Who actually wears eye protection?

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It's a PITA to wear them. But feeling my way down the sidewalk with a white and red stick would be an even bigger PITA. so I wear them. Even if I'm not shooting, if the range is hot eye protection is on. They're the range rules, and a good idea also.
I wear eye protection pretty much all the time I am shooting a firearm. Wearing safety glasses while shooting with a scope can be somewhat of a PITA, but my vision is more important than that.
You could always learn to shoot with the off side.

That way, when you lose one eye you can keep shooting....

I wear them. And after a few slam fires, primer failures, I'm glad I do.
About 45...ish... years ago at the local gun range - I got a piece of lead as it turned out in my eye when we were sighting in our deer guns. Had to go to emergency room and get it removed.
And I have Tinnitus for the last 20 years - not all shooting related for sure since I have worked the oilfields for 40 years.... I have had constant ringing in ears on both ears for over 20 years now....There is no cure...
Strongly recommend Eye and Hearing protection.
Look folks. It is a terrific idea to wear eye protection. Many if not all ranges require them.

Some of us however started shooting when almost no one but shot gunners and bulls eye pistol shooters wore glasses.

The shot gunners to have help with color contrast with their yellow lenses and orange targets.

The pistolleros to provide various forms of "cheats" such as additional lens or a glasses mounted apperature.

We shot for decades that way before everyone jumped on the eye protection band wagon.

It is a bad habit to shoot without protection, but it was a well earned habit.

The reason HP rifle shooters often don't actively use eye protection? Same as me and bench shooting a sporting rifle. They have found their scores are higher with a very low prone position. This means their faces really get mashed when getting a good cheek weld and eye protection ends up pressed against the stock and either pushed up in the way or cocked at weird angles. A little lens distortion from angle or looking through right at the frame and there go your scores out the window.

They actually make a conscious decision that the risk is worth the points.

Some folks choose to drive 5 or 7 miles an hour over posted speed limits even though statistically they are more likely to be involved in a car wreck.

Some times folks jay walk even though they are many times more likely to be struck while doing so.

Good on you all for shooting every time with eye protection. I encourage all my students to do so.

Sometimes some of us don't use eye protection every time. It is a choice. Get over it.

Please, everyone use eye protection, and if you must harass me about it do so on the range and it matters and not when I am just enjoying myself on line.

I had cataract surgery last year, after many years of wearing "coke bottle" glasses every waking moment. Since that time I have had to be careful, and always have proper eye protection available, no matter what I am doing. Wood work, general maintenance, yard work, etc. I now have safety glasses all over the place, including both a clear and tinted pair that include my reading correction as bifocals in my truck glove box. I have learned that even an errant tree branch can be a hazard now that my eyes aren't automatically behind my glasses.

I have been peppered with enough debris at the range over the years that I always want something covering my peepers.
Just last Saturday, my first shot, with a long-loaded 45 ACP at the top of a full mag, had something happen, didn't eject the case, and spit debris back into my face. I sure was glad I was wearing protection then because whatever it was would have at least stung, if not damaged my eye.
A few years ago, I was shooting at an indoor range. A stall on the other side of the range was occupied by a group of morons that consisted of a guy & several giggling barely-dressed girls in high heels. No one was wearing eye protection. A few minutes later, the guy approaches me & asks to see my ammo.
I said, "Why?"
He says, "My friends & I are getting hit with particles."
I said, "Well, I'm shooting cast lead. Is there any reason none of you are wearing eye protection?"
He answers with a "Pffffft" like that's for wimps.

I spoke to the range employees & explained the liability involved with them allowing people to be on the range without eye protection. One of them immediately went & talked to the group. They started arguing with him, saying it's up to them whether or not they wear eye protection. He told the group to leave.
I've worn eyeglasses since elementary school so I got used to them quickly.

I switched to contact lenses but I have no issues with glasses because I got accustomed to having to wear them all the time.

I never shoot without them (other than a hunting situation. I don't put on safety glasses or ear protection before shooting a deer).
Who actually wears eye protection?

I do I do, why wouldn't you? Seems like protecting your eyes is a no brainer for me.


Or maybe a not yet fully developed brain. When I was in town today, in heavy traffic, I was driving behind a kid on a motorcycle - t-shirt, shorts, tennis shoes and no helmet of course. He looked to be about 16. Maybe his brain hadn't had time to fully develop yet.:eek:
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Polycarbonate Perscription glasses enough?

