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swiftak
July 4, 2009, 05:03 PM
I'm not sure this is the correct place for this, but here goes. I have been shooting for more than 40 years, reloading for over 30 years and I am emabrrased to say that I have never worn safety glasses. I know bring it on. The point that I am getting at is that today I had an incident That will ensure that I will never again shoot without safety glasses. I was shootin my 1911 style .45 with my own reloads that I have shot a thousand times. When I fired the first shot on the last magazine that I was firing for today, the round went off with alot more force than any .45 I have ever fired. The case was ruptured at the base near the rim, the next round in the magazine had the bullet pushed all the way in the case as far as it would go, and the follower was no where to be found. I was hit in the left side of my face with either unburned powder or a small piece of brass. My eyes were untouched. I was very lucky for being so stupid. Any way I don't know what was wrong with the round, but my point is,,,,,,,,,,, Glasses everytime I shoot from now on.

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moewadle
July 4, 2009, 05:11 PM
incident. It helps me to remember to use my safety glasses. I must admit I always have them in my range equipment box and I often do not wear them. Even with a semi auto 9mm throwing empties back. Not to mention other potential hazards.

swiftak
July 4, 2009, 05:35 PM
I actually have a couple of pairs. One is tinted like sun glasses and the other are clear, I agree with you about the yellow tinted ones. Those are not for me.

Sharpie1
July 4, 2009, 06:36 PM
While they don't wrap around each side of the eyes, wearing a pair of prescription eyeglasses or a normal pair of sunglasses is substantially better than wearing nothing at all.

I often take family and guests shooting (at least twice monthly) - and at every shooting "session", I always insist that they wear hearing protection and some sort of eye protection. If they don't wear prescription eyeglasses or don't have any sunglasses, then I always have at least 2 pairs of cheap shooting glasses in my range bag.

Sometimes people think I'm being over-cautious, etc. and I have had one or two people tell me they "didn't need" hearing and/or eye protection. I responded by telling them that if they want to shoot with me, then wearing eye and ear protection is not a suggestion or a request. If I am a host that is taking someone to shoot, then I feel somewhat responsible for their safety. It's just common sense.

conw
July 4, 2009, 06:42 PM
Right on, thanks for sharing!

TheFallGuy
July 4, 2009, 06:49 PM
I, like a lot of folks did a good portion of my shooting in the military. I cannot ever recall being forced to wear safety glasses and I got out in '07!!! I had a similar problem with a buddy's AK which was made worse because I shoot left handed. I ended up with a scratched cornea. Now I wear polycarbonate ADS safety glasses. They are cheap ($4 versus $1500 for an ER visit) and comfortable. I get the wrap around ones and have a clear, yellow, and brown pair.

conw
July 4, 2009, 06:56 PM
Regarding yellow glasses...I like them at dusk or overcast days when shooting at a light-colored target, it seems to make it "pop" more

22-rimfire
July 4, 2009, 07:09 PM
Yellow shooting glases increase your visual acuity under low light situations by increasing contrast and clarity. I seldom wear any sun glasses other than amber tinted ones.

Matrix187
July 4, 2009, 07:15 PM
I use clear safety glasses I got from midwayusa.. WOrk good.

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