Key Features for Shooting Glasses
Whether you are looking to forgo the free safety glasses provided at your local range forever, or are looking to replace your tried and true glasses, shooting-specific prescription eyewear can enhance and improve your time behind the barrel. While we can’t guarantee that the right eyewear will have you nailing the bullseye every shot, it just might just give you an advantage over your friends who don’t take their equipment as seriously as you do.
Instead of attempting to make do with non-functional casual sunglasses, step into the world of performance prescription sunglasses. Here are a few things to consider about frame style and design before making your purchase.
As a shooter, protecting your eyes and ensuring you have the proper vision in all scenarios is essential to your safety. Whether you shoot at the indoor range or out in the woods, it is important to choose a style with lenses that wrap around your face. A wrapped lens design offers total protection from flying objects such as shell casings, as well as the light that sneaks through the top, bottom, or sides of your glasses.
A high-grade Polycarbonate or Trivex lens is essential for shooting. Both of these materials are lightweight, and most importantly, shatterproof. While Polycarbonate and Trivex are shatter resistant by nature, you can also opt for ANSI ballistic lenses that are rigorously tested to Z87.1 standards for safety.
To learn more about ANSI rated frames and lenses, visit our Safety Page.
Frame Fit and Design
As tempting as it may be to rock your favorite lifestyle shades for target practice this weekend, your daily drivers likely won’t perform as you want them to when you need them most. The main difference between shooting-specific glasses and casual frames is a good, snug fit.
Your new shooting glasses need to provide all day comfort. A large part of this comfort comes from not having to keep readjusting your glasses when you sweat, or every time you fire a shot from your trusty 12-gauge. For this reason, shooting-specific glasses will have rubberized nose pads and temple arms to keep your glasses secured in the same position as when you first put them on.
Preventing fogging or sweat from pooling at the bottom of your frames is essential, especially to unobstructed vision. Casual sunglasses don’t tend to have any anti-fog features, and some sport frames hug the face so closely that there isn’t anywhere for moisture to vent. A semi-rimless or vented full-rim frame will work wonders for keeping fogging to a minimum.
If you shoot in hot or humid conditions, you could also add an anti-fog treatment to your lenses. This coating is applied to the back side of your lenses and will keep fog at bay. This is a great option for any full-rim frame as they do not shed moisture as well as semi-rimless frames.
The Under Armour ANSI Ignitor 2.0 is a great ballistic frame thanks to its wrapped semi-rimless design, slim temple arms (really comfortable under a ball cap), and ANSI approval for safety.
If you have any other questions about shooting specific prescription glasses, give us a shout at 888-507-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.