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Historic Demo Ear Plugs

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Yes, the Italians issued them to their troops because it was in their words a "humanitarian" round that is intended to wound and not kill. They also issued them with grandes made out of sheet metal that exploded but did not throw any shrapnel ... but that's another story :)

How did we get from hearing protection to historic ammunition?

To the OP, please don't turn up to your blacksmith demonstration with ammunition plugged in your ears ... :)

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Now honest Bob used to demo wearing an old west styled gunbelt with ammo in the loops.   Sure kept the SOFA crowd focused as he would back toward the forge fire.  He said it was a safety feature as they would cook off before he'd get burned.

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There's a story that the singer Meatloaf told once...Early on he forgot his earplugs so wadded up some paper napkin to make temporary earplugs to get through his performance.  Unfortunately, those napkin bits were dyed red and the color ran as he sweated...so everyone thought he was bleeding out of his ears.

So...choosing the right earplugs for demos can enhance your reputation as a tough dude if you plan right :D

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