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#1 Warden Callaway

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:52 AM

Mary does not like earplugs. Most shooting muffs are big and bulky. I see a few warn by shooters in videos that are not nearly as big. Anyone got a recommendation of a small muff that works well for this game?

Also, Mary wears prescription bifocal glasses. Is there any good options besides prescription shooting glasses? Like maybe a clip on safety lense with side shields?
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:54 AM

One of the cowboys up at Bowling Green, KY wears something like these: http://www.esafetysu...CFaVxOgodMQwAvw
I have thoughg about getting something like that for my 10 year old because he has trouble getting ear plugs in hix ears.
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:07 AM

Warden:

My wife, Bookworm Sandy, was very uncomfortable with the standard ear plugs. We finally got her a set of custom molded ear plugs and the problem was solved. It turned out that her ear canals were very small in diameter, and the expanding foam plugs applied too much pressure for comfort. The custom plugs were somewhere around $50-75, I think, but more than worth it for her. She had hers done by a vendor at "Fandango," the Wisconsin State Shoot.

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:21 AM

I wear safety glasses that fit over my regular prescription glasses.  Google safety glasses and you'll find lots of them.  They are inexpensive and can be had in clear or various tints. 



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:34 AM

Peltor makes a muff that is low profile and thewires run down. low behind the neck.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:15 AM

Check Grainger or Lawson Products (To name a couple) for side shields that slip on the frames of your glasses. I use them at work to good effect. Cheap too!


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:35 AM

I started out with foam plugs, then went to the molded kind as the Count suggested.  The molded are much more comfortable.  However, when I started running a timer, I really noticed a problem with my hearing.  Many more gunshots that were closer to my ears. The molded plugs were not up to the task.  I am now using these --

 

http://www.opticspla...CFQ_l7AodHXIAgw

 

With behind the neck wires (they are on that page but not easy to find) you can wear a hat, hear what's going on around you and be protected from the bang and clang.

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:32 AM

Peltor makes a muff that is low profile and thewires run down. low behind the neck.

I wear these.  My fellow shooters have not criticized me for wearing them.  I like the amplified versions.  They help me spot.  I can hear targets ring from edge shots.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:33 AM

I bought an inexpensive pair of prescription glasses that are set for my shooting.  Then put some inexpensive safety shields on the side.  Total cost wasn't as much as many good shooting glasses.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:37 AM

I recommend these:

http://www.opticspla...protectors.html

 

Have used them for years, just remember to throw a spare set of batteries in your range bag… so easy to talk and shoot without constantly putting plugs in, then taking them out...


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:05 PM

I started out with foam plugs, then went to the molded kind as the Count suggested.  The molded are much more comfortable.  However, when I started running a timer, I really noticed a problem with my hearing.  Many more gunshots that were closer to my ears. The molded plugs were not up to the task.  I am now using these --

 

http://www.opticspla...CFQ_l7AodHXIAgw

 

With behind the neck wires (they are on that page but not easy to find) you can wear a hat, hear what's going on around you and be protected from the bang and clang.

 

That's my story and I am sticking to it.

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Chancy,

 

I had the same experieince with the first custom molded ones I had done.  I discovered that the operator makes a big difference, as well as the "spacer" they put in your ear first (to keep the stuff off your eardrum), before setting in the molded material itself.  I have had three more pair amde that fit much further into the ear canal and are VERY good - have trouble hearing normal speech, in some cases.

 

'vThe cheapest and best made custom molded ones I've found at major state or regional shooting matches (SASS, Trap,  etc) where the vendors have a lot of volume and experience - tell them what you want.

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:26 PM

I hope this helps. I wear bifocals, and struggled to find decent shooting glasses that would protect me and still let me see. I came across this site and was skeptical because of the price, but I love them. They don't slide down the nose at all, glasses do not fog up, and very comfortable. They also ship extremely fast

 

http://www.safetygla...om/s3580sj.html



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:05 PM

I have used cardboard from GI bandoleers as side shields slipped over the temples mostly to block sun but they will block splatter as well..  Polycarbonate lenses work just fine as safety glass.  Get my BiFocals from Costco with Poly Carb lenses.  Whole lot less expensive there than optical shops at malls.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:12 PM

I have NOT found muffs small enough to let the shooter month his long gun properly

wood to wood

meaning cheek bone firmly applied to the stock

 

wood to wood allows for a more consistant anchor point for consistantacy in proper looking down the long barrel

 

but do what ever works


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:51 AM

I have NOT found muffs small enough to let the shooter month his long gun properly
wood to wood
meaning cheek bone firmly applied to the stock
 
wood to wood allows for a more consistant anchor point for consistantacy in proper looking down the long barrel
 
but do what ever works


I've seen in videos some shooters wearing muffs hardly as big as their ear - stereo headphone size. Maybe that's what they are?

