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If you’re serious about shooting you need a pair of quality glasses, not just some Walmart garbage. This guide is to help you find the best shooting glasses.
Shooting glasses are a must for any active shooter. Most ranges require you to have a good pair of glasses and you should be wary of ranges that don’t require you to wear them.
In this post we’re going to cover absolutely everything you need to know about shooting glasses. 🙂
I’ll say right off the bat that anyone who is looking for a discount pair of glasses — this isn’t the review for you.
We cover some of the top brands and go into the specific brands for different sports.
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|Product||Where To Buy|
|Oakley SI Tombstone Spoil with Prizm Shooting Glasses|
|Oakley Radar Range with Prizm (TR22) Standard Issue Shooting Glasses|
|Pilla Magneto 2 Shooting Glasses|
|Pilla Outlaw X|
|STNGR Unbreakable Tactical Ballistic Outdoor & Shooting Sunglasses|
|Ranger Edge Shooting Glasses|
|Wiley X Saber Advanced|
|Wiley X Valor|
|Pilla Magneto RX Series|
|Beretta Shooting Glasses|
|Beretta Performance Frame Shooting Glassess|
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The answer is pretty simple. I’ve been a shooting instructor for the last fifteen years and done a handful of professional shooting workshops for private security companies.
I’ve used almost every brand of glasses out there.
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If you don’t want to read this giant 5000 word article than just focus on the top two picks for this review.
They offer the best shooting glasses for both men, women and new shooters. Oakley combines a great looking pair of glasses with high quality design and 100% ANSI certification.
They also offer 100% UV and UVB protection and a carrying case. While the price tag might be a bit higher you’re getting a better deal overall when you add the case, UV resistant lens and cleaning solution together.
The Oakley SI Tombstone Spoil with Prizm Shooting Glasses is built for tactical use. Built on mil-grade specs, the Tombstone’s are a pair of glasses that you can literally use for years to come.
The guys at Oakley have worked on the FOV and asked veteran marksmen what to include. They modified their original model a few times to come up with a pair of shooting glasses that improves FOV without compromising design or functionality.
The veterans focused on three things. They singled out contrast or clarity, the changing of lens, and field of view.
Prizm is also in use here, where it decreases eye strain. The lens can also be changed without leaving a fingerprint mark on the les. All of these advances are incorporated into the Tombstone. 🙂
The guys at Oakley have been perfecting this design for over 30 years. The Oakley Radar Range with Prizm (TR22) Standard Issue is one of their best products.
The Oakley Radar Range with Prizm (TR22) Standard Issue is fully equipped with the PRIZM, Unobtanium and O-matter. Countless athletes have won using Oakley products and this product aims to continue that proud heritage.
Although they’re not the best shooting glasses, the Pilla Magneto are a popular choice especially with shotgun shooters. We still give this product the thumbs up, but our ultimate pick is definitely still with the Oakley glasses. Let’s jump into some of the more technical aspects of the Pilla Shooting Glasses.
Progressive Lens Kit (PED,PL,PM and PN)
Enhanced Def Kit (42ED, 22ED and 78HC)
Kit B (69MWN, 58ED and 18RHC)
Kit A (60HCP,50RHC and 32MXB)
The Pilla Magneto 2 is designed for tactical performance. As such, users will not feel the weight of this product because it is made to be light as possible and not feel too heavy on your face.
Titanium frame is extremely strong whilst keeping it pretty light. The Pilla Magneto 2 is package with 3 VVX (made by ZEISS).
It is also quite easy to change lenses with this product, as neodymium magnets are used for lens ingress and egress.
Another quality product by Pilla. These are a great choice for people looking for a general product pair of glasses without breaking the bank. There are a lot of options for this model, so let’s take a closer look at what lens type best suits your needs.
If you’re unsure about size, go with the X6 as the glasses are somewhat adjustable. I’d rather go with a bigger pair of glasses for better FOV then a smaller pair any day.
Up to 4 kits made available by Pilla
Two size options:
Pilla has yet again partnered with Zeiss to create another product. The Pilla Outlaw X guarantees a good viewing experience for shooters. The two size options available puts up a non-obstructed view of the environment.
These shooting glass incorporates materials that are strong yet lightweight to ensure that the performance of the shooter will not be impeded. Fogging is reduced because the rubber sweat bar has integrated vents. Likewise, the sweat bar minimizes the risk of lens smudging. All in all, the Pilla Outlaw X is an excellent product
Founded by Ernest and Philip in 2016 out of a garage in Allen, Texas, STNGR was born out of a desire for more. If you like the idea of buying from a family owned, US based business that stands behind their products with a life time warranty then the STNGR brand is for you. Basically return broken, damaged, basically “whatever is left” and they will replace them.
Great Video from our friends at 704 Tactical to see glasses undergo extreme testing.
