Guns are dangerous, there is no doubt about that, but at the same time, so are a host of things when used in the wrong way. Shooting ranges are not a new occurrence and people visit these places to harness and sharpen their marksmanship skills either for sport or for their work requirements, as the case may be.
If you are an ardent visitor to shooting ranges for whatever reason, or if you are a hunter then you must be aware of the various precautions which you need to take in order to ensure your safety while making use of a firearm.
However, sadly, in reality, many of these safety precautions are usually ignored and regarded as unnecessary often leading to very preventable accidents and mishaps. The use of shooting glasses is one of these overlooked precautions. The article below aims at showing three reasons why these glasses are very important to people who intend to operate a firearm at any time in the near future.
1.) ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, AND MORE OFTEN THAN A LOT OF PEOPLE REALIZE
Accidents are a part of our everyday life. One could be taking a very harmless walk and be involved in an accident of any kind. You could be eating and be involved in an accident. Accidents happen, some are avoidable, while a lot of them are not. The introduction of dangerous items such as guns and knives only increases the likelihood of an accident happening, and at the same time, increases the severity of an accident that could happen. You will be amazed by the number of hunters who, while doing what they do, are hit by a flying birdshot or even a ricochet that would have been hard to avoid in any scenario. That may even be going a bit far, excessive powder from your gun can sometimes blow back and subsequently burn the eyes of the shooter. These things happen. There are cases where spent cartridges are released from the gun and come flying out faster than one expected. In such a case, protective eyewear would go a long way towards making sure you avoid injury or at least minimize the severity of the injury from the accident. The flash of a muzzle going off can also be harmful to the eyes, and eyewear will prevent any damages that may have been done. Sometimes, ear wear which protects the ears from loud sounds and so on, are also worn by safety conscious gun users in conjunction with protective eyewear.
2.) THE PROTECTIVE GLASSES PROVIDE YOU WITH EXTRA PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS
You might be taking a walk through the woods on a hunting trip and suddenly a branch you hadn't spotted before, pops out of nowhere and pokes you in the eye. It doesn't have to be a branch, it could be a leaf, a dislodged stone, anything really. The point remains, even before you begin to use the gun, there are other things which can harm your eyes and can be protected against simply by using these protective glasses. Another scenario is when cleaning out your weapon. The solvents used in cleaning the weapon may be harmful to the eye and in essence, you should protect your eyes against those harmful solvents as well as springs which, in some cases, can come loose while the cleaning is being done. The eyes and ears are very important and should be taken care of as much as possible.
3.) ASIDE FROM PROTECTING YOUR EYES, THEY MAY ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU SEE BETTER WHILE USING YOUR FIREARM
There are glasses which provide shooters with a lovely contrast while they are shooting on the range. Yellow glasses, for example, when used with a black & white target, can turn the white part of the target yellow, without changing the black. The new color provides better contrast for some shooters than the white.
MAKING A CHOICE OF A PAIR OF SHOOTING GLASSES
Before you go ahead and select shooting glasses, there are some important things that are necessary for you to consider. Firstly, the lenses of the glasses, have to be very strong. The lenses of ordinary glasses may shatter when they are impacted by a projectile and that may cause eye injury on its own. The best material used in making shooting glasses is polycarbonate and you have to ensure that whatever you select is made from this material. You also need to make sure that the glasses are rated to nothing less than the ANSIZ87.1 standard. Aviator style glasses were popular as protective eyewear back in the 80s but these days, the type of glasses which wrap around the head are much better.
With the aviator, there is a space left between the frame and the face through which one can get a projectile to the eye and the area around it. The glasses which wrap around the head only have the littlest opening to allow airflow which prevents the eyewear from fogging up.
Frames which are both lightweight and made of titanium or plastic are most recommended because of the added comfort as opposed to other frames.
The color of the lens is also important. The most popular lens colors so far are gray, yellow, amber as well as purple. If you are looking to block out glare while maintaining perception, then the gray is for you. If, however, you are looking to get a detailed line of vision, then the yellow or orange lenses are more your speed. For distinguishing between targets which are arranged against trees, one would be better off with the purple lenses.
Protective eyewear is very important and even those not involved in the shooting, but are standing close to the shooter, are also required to get a pair.