Recently I came across a Facebook post that advocated practicing shooting without wearing eyes and ears because when the balloon goes up you won’t have time to put them on, so you need to practice without them.
Astonishingly, many of the responses to the post stated that they also practice shooting without wearing eyes and ears in order to get the full effect so they won’t be surprised when/if they ever have to use their weapon.
This is the most asinine thing I’ve ever read.
The fact is, every shot you fire without wearing ear protection does permanent damage to your hearing that you can never get back.
Shooting without eye protection substantially ups your risk of eye damage, and I don’t know about you, but if I can’t see, I can’t defend myself and my family very well in the future.
If I damage my hearing, or lose my sight in the process of defending my life, so be it, but putting my hearing and eyesight on the line for “practice” is out of the question.
And for the record, yes, I’ve shot without eyes and ears many times. The last time I did it, my ears rang for days, and I’ve regretted it since. There’s no training value in doing it, it’s just a stupid thing to do.