Any specific recommendations for eye and ear protection?
Ear: depends on you. I have some high dollar powered ear muff style and I never use them anymore: they are uncomfortable, but that is me.
I use the 3M E.A.R. foam plugs with the cord. Cheap and comfortable.
Eye: Also depends on you. I either wear my sunglasses or some "safety glasses" that you can get from Lowes/Home Depot/Grainger.
I have wasted too much money on "cool" shooting gear only to find that the inexpensive solutions are often just as good, if not better.