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#1 Skeetz

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 01:16 PM

Would earplugs be possible Stefan material? I know some places have earplugs pretty cheap, and if the barrel fit was right, would they get better ranges and have better durability due to the more dense foam?
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#2 Maniacal Coyote

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 05:16 PM

No, because of where the center of gravity is located. You'd have to add a bunch of weight to the tip.


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#3 Skeetz

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 07:48 PM

That is why I said Stefan material, and not just stefans. I actually began testing and was able to get about 40 ft shots without any weighting, so theres hope. I just need to find a way to weight them.
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#4 shandsgator8

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:08 PM

I think it's worth looking into. I think potential issues you'll have to figure out is pricing, availability and consistency of the ear plug's diameter.

 

Keep in mind that I think the foam blanks most people use for slugs/stefans only costs a few cents (for the raw material only), so unless you can get the earplugs for under 8 cents per pair, I doubt this is something most people will be able to afford to use, at least when compared to slugs/stefans.


Edited by shandsgator8, 18 February 2017 - 09:10 PM.

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#5 ToadBrews

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 11:32 PM

I don't know about eight cents a pair, but just a quick amazon search gets you eight cents a plug:

 

https://www.amazon.c...s=bulk earplugs

 

If it turns out they offer some kind of benefit in durability/accuracy/barrel fit or something, that's not too awful. Of course you also have to consider the cost of whatever you use for weight, so it might end up being a bad deal anyway. Maybe a decent idea for someone who just hates cutting their own foam?


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#6 CaliforniaPants

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:34 PM

most foam ear plugs have a waxy coating on the outside to prevent all the nastiness in your ears from soaking in, this coating ends up a little sticky after awhile of being handled and exposed to elements and moisture which is why they're made to be disposable. after a day of nerfing and being handled and shot they'd very likely get stuck in your barrels almost every time. 


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#7 Hunty Bunches Of Oats

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:08 PM

Being over priced, disposable, and overall more effort, whats the point of making what you're proposing as compared to slugs?


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