I wear glasses (I have contacts, but only use those when bow hunting or turkey hunting) and are polycarb. lens perscription glasses Ok as "eye protection"? If not, as a glasses wearer, what should i be doing?
I hate wearing contacts all the time.

Also, I have polarized polycarb perscription "sun glasses" as well. Will they effect my POA or POI or view through a scope or EOTech much?

I do have to agree that fogging IS a major slow down and frustration.
Always wear your eye protection. I have had pierced primers in my M70's, loaded developed in 70 F weather pierced in 90 F weather. My glasses had grease globs from the hot gases carrying the oil and grease inside the bolt, out the cocking piece. If it has not been for my glasses, I would have got an eye full of hot grease and gunpowder.

This young man was not wearing glasses when his National Ordnance M1903A3 blew up in his face. He still has brass particles in his eyes.

This was from Culver's

i was the guy who had the National Ordnance 03A3 blow up in my face. I like you am still pushing people away from those ticking time bombs they call rifles. I had one surgery after I last conversed with you. Had to have a tooth removed, piece of brass was blown into my nerve and the sun still burns my eyes from absorbing heat.
I wear prescription glasses all other times, but I'm near sighted and can see handgun sights clearly without the glasses, so I wear shooting glasses at the range or when plinking. I've felt stuff pepper my face lightly on occasion and I don't want to chance any of it getting in my eye.
Yep, prescription eyeglasses with side shields. Wrap-around safety glasses when shooting with a scope.
I wear glasses (I have contacts, but only use those when bow hunting or turkey hunting) and are polycarb. lens perscription glasses Ok as "eye protection"? If not, as a glasses wearer, what should i be doing?
I hate wearing contacts all the time.

Also, I have polarized polycarb perscription "sun glasses" as well. Will they effect my POA or POI or view through a scope or EOTech much?

I do have to agree that fogging IS a major slow down and frustration.

Yep, according to my eye doctor, the polycarb lenses in my prescription eyeglasses are impact resistant enough for shooting. But that's what I asked for when I ordered them - I think there might be different thicknesses of polycarb lenses.
I wouldn't know for sure, but yeah, I suspect your POA through a scope might be affected by any type of prescription glasses, sunglasses or otherwise. I always sight my rifles in while wearing my glasses.
As I stated in my previous post in this thread, I don't know what all the hubbub about "fogging" is about. Maybe the humidity or something is higher where you folks live. My glasses never fog unless I come inside after being out in the cold for awhile. They do eventually get wet enough to where I can't see through them if I'm hunting in the rain or snow.:)
Our range requires some sort of eye protection, and I now wear them even when working at home.
Once, when I was young and immortal, I shot a load of rat shot from my .22 rifle at a ceramic bowl, thinking the shot would demolish it. Not so...it bounced a lot of the shot right back at me, with one piece sticking just below my glasses rim.:what: I learn slow, but I learn good!
I also had a Dremel cut-off wheel break, and embed a piece in the lens of my prescription glasses.:eek:That was expen$ive, and enough to convince me to be more careful whenever...shop, shooting, or just messing around. I have enough for my grandkids, too.
Since I had cataract surgery, my distance vision is 20/30 in the right eye, and 20/20 in the left, but I do need readers for anything from about 7 feet, and I am wanting to protect what I have! :)
Yes, always. They are like armor for your eyes.

It is telling when you wear a brand new pair of shooting glasses to the range, then when you are finished shooting you look at the outside of them and wonder how they got all scratched up and covered with Breakfree :).

Just my .02,
ALWAYS! Ever since two things happened; while shooting my .45 cal muzzleloading rifle a bit of percussion cap blew back and caught me in the forehead, and many years ago while pheasant hunting I decided at the last minute to wear sunglasses, heard shots in the field across the road, turned around and caught a #5 pellet squarely in the middle of my left lens.
It made me angry when they made us start wearing them 100% of the time at work. I don't mind so much now. I remember when it wasn't required 100%. I also remember trying to keep my eye still while a man used what looked like an itty bitty drill bit that was attached to a itty bitty drill to get a piece of steel out of my eye. My grandfather had a glass eye from an incident that happened with a bb gun when he was a kid. Safety glasses are a pain in the butt but I'd rather wear them than get hurt.
I always wear eye protection while shooting. its required for any shooting event or shooting range Iv ever been too.

Iv been hit far too many times by lead backslash off of steel plates, sometimes with enough energy to make me bleed.

you can lick the back side of you glasses, let it dry. they wont fog.
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