“Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectator” From the fundamental rules of safe gun handling by NRA
When we are shooting at the range it is always important to wear eye and hearing protection. You all know I have my Little Gal and her sight and hearing are important. We’re about to begin a lot of shooting this summer and since she’s a little smaller I received a set of youth ear muffs for her to try out. The neon green Pro Ears by Altus brands are just her size.
The height adjustment is simple with a snapping interlock that holds in place very well. It adjusts to fit a small childs head up to an adult head and has a narrow circumference so they stay snug to the head. She wore them to the range for a day and I wore them to the range for a day. With the narrow circumference, I thought I may end up with the muff head ache that tends to happen as the squeeze tight to your head. This did not happen. The muffs held snug, but not so tight as to cause a head ache.
I also tested the muffs. I wore my earings just to give it a true test. The Super-Sized ProForm™ leather ear cushions are extremely soft and contour around your ears as well as safety glasses and earings. If you have spent a long amount of time at the range wearing a muff, you’ve probably had the problem of your glasses being pressed into your ears. The snug fitting Pro Ears didn’t cause the traditional pain I was testing for. They were soft and comfortable.
The Little Gal shot and I gave reminders and pointers. One thing about these muffs. They are not an electronic version. This was my only disappointment. When helping a child, I feel it is SO important for them to hear every word you say at the line. I would opt for their electronic version. The ReVO 26 Pro Ear muff is said to be adequate during situations where “total situation awareness” is not required. I am in agreement with this claim. The muff is great hearing protection for children shooting smaller caliber firearms. The Little Gal was able to hear adequate commands at close distances with out hollering and shouting.
ReVO 26 Pro Ears are available in various fun patterns, including zebra which is a favorite of the Little Gal and retail at $39.99. However, a child’s hearing is priceless! Take care!
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