Suggestions on Shooting Glasses or Eye Protection?

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Suggestions on Shooting Glasses or Eye Protection?

Post by terreythompson » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:31 pm

When it comes to survival gear, I'm pretty stocked up. I've got several 12 lb boxes of MREs, life preservers, survival fire kits, etc. After me and my family got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and lost power for two months, I swore I would never take this kind of stuff lightly again.

Our house is stocked with a back-up generator, freeze dried food, a Mossberg 500, two Glock 19s and I recently picked up an Armalite M-15 A4 and mounted a night scope on it. .

But the one area we haven't gotten into just yet is proper tactical gear. I have a shooting vest and I've trained at the range and with a personal trainer, but there are some other items I want to get my hands on including shields. But my primary concern is ear and eye protection.

I looked at this article online ( ... rotection/) that listed a bunch of options for shooting glasses and the like, but it only tells you so much and I was really hoping to hear some people's personal experiences/preferences. Have you used any of the ones on that list or do you recommend something else? I want something affordable so I can buy a couple pairs. I'm also in the market for some electronic ear muffs. Any feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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Re: Suggestions on Shooting Glasses or Eye Protection?

Post by Stercutus » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:45 pm

Those Oakleys are nice if you have the money and shoot on the range in competition a lot. I find that shooting glasses get stolen at a rate relative to their price tag. If you set them down for a minute some people will swipe them as soon as you turn around. They also tend to get lost and break and a rate relative to price. For a lower cost option that I find work well I recommend the following: ... 046/1&dl=b

These work well for driving and the limited physical activity you might see on a range or three gun shoot.

For running around in the woods and desert under dynamic conditions I prefer these: ... gJRLfD_BwE

Both pairs are extremely reliable, work well and come as a set with eye wear retention strap and case.

For earmuffs I find these near perfect for the job and if you shop around you should be able to find them for under $50. ... lsrc=aw.ds
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Re: Suggestions on Shooting Glasses or Eye Protection?

Post by derf26 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:22 pm

It depends on whether you have prescription glasses or not. If not, it's pretty simple. Uvex make these for $10: ... ty+glasses. Anything with a Z87.1 rating is fine. Wiley X make some stuff that's more expensive if that's what you want. Avoid anything from a Luxottica brand, you'll just be throwing money down the drain.

For ear muffs, it depends on whether you're at an indoor or outdoor range. Indoor is louder. These have worked okay for me, and they're affordable at $70. But indoors it's too loud even with them, so I double up with ear plugs and then turn up the volume on the ear muffs so I can still hear people. Seems to work okay. ... ard+leight

Tangent time!

While I'm on this topic, if you go to the range frequently, and especially if you have kids, go look into lead contamination at ranges and what you can do to protect yourself. There's a lot of research and articles online about it. Most people don't seem to have much awareness of it.

1. Avoid indoor ranges, unless they have really good HVAC systems.
2. Avoid busy times.
3. Wash hands, face, and clothes when you get home. Definitely wash hands before eating. Also clean the bottom of your shoes, as you'll be tracking lead into your home, and kids are then going to be playing on the ground, putting their hands in their mouth, etc.
4. Use lead-free ammo if you can afford it, especially if you actually hunt and don't want to eat lead in your game meat.
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