Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Etymotic gunsport hearing protection

     About a month ago I lucked into a set of gunsport pros.  I can't help but love them.  And today I finally got them out to the range.

     These have 2 modes, highly amplified and what they call normal hearing.  I have not tried them much in the amplified state, other than to verify i can flip a switch and make small sounds much bigger.  The low setting for me is still an amplification over my regular hearing.

    First thing I did after opening the box was wear them out to eat at a local restaurant.  The amplification of all the folks around me had me wondering if the switches had gotten bumped to high mode.  Alas I had to remove them to enjoy a dinner in peace.

     These were purchased originally as a back up for quality hearing aids. I have to agree with the original purchaser that these take moderate crowd noise to an in your face level.  They don't play well with moderate background noise or heavy wind.

     They performed well in an industrial setting.  Towmotor back up alarms and horns were noticeable but not painful.  The trip into our mill room was as comfortable as it's ever been.  And conversations with fellow associates were as clear as a bell.

      They handled .22, 9mm, and .45 in pistols without the slightest discomfort.  I neglected to bring any centerfire rifles along but I am optimistic that they will keep performing like the champs they are. Bonus that I can wear my preferred wide brimmed hats while shooting.  Eye protection is problem free as well.
     Battery life has been pretty good, And amazon has yearly supplies of batteries for under 30$


Friday, February 6, 2015


I get an annual bribe from the company I work with to maintain a minimum level of health. I'm looking at either a Ruger 1911 cmd or a Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. Never owned a 1911 or a lever gun.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Glad the ammo is creeping back.

With my Dad's birthday is rapidly approaching I made some arrangements and loaded down my vehicle.

With a few thousand rounds in various calibers we were all set for some fun in the sun at a friend's personal range.

A bit of work and we got some of the rust knocked off of our trigger fingers. Then some snap caps sprinkled through the magazines to smooth out some flinching.

Topped the day off with a bang.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013


New chain store opened up in town in the last few days. I'm not sure how well stocked their ammo shelves were on day one. But they still had a select assortment of calibers left when I came in. They had an equal selection when I walked out. 30 dollars for a box of 38 spl round nose isn't something I want to encourage.

I don't want gun owners to go back to sleep after this week's senate victories. But hopefully demand slacks off a bit.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Another animal in our schools

  At least there was no classes in session in this one.  A panicked buck crashing into a class full of 7th graders could have been messy.  Maybe I should write my congress critters and tell them we need to establish deer free zones for our schools.  If it saves just one life...I'll be amazed.  Just goes to show how easy it can be to get into a building if you ignore the polite conventions.

  They missed out on a golden opportunity to educate the kids though.  The p.e. department could have harvested the deer with their archery supplies. (Do schools still have archery classes? Mine did, favorite part of gym every year).  The biology teacher could have done the field dressing and dissection.  (Way easier to see all the fiddly bits than on a frog).  The home ec department could have shown the kids some basic food processing, and the chemistry department could have tanned the hide.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Not recommended

Falling down a half flight of ice covered steps. Especially with a full size 9 @ 5o'clock.

Got lucky though. Happened before in 2007. (without the 9) Back then I spent 3 months off work and in physical therapy. I'm moving slowly the morning after. But I'm moving.

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