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Old 04-19-2018, 09:21 AM   #1
 
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Default Lets talk shooting glasses.....

So I have some amber ones from Cabelas currently, and I have tinted safety glasses, but am looking more into a nice set of shooting glasses if theyre worth it.

Just curious what you're all using, do polarized glasses make a difference when outdoors?

Any recommendations? I'd like to get a set that I can swap lenses on depending on the conditions......
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I have Oakley Tombstones that work very well.. you can get like 5 lense colors that fit them. I also carry a generic clear pair of safety glasses. Polarized lenses can skew your view looking through a magnafied optic FYI so i personally stay away from those.

Honestly Clear and tinted are all I use. Perhaps I may pick up an orage lense for low light but clear gets it done so far
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Glasses are glasses are glasses.

You don't need to spend $100+ on shooting glasses. If you shoot often, you'll find that casings can hit and chip or marks on your glasses.

I bought a few pairs for <$5.00 each and have had them for a while.

I won't use my expensive eye glasses or oakley sunglasses that cost a LOT more for the range.
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Cheapo $10 for a pack of however many Home Depot clear safety glasses.
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Exactly. The cheapest safety clear ones i can find is what i use.
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Sounds like I'm set then.... Just wasn't sure if it made a difference with polarized or anything, but it sounds like they're actually a detriment more than anything.
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I have Oakley Tombstones that work very well.. you can get like 5 lense colors that fit them. I also carry a generic clear pair of safety glasses. Polarized lenses can skew your view looking through a magnafied optic FYI so i personally stay away from those.

Honestly Clear and tinted are all I use. Perhaps I may pick up an orage lense for low light but clear gets it done so far
Have you tried the Prism lenses for it? They look like they would do well, but I dont know if theyre polarized or not?

I usually steer clear of Oakley products though because I have a huge melon and they don't fit well.
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I wear clear safety glasses I get out of the vending machine at work. May grab a pair with the outfielder shaped lenses for more protection, but haven’t had a problem with the smaller sunglasses style ones.
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Have you tried the Prism lenses for it? They look like they would do well, but I dont know if theyre polarized or not?

I usually steer clear of Oakley products though because I have a huge melon and they don't fit well.
never tried the prism lenses for them. I have smoke currently and clear. Tombstones are seriously huge and I have a giant head (size 8 fitted hat) and they fit amazing. They are super comfortable and breath quite well for their size.

Someone mentioned that they don't use expensive glasses due to brass possibly scratching the lenses. This only happens in an indoor enviroment shooting close to a wall or divider. I say use crappy eyes indoors and invest in a decent pair for outdoor shooting. But honestly being comfortable and keeping you eyes safe is the most important thing and do what you want as long as your safe.
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never tried the prism lenses for them. I have smoke currently and clear. Tombstones are seriously huge and I have a giant head (size 8 fitted hat) and they fit amazing. They are super comfortable and breath quite well for their size.

Someone mentioned that they don't use expensive glasses due to brass possibly scratching the lenses. This only happens in an indoor enviroment shooting close to a wall or divider. I say use crappy eyes indoors and invest in a decent pair for outdoor shooting. But honestly being comfortable and keeping you eyes safe is the most important thing and do what you want as long as your safe.
That would be me.

The issue is without the casings hitting the barriers. Ejections can be erratic and fly in any direction.

Care to explain how a $100 pair of glasses is going to protect your eyes better than an identical pair without polarized features that are about $10?

Keep in mind, I work in industrial supply, and have had my hands on probably about 50 different pairs of low end and high end safety glasses. They are almost all the same, minus the brand.

Now, if you have trouble finding a cheap pair that fit well, a more expensive pair could be an option.

Sunglasses, sure, I wear expensive, name brand Oakley's for fit, function and looks. Little different at the range, though since I don't need to have high end features that really will not benefit your time at the range or improve your shooting ability.

I also wear a hat that helps as well.

I've had about a dozen casings fly at my face. This is in between firing a couple thousand rounds out of my personal guns, plus more with friends and rental guns/ammo too.
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Great example -

https://www.amazon.com/Oakley-Mens-T.../dp/B075F8K2CZ

$150 for plastic lenses that have no added features, and are clear. Sure, they look cool.

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...70_&dpSrc=srch

$10 bucks for a polycarbonate lens that will perform equally to the Oakley's listed above for the sole purpose of safety.

Only difference? Expensive, name brand "fashion" glasses vs. an industry standard safety eye glass that is widely used in just about any type of environment.
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I use my Oakley sunglasses when im shooting outside, and cheap plastic ones i bought for like $5 when im inside. You don't need anything special, eye protection is eye protection.
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never tried the prism lenses for them. I have smoke currently and clear. Tombstones are seriously huge and I have a giant head (size 8 fitted hat) and they fit amazing. They are super comfortable and breath quite well for their size.

Someone mentioned that they don't use expensive glasses due to brass possibly scratching the lenses. This only happens in an indoor enviroment shooting close to a wall or divider. I say use crappy eyes indoors and invest in a decent pair for outdoor shooting. But honestly being comfortable and keeping you eyes safe is the most important thing and do what you want as long as your safe.
Whoa, finally someone who can compete with my 7-5/8 melon.
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I was more thinking about how like polarized glasses can make things look better fishing, I was looking more for something along those lines when shooting outside.

