It is essential for anyone who is using a firearm to have eye protection, whether they are in a field, a forest or at a shooting range.
There is always some amount of recoil with every firearm, and numerous shooting activities occur outdoors where dust, sun, and wind can lead to vision and eye issues.
Handguns are only an arm's length away, while rifles and shotguns are held on one's shoulder. All of these various shooting activities take place very near the face, meaning that you need to take every precaution to protect your eyes from being harmed.
It makes sense to have good eye protection and frequently it is required at a shooting range or during an organized match. Shooters are allowed to wear any type of eyewear they want to by some range masters. However, certain standards may be required sometimes.
It is acceptable to wear contoured, generic non-prescription sports goggles if you are wearing contact lenses or do not need vision correction. Those goggles wrap slightly around your face in order to keep out dust and wind.
If you do need to wear prescription lenses to see clearly, or you just want to have the best available shooting eyewear, then there are popular styles of shooting glasses that similar to the style of aviator glasses.
However, eyewear that has been designed for shooters has a couple of added features to provide you with more comfort while you are using your firearm:
- Their frames have a rounded shape so that sharp corners are avoided that could potentially jab you in the face.
- There are some brands that come with special padding around on the eyes on the frame. This padding helps to cushion the frame on your face in the event there is too much recoil on the gun. It also helps to keep dust and wind out.
Additional Frame Features For Shooting Glasses
The temples on shooting glasses frequently have spring hinges on them that enable the frame to flex when recoil occurs instead of breaking. The temples wrap around the ears as well in "cable" style. This helps to keep the frame in place. To further enhance comfort, the temple tips might have rounded ends.
There are adjustable nose pads to all the frame to rest in the optimal position. For additional comfort, soft silicone pads frequently are used.
There are some shooting glasses that have bridges that can adjust to several different locking positions. This allows the glasses to have the right position for whatever shot is being taken.
The frames are made out of various ophthalmic materials, which include tough and regular plastic polycarbonate, as well as metals such as titanium.
Best Shooting Glasses Lenses
For many years now, the leading shooting glasses lens choice has been polycarbonate lenses with built-in ultraviolet protection and a scratch-resistant hard coat. It is a highly impact-resistant lens material that provides maximum "bounce-back" and "blow-back" protection.
Many of the nonprescription shooting glasses provide you with several different pairs of interchangeable lenses to use under various atmospheric and lighting conditions. Prescription lenses may be made in whatever color you feel is the most appropriate for you. For more information, speak with your optician.
Lens tints may also be a factor in shooting glasses performance. Many shooters are most comfortable with lenses that are orange or yellow. Lenses in those hues block blue light and haze and also usually help to enhance the contrast between the background and a target. The brighter yellow that a lens is, the better it is to use in near-dark and low contrast conditions.
Gray is a "true" or neutral color that allows you to see colors as they actually are. The target is not enhanced by gray shooting lenses, but in bright sunlight, they do help to reduce glare.
Polarized shooting glasses may be made in practically any color. Glare is reduced by polarized lenses that are caused by light that reflects off of water as well as other types of flat surfaces. Therefore, they enhance outdoor vision.
Photochromic lenses are another great option. The light-sensitive lenses are automatically darkened as a response to sunlight. They come in various colors, including neutral green and gray, as well as contrast-enhancing brown.
Whatever color of lens you decide to use on your shooting glasses, you should strongly consider adding an anti-reflective (AR) coating to the lenses' back surface. That eliminates the potential glare coming from the light that is reflected off of the back of the lenses whenever the sun is in back of you.