Okay, I've got another set of dumb questions...
I have been pretty anal retentive about hearing protection in my shooting/learning process. My dad had some hearing loss, which was only partly occupational, the rest was I think from a lifetime of hunting.
But something occurred to me the last time I was at the range.
If you train only with hearing protection, does that affect one's performance when in a real-life shooting situation? ie: Would the unaccustomed noise (that you haven't trained for) make you flinch, or screw up your aim or otherwise mess you up?
Does the military even use ear protection in training/on the range?Obviously the military uses lots of things that go bang loudly, so maybe you have other opportunity to get used to that, but how about LEO's, or private citizens who have fired in self-defense?
Does the noise even matter, with the adrenaline screwing you up enough as it is?
Anybody wanna give me some insight?