Manufacturing giant 3M is not just world-renowned for inventing the Post-It Note (no it really wasn’t Romy & Michelle!). The firm’s highly-skilled manufacturing and inventing taskforce is continually developing new products and ideas. In the Shooting world, it will commonly be seen in the range of Hearing Protection products under the brand Peltor.
Peltor has over 50 years’ experience in producing communication and protection products. As we all know, hearing protection is really important when shooting. But do we really know why and the science behind it? And with so many products on the market which are the most suitable for your customers? Firstly, what is harmful sound? When sound levels exceed 85dB, extended exposure becomes harmful to our ears. Exposure to consider when shooting. We also need to think about how ear muffs can affect our gun mount and other external noise that we must be able to hear (such as safety whistles or shooting instructions). Peltor by 3M produces a wide range of products suitable for all shooting applications. We begin with standard passive ear muffs from the Bullseye range. Passive ear muffs are simple soundblocking muffs that reduce the level of all sounds to the ear. Three models are available; Bullseye I, Bullseye II and Bullseye III. The Bullseye I are the most popular muffs handed out on ranges as they are affordable, comfortable and have tapered external shells to give space for mounting the gun. The Bullseye II and III have larger cups but offer greater protection, so these models would be better suited to rifle shooting at the range for example. Moving on from passive protection, Peltor offers a range of electronic protection. This clever technology will block the harmful sound of a gun blast, but will allow low-level sound such as speech to be heard clearly, or even amplified. The Peltor ProTac range features the Hunter and Shooter models. New for 2017, these models offer entrylevel electronic protection. Again, the Hunter model features slimline cups and the Shooter model offers a higher level of protection. The flagship of the range of ear muffs is the Peltor SportTac. These muffs have Peltor Prices - Peltor Bullseye I £20.99 (RRP) Peltor Bullseye II £25.99 (RRP) Peltor Bullseye III £26.99 (RRP) Peltor ProTac (Hunter or Shooter model) £89.99 (RRP) Peltor SportTac £141.99 (RRP) Peltor LEP-100 £386.99 (RRP) Peltor TEP-100 £425.99 (RRP) Peltor Kid £16.99 (RRP) been developed specifically for shooters. They feature an SNR level of 26dB which is one of the highest available for electronic protection. They will amplify non-harmful sound, such as whistles, animals or environmental sounds. Also for safety, they include interchangeable orange and green cups. For shooters who prefer ear plugs but still want the features that electronic hearing protection offers, Peltor introduced the LEP- 100 and TEP-100 Electronic Ear Plugs. These small plugs work in the same way as the Peltor SportTac muffs but the convenience of plugs. Each ear plug has an independent battery so no wires are required, although they do include a cord which you can attach if necessary. The batteries to 97dB for four hours can cause damage. Any exposure to sound over 140dB can permanently damage our hearing. Harmful sound will destroy the small hair fibres in the ear. These small fibres detect the vibration in sound waves and relay that information to the brain to translate into sound. Once the hair fibres are damaged, they do not grow back or repair. This means that noise-induced hearing loss is irreparable. So how should shooters best protect their hearing? That depends on the level of sound your shooting produces and also, of course, personal comfort and requirements. A smallcalibre .22 rifle can produce around 140dB, a largebore rifle can produce over 175dB and a shotgun blast can produce over 145dB. These figures can increase depending on the location of your shooting. If the sound can bounce off walls or hills then the level of harmful sound is increased. All hearing protection is tested and issued an SNR or Single Number Rating which tells you how many dB the product will reduce harmful sound by. The level of protection will increase along with the frequency of the noise. Shooters are exposed to the most harmful sounds possible, although that sound is not constant like it would be in a factory environment for example. However, any exposure to gunfire will be dangerous. Of course it’s not only hearing protection we needare recharged either by USB or by a battery within the small pocket-sized carrying case. Both LEP-100 and TEP- 100 models offer the same level of protection (32dB), however the TEP-100 model has greater resistance to water and dust ingress. Within the range, Peltor also produce passive muffs specifically for children. Many retailers sell these to parents who take children to music concerts and sporting events. Available in two bright neon colours, children’s hearing protection should never be ignored. Children cannot simply wear adult muffs, the cups and headband need to offer a perfect seal around the ears to work. If the headband or cups are too large, the seal around the ear will not be perfect and harmful sound will be able to find its way directly to the ear. You don’t need to be a scientist to sell hearing protection products, but you do need to understand the needs of your customers and be able to offer a range of suitable products. With Peltor by 3M, you can stock a market-leading brand and a range to suit nearly all clientele. Peltor by 3M Hearing Protection is supplied to the shooting market by John Rothery Wholesale whose high stock levels and fast deliveries mean that retailers don’t need to keep a large number of products in stock. They can be sold and replenished within 48 business hours. For any further advice on hearing protection in general or specifically the Peltor range, the friendly team at Rothery’s are happy to answer any questions or find out further details. Their useful website www. bisley-uk.com features additional information on all Peltor™ by 3M™ products, including technical spec sheets which go into detail on things such as test results and exact SNR ratings at specific sound frequency levels, if such information is required.