Health & safety rimfire shooting

The rimfire noise level range from approx 139dB to 158dB depending on barrel length. This is louder than standing 30 meter away from a jetengine taking off.

In other words:

  • SHOOTING WITH RIMFIRE (22LR) IS LOUD
  • It will over time damage your hearing, unless proper precautions are made.
  • Hearing damage is over time possible from as little as 85dB.
  • Bringing the noise experienced by the shooters towards this level is a challenge and often not possible.

Many aspects of your shooting setup can affect the noice level, everything from barrel length and ammunition, to the surrounding space of the shooter, how often shoots are fired and several other variables. Together this creates a complex equation.

To simplify, the essentials on how to minimize the risk for hearing damage is explained below.

EASY STEPS ON HOW TO LIMIT HEARING DAMAGE WHEN SHOOTING A FIREARM

1. Always wear hearing protection when you're shooting

      • Double layer with ear plugs and ear muffs are recomended

2. Invest in a high quality suppressor

      • Good rimfire suppressors can reduce noise levels up to 36dB

3. Never shoot with any firearm if it's unsuppressed

      • 3M Peltor X5 (NRR 31dB) combined with ear plugs (extra 4 to 8 dB) could in theory keep your ears safe when shooting with an unsuppressed long barreled rimfire, but why risk it?

4. Don't forget your hearing protection

      • Even with the best suppressor available, your rimfire is probably dangerously loud

5. Share this knowledge

      • Tell your friends about the danger of noise from rimfire shooting. Take nessesary precautions and have more fun together