Originally Posted by CRNA
Thats exactly my point. I can shoot my 13+lb 7RM for 50 rounds in a session with a tshirt on and never be uncomfortable. I recently realized how nice low recoil can be shooting a friends gun.
I know they are loud. I would probably take the brake off to hunt with since I don't hunt with earplugs.
I have no problem with the fact that hearing loss would occur if shooting a braked gun and no protection.
I seriously question the poster that claims that there would be hearing loss while shooting a braked gun with both ear plugs and muffs.
And if so, then the Cheytac would blow the shooters ears off their head with a brake. Not sure how solid the logic is behind that post.
I've been in the Military, Marine Corps. And during my service I served on a Machine gun team, and gunner in Iraq. All I ever wore was the cheapo foam ear plugs. Sometimes none at all if I was on the radio. I ran the M2 and 240G and have some hearing loss obviously. I have also been on several helo's and c130 without ear plugs. So I know a thing or two about hearing loss as a result of fire arms. i've used everything from MRE toilette paper to cigarette buts (gross i know but better than being deaf at 21) in a pinch
If you wear a set of gel style ear plugs
and decent ear muffs:
I couldn't see any civilian small arm giving you issue with hearing loss.
For hunting if you have the coin they make what amount to a hearing aid, it amplifies certain sounds and if a noise above a certain level say 80DB it blocks it. Really spendy but i wish I had known about it when I was in Iraq. From what I understand a lot of spec ops units have them now.
In-Ear Hunting Hearing Aids - Speech Enhancement
To say putting a break on a weapon will result in hearing loss even with quality hearing protection is preposterous at best.
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