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Shooting a firearm can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss and can damage your vision.

When shooting any firearm, always wear properly fitting ear protection. For target practice, use an earplug or earmuff (or both) with a high Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). When hunting, use electronic or non-linear devices that allow normal or even enhanced hearing but block damaging levels of sound. For more information, visit the National Hearing Conservation Association.

Also wear suitable eye protection, such as shooting glasses with high-impact lenses, when shooting to protect your vision.