For most of the shooting I do, I have given up on ear muffs. This is kind of odd because I hate ear plugs. Well, most ear plugs. I guess I have tender ears because most ear plugs hurt. And, I can’t get the voice of my Mother out of my mind, “Never stick anything larger than your finger in your ear. Once, this little boy put a …….” You know how the story goes.
Thing is, ear muffs get in the way and then there’s the question of what do you do with them when you are not wearing them over your ears. They too can be uncomfortable with certain shooting glasses.
What about the expensive electric ear protection. Hey, I’ve tried almost every brand and have yet to find a set that will last more than a couple months without breaking.
Surefire – a flashlight manufacturer of all things – is where I found the answer. Their Sonic Defender ear plugs come in four styles and three different sizes. I use them almost exclusively and even keep a pair in my hunting pack. They have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of between 24dB and 26dB, they are compact, affordable and I have yet to break or wear one out.
At between $ 12 and $ 14 per pair, buy a handful. Put them in your pack, your range bag and your vehicle. I’m done with ear-muffs until I find something as comfortable, affordable and effective as Surefire’s Sonic Defenders.