Shooting a firearm can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss and can damage your vision.
- Shooting a firearm creates a loud noise. To protect your hearing, 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 website.
- Not only does shooting a firearm send the projectile(s) downrange, but it also discharges small particles from the projectile, burning gas, and other residue. Also a shell could rupture or your firearm could malfunction.
- When shooting, always wear suitable eye protection, such as shooting glasses with high-impact lenses, to protect your eyes.
- Wear eye protection also whenever disassembling or cleaning a firearm.