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Over the past few days some folks have been taking the defibrillator to the long gone IGOTD about FPSRussia. A quick trip to Dangerous Decibels will tell you that any sound above 85 db can cause permanent hearing damage, dependent on exposure time. Multiply that by all the other mags you shoot every time you hit the range and every range trip you’ve ever taken.
We here at TTAG have long argued that silencers should be available for any gun in any state of the union without any governmental interference. Do the research, get the facts and the next time you go out shooting do yourself a favor; wear ear protection. Ryan Finn is the Director of Operations and an Associate Instructor for Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction as well as a contractor for Vanguard Security Consultants when he isn't writing for TTAG.
I find the main difference between shooting indoors and outdoors is that outdoors (particularly on a pistol-only range) I can get away with just plugs or just muffs. That is why approximately 100% of the vets who apply for it get the 20% hearing disability. I (while not wearing ears) once stood behind my wife while she was working with her Ruger LCP…at an outdoor range. The tinnitus is mild, but always noticeable in quieter environments…stemming from ONE unprotected loud blast. I’d also like to point out that purposefully impairing your hearing by enduring that kind of abusive behavior puts you at a disadvantage in a home defense situation (especially one that awakens you). The flip side is that you should, at least once in your life, fire your carry piece sans protection to at least understand how loud it is. Secondly, this might argue for sub-sonic ammo in your carry piece, such as the old .45 acp. FPSRussia broke his tradition of lack-o-PPE in one of his recent videos, Where he shoots a 40mm Bofors.


Sound does not diminish just because you are outside, it is just not reflected off of a surface as with indoor ranges. Would this mean that every serviceman for the last 100 years or so that has regularly used a rifle ended up with some degree of permanent hearing loss?
On the other hand it’s not unusual for people around here to go to the range and fire more than a hundred rounds weekly.
That professional russian dude is one of my favourite gun youtubers for the simple reason that he is the one thing that the anti-gun lobbyists hate to see: a young goofy guy donning a fake accent using guns in a (mostly) responsible way making fun videos that are very popular across the demographic. I actually told this guy in the comments that he needed hearing protection or he’d be deaf by 30. Your argument for allowing silencers is that you don’t want to wear hearing protection?
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Much ado has been made about how you don’t need hearing protection when you’re outdoors because when you’re outside the sound doesn’t have walls to bounce against and therefore isn’t as harmful. While it’s true that enclosed spaces make the noise of gunfire worse, not being outdoors only makes it better in relative terms. James Battey Jr., Director of the National Institute on Deafness and other Communicative Disorders. The permissible exposure time for loud noises is dramatically reduced for every 3 decibels you go above 85.
If you have reached that point then you will be doing damage to your hearing instantaneously. In his free time he is a volunteer firefighter and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family.
Fifty+ trips to the range each year at a hundred rounds per trip will certainly not do your hearing any good.


One trend I’ve been seeing pick up (albeit very slowly) is the use of elctronic ear pro. Now, as far as controlling where his shots went on his first full auto string, well lets just say that I dont wanna be 4-5 KM downrange of where he was. You can get away with not having it for blank fire (in open spaces) but shooting live rounds you will be required to wear at least plugs. With all the radio gear we’re being forced to carry, electronic ear pro with radio hookups is becoming more and more valid. Battey states that “Loud noise, such as the 140-decibel blast of a rifle, can irreparably damage the specialized cells of the inner ear—called hair cells—that enable us to hear.
My Pel-tor comtacs pick up quiet sounds much better than unaided ears, but keep me from killing my hearing when I pull the trigger. How many people are going to wear ear protection when confronted with a home intruder situtation? Doing that is as foolish as practicing those martial arts that just consist of getting hit in the gonads over and over, except hearing damage is detrimental.
So in some ways I feel that, for me, training without ear protection is sometimes necessary. How many soldiers or marines do you see using ear protection while on patrol,or in a firefight. I guess what I’m trying to get to is that I believe we all need to be accustomed to the sound of full on, non ear protected,shooting experiences.



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