Chewing Gum Works Great as Improvised Ear Plugs
I’ve been moving too fast lately. Bombing from one meeting to the next, missing deadlines, never enough time for all...
I’ve been moving too fast lately. Bombing from one meeting to the next, missing deadlines, never enough time for all the details of the day.
That’s a flimsy excuse for why I showed up at my rifle range the other day in a dither, with a new rifle, plenty of ammo, fresh targets, but no earmuffs.
Well, that’s not quite right. I had a single foam earplug in my pickup–it was stashed with about 60 cents in old pennies and nickels–plus a 20-amp fuse, some .22 shells, and a few screwdriver bits–in my truck’s ashtray.
I wanted to shoot this new rifle, a beautiful bolt action chambered in .280 Ackley Improved created by Montana Rifle Company over in Kalispell, Mont. And I needed to shoot it, as I’m taking it mule deer hunting next week. So what was I to do, all locked and loaded, with no ear protection?
I did what any of you would do. I improvised. As the photo shows, I chewed some mint-flavored gum to just the right texture, then augured it in my ear and shot. That target is a 5-shot group at 200 yards that measures about 1.5 inches.
And my hearing is none the worse for the experience. If anything, it’s improved me. My wife says I sound particularly refreshing.