Shooting guns can be a dangerous sport. That’s why you need to follow the rules and wear special protective gear to keep you safe. Protecting your eyes is especially important. Lot’s of things can hit or get into your eyes when you shoot. These include:
Why Do You Need Eye Protection When Shooting Guns?
- Spent cases ejected from semi-automatic pistols often fly all over the place. They can hit you on the head, in your face or neck and go down your shirt and burn you. Many times have I had spent cases from my own pistol deflected by my safety glasses. Other times the cases come from the shooter in the stall next to you. They seem to hit me in the heat at least twice a week.
- Ricochet bullets happen more than you think. You better have eye protection when they do.
- Residue and blow back from un-burned gun powder sprays out of your gun each time you fire. You don’t want that stuff getting into your eyes.
- There are a lot of particulates floating around in the air at the shooting range. Even though most indoor shooting ranges have good air circulation systems you should still protect your eyes from them.
When I first began my new hobby of target shooting, I realized that I would have to purchase all of the accessories that go with the sport. One of these would be some type of glasses or goggles needed to protect my eyes.
You cannot go into the gun range without eye protection. So I went to my local hardware store and bought a few different types of eye protection. That was a mistake and a waste of money. Hardware stores are no the best places to buy eye protection for shooting.
I wear prescription glasses when I drive to correct my far sight vision. I figured I could wear my glasses beneath whatever our protection I bought for use at the shooting range. Well, you can do that, but you will look like an idiot.
On my first trip to the gun range I was told by the rangemaster I could wear my regular prescription glasses by themselves, as long as they were not glass and that they were construction of shatter proof materials. I wish I had known that earlier. Oh well, I can always use the goggles and eye shields doing various home improvement projects. Eye protection is always good to have on hand. You never know when you’ll need it.
I have now been going to the range for over a year and I am getting serious about the sport. It may be time to invest the money and purchase a pair of prescription shooting glasses. Having been hit in the head, in the face, and on all parts my body by flying ejected shell casings from the automatic pistols of the shooters to a standing next to me, I now see why I protection is so very important.
I’ve also been sprayed in the face by tiny particles of either gunpowder or blowback when shooting my own revolvers. I now realize that a regular pair of prescription glasses is not adequate to not provide sufficient eye protection in all circumstances.
They do a good enough job in protecting your eyes from objects coming straight at you, but do not protect your eyes from objects coming at you from the sides or above or below. I’ve determined that it will go ahead and spend money to buy a prescription care of shooting glasses that form fit to your face and protect your eyes from all angles.
Photo by: Al Bright