Shooting Glasses ??


April 3, 2005, 12:30 AM
OK, i have did a search on here & I havent found my answer.

So I turn to the members of THR for some input.
Can somebody tell me what is the benefits of these types of shooting glasses?

Copper Blue Block Lens

Mirror Lens

Orange Lens


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April 3, 2005, 12:38 AM
It depends on the lighting conditions. I haven't used the first two, but I've used orange and yellow filters for my sights and it can give you a better picture. I can't explain why it works, but I would try them out and see what you like.

April 3, 2005, 12:41 AM
Does anyone have suggestions for shooting glasses made to work with prescription glasses? I have a basic pair that I can force over my glasses, but they aren't very comfortable, especially with muffs.

I plan on eventually getting prescription shooting glasses, but would like something to use now with my current glasses.

April 3, 2005, 03:36 AM
Birds are made in various colors and backgrounds come in a variety of colors as well. The copper is IIRC good for orange birds against a green backgrounds of evergreens.

There are other combinations of bird and background. The yellow or orange is a general for misty days, the mirror lens is a low pass with good color fidelity.

I may be off on these specifics at this hour of the night but the general rule of different colors for different targets against different backgrounds with different ambient lighting applies.

Rabid Rabbit
April 3, 2005, 07:38 AM
It depends on the lighting conditions and what you are looking at. Competitive rifle shooters that use apeture sights use a adjustable apeture with filters on a rotating selector. Yellow lenses block the blue light and increase constrast, very useful in misty conditions I find it a bit much under clear skys. For shooting indoors I found red or green to work well depending on the light source, neutral grey or clear if lighting conditions are good. In short try it and see what works for you. If you are using a scope you may have better results using photography filters and screwing them in the front of the scope a 1a or 1b filter is a good place to start or normal lighting conditions.

April 3, 2005, 07:57 AM
I rather suspect that most have more to do with the "bling bling factor" or "mall ninjaness" of the shooter... good ol' basic shooting glasses just ain't fashionable no mo!


April 3, 2005, 08:07 AM
Take a look at "Fitovers" (web search will find LOTS).

You may hate 'em (or not) but they're worth a look.


Mr. Tettnanger
April 3, 2005, 09:00 AM
I am an optician(make and sell eyeglasses). I have never been to fond of the tinted glasses for shooting. The best tints seem to be shades of yellow, orange, and rose/brown. You should really try a few on and try to imagine shooting with them on. All tints reduce the amount of available light that enters the eye. Also, are you strictly a target shooter? The reason that I ask is this...I have worked with many patients involved in shooting who feel that they need to wear this fancy tinted lenses, then go hunting and can't hit a blasted thing because they tend not to wear there shooting glasses while actually hunting! You may want to check out shooting glasses made by Randolph Engineering. Best bet...try before you buy.

Mr. Tettnanger

April 3, 2005, 10:07 AM
Tinted shootng glasses will do different things under various lighting conditions but, in my own personal experience they also do one thing under all lighting conditions and, that is they strain my eyes. I use untinted lenses.

As for shooting while wearing eyeglasses, if you mean at the range, you can use goggles. Not as comfortable as glasses but they fit over virtually every type of eyeglass frame I have ever seen - except maybe ones worn by Elton John. I would imagine you could also have a set of prescription shooting glasses made up.

One thing I noticed from the pics of the glasses you showed (at least it looks this way to me) is that they do not offer the best eye protection. Well designed shooting glasses usually have a ridge that protrudes from the top of the frame back toward the forehead. This helps prevent shell casings and other debris from falling between the lens and the eye. Well designed shooting glasses also have side panels that extend back behind the outside corner of each eye. I realize the ones in the pic look like they would cover this, so this last is just in case you have a prescrition pair made up.

best regards,
Glenn B

chris in va
April 3, 2005, 01:43 PM
A little dorky, but safety goggles from Home Depot fit over glasses very well and offer fantastic protection from flying brass.

I've also found just the $10 shooting glasses sold at ranges to be very good, and last a couple months.

April 3, 2005, 04:25 PM
I use the Winchester yellow glasses, they actually brighten the target area for my poor tired eyes.

April 3, 2005, 05:05 PM
To stay on topic of thread:

I had some grey tinted goggles for paintball. I got them for glare, not for improved vision. I prefer untinted lenses for target work, unless the sun is very bright, in which case I have presc. sunglasses for that.

To continue my mini thread-hijack:

I've also found just the $10 shooting glasses sold at ranges to be very good, and last a couple months.

This is what I currently use. They are adequete, but just a bit uncomfortable over my glasses.

And thanks for the advice for other glasses-wearing solutions. Somewhere I have a set of prescription safety glasses complete with the wire mesh side covers from when I worked in a steel factory way back...maybe I can find them and have some new lenses made for them since it's an old prescription.

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