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Once your hearing starts to deteriorate, there’s no getting it back. Looking super tough or pinching pennies shooting without a pro ear or with basic foams will cost you in the long run – just ask any older shooter and don’t forget to talk. So when we saw one of our favorite value picks for active hearing protection drop 31%, we couldn’t waste time bringing you the good news, along with bonus offers on other gear we recommend.
These prices were valid at the time of printing, but prices may change and offers expire.
Price: $58.99 (instead of $84.99)
Peltor’s entry-level Sport Tactical 100 represents a cost-effective way to upgrade your ear pro to the active variety. Compared to traditional on-ear hearing protection, which physically blocks sound from reaching your ear, active alternatives like this reduce loud noises while letting voices and other normal sounds through. This is accomplished with external microphones and internal speakers, and the sophistication of those electronics dictates the price.
These electronic ear muffs reduce excessive noise by a claimed 22 decibels. This is sufficient for most small arms that you will fire (and hear others fire) from a distance. Handguns, shotguns, and most rifles will quiet down to a much more manageable noise level. The larger rifles and weapons you would encounter in the US military will outperform what the Sport Tactical 100 can handle, so keep that in mind if you plan on using them on the job.
As you know by now, the quality of the electronics has an outsized influence on the price, so the affordable cost of the Sport Tactical 100 should give you an idea of the audio quality. It certainly won’t be as deep and nuanced as your natural hearing, but it can definitely do better than passive hearing protection. This popular Peltor was a bargain at full price; at 31% off, we don’t know why you’re still reading instead of buying.
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