Surefire EP3 Sonic Defender Ear Protection, Large


EP3 Sonic Defenders protect your hearing without interfering with your ability to hear routine sounds or conversations. Their double-flange-stem design fits most people and provides a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 24dB. Sounds, at safe levels, are allowed to pass through into the ear canal, while potentially harmful noises (above 85dB) are reduced via a proprietary design that incorporates the patented Hocks Noise Braker® filter. EP3s include attached stopper plugs, which can be inserted for

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  1. Hybernator says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great protection, until there’s a canon in the house, October 22, 2011
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    Until now, I’ve been using those foam ear plugs to shut out the sound while sleeping on long plane rides and when using power tools. I also used conventional ear-muffs on construction sites and weekends at the shooting range. I first saw the SureFire EarPro’s on Magpul’s handgun videos and thought, what’s so different about these. After looking into them on SureFire’s website, and finding out they weren’t so expensive, I decided to give them a try. Before buying them, I put a ruler against my ear and took a picture of myself in the mirror. According to SureFire’s fitting chart, I was a small. After receiving the EarPro’s from the merchant, I tried them out for sleeping and on the range. They are comfortable in the ear for extended use… until you roll over on your ear on the pillow. Not recommended for sleeping in a real bed… maybe on the plane where you cannot rollover? On the range, they suppress sound well in “open” mode and I could still have a conversation with the range master. It was all good until high pressure ammo arrived. I shoot mostly 9mm, so I can still use the EarPro with the plug undone. But when .40 and .357 shooters started firing in the adjacent lanes, I had to close the plugs for the full NRR 24 effect. One thing to consider; the NRR 24 was probably measured at the tip of the plug, but human hearing is not only down the ear canal. A set of ear-muffs completely covering the outer ear and pressing against the side of the head would probably have better noise reduction capabilities even at the same NRR rating. I’d say, the EarPro would be enough on an open outdoor range, but indoors or under a roof, the echo from high pressure ammunition will shake your whole skull – not just your ear. I think the best solution would be wearing the EarPro “open” under electronic ear-muffs. Then you have great noise reduction but still can hear dialogue.
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  2. DarknessCalling says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Get the right size, Try them on locally, then buy from Amazon, December 5, 2015
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    SureFire is possibly one of the single best brands you can buy, at least for hearing protection. If you want something that you can almost forget is there, the Sonic Defenders are for you. Stellar noise protection, comfortable squishy soft plastic construction, but still sturdy enough to maintain its shape. These are absolutely fantastic. BUT!!!! If this is your first time buying them, DO NOT BUY THEM ONLINE. Shipping and returns are a hassle. Find out if your local sporting goods store carries them, and try them on there. Obviously you’ll have to buy them, but trying them and finding which size you are (Note that ear canal size and ear interior size are different things. The black things and the clear plugs might need to be different sizes for your ear). I love these. After buying several pairs locally to figure out what sizes I needed, I proceeded to buy pairs for pretty much everyone I know. These are so fantastic and you just simply cannot go wrong. If you get the wrong size, though, you’ll have a horrible experience, as they’ll fall out easily and you may suffer some ear pain from the gunshots that occur when they fall out. If you get the right size, you’ll love it.
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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great hearing protection and works with comms., July 11, 2014
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    ATTN PREPPERS AND MILITIA FOLKS: These things are great! I went to Max Velocity Tactical training in West Virginia and I had the standard workplace-style earplugs in during a live fire drill with multiple people on range shooting in a coordinated effort. It was cold and I was wearing a balaclava to keep my head/face warm (February in WV) and while I was shooting at a reactive target (aka, suppressing the enemy) my left earplug fell out while I was kneeling beside a tree (to my left). The sound of gunfire erupting all around me as well as from my own rifle reverberating off of the tree gave me a ruptured eardrum. I wasn’t able to just stop and remove my gloves and balaclava to readjust my earplugs, I mean, I could have but I didn’t want to be that guy…this is some serious training. Anyhow, I noticed that Max (the trainer) was wearing these and I liked how they fit better into the ear canal. Now that I am using them, I find them to be comfortable and quite effective. The best part is that the white or red plug in the middle (as seen in the pic) can be removed to accommodate for your comms. For instance, if you run a throat mic, the sound tube can fit right in there (as it was engineered for) and you don’t have to sacrifice hearing protection while using your comms. Buy these or save a lot of money and get some Peltors. My wallet likes EarPro better.
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