Re: muzzle brake
The electronic ear muffs were mentioned, ie bionic ear for example. Can improve what you hear and still block out harmfull noises.
I don't shoot guns so light, or calibers so heavy, that I need a brake. I can't stand most brakes. I do have two, though. The one on my heavy ar carbine, came on the barrel, definitly makes it louder, I can't tell the difference in recoil, this one doesn't bother me too much. The one on my Springfield V10, I hate, but it's necessary to control the muzzle flip on the 3inch barrel. (think I just made and oxymoron, ugh)
There are only two seasons: Hunting season, and Getting Ready for Hunting season. -DAD