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When handling or shooting your firearm, always follow the safety recommendations of your firearm manufacturer.

Using Personal Safety Equipment: Always protect your vision and hearing when shooting.

  • Eye protection: Unburned powder, sparks, hot gases, and metal fragments from the cap can escape when firing a muzzleloader. Shooting glasses with high-impact lenses protect your eyes from these hazards as well as from falling shot, clay target chips, tree branches, and particles in the air. Tinted lenses help reduce glare and prevent tiredness of the eyes.
  • Ear protection: Shooting will progressively damage a shooter’s hearing unless ear protection is worn. Standard earplugs or earmuffs reduce sound to a harmless level. Electronic earmuffs allow normal or even enhanced hearing but block damaging levels of sound.
Electronic earmuffs and goggles for ear and eye protection