The phrase “game changing” is on my list of cliché descriptions I try to avoid using when describing a product. However, “game changing” is exactly what comes to mind when I think of my first range trip with the new Walker’s Razor-X hearing protection.
First, let me acknowledge that there are a few electronic molded hearing protection options on the market that I would love to use. The freedom of having hearing protection that does not extend beyond the ear is very appealing. However, that type of hearing protection is extremely expensive. So, I have continued to utilize the standard issue electronic earmuffs… Until now!
The Walker’s Razor-X Headset features retractable earbuds that attach to a neck worn device. So, while they technically extend beyond the ear, they do not interfere at all with your weapon. This is a sharp contrast to earmuffs. Having hearing protection that does not interfere with your ability to get a good cheek weld on your rifle is a huge plus! In fact, the first shot I took while wearing the Razor-X unit, was when the “game changing” phrase first came to mind!
Another big plus for the Razor-X headset is comfort. Because earmuffs can be extremely hot to wear during the summer months, I’ll typically remove them any time the shooting stops. This seems to be pretty common with most of the shooters I encounter at my range. Of course, any time you remove your hearing protection while at the range, you run the risk of forgetting to put it back on before the next shot is fired. I’ve certainly done this more than once! During the first range trip with the Razor-X, the temperature was in the high 90s. Even though I was at the range for nearly 2 hours, at no point did I feel it necessary to remove the Razor-X earbuds! This is definitely a good thing when it comes to safety!
From an operational standpoint, the Razor-X Ear Bud Headset performed exactly as it should. Its 31dB NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) was apparent, especially given that the earmuffs I typically use feature a 22dB NRR. The unit’s sound enhancement microphones seemed to work well, although I was admittedly the only person at the range. So, I am basing this on how the unit amplified “miscellaneous” range sounds, not actual conversation.
So, back to my original “game changing” comment… I’m sure that many of the benefits I mentioned above could be matched by the high dollar electronic molded hearing protection options that exist. However, working $1,000+ into the budget for hearing protection isn’t easy for many shooters. The Walker’s Razor-X comes in at a very reasonable $119.99! That, in my opinion, is game changing!
What’s next for the Razor-X hearing protection?… This was, after all, only my first range trip with the Razor-X. Obviously I’ll need to use the unit for a while before I can comment on its durability. I’ll also want to see how it performs in a multi-shooter environment. Stay tuned for updates…
Walker’s Razor-X Ear Bud Headset:
- Item #: GWP-NHE
- Retractable Digital Ear buds
- 31dB NRR
- Sound Activated Compression (SAC)
- Powered by Rechargeable LIPO battery 250mAH battery for 10 hours of use.
- Hi Gain omnidirectional microphones for clear sound enhancement.
- HD speakers in the ear buds for wide range audio quality.
- Includes 3 pairs of 12mm foam tips (S/M/L) and two pairs of 16mm coated foam tips (M/L)
- Auto-Shut Off (low power mode) after 4 to 6 hours. Timer resets and unit wakes after any button is pressed.
- Integrated Micro USB port .
- AC wall adapter with USB port and included 1 meter micro USB cord for charging.
- Storage case Included
- More Info: Walker’s
Smith & Wesson M&P15T:
- SKU: 811041
- Model: M&P15T
- Caliber: 5.56 mm NATO
- Capacity: 30 Round Detachable Magazine
- Action: Semi-Auto
- Barrel Length: 16″ / 40.6 cm
- Barrel Twist: 1 in 8″
- Front Sight: Folding Magpul® (MBUS)
- Rear Sight: Folding Magpul® (MBUS)
- Overall Length: 35″ Extended / 32″ Collapsed
- Stock: 6-Position Telescopic
- Weight: 6.85 lbs. / 3,107.1 g
- Barrel Material: 4140 Steel
- Barrel Finish: Durable, Corrosion Resistant Barrel Finish
- Receiver Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum
- Receiver Finish: Hard Coat Black Anodized
- Chromed Components:
- Bolt Carrier
- Gas Key
- Professional / Duty
- Home Protection
- More Info: Smith & Wesson
Burris AR Riflescope 4.5-14x42mm:
- Item Number: 200333, 200334
- Magnification: 4.5-14x
- Reticles: C4 Wind MOA™
- Objective Lens Diameter: 56 mm
- Clear Objective Lens Diameter: 42 mm
- Ocular Lens Diameter: 39 mm
- Finish: Matte
- Focal Plane: RFP
- Main Tube Size: 1 in.
- Field of View: 22 low – 7.5 high (ft. @ 100 yds.)
- Eye Relief: 3.1 – 3.8 in.
- Exit Pupil: 9 low – 3 high (mm)
- Click Value: 1/4 MOA
- Elevation Adjustment, Total Capability: 42 MOA
- Example: 50 MOA is roughly 25 MOA from center.
- Windage Adjustment: 42 MOA
- Example: 50 MOA is roughly 25 MOA in any direction from center.
- Parallax/Focus: Objective PA
- Adjustable Parallax: 50 yds. – infinity
- Length: 13.0 in.
- Weight: 18.0 oz.
- More Info: Burris Optics