Brought to you by Gunsite! Actually, this was something that Ed Head, the honcho of training at Gunsite mentioned that bears repeating. The conversation was on home defense carbines, and Ed mentioned that if you don’t have a suppressor on your carbine, that you should have a pair of electronic hearing protection by your nightstand.
I’d expand that to say that if you have a gun for home defense period that you should keep a pair of electronic hearing protection on the nightstand, and here’s why. Ed pointed out that obviously they’ll protect your ears if you have to light a round off indoors, but the other function of electronic ears is that they amplify quiet sounds. Quiet noises…like the ones a burglar might be making as he’s skulking around the downstairs. I had never thought of hearing protection as being something that could give you a tactical advantage in a home invasion, but Ed’s logic made sense to me. You want to be able to hear quiet sounds, and not be deafened by the sound of a .357 going off in the house.