We recently had the opportunity to test the Pro For Sho 34dB Shooting Ear Protection.
The Good: Comfortable and easy to achieve a good fit.
The Bad: No active listening feature for conversations while reloading.
The Sound Worthy: Shot for over 2 hours and had no problems with comfort. Some safety ear muffs or ear plugs will actually give you a headache from poor fit if worn too long ,but the Pro For Sho were great.
As you’ll see from the pictures below we tested these ear muffs by shooting the following guns:
- Browning Challenger .22 (155 dB)
- Glock 19 9mm (159 dB)
- Sig Sauer MPX-SD 9mm (135 dB)
I personally use custom fit Shot Plugs by Precision Labs when I’m shooting outdoors, but I’ve also used Howard Leight ear muffs by Impact Sport before as well. So, that’s what I’ll kind of be comparing the Pro For Sho ear muffs to.
They accommodate multiple fits
It took me a minute to figure out the adjustment band (because I didn’t read the directions), but you can adjust the top band to fit AFTER you put the ear muffs on. It frustrated me a bit at first, but I actually like this adjustment style better after taking them off and putting them back on several times.
Pictured above are the white pair, and you can see they fit just fine with long hair.
The black pair are pictured below, and note they also fit perfectly over a hat and glasses. This is a big deal because I shoot mostly outdoors, and always have sun and eye protection on as well.
They do a great job of reducing noise/sound to a safe level
My custom fit in-ear plugs have an NRR of 26+, depending on fit. Compare that with a NRR of 34 dB for the Pro For Sho and you can see which wins out.
While wearing them around gunfire, the ear muffs do a good job at lowering the resonant high frequencies into a safer range. Even standing next to someone shooting, the impact noise of the gun was comfortable.
We switched between regular foam ear plugs, active listening ear muffs, and custom fit ear plugs and by the “eye test” (or rather “ear test”), it was still pretty easy to see that the Pro For Sho do a better job of noise reduction.
They’re lightweight and easy to carry
Right now my range bag is packed to the brim. I’ve got ammo, three (3) pistols, two (2) custom fit ear plugs, and several extra foam ear plugs. So, I don’t have a lot of room for much else.
As I mentioned above, when I shoot indoors I like to wear double protection (ear plugs and muffs) because the acoustics and lack of sound dampening at an indoor range is usually terrible.
I love how compact the Pro For Shot ear muffs fold up.
The compact and lightweight design does come with sacrifices
This is straight from the Pro For Sho website:
One thing (more specific to shooting outdoors) that’s important to me is the ability to talk or communicate while shooting. The Pro For Sho do not have active hearing or active listening tech in the ear muffs, which essentially allows for sounds below ~80 dB to be heard normally.
To be fair though, active listening ear protection also has drawbacks
- they’re more than double the cost,
- NRR is usually between 20-30 dB,
- they’re bulkier to fit the tech, and
- usually require you to replace batteries every so often.
So, it’s kind of up to personal preference here, but almost every audiologist is going to tell you that a passive listening ear protection is going to always be safer than active listening.
That means in terms of safety (which should be your highest priority) Pro For Sho wins out.
My conclusion is I like the Pro For Sho better for indoor range shooting, and my active listeners or outdoors where I’m talking more and communication is important.
It should also be noted that while we tested these for shooting hearing protection, they could also be used pretty much anytime hearing protection is needed.