The Ranger Edge shooting glasses are built for versatility. As is the norm for Randolph Engineering products, the Ranger Edge comes in a lot of different flavors.
The NexPC lens is rated to be 6 times more resistant than other glasses. The materials in use can absorb the blast or any smaller particles that are emitted from a blast. The lens also provides better contrast when compared with contemporary products. Glare reduction is also great with these. Ranger optics are one of the best shooting glasses you can get.
The lifetime warranty for solder joints means that the Ranger Edge will stay with you for a long time. About the only difficult thing here, especially for novices, is that the plethora of configurations may overwhelm would be buyers.
The Wiley X Saber Advanced are built for tactical use based on military special force team specs. They Wiley X are extremely lightweight and offer a hell of a lot of protection for the price-tag.
The lenses are also more than adequate in protecting your eyes because it has been certified to withstand close proximity firing. The temples included are also adjustable, meaning that your glasses can adapt to the environment as changes happen. The brow bar also has the Ultra Foam. The size and molding of the Wiley X make them a great choice as a top notch eye protection for shooting.
The Ultra Foam will ensure that the glasses will never lose its grip even in wet conditions.
I know I keep covering the product specs, but it’s important to know what you’re getting. Let’s take a look at some of the features that I love about these products.
Another great choice by Wiley, although it’s almost the same as the Saber advanced choice. In all honesty I’d go with the Saber Advanced over these. I find that the Valor glasses while still great just don’t include all the little upgrades that the Saber has.
It’s a more basic model for roughly the same price.
Package includes the following:
Built for tactical no nonsense shooting these just work. The lenses are easy to change and FOV is also pretty great.
The Wiley X Valor is quite comfortable to wear too as the frame is quite flexible, adapting to the wearer’s facial dimensions. The sturdy lens are certified for max protection. Also comes with UV ray protection as stated in the specifications.
I had to cover these Pilla glasses too as they are a pretty popular choice. I will say that they aren’t my favorite. For what they offer I don’t think the price is justified. They definitely aren’t the kind of eye protection for shooting we’d recommend.
Kits are also available:
The frame is made up of titanium. The frame is ultralight as not to impede the movement of the users but it does not sacrifice durability.
Pilla has partnered with Veiss again to create quality lenses that can adopt to any environment. The lens are easy to interchange with the help of neodymium magnets.
Pilla’s lens are also build for military grade projection specifically for snipers in the field. They offer max protection from blasts and other projectile matter.
The name Beretta is known for quality gear and weapons. They have also produced their own pair of glasses that maintain that same standard of high quality materials with functional design. The Trident Glasses are no exception to that rule providing a military grade tactical shooting experience. Here are some of the specs for the Tridents in closer detail.
The Beretta Trident Shooting Glasses is built for versatility. It includes 3 sets of lenses. As stated above, the black lens is the most popular choice while the red and the yellow lenses are good for bright and low-light conditions respectively.
The Beretta Trident Shooting Glasses is also frameless, which gives you unobstructed view of the field. Sometime, the frame obstructs the peripheral view of the person using them. That is not the case for this product. The Beretta Trident Shooting Glasses is lightweight, meaning that wearing it on the field won’t be cumbersome. A case is also included in the package.
Another popular option by Beretta are the standard shooting glasses. These are the most basic models that are good for novice shooters.
The Beretta Shooting Glasses focuses on the the quality of the lenses that is included. Lens in question is injected with policarbonate and coupled with good color contrasts and a better overall view.
These elements give the users a better viewing experience which is essential in the sport of shooting.
The frame, and by extension the whole product, is quite comfortable to wear because of the soft plastics used by Beretta. The product is also quite light, enabling usage in the field without being cumbersome. Only issue are these glasses are a bit bigger, so those with petite faces may have some difficulty in using said product.
|Product||Where To Buy|
|Radians Clay Pro Shooting and Safety Glasses|
|Titus Premium G Series|
|RE Ranger | Phantom 2.0 Interchangeable 3-Lens Shooting Kit for Men or Women 100% UV|
|XAegis Tactical Eyewear 3 Interchangeable Lenses Outdoor Unisex Shooting Glasses|
The Radians Clay Pro Shooting glasses are frameless by design. This means that the peripheral view is unobstructed. The view is always important in the sport of shooting.
The Radians Clay Pro also over 99 percent UV protection, which is essential for the outdoor quality of the sport. The lens are also durable, with ANSI certification. The nose piece is made up of soft rubber which ensures comfort.
Versatility is the name of the game as the Titus Premium G series is a good choice for riding, shooting and target practice.
There are also a plethora of lens colors to choose from with each color serving a purpose for every environment.
The lenses are also very easy to change since the mechanism in place (Integrated Side Shield) is efficient. The Black Impact Frame is adjustable ensuring comfort when wearing this product.
