The Pro Tac Mag is for professional shooters, range officers and NRA instructors. Very high NRR of 30. The exclusive DLSC Technology has the fastest response time in the industry - 1.5 milliseconds. Military grade dual circuit boards. No wires to break or get snagged. Maximum adjustability. Five year warranty. Made in the USA.
Without a doubt, the most comfortable and best protection I have ever owned. These protectors are worth every dime. Only down side is the head band. Be very careful pulling them away from your head. I broke mine the second day I had them. Replacement is very inexpensive but Pro Ears should build a stronger head band. Would be the "perfect" set if they did. I highly recommend these for any shooter. Wish I had these before I lost 70% of my hearing because I bought cheaper ears. I paid the price. You don't have to.
My wife bought me a set of these for my birthday-just took them to the range and they are super comfortable and the sounds are very clear. Like them lot, I can hear what is going on around me while I shoot.
I bought my first Pro Ears when I became a firearms instructor many years ago. I loved them so much that I bought my husband a pair too. I have tried other products over the years, but my Pro Ears have the clearest sound while blocking the sound of the gunshots. My Pro Ears still work after nearly 20 years, but I will be buying a new pair shortly as the foam and seal have deteriorated. Thank you for a quality product.
Have owned these for 4 years now. The batteries do NOT last 250 hours, not even close. These will blow through a set of batteries in 8 hours. There is NO low battery warning of any kind and no 'status' light, as advertised. The last long range course I was on, the left ear quit working all together and sound was also able to leak into the muff. I own two sets of Pro Gold models, but am switching to a different brand as the medical grand N style batteries are a PITA to find, and having to change batteries every 8 hours is insane.
Written on July 3, 2011:
If you don't mind the size and price, this is excellent hearing protection without losing situational awareness irrespective of where you shoot. This is a large, full-sized, bulky, solidly built, made-in-the-USA hearing protection with a 5-year warranty that works very well and is comfortable. It provides the maximum attenuation (30 dB NRR) for muffs of this type. This high NRR was a big selling point for me. I am not sure if you have interacted with people who are hearing-impaired, but it's frustrating for both you and the person impaired. I don't want to become impaired or deaf just because I enjoy shooting sports, and to me, this is a very small price to pay for high quality hearing protection.
1. Very quick response (fast "attack time", less than 1.5ms) to high-pressure (>80 dB) sounds so your hearing is protected while you can still hear what's occurring around you (from yahoos at the range making "unsafe comments" to range commands from Range Safety Officers) between gun fire sounds. There is a very good video on YouTube from Pro Ears that beautifully illustrates how this works.
2. Takes CR123 batteries instead of obscure "medical" batteries. Their earlier models required odd medical batteries. The ones I got use commonly available CR123 batteries. YOU MAY NEED TO SPECIFY AND ASK FOR THE MODEL THAT USES THE CR123 BATTERIES when ordering.
3. VERY comfortable to wear for many hours. I simply put it on when I arrive at a shooting match and don't ever take it off or mess with it until I leave.
1. Lack of detail to construction. I see slight glue over-run at the junction between the leather and the muff.
2. Size is too large if you want to properly mount a rifle. You may want to consider the smaller version if you shoot a lot of rifle, but you will sacrifice a bit on hearing protection.
3. No detailed instructions that show the locations of the jumpers for the model I own. I may have the latest (4th generation) muffs, and I could not find detailed depiction of jumpers for my muffs. It really does not matter as the jumpers are very well labeled on the muffs, but when you pay so much money for hearing protection, I would expect attention to all details. [06/01/2013: instructions are now available on Pro Ear's website]
My hearing means the world to me and I also enjoy shooting my pistols a lot, so I sprung for the best. My frequent visits to an indoor 10-lane range allowed me to thoroughly test this electronic muff. Irrespective of caliber (.223 rifle, .22 cal, 9mm, .40 cal, 357 Magnum, .45 cal, etc.) the active sound attenuation works very well. I am also able to hear my surroundings, including the whirling of the air conditioning fan, someone dropping a cartridge, or a spent case landing on the ground. The audio input feature was very helpful, as it allows me to plug in my CED 8000 shot timer so the "beep" tone goes off into my muffs instead of bugging everyone else at the range. I can practice my draw and set par times for my practice strings.
I initially set the muff's gain to "high", which was a mistake when shooting at an indoor (and outdoor) range - it heard TOO well. High gain setting simply meant that the microphones are twice as sensitive as the "low" setting (as per the manual for 3rd generation Pro Tac muffs). I think they recommend that you set the gain to "low" except when you are hunting.
I also found that I received the maximum protection and benefit by making sure the ear muffs straps and cups are properly fitted onto my head and ears.
I initially used a traditional ear plug AND these ear muffs (with the volume turned up HIGH in both ears) while shooting indoors, but used only the muffs when shooting outdoors. This is purely personal preference. You will do just as well if you turn down the volume and use the muff alone, or set the gain to "low" while appropriately adjusting the volume. Again, this is purely YOUR preference. I now have the gain on "low" and use the muffs alone WITHOUT ear plugs for shooting both indoor and outdoors.
If you want to offer these ear muffs extra protection during transport, I would recommend Seahorse SE-300F Protective Case With Foam. It offers a snug fit, with room for extra batteries and other small accessories.
I use these muffs not only for the shooting range, but also for around the house. For instance, I will wear them whenever I operate my shop vac or run the air compressor in the garage. My kids love using it as well (but that means I will have to buy more than one Pro Ears muff so I don't have to wear the passive muff while one of them gets the Pro Ears).
Would I purchase these ear muffs again? Yes. Would I recommend these to friends? Yes. What did I purchase next? The Pro Ears Tac Plus Gold NRR 26 Behind the Head Ear Muffs with 2 Lithium 123 Batteries for the lighter weight and better ability to easily mount a rifle while wearing the best electronic ear protection. Also, so I don't have to compete with the child who wants to see me work in the garage for this electronic hearing protector.
After 2.5 years of frequent use, the head band on my Pro Ears broke. A quick call to Pro Ears in Michigan was answered by a live operator (Tricia), who sent me a replacement head band which arrived in a few days. Installation / replacement was a cinch, and now my 2.5 year-old muffs are like new again! There is something to be said for this USA support. So far I am thoroughly impressed by the product and the support.
After a little over 1 year of use since the last head band replacement, the head band on the Pro Ears broke again. This time it was at a local shooting match. Thankfully I had backup hearing protection, but I greatly missed the Pro Ears especially right after the first stage of the match. Another call to Pro Ears in Michigan was again answered by Tricia, who sent me a replacement head band under warranty. I received it within a week, and installation was just as simple as the last time. When I inquired, she acknowledged that Pro Ears has made improvements to the manufacturing and materials of the head bands to make them more durable. This plastic head band is the biggest weakness in an otherwise great set of hearing protection. The warranty so far is no B.S. I still would recommend this set of hearing protection despite these inconveniences in the last 13 months.