Just wondered. The other month tried some things like this with my Mossberg. Was more goofing around than anything. Firing with one hand, w/o hearing protection. Kinda sucked
my friend has a mossberg 930 breacher, we fired buckshot out of it without hearing protection once, never doing it again. firing my rifle without hearign protection isn't bad at all, standing anywhere but right where the person firing is is like havign a firecracker shoved in your ear.
I hear that, my buddy and i do firing routines without muffs, and it isnt that bad. Only bad of it is when his rifle spits high and i get hot brass on the side of my face. Fixed it by wearing a hat, the bill of the hat saves face!
Do you hear that ringing in your ears. That is called Tinnitus. After a while it doesn't go away. Then if you continue doing the same thigns like shooting without hearing protection you will develop hearing loss. Take it from someone who knows. Use proper hearing and eye protection.
You know if they use any hearing protection in the military?
Are they used in combat?
No. Studies have shown that the body will shut diwn and basically ignore the excessive noise in a shooting situation. I've been involved in shootings on duty and noticed the shots going off but there was no tone afterwards.
I used the plug type now at the range and have never had any hearing issues after leaving the range. Ive heard stories of people saying they couldnt hear gun fire in a fire fight. I think thats complete bs. Now one thing I have experienced myself is temporary complete hearing loss. When I was in Iraq our convoy ran over a IED while patrolling a area that was suppose to be "swept" 4 hours before by EOD. We were in the second humvee that took the more indirect hit. There was a large explosion we thought was the IED, but later found out was the muffler exploding next the window due to the flood of diesel that ran through the exhaust which rattled my brain in my skull. I woke up and opened the door, my commanding officer was yelling in my face to go check the first humvee and I couldnt hear a word he said. I got the drift when I he pointed the demo'd humvee. It took about a hour before I started hearing the ringing, and about 8 before I could hear anyone talk. The ringing lasted for about 2 weeks before it was completely gone, and sometimes if I hear a loud bang like firecrackers I didnt expect, I'll have rining for about 5 minutes or so.
Then I guess you weren't prepared for the bang. Sort of like a having the muzzle of a gun to close to your head. At the beginning of a fire fight, I could see how it would be loud, but as the battle goes on I guess you get use to the sound. Just like a rock concert, as time goes on you get used to the loud noise and then you go sleightly deaf afterwards! LOL!
When I was involved in a shooting I could hear the shots but it didn't affect me like it would if I was at the range with no protection. It was more muffled and there was no ringing afterward.
I've used flashbangs on entries. If you are ready you can fight through them while the targets are disoriented.
These days my ears ring no matter what.