Gun Range Ear and Eye Protection 101
When it comes to firearms, safety comes first
When it comes to firearms, safety comes first, and that includes gun range eye and ear protection. Ear and eye protection are not all made equal. Putting on any old set of sunglasses or earplugs will not ensure that you are protected. Here's how to figure out what gun range ear and eye protection are best for you.
Why Do I Need Eye Protection At A Gun Range?
Eye protection from ricochets and other debris is provided by wearing safety glasses. Incidents do happen, even if they are uncommon. If your ordinary eyeglasses or sunglasses aren't providing enough protection, seek ANSI-rated glasses or ask your eye doctor for a prescription set of safety glasses.
Shooting a firearm not only sends the projectiles downrange, but it also sends microscopic particles, burning gas, and other residues downrange. It's also possible that a shell can explode or that your rifle will malfunction.
Eye protection is simple and comes in two varieties, something which looks like regular glasses or a goggle-type form. Most people prefer glasses, but goggles are helpful for tactical training since they may be used in scenarios involving smoke, tear gas, and other chemicals.
When shooting, always put on appropriate eye protection, such as shooting glasses with high-impact lenses.
When disassembling or cleaning a firearm, wear eye protection as well.
Why Do I Need Ear Protection At A Gun Range?
Ear protection is equally as critical, if not more so. Hearing loss is caused by a combination of sound intensity and exposure time. Pay attention to the Noise Reduction Rating, regardless of the type of hearing protection you choose (NRR). When worn, the NRR represents the maximum number of decibels (dB) by which the hearing protector reduces the sound level.
When your ears are subjected to at least 140 dB, permanent hearing impairment can occur. Rifles may produce noise levels of 160-170 decibels. Without hearing protection, every shot you shoot will harm your ears unless you have a very particular build (e.g., a subsonic.300 BLK with suppressor).
Muffs and plugs are the two most common types of ear protection. Plugs slide into the ear canal while muffs cover the entire ear. Here, the most critical factor is fit. Earmuffs or plugs that are not properly fitted will not operate, regardless of their noise reduction rating. A single shot can result in permanent hearing loss. Even if you already have hearing loss, continuing to be exposed to loud noises can exacerbate the problem.
Universal plugs don't always work for everyone, especially when they're used incorrectly. Wearing both plugs and muffs at the same time is also an option that provides maximum protection. Wearing both muffs and plugs increases the noise reduction rating to about 5-10 dB higher than the muffs or plugs' greatest NRR rating.
Best Gun Range Ear and Eye Protection
It's not just a matter of following a range rule when it comes to wearing gun range ear and eye protection. Despite the fact that most facilities require both, you should opt to protect yourself when it comes to your eyesight and hearing.
Best Ear Protection: Earplugs
Walker's Corded Foam Plugs
Titan Tactical Reusable Ear Plugs with heavy duty case
3M Peltor Sporting Good Banded Hearing Protector
Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs
Etymotic GunsportPRO Electronic Hearing Protection
SureFire EP4 Sonic Defenders
Best Ear Protection: Earmuffs
Walker's Razor Slim Earmuff
3M Peltor X5A
Howard Leight Leightning Ultraslim Shooting Earmuff
Caldwell Adjustable Earmuffs
Champion Traps and Targets Slim Earmuffs
Best Eye Protection: Glasses
Wiley X Saber Advanced
Smith Optics Elite Aegis Arc
Howard Leight Uvex Hypershock Shooting Glasses
Oakley Standard Issue
Revision Military Sawfly
Walker's Sport Glasses
Best Eye Protection: Goggles
Oakley Standard Issue Ballistic HALO
Rothco OTG Ballistic Goggles
Revision Military Goggle System
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