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    Hearing protection when things go bump in the night

    I've seen numerous threads about what's on the nightstand for things that go bump in the night. We've discussed firearms, ammo preferences, lights, and lasers. There's even been threads about using eyeglasses in the dark.

    What I haven't seen mentioned (forgive me if I missed it) is hearing protection. Any of you include that on your nightstand? What do you think are the pro's and con's? I know good hearing protection allows normal conversation but will it allow you to hear that creak on the stairs?

    I'm thinking about something like this - quick and easy w/o limiting mobility. Would love to hear your opinions.

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    While hearing protection is important on the range, I personally will never use them in my home if someone was to enter it. I want to be able to hear my floor make the noises it does when they walk on my floor. I want to be able to hear everything that goes on. I want to be able to hear my kids talking or crying as I know they are safe if I can still hear them while I am hunting (my wife will sit with them also armed while I hunt).
    Once I hear them hit my looooooong stairs that will take them upstairs to where my family is located, on comes the surefire attached to my AR, and well, someone better start the funeral arrangements for the burglar/attacker/rapist, etc...


    Just my 2 cents
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    You make excellent points Buckslayer. I asked because, until recently, my primary HD weapon was a Glock 23 and I didn't think twice about my ears. I have changed over to a Mossberg 930 SPX. I had reason to fire a warning shot from a shotgun in the great outdoors years ago. My ears rang for an hour afterwards. The thought of firing the SPX in a confined space, like a hallway, is what prompted my question.
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by HardCorps53 View Post
    You make excellent points Buckslayer. I asked because, until recently, my primary HD weapon was a Glock 23 and I didn't think twice about my ears. I have changed over to a Mossberg 930 SPX. I had reason to fire a warning shot from a shotgun in the great outdoors years ago. My ears rang for an hour afterwards. The thought of firing the SPX in a confined space, like a hallway, is what prompted my question.
    If someone breaks into your house and you have to discharge your weapon, ''your ears ringing'' will be the least of your concerns.

    Odds are you will never be in this situation, but if you are screw the headphones!! That's like asking if you should keep a plastic sheet next to your bed, so that after you shoot the intruder you can throw it down on the floor to keep the intruders blood from staining your rug!

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    i agree with the no hearing protection. i want to hear whats going on around me and where the bad guy/gal could be in refrence to my location. if my ears ring then cool atleast im not dead. the bad guy on the other hand.... well i feel for his family that he chose that life style and now they have to put him to rest.

    i hope it will NEVER come to that.

  7. What if there's more than one intruder? Firing on the first could ruin your hearing and concentration for the other threat.

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    None for me.......That split second it takes you to put them on could mean the difference between life or death. I choose Life with the possibility of the ringing ear syndrome.
    Its Better To Have It And Not Need It Than To Need It And Not Have It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianRay View Post
    What if there's more than one intruder? Firing on the first could ruin your hearing and concentration for the other threat.
    I've done a LOT of indoor shooting while in Iraq on raids and other tasks, and other than while riding in a vehicle where we're exposed to IED blasts, I've never used ear plugs. While you would think you'd lose the ability to hear anything inside after the first shots are fired, your other senses kick in and you WILL be hyper aware of your surroundings, and the noise will not be an issue. Sure your ears may and likely will ring for a while after the shooting stops, but thatís a worthwhile price to pay to keep my family alive through a shooting event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckslayer View Post
    I've done a LOT of indoor shooting while in Iraq on raids and other tasks, and other than while riding in a vehicle where we're exposed to IED blasts, I've never used ear plugs. While you would think you'd lose the ability to hear anything inside after the first shots are fired, your other senses kick in and you WILL be hyper aware of your surroundings, and the noise will not be an issue. Sure your ears may and likely will ring for a while after the shooting stops, but thatís a worthwhile price to pay to keep my family alive through a shooting event.
    amen brother, and thank you for your service to our country. thank you very much!

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    Not no, but h--- NO

    If I am responding to a scenario of someone entering my home at night and I have to defend my family, I want all five senses on high alert. I will definately not be diminishing my hearing, sight, smell or touch in any way. I will be using them to there greatest advantage when I start using the weapons I reached for. The sweet taste of success will be even greater when I have successfully eliminated the threat. I will worry about the hearing, sight and smell from the noise, muzzle flashes and burnt powder after I have touched the inert bodies on my floor.

    A little overboard, I know. Just my 2 cents worth.

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