By Ed Rogers
For some reason, we seem forget one of the most hazardous side effects of using a firearm to protect ourselves in our home – hearing loss. I cannot recall a single instance where a news story has mentioned a victim’s hearing damage. Maybe because it doesn’t promote their message or advertising.
Regardless, if you discharge your firearm in your home, hearing loss is a distinct possibility. When I first started my journey with firearms ownership I didn’t consider collateral damage, other than those pertaining to the basics of gun safety. I just wanted to be able to stop a home invader. So I chose my Smith & Wesson 686-6, “The only gun I will ever need.”
As I explored my new-found ownership and learned more about home defense, I started joining internet forums. Eventually, I came across posts where some of the old hands recommended against using a .357 magnum in the home. They cited the muzzle blast damaging hearing and the accompanying blinding flash.
That led me on an ongoing quest, to protect my home while preventing collateral damage. Long story short, I now own one suppressor and two firearms capable of using it. I’m waiting for my Form 4, on my PS90 SBR to be approved. I am reduced to conjugal visits at my local gun store. My FN Five-seveN currently sports my Dead Air Mask, albeit with supersonic SS198 ammo. It won’t cycle with subsonic ammunition like the PS90 will.
I try to contribute some of my hard-earned experience. One of them is linked here:
For public safety alone, suppressors need to be removed from the NFA. This is the only case where a SAFETY device has been made into a restricted item.
If you’re wondering where we stand on the HPA, here’s an entertaining video:
However, at least one entity doesn’t have too much confidence that it will pass. Nonetheless, you and your family’s safety is more important than a $200.00 tax stamp fee. I recommend each of you reconsider waiting to purchase a suppressor until after the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) passes. You may even be entitled to a refund, depending when your paperwork was submitted.