here's a funny story from the range today: Wife and I were sighting in our rifles and two older fellows were shooting next to us. They also had a wide variety of guns ranging from wwii M1A to italian police issued beretta .380 compact and so on... Man: how ya doing young man? Me: Good and you sir? Man: Great! Say what's those funny doo-hickie things around your neck? Me: my ear plugs?! :huh: Man: yeah i never thought of bringing ear plugs when i go shooting. Me: Never? Man: Never. I shot my dad's 1911 when i was 7 and from then on i made sure i wore ear protection! yet i guess these two old timers are more manly than i am.