Lol the brake on THAT gun IS a necessity. Unless there is some medical reason to use one, they don't need to be on a hunting rifle. Discomfort isn't a legitimate reason in my opinion. And to say that brakes are a fact of life is like saying "everyone uses herbicides nowadays... just suck it up and get used to it." Then your neighbor oversprays your lawn and flowerbed and kills everything... your statement shows me a lack of concientiousness toward other people... it's that attitude of "well this is how I do things and if it negatively affects you or causes you damage.. well I don't care about you, you're an inconvenience to me". That's what irritates me about brakes. It isn't that they're loud, it's that attitude of "you need to accommodate ME" never giving someone else's feelings (or in this case potential hearing damage) a thought.