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Shooting Glasses for Over 'Scripts

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by theNoid, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. theNoid

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    What do you prefer to use for safety over your regular 'script glasses? I am wanting to get my son a pair for his 18th birthday so we can start going to the indoor range and getting ready for the Spring comp's.

    I was looking at these from Midway just as an entry level shot so to speak. Not wanting to spend a whole lot of money until I know he wants to stick with this and at that time I will invest in some prescription shooting glasses for him. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...ar-and-one-mirror-anti-fog-lens-polymer-black

    Thanks,
    Chuck
     
  2. George Dickel

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    I wear my regular prescription glasses, they are shatter resistant like shooting glasses. I can't see where shooting glasses offer any more protection.
     
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    I will have to look into it and see if my son's current 'scripts are of the shatterproof design. If they are, another question might be are they shatterproof to the standards as they should be for shooting purposes? Things to look into, thanks for the reply.
     
  4. entropy

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    If his lenses are polycarbonate or Trivex, they are fine for shooting. Most optical shops use these two materials for kid's glasses. I shoot with my regular polycarbonate lenses, though I am getting specific shooting glasses for Trap shooting this year.
     
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  5. hso

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    Look for Z87.1 on the glasses to tell if they're rated to the minimum impact resistance. If you want over the glasses protection you can just get the MIL-DTL-43511D goggles to go over his glasses.

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  6. rpenmanparker

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    A lesson perhaps in what not to do. I recently purchased a pair of Wiley-X Saber Advanced shooting glasses along with the available prescription insert. These are a real bargain compared to the snooty brands at only about $25-30 for the frame and one color lens and another $30 for the Rx frame insert. Yet the frames are excellent, very comfy and secure and the outer lens wraps around for side shield-like protection. They can be used either with or without the Rx insert. Also changing lens colors is a snap, and the additional colored lenses only cost $18 each.

    The problem is that when I had Rx lenses made for the insert and fitted it into the outer frame, I was very disappointed in the vision quality. Don’t get me wrong, the Rx lenses are perfect. I can see through them just fine. But when they are mounted behind the outer lens, the visual quality goes way down. There is glare and distortion when looking through the two layers of lenses. I would like to tell OP that the Wiley-X is a perfect solution for his son, but it didn’t work out that way for me.

    It isn’t such a big deal for me since I have essentially perfect distance vision following cataract surgery. I really just wanted progressives with plano on top and a couple diopters of + added to the bottom.

    But I love the value proposition, clarity, comfort and protection of the Wiley glasses, just without the Rx inserts. I stuck some HydroTac magnifying crescents on the bottoms of the Wiley lenses to make bifocals, and that is working okay. I really need to call Wiley and ask what I did wrong. I will admit I did not use one of their approved optical labs to make and mount the Rx lenses because they did not accept my insurance. They make a big deal about not guaranteeing satisfaction if their approved provider isn’t used. But the Rx lenses are just too good when held in front of my eyes for there to be anything wrong with them. If I get some good information from a phone call, I will let you know. Wiley would be a good choice, very economical, for Rx shooting glasses if this problem can be resolved
     
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  7. George P

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    Ranger XLW glasses will allow you to use a scrip insert while having the ability to use different colored lenses for different shooting conditions. While not cheap, by using the inserts, as your eyes change, you just get new inserts, not new scrip colored lenses.
     
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  8. rpenmanparker

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    That is exactly what I was saying the Wileys are for, but they didn't work so well with one lens behind the other. Fortunately they didn't cost me much, and I can use the plain outer lenses anyway. Before putting out the big bucks for Rangers, I would be awfully sure that they will be satisfactory when done.
     
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  9. entropy

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    I like the Randoph engineering Sporter glasses; no insert, only one set of Rx lenses, and many different color clip-ons are available for differing light conditions. For my situation, (High minus with high astigmatism) it is the best solution. I'd love to have Decots, but each color you get has to be Rx lenses and that adds up fast, especially when replacing them. With the Sporter, you only need to replace the set in the frame.

    https://www.randolphusa.com/re-rang..._pa_size=62mm&attribute_pa_temple=cable-160mm
     
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  10. rpenmanparker

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    Well now I feel kinda foolish. I just tried out my Rx inserts for the Wileys and find them okay. There are still some halos around the ceiling lights, but they are there without the Rx inserts too. So disregard all the BS I posted above. Dunno what I was thinking. So this is a pretty good deal after all. $30 for the Wiley frames and one color lens. $18 for additional lenses or a kit with the frame and 3 colored lenses for about $60-64. $30 for the insert frame for the Rx lenses. And whatever it costs you for the Rx lenses. With my insurance I only paid $25. So a complete pair of Rx clear or sun shooting glasses would run me about $85. And they are really nice. I fail to see how you can beat that.

    Tactical Gear has the best selection and prices. They also offer the Rx insert frame.
     
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  11. entropy

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    The only thing I don't like about Rx inserts is they have limited area above the eye, which is what is need when shooting. (rifle and shotgun at least, and pistol for some styles of shooting)
    For what you paid for them, hard to beat!
     
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  12. rpenmanparker

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    Sure, that’s true. These ride a little high up near the brow pad so I don’t think it will be a problem.
     
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  13. equin

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    I am very nearsighted and considered legally blind without corrected vision. So my glasses and frames are usually on the expensive side with as high an index as possible ($200-400). So I thought the prescription lens inserts and wrap around safety glasses from Smith Optics were a bargain at $200. The ones I got are the Aegis Compacts, and they work great. Very comfortable, very good vision and great protection with the wraparound outer protective lens. Highly recommend them.

    With that said, I almost always wear contact lenses due to the lack of peripheral vision with my strong eyeglass prescription. I then just use the outer wraparound protective lenses on when wearing contacts. But if I had to ditch my contacts for whatever reason, it's good to know the inserts are there as a backup.

    I got mine at rx-safety.com
     
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    I have tried the script insert type of glasses, and have not had good results. I spent about $400 on a pair of ESS glasses that included 3 different colored lenses, and the Rx inserts which I had sent away to the lenses made for. Total waste of money for me. Maybe others have had good luck with them, but for me, they just did not work. The correction never worked well, having double-lenses (protective + corrective inserts) added distortion that made working with red dot sights a mess.

    Long story short, I just bought some Hunters HD Gold glasses that are just amazing! I cannot say enough good things about these glasses and the company. They cost me another $400, but totally worth it.

    Here is a post that I created around here:

    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/hunters-hd-gold-shooting-glasses.846271/
     
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