This shooting glasses kit from RE Ranger, with three interchangeable shield lenses, is a solid set of versatile, durable shooting glasses in a sleek, unisex design. If you like a really good-looking pair of shooting glasses, these will get you hyped. And, if you’re into a wide range of frame colors and lens combinations, this line has a lot to choose from.
These truly lightweight, well-designed frames from RE have an easy snap-in, snap-out function that lets you easily swap out any of the three tints for whatever shooting environment you find yourself in. There’s a HD medium tint shooting shield, best for contrast and clarity between a target and background in medium-light conditions in a wooded area, a dark purple shield for bringing out the contrast between orange targets against a blue sky or against green foliage, and a UV sun shield, with a Blue Ice mirrored surface to protect your eyes from the sun. So, whether you’re in medium or bright conditions, the durable screw-hinge frames will snap in any lens you need.
If you love great design, you’ll love the nonslip temple tip details and the custom-designed ventilation windows in this sleek set of shooting glasses. And, with ballistic-tested strength, these are a good investment.
If you need shooting glasses that are versatile enough for taking to the job site during the week and then to hunting or shooting on the weekend, these XAegis interchangeable-lens shooting glasses might be your best option. These durable unisex shooting glasses have three lenses, a clear one for normal eye protection during the day, as well as a yellow one and a grey/smoke tinted one, and the switching mechanism is quick and intuitive. Along with the three scratch-resistant and anti-fog polycarbonate lenses, the XAegis pair comes with a hard shell case with a zipper, and a soft, drawstring bag to store the frames and lenses.
These 3-in1 shooting glasses with a quick lens change time are great for tactical situations- you can adapt to low light, high brightness, fog, and any light conditions for great visibility in any variety of environment. Not only can you adapt, but you can do it in seconds. Another great feature is the attractive and slip-resistant rubber frame. It’s sturdy and long-lasting, but has enough give for a flexible fit. These unisex shooting glasses with semi-rimless frame flatters both men and women, and look great even off of the shooting range.
The picks below are all solid choices for shooting indoors. The difference between outdoor glasses and indoor glasses is two fold. First, with indoor glasses you don’t need a huge FOV or light sensitive lens. Second, indoor glasses are a lot cheaper as they don’t need all the extra bells and whistles that you would get with any pair of quality outdoor shooting glasses.
That being said here are our picks for the best eye protection for indoor shooters.
|Product||Where To Buy|
|Howard Leight by Honeywell Vapor )) Sharp-Shooter Safety Eyewear|
|iLumen Shooting Glasses|
|Maxim GT Protective Eyewear|
|Jackson Safety V30 Nemesis Safety Glasses|
Great quality glasses built on a simple design that works. The lenses meets the standard of ANSI (High Impact) which ensures the safety while shooting.
The lenses themselves provide 180 degrees of view. The lens is also coated with Fog-Ban Anti-Fog to discourage fog from forming in the lens.
The frame is also quite light, which made up of black nylon. The fit is also comfortable with a soft nose bridge and a sturdy temple.
The iLumen Shooting Glasses will feel at home in both indoor and outdoor settings. The lenses offers protection from debris. The lenses are also suited for low light conditions and also has anti-fog coating to discourage fogging.
The product can also be paired with UV flashlights should you choose to utilize both. This product from iLumen8 also promises 100 percent protection from UV rays by virtue of the yellow colored lens in use here.
The lenses are also both impact and scratch resistant, furthering the protection of the eyes.
The best thing about the GT is that they are light and extremely durable.
The product also features an elastomeric browguard, high-wrap lenses for better and wider viewing and anti-fog coating for the lenses to discourage fogging in the lenses. The temples are dual-injected and are highly adjustable so that the user can adjust at his or her discretion.
The lens are also polycarbonate and will absorb UV rays from the Sun and the like. The Maxim GT Protective Eyewear can be used in other things too like chipping, chiseling, drilling, masonry. It is not only limited to indoor shooting ranges.
It can handle of the activities mentioned because the lenses are certified in CSA and ANSI.
With a black frame and blue glasses, the Jackson Safety V30 Nemesis Safety Glasses look great.
The color blue was chosen so that it can block of the rays from the Sun should the user choose to get out of the indoor range.
The polycarbonate lenses protects the user from UV and UVB at 99.9 percent. This product has a sporty, lightweight frame.
The lenses are tough and adequate to protect your eyes by meeting the ANSI standards. A patented nosepiece is included which is very flexible and channels sweat away from the eyes.
I realize that was a long read but the important takeaway with all of this is that getting a quality pair of shooting glasses is an investment that will protect you long into the future.
My strategy for purchasing shooting glasses is simple – get a few pairs. Having a backup pair of glasses is great to throw in your range bag or lend to a buddy when they forget his.
I hope our review was helpful and I definitely encourage you to take a look at our hearing protection page for more safety tips.