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What was used for ear protection before plastic?

WarbirdsWarbirds Member Posts: 16,877 ✭✭✭✭
edited June 2013 in General Discussion
Was everyone with a rifle just accepting of major ear damage in order to use a rifle or handgun?

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    FrancFFrancF Member Posts: 35,278 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
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    montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 58,299 ******
    edited November -1
    cigarette filters/butts,,,[;)][;)]
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    bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,657 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Even with hearing protection 45 years of shooting has taken its toll
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    legearlegear Member Posts: 6,716
    edited November -1
    Bullets work good as plugs.
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    MFIMFI Member Posts: 7,899 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Foam , cotton or cork been used for years ..
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    Bubba Jr.Bubba Jr. Member Posts: 8,257 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    A long time ago they wadded up a piece of cotton and stuffed in their ears.
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    fordsixfordsix Member Posts: 8,554 ✭✭
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    montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 58,299 ******
    edited November -1
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    11BravoCrunchie11BravoCrunchie Member Posts: 33,423 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by montanajoe
    gun-ear-plug1.jpg



    You beat me to it....[:(!]
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    RobOzRobOz Member Posts: 9,523 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    one of the classics.
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    austin20austin20 Member Posts: 35,302 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by bpost
    Even with hearing protection 45 years of shooting has taken its toll
    What?
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    perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,107 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    When I was in the service U.S. Army We shot on pistol team with no hearing protection
    also Had 8" self propelled less than 50 yards from GP medium tent we slept in. This was in 1966 Vietnam. The 8'guns had firing missions 24 /7 Learned to sleep right through that but the 175 MM long toms really had a crack[:(]
    Then got out of military and went back to pit grew on a Funny Car as that type of drag racing was just getting really going. We checked if we were running on all 8 Cylinders by feeling for exhaust coming out of the headers again with no hearing protection [V] Yes I am now hard of hearing but that did not happen until years later. [?][?][?]
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    SawzSawz Member Posts: 6,049
    edited November -1
    In a pinch I have used Toilet paper napkins anything I can tear up and stuff in my ears
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    bigoutsidebigoutside Member Posts: 19,443
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by perry shooter
    When I was in the service U.S. Army We shot on pistol team with no hearing protection
    also Had 8" self propelled less than 50 yards from GP medium tent we slept in. This was in 1966 Vietnam. The 8'guns had firing missions 24 /7 Learned to sleep right through that but the 175 MM long toms really had a crack[:(]
    Then got out of military and went back to pit grew on a Funny Car as that type of drag racing was just getting really going. We checked if we were running on all 8 Cylinders by feeling for exhaust coming out of the headers again with no hearing protection [V] Yes I am now hard of hearing but that did not happen until years later. [?][?][?]


    The damage occurred years before you were aware of it.

    Ten years of shouting at my dad for damage he incurred before I was born. [V]

    And my daughter will tell the same story about her mom.

    (We know to let the dog out because no one else hears him whining.)
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    woodshed87woodshed87 Member Posts: 23,478 ✭✭✭
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    SperrySperry Member Posts: 5,006 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Balls of wax were used for centuries.
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    1911a1-fan1911a1-fan Member Posts: 51,193 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Ear protection, eye protection, go back far enough no one had seat belts ether, everyone smoked cigarettes even the dog
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    iceracerxiceracerx Member Posts: 8,860 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    38 spl / 357 empty cases in a pinch.
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    PTHEIMPTHEIM Member Posts: 3,374
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by 1911a1fan
    Ear protection, eye protection, go back far enough no one had seat belts ether, everyone smoked cigarettes even the dog




    And drank beer and ale all day long as milk was limited and soda/pop didn't exist.
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    rongrong Member Posts: 8,459
    edited November -1
    I never used hearing protection up until
    25 years ago.
    I'm 62 and now besides a loss in hearing,
    my ears hurt when I don't.
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    MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,886 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The Army issue rubber ear plugs really didn't do much to attenuate the noise but were better than cotton balls. When I was on the rifle team shooting inside plugs were required. Not much you could do in the middle of a fire fight or when arty is firing.
    A 1/2 century of shooting and farm equipment has reduced my hearing to about 30-40% with high frequency nearly all gone.
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    JnRockwallJnRockwall Member Posts: 16,350 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    we always used toilet paper up till around the 90's, most of us upgraded to foam/plastic or muffs. Some of our people still use toilet paper because they don't shoot enough to buy anything else.
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    Sky SoldierSky Soldier Member Posts: 460
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    He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 51,159 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Sorry can't hear for the ringing...I think rock concerts were part of that too.
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    MFIMFI Member Posts: 7,899 ✭✭✭
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    I sat next to the speakers n the early 80's at a Black Sabbath rock concert.. Needless to say I haven't been able to hear anything ever since.. [8D]
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    spasmcreekspasmcreek Member Posts: 37,717 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    anything for to many years till foam plugs came along...and for shootin the rubber plugs with the diaphragm that closes on a loud noise but you can still hear normal otherwise...walmart cheapy
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    Sooeyman2035Sooeyman2035 Member Posts: 3,226
    edited November -1
    In 1962 the USMC let us put 30 caliber bullets in our ears.
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