Buying Guide: Best Shooting Glasses Models and Features

When it comes to being a grade A sniper, it’s nice to think that it is all about hitting your target. Indeed, that is important, but staying safe is paramount. We are operating weapons that are designed to kill, and not just small game and mice, but large animals such as deer, and even people. Depending on the type of bullet we use, we can blow a limb clean off a target, or send it miles away through a dozen trees and half way into a rock. That being said, one of the most important areas that you need to protect are your eyes. What are the best shooting glasses that you can purchase, and what should you be looking for? Read ahead.

PictureNameGlare ProtectionImpact ProtectionPriceRating
Tact-Eyes Shooting Glasses Polycarbonate. Element ResistantComplies with ANSI Impact Standards$$$$$4.9
ESS Eyewear Crossbow Suppressor 2X Deluxe Kit, Black100% UVA/UVB protectionComplies with ANSI Impact Standards$$$$5.0
5.11 Deflect Eyewear (Three Lens) (Black, 1 Size)100% UVA and UVB ProtectionExceeds ANSI Impact Standards$$$$4.7
3M Smart Lens Protective Eyewear, 13407-00000-5 Photochromatic LensPhotochromatic LensesExceeds ANSI Impact Standards$$$$5.0
Radians Remington T 70 Shooting and Safety Glasses (Polarized Lens)Polarized LensExceeds ANSI Impact Standards$5.0

Lens Materials

Perhaps the most important attribute to shooting glasses, are the materials used to make up the lens. It all comes down to what the lens are made out of, whether it is impact resistance, glare reduction, or enhanced visibility. That being said, the best material to use, is polycarbonate, the material that is used for bullet resistant glass. Polycarbonate is resistant to scratches and other elements, extremely durable, and is very light weight, making it perfect for outdoorsmen. Some shooting or safety glasses have plastic lenses, which guarantees that they are American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z78.1) certified, which is the standard used to measure safety. Even some polycarbonate lenses do not meet this standard.

Resistance to Impact

Whether you want the best shooting glasses for skeet or trap shooting, or elk hunting, or if your in the military, you are going to be dealing with a lot of situations in which degree and material may come back and hit you in your eyes. A lens can shatter, sending the shattered material back and possibly blinding you. I’ve seen it before, where somebody has had their glasses shatter and they had to have surgery to remove shards of plastic in their eyes, it isn’t a pretty sight.

Luckily, impact resistance is highly regulated, and you should have no issue finding glasses which meet these standards, as long as you look. These agencies are the ANSI, and the U.S. Military, so they are heavily scrutinized.

Lens Colors and Their Advantages

Most lens colors are no more than personal preference, giving increased visual acuity, yet it really depends on the shooter themselve’s. Some people get them to look cool, however there are some additional attributes that you should keep in mind, as they can have an impact on their usefulness. Gray or smoke tinted glasses are the most common types of lenses, due to their efficiency at protecting you from glare without changing the way you perceive what you are looking at. They are great in all weather, since gray is a true neutral color. Lenses which are Amber-Brown are extremely good at cloaking light that comes from a typical sunny day, known as diffused light, so if you know your going into a sunny environment keep that in mind. These colored shades can also improve your depth perception along with the contrast of your sight, and are a great all around choice.

Orange tints give the sensation of improved contrast, as well as heightening your visual perception. If you get your shooting or safety glasses in these tints, it will increase that particular color on the target due to the blue light from the sky. Yellow tinted lenses provide the same effect, but in conditions with reduced light.

Clear lenses are the second most popular lenses. While they provide no additional acuity or enhancements, they also do not reduce visibility from a changing environment, and unlike shaded glasses, you won’t be restricted due to night time conditions. For hunters who perform the bulk of their hunting at dusk or dawn, these are your winning pick.

The Fit of Your Frames

When you are out on long hunts, the last thing that you want is to be uncomfortable. You have to keep your shooting glasses on at all times if you want to make use of them, you don’t want to have to put them on before you take a shot for fear that the target will run away. Yet, you might have to endure the pain of unfitted shooting glasses for hours. When I go tree stand hunting, I’m typically up there for 6 to 8 hours, this would be grueling.

There are two types of frames, rigid, and adjustable. Rigid are fine as long as you believe that they fit great, but adjustable you can tinker with to your hearts content. The nose piece is also very important, some are made of plastic while others are made out of rubber, so it can be uncomfortable. Rubber nose pieces work best.

best shooting glassesLens coverage

Some people look at the fit and the safety rating, and let it be. However, they aren’t taking into consideration the third most important aspect of safety when it comes to glasses, the amount of coverage it provides. It is extremely important that whatever shooting glasses that you purchase are, they should cover your eyes properly. The best shooting glasses will wrap past the sides of your eyes, so that you will have full coverage no matter where you look.

What are the Best prescription Shooting glasses?

Here, you may have to do a bit of leg work in order to match up the type of glasses that you want, just due to the fact that you’ll need a prescription. Having said that I know that Decot and Randolph offer their glasses with a prescription, as well as esseyepro.