|The funk of half a thousand rounds.|
|MAJ Caudill putting rounds downrange.|
Also, I had neglected to bring any ear pro along with me. I'd been using a pair of borrowed muffs, but with their owner having returned, I picked up a set of Howard Leight Impact Sport active hearing protectors at the fun store yesterday. Despite being in the same price bracket as my long-serving Peltor Tac 6S behind-the-head muffs, they have a couple of handy extra features that the cheapest Peltors don't have, such as a headphone jack so you can dual-wield pistols while listening to "Spybreak!" and an automatic "off" switch after four hours. (The latter being especially useful for someone who has pulled a pair of dead hearing pro out of her range bag on Day One of gun school more times than I care to remember...)
Also, they amplify ambient sound much more than my Peltors, seal pretty much as well, and stow in the range bag a lot better than the behind-the-head muffs. Like all inexpensive active ears, they're near useless on an indoor range unless you double up, and almost as bad on a busy outdoor firing line with concrete overhead baffles, but for matches or shooting outdoors at MCF&G, they do fine.
They'll ride around in the range bag until I get around to springing for the good stuff.