Browning Releases All-In-One Eye/Ear Pro

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Browning has announced the release of their “Sound Shield” combination shooting glasses and ear plugs. Seeing an obvious need to help shooters like me who often forget one or the other or perhaps making it even easier for me to forget both, the Sound Shield combines a impact rated glasses with in-ear three-cup protection.

The glasses feature a fashionable frameless lens design to offset the nifty if kind of ugly on-unit storage cases for the ear protection. The ear plugs are attached directly to the frame through a lanyard, which is easily retractable using a small tab.

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For protection, the lenses are rated to ANSI Z87.1 impact and the ear plugs have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 25dB. To put the dB in perspective, its about a 400% drop in noise.

The glasses will be available in a few configurations with both large and medium sizes for men. For women, there is only listed a “For Her” size which uses an indoor-outdoor lens with a fushcia (pink for us men) colored temple. Interestingly, the yellow shooting lens will only be available in the large sizes. Why Browning made this decision, I do not know…

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Suggested retail pricing is $29.99 for a single pair of Sound Shield glasses. Replacement earplugs is $19.99 for a 12-pack.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Major Tom

    Those ear buds look a tad inadequate. I think I’ll stick with full covering ear muffs. Nice shades though.

    • Jwedel1231

      Have you never used ear buds before? Even the little foamy ones are extremely effective. That being said, I prefer muffs myself because I use electronic ones.

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        Most people dont know how to apply a set of ear plugs properly.
        You have to pull up on the top of your ear when inserting plugs to get a good seal.

    • USMC03Vet

      Those types of ear plugs are awesome. I prefer them over muffs always.

  • John L.

    Meh. I wear glasses so these are likely a non-starter for me from the get-go.

  • Drew Coleman

    I like these. It means that I don’t have to worry about losing my ear plugs in between shooting strings (or just switching suppressed to unsuppressed and back again).

    I wonder if I could just make my own set…

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    $1.67/pair for replacement plugs with a 25 NRR rating vs $0.12/pair for Moldex Sparkplugs with a 33 NRR rating.
    A fool and their money…

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    As an orchestral percussionist by trade, I have had custom molded ear plugs made for me by an audiologist. They poured a mold in my ears and came back with perfectly formed plugs for my ears only. The sound filters I currently have are 15 dB, but they are replaceable with higher or lower dB levels. They aren’t cheap, but not only do they reduce harmful noises but they still let through important things like human speech, dynamic contrast, and intonation (everything doesn’t sound out of tune). They double as firearm ear pro when coupled with headphones.

    • Bill

      Ear, and eye, protection is nothing to cheap out on.

  • Mike

    Eh, just shove a couple bullets in your ears. That’s the way.

  • Just say’n

    From the great shooting range in the sky, John M. must be thinking “come-on guys, is this the most innovative thing you could come up with to stick my name on?”

  • politicsbyothermeans

    Operators errywhere worried about unintended beard/ear pro entanglement.

  • itsmefool

    Larry Vickers says if we’re not using electronic hearing protection, we shouldn’t be in a firearms training class!

    • iksnilol

      I value my hearing to much to play around with electronic ear pro. None of them are suitable for firearms use from my experience.

  • AD

    Looks like a good idea. The comfort and effectiveness of the ear plugs is the question, but I’m very interested in giving them a try. I wonder how easy it would be to swap out the earplugs?