Shooting Glasses


July 7, 2010, 01:04 AM
I have a question regarding shooting glasses. What type of lense shape is the best? I have some cheap ones with a yellow lense, and they do alright. But I was looking at pictures of soldiers, and they seem to be wearing a sporty wide lense that's very angular in black or dark grey.

Do US soldiers get issued with safety eyewear or do they have to supply their own?

If anybody knows, could you provide some good brands and models that soldiers opt for?

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Straight Shooter
July 7, 2010, 01:56 AM
I don't know what specific brand that the military purchases but there are many brands that are "military approved".

Look for anything that is ballistic grade. I prefer glasses that wrap for added protection on the sides.

As for color/tint that depends on if you are shooting indoor or outdoor.

Here is a link to several ballistic grade safety glasses:

July 7, 2010, 02:29 AM
Personally, I would just use sunglasses. Shooting glasses in the military seem to be an Army thing. The ones they issue have a slight magnification built into them and they end up giving you a headache when you wear them. When I was in the Marines, we didn't use glasses on the range unless they were sunglasses that you felt like wearing. Just because the Army issues it doesn't mean they are any good.

By the way, I do know what I'm talking about. 5yrs active duty USMC, and now I'm in the national guard since the Marine Reserve doesn't have my old MOS nearby. And I'm at Bagram Airfield right now, so I have to deal with the equipment that is issued.

Ala Dan
July 7, 2010, 11:26 AM
If no eye sight problems exist, I would use Costa Del-Mar sun glasses,
with the 580 lens on bright sunny days; and a less expensive pair of
hi-viz [yellow tint] shooting glasses on cloudy or rainy days~! ;) :D

July 7, 2010, 11:34 AM
No idea about what the military issues. I've personally had good experience using Smith glasses made for mountain biking, and Decot Hy-Wyds.

I know a number of shooters who wear the glasses made by Rudy Project and really seem to like them.

July 7, 2010, 11:43 AM
Any color you like, but a bit pricey...$6 per pair:rolleyes:.

Look around, lots of good glasses here

July 7, 2010, 11:44 AM
If you shoot trap, skeet, or any shoulder mounted gun for that matter, be sure to get glasses that set high enough that when you drop down on the are not looking at the top rim of your glasses.
Decot is what I have used for 35 yrs.
If I were to buy a new pair, I would get some with exchangeable lense colors. It makes a huge difference when shooting in bright light, twilight, artificial light etc. You can choose a color that contrasts with the target for quicker acquisition.
Usually get what you pay for...but whatever you get , make sure they are specifically for shooting or you will be looking at the top, or over the top of your glasses.
Get them, and WEAR THEM when shooting!
Take it from me, you don't want any eye injury.
Fencing staple in my eye when building a barb wire fence May 9th 1983 11:30 a.m.

July 7, 2010, 12:23 PM
I'm in my Oakley Flak Jackets when outdoors but not because they're necessarily "shooting glasses". They're just comfortable, solid, light, have different interchangeable lenses, and never fall off no matter how hard I'm running and gunning. Other than shooting I'm also deep into triathlons. I run and bike thousands of miles a year and the Oakleys go through and handle well the beating they get.

July 7, 2010, 05:33 PM
In the Marine Corps we get issued ESS Ice balistic safety glasses in both clear and black. They are vary good shooting glasses for CMP and other range work. I personally have a pair of Oakley Half Jacket XLJ's with black polarized lenses and most of my platoon buy Oakleys because they fit better and arn't so big on the face.

July 7, 2010, 06:11 PM
Many competition shooters wear Oakley Pro M Frame with an assortment of lenses for the conditions.

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