Right now Sunbuster changeable lense glasses and Peltor old school muffs with ear plugs.
When I have time to harbor freight I will pick up a set of their electronic ear muffs and later I'll pick up some Oakley M-Frames for shooting and casual. I unfortunately don't shoot enough as of now to justify Sordins.
You get what you pay for, but you have to do a cost benefit analysis. For me, I can get Harbor Freight electronic muffs for $10 or Sordings for ~$200. The Sordins are not 20x better for the amount I shoot and with the income (or lack thereof) I have.
Oakley M-Frames and electronic Peltors with plugs underneath.
The M-Frames are non-negotiable for me. They are the best eye pro going and fit me exceptionally well. I wear them daily and frequently forget I have them on. For me, I get the sense that I am wearing colored contact lenses. They provide complete coverage without reducing my field of vision. Can you tell I'm a fan?
Having already lost some hi-freq hearing to gunfire, I can't afford to lose anymore. I stick in the ear plugs then crank up the volumer on the Peltors. Works for me.
I use E-A-RSoft Blasts. 33db NRR earplugs. disposable,. buy them by the case. About $20 for 200 pairs.
If you don't have a prescription, the cheaper wiley-x stuff is a nice bang for the buck that covers well.
If you need to go prescription, you can either get regular galsses in polycarbonate and put side shields on, or you need to lay out some cash. Rudy project makes some good glasses that take prescription inserts. Their new top of the line model takes a wider range of diopter adjustments than a lot of others.
I was looking at both recommendations in this post:
ELECTRONIC EAR MUFFS
Listen to conversations, keep an ear on machinery while protecting your hearing. Revolutionary technology blocks out only the sounds that exceed safety levels
Screens out noise over 85dB
Over 200 hours battery life on two AA batteries (sold separately)
Hands free operation
LED indicator light
Solid state circuitry
$19.99 [lined out]
Peltor H10A Professional Earmuff Hearing Protector (Noise Reduction Rating 30dB)
From the Manufacturer
Peltor's dual cup patented Twin Cup design minimizes resonance achieving maximum high and low frequency attuation. This patented design provides the highest noise reduction rating for an earmuff tested in an approved laboratory. The H10A provides effective, lightweight, comfortable protection. CSA Class AL
Because your hearing is often taken for granted and is permanently affected by loud machinery and noises at work and at home, we've added some great Peltor® products to protect your hearing. The Deluxe Personal Hearing Protector is inexpensive, comfortable and provides excellent attenuation at low and high frequencies. Noise reduction rating is 27 dB. The Twin Cup Design provides ultra-high attenuating hearing protection and has a noise reduction rating of 29 dB.
Being a novice, which is better, electronic or twin-cup? My hearing is very important to me, and I won't skimp here, but we're only talking in the neighborhood of $10-$20. Should I be looking at more expensive models, or will either of these fill the bill?
What about the muffs at the range, any good or typically crappy?
I don't know about shooting... but I wear Howard Leight earplugs with an NRR rating of 30 when riding my motorcycle. Since everyting is made quieter, I can still hear conversations, cars around me, and other "danger" sounds when needed, but the overall ride is much more relaxing with the reduced wind noise.
When I go shooting, I use the same earplugs because I have a boat load of them. I haven't considered using clamshell muffs over the top of them yet. I may want to give that a shot.
I use the Peltor Ultimate 10 ear muffs, and when shooting rifle I usually use ear plugs in addition to the muffs, eye protection is important also, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to get effective eye protection. Both your sight and your hearing are important, make sure to use protection for both!
If $110 eye protection is what somebody wants, it's their money, but you can be just as well protected with shooting glasses that only cost $10, even the cheap ones protect against both impact and UV radiation, full UV protection is available in even the cheapest sunglasses.
I have a set from Harbor freight. I figured that I would use them for back up, and they do serve that roll well. My only complaint is the band over your head cannot expand enough for me to be able to wear my baseball hat under the muffs. Maybe I just have a big head but most that I have lent them to have the same complaint. But hey $10 hard to go wrong.
I plan on getting the gel ear upgrade for mine. These peltors do not "clip" but compress sound. They are simply amazing in the clarity and quality. I thought they weren't working when I first turned them on and placed them on my head- Until I turned them off and everything became immediately muffled. Thats how life-like the audio was! ASTOUNDING!
(Revision has an significant LE/MIL discount, FYI)
These exceed Army penetration and projectile standards by 9 times. Yes, NINE times. They supposedly exceed oakley in optical clarity and being distortion free via the lens shape (image is true no matter what angle you look out of the lens). A much better buy in my opinion then the Oakleys.
Check this out:
A friend of a guy on another forum, experienced an IED explosion while over seas in Iraq, which sent that shard at him with incredible force. To get a general idea of how big of an explosion it took to force that shard into the lens, the SawFly's will take 22 strikes from a 12 guage shot gun loaded with Federal heavy load .12 gauge, 1¼ ounce #6 lead shot @ 16ft without a single penetration.
In other words, if someone engaged you with a shot gun and went for your head, there would be nothing left but your glasses and eye balls!
To say this soldier was satisfied with his sawfly's is an understatement!
lightfighter.net/eve/forums - Outstanding place for info on gear. Relates mostly towards the military and LE
I purchased both of these items and am extremely happy, infact couldn't be happier! I think this is a reflection of how much time I researched to find the best bang for my buck.
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