I made a quick stop at the 3M Peltor stand to check out the 3M™ PELTOR™ Tactical Earplug, which turned out to be a complete gas, and I’ll extend my apologies to the 3M employee on site for the harassment.

Upon my arrival, I picked up the kit, which was in a closed box, I tried for 5 minutes straight to open the box with no success. I then handed the box to another individual visiting with 3M; he too was unable to open the box and passed it along to his colleague who also failed to open the box. He then hands the box to the 3M employee who immediately opens the box. Needless to say everyone blasted the poor guy!

For hygienic reasons there was no practical way to test drive these Earplugs. Fortunately, a Media Day attendee stopped at the 3M stand just in the nick of time to share her experience with the Earplug. The feedback was positive commenting on fit and function. She was also gracious enough to allow me to photograph her earplugs. These are the features…

  1. Rechargeable electronic earplugs help reduce loud noise while amplifying low-level sounds.
  2. One-button operation turns unit on and off and selects high or normal volume setting.
  3. Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 16 hours of continuous operation between charges.
  4. Portable charging case powered by 3 AA alkaline batteries or USB (Micro B) port.
  5. Tactical earplugs and portable charging station (with cover and USB ports closed) are IP67 compliant and water resistant (immersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes).
  6. Innovative microphone port design helps protect eartips against water ingress.
  • Attenuation rating (SNR)‎: ‎ 23 Decibel,‎ 30 Decibel
  • Battery Life‎:‎ 16 Hours
  • Battery Type‎: ‎ Rechargeable
  • Color:‎ Tactical Black
  • Communication Type‎:‎ In-Ear Tactical
  • Features‎:‎ Level Dependent Function
  • Hearing Protection Style:‎ In ear
  • Product Series‎:‎ TEP-100
  • Product Type‎:‎ Earpiece
  • Standards/Approvals:‎ CE Approved

Based on the stated specifications the 3M™ PELTOR™ Tactical Earplug may be a better choice than your basic headsets, which always seem to get in the way when shooting your carbine or rifle. We’ll have to check these out more closely.


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