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osokne 06-10-2012 12:58 PM

Where to Find "Eyes and Ears" for a Young'un?
A lady at church asked me this morning, if I'd be willing to give her and her young son a "thorough rundown" on firearms safety, as well as an introduction to actually shooting. The boy will meet the minimum age requirement (8 yrs), for the local range, about this time next month and mom wants him to be fully trained in firearms safety, well before he hits his teen years.

He's, of course, a little fella and I'm just curious if we'd have any luck finding "kid sized" earmuffs & shooting glasses at Big 5, Walmart and such? I've honestly never looked for safety gear, in the smaller sizes. Does anyone know of any alternative resources for such things, if we strike out at the usual places?

Oh yeah... another thing... Opinions on whether or not we should put "foamies" in his ears, in addition to the earmuffs?

Thanks all!

troysland 06-10-2012 1:36 PM

I bought my 6 year old the youth size muffs. They also are sold as a package with youth safety glasses. Foamies are not necessary but doesn't hurt to try. Muffs will be good enough, especially so he can hear your instructions.

osokne 06-10-2012 2:42 PM


Originally Posted by troysland (Post 8733218)
I bought my 6 year old the youth size muffs. They also are sold as a package with youth safety glasses.

Where did you buy them?

Exile Machine 06-10-2012 2:47 PM

Faced the same problem myself. My 5 year old son uses these: We have these in stock for $10.87

and these: , also in stock for $19.06.

OldShooter32 06-10-2012 2:57 PM

Bass Sports carries smaller sizes -- fit the wife and grand kids out with them.

4DMASTR 06-10-2012 2:58 PM

I bought the Electronic ears and safety glasses from Walmart for my 8 and 9 year olds and they work fine. Double ears is never a bad idea either with the youngins.

osokne 06-10-2012 3:08 PM

Crap... I suppose I shoulda said that we don't have a convenient Bass Pro, Cabela's or Turners, around here. Just Big 5, Walmart and a couple of independent gun shops. Sorry, my bad.

Thanks for all the suggestions, thus far... I'm passing all this on to his mom (she's not on Calguns) keep 'em coming!

P.S: @ OldShooter32... I just gotta say, Best location description, ever!

Jeff L 06-11-2012 1:52 PM

Home Depot has kids safety glasses.

osokne 07-28-2012 10:41 AM

Well, I'm 6ft even (if I stand up straight) and he only comes up to my mid torso. We've tried adult sized glasses... and they're waaay too big. (But they do make him look kinda silly :D ). Looking like he'll be okay with regular sized muffs. So his mom can buy him whichever she can find.

The biggest issue, now... is finding an appropriate rifle to borrow. Even our 10/22 is too long in LOP for him.

osokne 07-28-2012 11:28 AM

Good lookin' boy! The frontrunner is currently an S&W M&P15-22. It's .22LR, but given my druthers, I druther start him on a single-shot bolt-action, like the Crickett. I just don't have one and neither do any of my shooting pals. Which is odd, since I have a plethora of them, some of which own a gun shop! One of them might be able to lend me a Savage Cub, but it might need some minor repairs, he's not sure.

wjc 07-30-2012 8:17 PM

I just checked my Midway U.S.A. Master catalog and Peltor carries a junior size
(Master catalog #35 page 132).

rb765 07-31-2012 11:39 AM

Walmart has a Winchester branded safety glasses that fit smaller heads. Also the collapable ear muffs also work great with little ones and they are both pretty inexpensive. If you have a safety store near you (I use Jorgenson's Fire Extinuishers), they usually have a pretty good supply of safety glasses. I buy my son Smith and Wesson brand glasses for $5-$7 a pair, depending on who is working the counter. At that price, I also get the tinted ones that double as sun glasses. Super clear lenses and very scratch resistant. I don't mind my son losing those as much as I did when he lost his Spy sunglasses.

The_Tinman 08-07-2012 8:58 PM

Does anyone know where I can get purple earmuffs and safety glasses?

rb765 08-08-2012 6:01 AM

Not sure on purple, but my wife wanted a specific color pink frames with yellow lenses. I ended up buying them from Amazon. My suggestion would be start there. I found this see if it helps:

Manolito 08-08-2012 7:29 AM

Just a quick note ear protection worn inside the ear should be fitted. Most schools require a physical for sports and going back to school have the Dr. write a script for them and see if your medical will pay for them that way you get them fitted and know they are keeping out the noise. Also read up on bone conduction in young people knowing that with all the proper protection they can still suffer some hearing loss through bone conduction.

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