[SHOT 2016] Hunter A2 Electronic Ear Protection

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Walking around SHOT show this year I came across a neat set of hearing protection. The Hunter A2, manufactured by Hunter Electronic is a low profile, active electronic solution for protecting an end users hearing. Up until SHOT show, I was not aware of this company, however, they seem to have a large market share in Europe. The Hunter A2 series has microphones on both left and right ear muffs that amplify hearing, yet block sound above 82 decibels.  The microphones have separate adjustments, and the Hunter A2 boasts “sound direction detection”. The Hunter A2 series has an IP54 rating, which means they are both protected from dust and water spray. The Hunter A2 has a 3.5mm input jack for a communication radio. The external communication radio is not dependent on the Hunter A2 having battery power. In regards to batteries, the Hunter A2 will run 300 hours on 4 AAA alkaline batteries. The Hunter A2 has a noise reduction/single number rating of 26db. For comparison my Howard Leigh ear muffs have a single number rating of 25db. Pretty comparable. I like the low profile construction of these ear muffs. If I bought a pair of these, I would cerakote the housing black or green. I am anxious to see how the American market responds to these. I would love to test the “sound direction detection”. Perhaps my editors can arrange a test.

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The Hunter A2. This headset is very compact.The headset weighs 260 grams/9.17 ounces/.57 pounds.

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The top cover of the Hunter A2 is made of nylon.

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The Hunter A2’s microphone can be independently adjusted.

 

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The Hunter A2 compared to my Howard Leigh ear protection. The Hunter A2 appears to be more compact. then the Howard Leigh.



Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


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  • RageRifter

    Price point?

    edit: found it looks like these are going right now for around $95 – as opposed to the Howard Leight which come in lately around 65-75 depending on where you go.

  • Hilmer Lindberg

    Low end rebranded chinese imports sold mainly to people who do not know any better. Stick to 3M Peltor or MSA Sordin if you want to get your money’s worth.

    As for their supposedly large market share in Europe, I highly doubt it. I haven’t seen many of them around, except in a few stores.

    Also, ridiculous price for what you are getting.

  • Question guys,

    I don’t care how big or dorky my ear protection looks, I just want the most noise protection. Currently wear foamies (22db?) with a pair of outer ear protection rated at 27db.

    Any earmuffs rated higher than 27? Electronic OR NOT, don’t care. If so, what is the highest rating you’very seen?

    • POWNV

      I don’t think it’s about looks so much as practicality. These thinner over the ear models work better when shooting long guns. My big dorky models bang against the stock of most of my guns making it difficult to get my cheek in there good. It’s also nice to be able to hear what’s going on around you at a crowed range.

      I tend to go double protection (foamies+big dorky) when shooting pistols indoors though. A lot of reverberation in close quarters.

    • Edeco

      I’ve seen in the 30’s. I think one of the major sellers, Brownells or CTD has the option to filter by protection level.

  • Tahoe

    I typically find the Howard Leights at around $50-55 US these days. These look a lot like Peltor TAC6s with red housings…and at the same price point as the TAC6, it seems. I agree, I’ll stick with tried-and-true earpro.

  • Patrick

    These look like Peltor clones. I moved from Peltor to Howard Leigh because battery changes required removing pads which is a royal PITA. The Peltor’s also didn’t have battery drain protection (in case you accidentally leave it on). Howard Leighs also had less hiss than the Peltor muffs.

    These don’t seem to advance the state of the art.

    • Dave

      “battery changes required removing pads”
      Not on any Peltor made this decade, they all have the exterior covers unlatch for easy access on all electronic models and to my knowledge have never required removing the pads for anything except swapping hygiene kits.
      The Comtacs I used in ’01 to ’04 didn’t require taking the pads off to change batteries.

  • Hyok Kim

    Made in China? If so, then who does the QA?

  • town22

    Howard Leigh are the best out there.