patrol in Iraq under my helmet. One pair lasted the tour in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. Do not cheap out on hearing protection!
 
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I've been using Radians Pro-Amp.
 
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I use Radians custom moldable earplugs under a set of Walker Razor electronic earphones.

The Radians earplugs come in two containers of putty; mix them, work them into the ear, and a custom earplug is produced. I use them for shooting, running a rivet gun, working around turbine engines, and other loud noise environments. I usually use them with earphones over the earplugs, but the plugs work in a pinch.

Any earplug will prevent noise from reaching the eardrum through the ear canal, but sound is still transmitted through the bone in the skull, especially adjacent to the ear, and can still cause hearing damage. It's best to have both in-ear and over-the-ear protection.

The Walkers are nice as they allow me to hear range commands. Prior to trying those, I had to lift the earphone to hear. My hearing isn't great. I don't have a lot left. I liked the walkers that I bought them for all the kids for Christmas. They also amplify the sound, and the disadvantage is that they can put on the headphones and hear my wife and I talking in the other room. Remarkable, but annoying (at home). They do a good job of not amplifying the gunfire at the range.

The best in-ear protection you can get are the cheap foam roll-up plugs. Nothing gives a higher noise reduction rating. They need to be given time to expand and adjust, however. The molded radians custom plugs are quick in, quick out and only take a few minutes to set once the two parts are mixed and put in the ear. For fourteen bucks, hard to go wrong.
 
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