What is the Best Hearing Protection for Shooting 2023?
We are frequently asked for recommendations about what is the best hearing protection for shooting. We are not paid by any company, and our only discount ever received was when we purchased 30 pairs of $100+ muffs, Altus gave us a price of $1 less than we could have purchased them on Amazon! lol
The following opinions are as unbiased as possible.
– First 5 Tests!
Yes – Pro Ears Pro 300 https://amzn.to/3VbgCVY
No – Howard Leight Impact Sport https://amzn.to/3V6Rgse
Yes – Gel ear seals to help Howard Leight Impact Sport ears https://amzn.to/3F6HFfF
Heck NO!!! – Walker Walker’s Razor Slim https://amzn.to/3EHLoi2
Heck NO!!! – Axil cheapos – just don’t do it .com
Howard Leight Impact Pro https://amzn.to/3F4f4qZ
MSA Sordin https://amzn.to/3Ub0TVq
Pro Mag Gold – Excellent -Best Hearing Protection for Shooting Instructors
I purchased a pair of Pro Mag Gold hearing protection for $289 and personally used them for about two days before the headband broke. The company quickly replaced the headband. I have used them for about 1000+ hours and absolutely love them, though I wish gel ear-seals were available! I just purchased another pair, this time pink, for my wife. My headband broke again, so this time I bought three extras to be prepared! -Shepard Humphries 2012
Update: In late 2015, my original pair of Pro Mag Gold muffs started sizzling and one side quit working. I sent them in for repairs, expecting to pay $100+ in repair fees, but instead, within 10 days I received a brand new replacement pair! They are a bit bulky for long gun shooting, but I do use them in long range tactical precision rifle matches. I am very happy with Pro Ears by Altus Brands! The price has dropped to $207 HERE!
MSA Supreme Pro-X Hearing Protection – Excellent – Best Hearing Protection for Shooting
I purchased this hearing protection after a three day Highpower-Long Range shoot in Missoula where we spent two days shooting in the rain. The Peltor muffs I used suffered an electronic meltdown shortly after. MSA is a company of Swedish origin that specializes in safety gear. I dealt with SRS Tactical, in Florida, excellent service. The Supreme Pro-X (model 75302-X) was 249.00, and I added the gel earmuffs for 34.00. (Check current price HERE)
-five year warranty on the electronics
-battery saving mode (shuts down after 4 hrs)
-input jack for radio or mobile phone.
-low battery warning tone
This hearing protection uses two AAA batteries. The automatic shutoff is a useful feature for competitive shooters who leave their hearing protection in a range bag. Comfort is outstanding- I wore these at the 2012 Spirit of America matches in Raton, NM- eight days of long range shooting, four matches a day, without noticing them. The attenuation is a little less than some other muffs, but adequate. The excellent electronic sound reproduction allows the user to wear supplemental earplugs if desired.
Most important, for rifle shooters- the design of these earmuffs does not interfere with the cheek weld. -by Bob Gathercole
Radians Pro-Amp™ Electronic Hearing Protection – BAD About Standing Behind Product
3M Peltor – Excellent hearing protection
3M Peltor is a trusted brand that makes high end electronic hearing protection. While I have not used it, many of my clients use it and love it. As with most electronic hearing protection, make sure you are spending over $100 when you select a pair, and $300 is better than $100. THIS $1,095 pair is really great! As a bonus, you look tacticool at the range.
Altus Pro Ears Pro-300 – Very Good for occasional range use
I liked the Altus brand so much that we purchased 30 pairs of their “Pro-300“ muffs for our clients use in 2015. We have been very happy with their performance and our clients love them! The headbands do frequently break in cold weather.
Hearing damage from shooting typically occurs over time and this cumulative effect is a consideration when selecting a pair of ears. For guests that shoot only occasionally, these Pro-300s are great! If you shoot less than once per week and are typically at outdoor ranges, these are great!