The FIBUA ex made me think.. yes PAM 21 and LUMATS insist that hearing protection is wor whenever weapons are discharged ( ie includes blank ), but has anyone ever tried giving QBOs when the blokes are wearing Amplivox? Crew served weapons need instruction from gun commanders / CPOs, but again the problem is caused by wearing the issued ear protection - blokes tend to leave it off, for realities sake. Now, I am aware that Gunners can get really Gucci Amplivox, that have an external microphone that picks up sound but cuts out the real noise - small arms, 81mm etc. Why dont the rest of us get issued these? Just cost? H&S anyone??