Advice Needed On Shooting Glasses

Advice Needed On Shooting Glasses

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    Advice Needed On Shooting Glasses

    After 30 years of shooting, I am getting my first pair of shooting glasses. At the local gun store, I have a choice of clear, yellow, or gray. All protect against ultraviolet light.

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of clear vs. yellow or gray?

    Please advise.

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    My eyes are very light sensitive and the yellow seemed to make everything too bright or contrasty for me.

    I had mine custom made up in a darker amber - that works for me but, I guess all eyes are different.
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    ^^ Ditto. Eyes can react somewhat differently, for different folks. For my money, the ambers and oranges seem to work best for adding visibility and contrast while allowing for brighter or low-light conditions.

    I've got a set of Oakley M-frame, wrap-around, polycarbonate glasses in the VR28 (amber) lens. The VR28's are designed for fairly intense sunlight. These are exceptional for outdoor shooting, field work. Indoors, these can seem extremely dark, so a lighter variant of the lenses would be needed. Nicely, the M-frame supports quick swapping of your various lenses. Expensive, but it works very well.

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    Clear for indoor or times when you don't need sunglasses, yellow provides contrast between sights, background, etc. but will be "bright" in your eyes, gray is the "sunglasses" version-outdoor tint. I have some "persimmon" tint that worked better for me than yellow-that stuff was too bright and hid colors. It's for lower light, like yellow, if I understand correctly.
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    You might want to check and see if you can get a pair with interchangeable lenses. That's what I did with my (bicycle) riding glasses.

    Different colors are for different weather/light conditions. The correct color lens can sometimes make a great deal of difference in what you "see".

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    Has anyone had luck with a pair of googles that work over Perscription glasses?
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    I use clear indoors, yellow to brighten things on cloudy days on when in the shade, grey for bright sunshine. The red tint works well for helping to make orange clay targets stand out.

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    Wiley-X Romer II

    The Wiley-X Romer II military spec glasses are the most popular for both ultraviolet ray protection and are ballistic spec'd for shooting.

    You can order a multitude of color lenses that interchangable. I have the smoke, crimson, and clear. All three function for different climate conditions.

    The glasses are a full wrap type allowing for full peripheral vision. Wiley also makes some of the best goggles with interchangable lenses also.
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    I use glasses that fit over the top of my perscription glasses, yellow for cloudy days and inside, gray for sunny, and clear shop goggles when I take others shooting and they borrow my shooting glasses.

    I also sometimes just use my prescription safety glasses, but the shooting glasses that fit over the top are designed to keep empty hot cartriges from getting between the glasses and the eye.

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    I have prescription glasses with polycarb lenses, and instead of placing safety glasses over the top, I simply purchased some sideshields to wear with them. The sideshields prevent brass from coming in the sides, and a brimmed cap prevents brass from falling down behind. Works well.

    Sideshields are "B-52 Sideshields" from Tasco. Probably other products out there that do the same thing, but that's what I use.

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    I have a red pair that I use for trap shooting and clay pigeons. It really helps in cloudy or bright sunny conditions.

    I have not used the gray.

    The yellow seemed to make everything a little too "artificial" for me.

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    Have Had The Same Pair For 30 Years...

    Amber...variable lens with hooks over the ears...except, I now have to put magnification tabs on the lower portion of each lens.

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    I use ESS ICE glasses. interchangable lens , similar to Gargoyle glasses, but cheaper.
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    I use prescription Ranger XL's in yellow for indoors including Bullseye League, bronze for outdoor.
    The yellow lens inside really helps.
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