Those Oakley Prizm lenses look nice, just not sure if the colors would pop as much as they try to sell you on it in this picture that you can adjust...

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Care to explain how a $100 pair of glasses is going to protect your eyes better than an identical pair without polarized features that are about $10?
I don't think he said they would?

I'm not debating that you can get good cheaper safety glasses, I use two pairs currently, I was just curious about the lenses that help color and clays and shit like that outdoors...
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I don't think he said they would?

I'm not debating that you can get good cheaper safety glasses, I use two pairs currently, I was just curious about the lenses that help color and clays and shit like that outdoors...
Just a question of curiosity.

Outdoors, I'll use an amber tinted UV Lens for a few bucks more that will help with the sun so I don't have difficulty aiming because it is too bright.

Still won't use a $100+ pair of sunglasses for any outdoor range, haha.
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That would be me.

The issue is without the casings hitting the barriers. Ejections can be erratic and fly in any direction.

Care to explain how a $100 pair of glasses is going to protect your eyes better than an identical pair without polarized features that are about $10?

Keep in mind, I work in industrial supply, and have had my hands on probably about 50 different pairs of low end and high end safety glasses. They are almost all the same, minus the brand.

Now, if you have trouble finding a cheap pair that fit well, a more expensive pair could be an option.

Sunglasses, sure, I wear expensive, name brand Oakley's for fit, function and looks. Little different at the range, though since I don't need to have high end features that really will not benefit your time at the range or improve your shooting ability.

I also wear a hat that helps as well.

I've had about a dozen casings fly at my face. This is in between firing a couple thousand rounds out of my personal guns, plus more with friends and rental guns/ammo too.

safety is the most important thing period beyond anything else and you should use what is the most comfortable for you to wear so you enjoy using them. I was just pointing out that in all my years of shooting if I ever had any cases strike my lenses, it was in an indoor range with me shooting next to a barrier or wall. never had this issue outside. I choose to use cheap clear lenses for indoor ranges for that same reason. Outside I enjoy using my $100 lenses because they keep me comfortable in all conditions I shoot in and I know they will not be easily damaged by flying brass. It's my personal choice and everyone do what they want for themselves. In my experiences you generally get what you pay for and I didn't feel like spending money on other frames or lenses to see what would work for me so I ordered what I KNEW would work for me. The tombstone lense has the greatest field of vision on anything else I've seen and they are light weight and make wearing them for 10 hours very enjoyable (yes some matches go that long).

Be safe out there and protect your eyes. you only get one set
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I was more thinking about how like polarized glasses can make things look better fishing, I was looking more for something along those lines when shooting outside.

Those Oakley Prizm lenses look nice, just not sure if the colors would pop as much as they try to sell you on it in this picture that you can adjust...

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yea not sure but I would like to know as well..

I used to always run an orange lense in my paintball mask because they gave me better low light visibility and did a decent job in direct sunlight. I haven't tried an orange lense for shooting yet but its on my list of things to do. I'm sure they will work well
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I wear my Oakley Fuel Cells (everyday sunglasses). I don't do indoor ranges.
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yea not sure but I would like to know as well..

I used to always run an orange lense in my paintball mask because they gave me better low light visibility and did a decent job in direct sunlight. I haven't tried an orange lense for shooting yet but its on my list of things to do. I'm sure they will work well
I always used either an amber lens or tinted lens in my paintball mask as well.

I spent a lot of money on that mask and different lenses (some of the thermal lenses were $40+ each and I changed them a few times a year).

Like you mentioned previously, you only have one set of eyes, and having a brother who had one shot out by a BB gun (yes, just like A Christmas Story) I tend to want to find something comfortable that I wont mind wearing for extended times.

My mask was like $125 when it came out and I always had two masks because at tourneys the turnaround can be fast so you might not have time to clean them well before the next match starts so you just swap it for the other one until you can clean them....

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I forgot I had a pair of yellow tint safety glasses from work in my chest pocket, I think they fell in my NRA bag when I was changing, or they’re in my work truck somewhere. Inside or poor lighting I’ll wear yellow tint or clear, outside I just wear my Oakley’s. Only thing I don’t like about my shooting glasses is that they screw up my hat, I have to wear a hat when I shoot to keep casings from burning my shaved head (that fucking hurts).
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I always used either an amber lens or tinted lens in my paintball mask as well.

I spent a lot of money on that mask and different lenses (some of the thermal lenses were $40+ each and I changed them a few times a year).

Like you mentioned previously, you only have one set of eyes, and having a brother who had one shot out by a BB gun (yes, just like A Christmas Story) I tend to want to find something comfortable that I wont mind wearing for extended times.

My mask was like $125 when it came out and I always had two masks because at tourneys the turnaround can be fast so you might not have time to clean them well before the next match starts so you just swap it for the other one until you can clean them....

oh for sure.. finally someone who preps like me..lol.. i was always bringing several masks JIC.. nothing like a classic pair of Flex 7's... I still rock those things but with one of the newer fancy blue ice polarized looking lenses.. they are amazing
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