Recommend some good shooting glasses


August 1, 2007, 03:10 AM
At the range its required to wear eyes and ears, I have nothing against that but the ones that they give out for free are complete ****.

Glasses and muffs that they hand out are VERY uncomfortable after a 30 minute session. The pain is so irratating that I have to pretty much leave.

I want to buy my own, and nothing too too fancy but very comfortable. I was thinking some goggles instead of glasses, my FOV would be limited but I'm only looking straight ahead anyways, right?
For earplugs I was thinking that I could buy a bin of standard foam ones, the twist up type. Reading on another site that sells them, they seem to offer the same DB protection as muffs in most cases.

Thanks for your time

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August 1, 2007, 08:31 PM
Hi, Brentn. I don't have any advice as far as brands. I think it comes down to how much you want to pay, as even the $5 glasses should offer protection per the ANSI standard. And, you may want to consider some for indoor (clear) and outdoor (under bright conditions-gray or yellow.) I don't know where you tend to spend your range time.

For hearing protection- the muffs can be more convenient, as they are quicker/easier to don and doff, and you don't have to deal with any potential ear wax. :-) I have seen the muffs starting at around $7, and the ear plugs start at several pair per dollar for the "disposables" (which I tend to wear more than once) to around $10 for some of the better ones. Not to mention the ones with the bands... And, in cases where you are dealing with larger caliber firearms, or long term exposure, you might want to consider muffs AND ear plugs.

Anyway, just some thoughts. Have a great day!


August 1, 2007, 10:36 PM
We've discussed hearing protection and eye protection in General and Accessories several times. A search will reveal may of those discussions.

The one new bit of information available is that Uvex now produces safety glasses that exceed the mil standard, which exceeds the ANSI standard for impact, in all their core products ( That means you can purchase inexpensive protective eyewear (under $10) much better than ever before.

Hearing is best protected with the proper use of foam ear plugs coupled with muffs. Please note that proper use means that you must roll the plugs up into tubes that are as slim as possible and you must insert them deep into the ear canal so that they block the bend in the ear canal to get the maximum noise reduction rating (NRR).

August 1, 2007, 10:40 PM
My favorites --

Decot Hy-Wyd

Randolph Ranger

Wiley X

August 1, 2007, 10:53 PM
Go to a gun store and spend $15, $20 , or more on a pair of "Shooting" glasses, or go to a hardware/industrial supply store and spend $5 on a really nice pair of Uvex glasses. They are a quality product that is comfortable and adjustable to different sizes.

August 1, 2007, 10:56 PM
Whatever brand you choose make sure thier yellow. Yellow eye protection lightens the target up especailly for those indoor ranges it makes a big difference.

August 1, 2007, 10:59 PM
Yeah, you can buy pretty good stuff for not too much. I've got Oakleys and Sordins, but I can't say that they do that much of a better job than a $20 pair of glasses or a $30 pair of muffs.

Ditto the doubling up on muffs and plugs. Even if your inner ear's covered, the outer ear is still exposed to harmful decibels. Double up for sure. ;)

Ragnar Danneskjold
August 1, 2007, 11:19 PM
The Army gave me some pretty awesome Wiley X glasses.

August 1, 2007, 11:20 PM
As for the eyes, I just bought some glasses from a cheap place here in Philly; not as cheap as the sign says, but my (moderate) prescription is considered too high for their cheapest deal, and the frames I wanted are too cheap for the next one up (etc); turns out they cost a lot more than I'd intended to spend on glasses, BUT I got one of two otherwise identical pairs (very lightweight) with yellow tint; both have shatter-resistant lenses.


Sir Aardvark
August 1, 2007, 11:39 PM
I find it hard to recommend eye protection to you, because what I find comfortable may not work for you.

Whatever it is you pick, make sure it is ANSI Z87.1 rated - this is the minimum impact rating you require. While you're at it, buy 2 pairs - almost anything rated Z87.1 is polycarbonate plastic and it will eventually scratch up pretty good, so it's nice to have a handy replacement.

Also, look for ones that have fairly thin earpieces, that way "over-the-ear" muffs will not unduly press on them causing discomfort.

I always double-up my hearing protection. I put the little foam things in first then put on my "over-the-ear" muffs - once your hearing is gone it will never come back.

You can search through the site here and look for the molded in-the-ear protectors. They come in a little kit that you mix up and cast them to your own ear for a custom fit - people rave about them, but I find that the little foam thingies work fine for me.

August 2, 2007, 02:47 AM
Wiley X's are a good suggestion. I've got a pair, and they're pretty slim around the ears. If you took off the rubber ear pieces, they still hold on pretty good and allow for a better seal for the ear muffs, too. Ebay usually has Wiley X's for pretty cheap (although gunowners are pretty upset with Ebay's new anti-gun policies).

I also like Howard Leight muffs. The grey 29 NRR pairs are often on sale for half price (something like $15 from $30), the black pairs are my favorite (31 NRR) but somewhat bulky. Combine those with a decent pair of foam plugs, and you're good to go.

August 2, 2007, 11:12 AM
I picked up some Smith & Wesson branded glasses from them for my wife and I. Decent stuff, relatively inexpensive, and they shipped very quickly.

August 2, 2007, 12:43 PM
Another vote for Wiley X, I have Roamers for general wear, but also two pair of the XL-1 (couldn't pass 'em up less than $20) Sportsman's Guide (I know some don't like 'em but they've been real good to me has the XL-1 for 19.95 (17.95 for members club members)

August 2, 2007, 05:52 PM
For comfort and fit Wiley-x PT-1. Good quality and inexpensive.

August 2, 2007, 06:43 PM
I wear plugs and muffs.

The muffs are important as they pad the head bone right behind the ear. That bone WILL transport damaging sound!
If you could only choose one type them go with the muffs.

Nothing can replace lost hearing. It is money well spent.


August 2, 2007, 07:09 PM
Blackjack safety glasses by Crews fit under muffs very nicely. Also pretty cheap at

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