An essential piece of shooting gear every shooter has in their bag is some form of hearing protection. There are many kinds at many price levels. The Howard Leight Impact Sport hearing protection muffs would fall into what I would consider the middle ground of hearing protection. Entry level stuff is your disposable plugs and $10 dollar muffs from large retail outlets. When you get up into the $50.00+ range you start to get more features for your money. In the case of the Howard Leight Impact Sport muffs you get both a nice set of passive protection muffs as well as an active sound amplification and filtering system. These muffs will amplify ambient sounds so you can still have a conversation with your shooting buddy without having to yell. At the same time they shut the sound boosting feature off when the ambient noise level reaches a certain level preserving your hearing during active shooting.
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Hearing protection is essential in any shooting discipline. The Peltor Tactical 6S hearing protection muffs are a popular choice among shooters for a variety of reasons. For starters, Peltor is something of a well known brand. They also have a wide product range with models in the entry, mid level, and higher end price points for the hearing protection equipment. The Peltor Tactical 6S muffs were an easy choice when I paired the product up with a gift card and brought the price down even lower. I’ve since had these muffs for a few years and for a long time, they were my go to set, seeing quite a bit of use. By far their biggest draw is the ambient noise filtering feature which allows the muffs to boost ambient noise so you can still hear and take part in conversations or listen to range commands as though you didn’t have any muffs on. When the Peltor Tactical 6S muffs detect noise above a certain decibel level, as with gunfire, they automatically shut off and the passive 20dB hearing protection muffles the sound of the shot.