Mary and I are self employed and have to wear hearing protection when working with equipment. I've always wore plugs but Mary wears a forester helmet with muffs. She shoots with the helmet on on our home range. She's yet to shoot at a match. It probably wouldn't look cowgirl to show up at a match with a Husqvarna forester helmet on - even if she put a ribbon and feathers on it!

It looks to be a rainout day so we may go muff and shield shopping. You know women, their fingernail polish, handbag, boots and ear muffs have to coordinate.
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:23 AM

I tried muffs one time and they got in the way when shoot long guns


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:35 AM

A welding supply store will have side shields  That attach to glasses with a rubber band.  Been using ours for 8 or 9 yrs, and they were not expensive.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:36 AM

Hi Warden,

 

I wear bifocals too. I've tried shooting in them. Yucky! I got prescription transition (turn dark in bright light) lenses that have the clearest view (I forget what that is called) at the distance of my rifle sight. I may be slow; but, I don't miss too many.

 

Although Holy Terror says in her classes that I've attended, that clear lenses are best, I like transitions.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

PS I don't think anyone loves ear plugs. You just get accustomed to wearing them. I like the cheap octagonal-shaped (I think they have 8 sides :unsure: ) orange plugs best.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:41 AM

PPS The ear plugs only have six sides. Here is a photo. http://www.amazon.co...4303968&sr=1-16


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:49 AM

I have a pair of muffs that mount behind the neck, allowing a cowboy hat to be worn. I use them over a pair of custom plugs when shooting indoor matches at the NRA range as they use shotguns in an area with a concrete floor and a steel ceiling (real loud). Another option is a regular pair of muffs over a Civil War cap/kepi.

If you wear Rx glasses, at least add a pair of B52 side shields. Google them as they come in two sizes depending on the glasses. I bought a few pairs a while back for about $6 a pair. Worth their weight in gold for bounceback protection.
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 01:03 PM

everyone has to learn to, try many different things, then do what works best for them

my comment about muffs was only that I think no matter how small they are, that they may impede proper cheek to stock contact, but that is only one average shooters opinion

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 01:23 PM

I recommend these:

http://www.opticspla...protectors.html

 

Have used them for years, just remember to throw a spare set of batteries in your range bag… so easy to talk and shoot without constantly putting plugs in, then taking them out...

I used these when I shot Bullseye and I really liked them. For Cowboy I like the custom molded earplugs better.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:55 PM

We did a tour of the gunshops in our area. Mary bought a pair of Caldwell E-Max behind the neck electronic muffs and a pair of el-cheapo clear plastic safety glasses that fit over her prescription glasses. We spent far more in gas for the F150 than we spent on muffs and glasses.
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 04:55 PM

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My wife, Bookworm Sandy, was very uncomfortable with the standard ear plugs. We finally got her a set of custom molded ear plugs and the problem was solved. It turned out that her ear canals were very small in diameter, and the expanding foam plugs applied too much pressure for comfort. The custom plugs were somewhere around $50-75, I think, but more than worth it for her. She had hers done by a vendor at "Fandango," the Wisconsin State Shoot.

 

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  +1 on the molded ear plugs. I got mine from the vendor at Fandango also. I have slept with them in after working nightshifts and couldn't sleep with all the daytime noise in our neighborhood. Also take them to races and such.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:30 PM

Check out Radians ear plugs, MidwayUSA sells them. They are custom molded kit that you do at home, my wife and I both use them. Under twenty bucks.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

I use side shields on my regular polycarbonate glasses.

http://www.safetygla...a.com/b-52.html

These are the brand I have and I like them very much except when it's very humid.  Then they fog my glasses due to lack of air circulation.  I may get a secong set and grind them off a bit for more air.  That will expose me more, but beats the alternative of not using them, or using more a flimsy design.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:14 PM

Just something to keep in mind. If you buy custom molded plugs and then lose 40-50 lbs they may no longer fit.


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