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saab1216

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As some of you may know,as part of my job,I have to qualify with weapons annually.Ive been anticipating the worst for the last three months while H/T became part of my life.In just three  short months I will be requalifying at the job. Will I be ready? Instead of fretting about it I decided to take a course of immediate action.Today I set out with  Dad to the local gun club(outdoors).My dad just so happens to have the departmental gun 38 S/W 4 inch revolver.I anxiously drove us through the rain to the secluded backwoods area of the outdoor range.The area was covered in snow and I considered myself lucky that we were the only ones there!First thing I did was to insert my 30db.earplugs and then my 20db.muffs. All I could hear was the high pitch of tinnitus which assured me of a tight seal!  I nervously loaded the revolver by the car,holstered and left the car to approach the distant target.All fear in my head about how loud this may be!(140db's at least) I, for the first time did not care about hitting the target.Carefully I aimed the weapon and cautiously squeezed the trigger...more,more....and then it happened ppffftt!   Thats it? I thought! The round esaped the barrel practically unnoticed by my ears.Joy! I did it! My career is safe. I then shot off 11 more rounds.Still amazed I took out the plugs and shot with just the muffs(20db rated).The shots rang out with more of a thud for the next six rounds.Gleefully we drove back home.The only discomfort I had was the road noise of gravel hitting the wheel wells of the car.I didnt care,why should I!


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Man, that is awesome news.  Just great, Paul. 

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Indeed awesome!

You won't let your fear disable you, that's even more awesome

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Cool. Amazing what ear muffs and plugs can do together : )

You probably know this since you're around guns , but just in case -  there are shooter's ear plugs with a piston in them that close at the sound of a gunshot. So you hear almost normally until the gun goes off, then you are protected.

I don't know thier effectiveness - it's been 20 years since I've shot.
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Paul,

That is great news!

Keep in mind when you are back in that type of environment, one that has the potential to be really loud- that when we remove hearing protection, our hearing can be more sensitive for a bit. And it may be a good idea to keep that in mind if you are in a loud environment.  I try to remove my muffs- when I do use them- in a place where it is fairly quiet, if possible -or at least not noisy, to allow my hearing to reacclimate to sound, for a bit. Doesn't usually take too long for me, just a little bit.

Congratulations on your good experience today. That is great news!
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