Why Shooting Glasses are So Important
Whether you are on the shooting range or out hunting in the wild, it is very important to take into account proper safety practices when around firearms. One of the most overlooked is wearing proper eye protection that shooting glasses can provide. Here are three good reasons to wear proper shooting glasses when using your firearm.
Every year there are thousands of accidents that occur with firearms from unexpected sources such as an errant ricochet which may come back at you to burning powder that may block back into your eyes. Shooting glasses can prevent many of these smaller accidents from occurring and provide some protection if buckshot or even a bullet should somehow come back at you. In addition, shooting glasses can provide protection against muzzle flash as well. So remember, your eyes needs as much protection as your ears when shooting firearms.
Protection from the Elements & Environment
When you are walking in the outdoors, there are many things that can get into your eyes from dust, pollen and larger objects like twigs, branches and leaves. So, wearing glasses can be a good idea when protecting yourself from the elements. In addition, when you are cleaning your weapon the glasses can help keep the solvent or the loose springs from contacting your eyes as well.
You may have noticed that many people wear shooting glasses that have a yellow tint. What this does is turn the white portion of the target yellow while leaving the black alone. This provides a stronger contrast in many lighting situations which means that you may improve your accuracy when wearing these glasses.
How to Select the Right Pair of Shooting Glasses
There are several elements to consider when purchasing a pair of shooting glasses. First, you will need to have lenses made from polycarbonate which is a very strong substance that will not shatter like standard glass which would otherwise put shards in your eye. You’ll want glasses that are rated by the ANSI Z87.1 standard to get the protection you need.
You can also choose the lens color itself which includes the following;
There are also variations such as gray-green which greatly reduces glare while yellow and orange provide a better contrast and line of vision to the target. Amber is very well suited on cloudy days while purple or blue lenses work well to distinguish a target that is set against the trees.