Please, please, please protect your eyeballs while you’re shooting! If you’re not accustomed to wearing eye protection, START! Not only are you taking your own safety into your hands, but you’re setting a potentially dangerous example for other shooters, particularly young ones.
Example: A friend of mine has never really worn eye protection while shooting because he wears eyeglasses and hates having to wear the big ones that cover both and doesn’t want to pay for prescription safety shooters. Well, last time out he was shooting his brand new Remington R1 1911 when it threw a hot casing in the top of his glasses between his eyelid and rim. Not only did it bruise his ocular cavity, but it burned his eyelid in a major way.
Choosing safety glasses is much less painful than it used to be. Now we have multiple color options, shapes, fits, and best of all they come cheap. A simple google search yields multiple quality options (including names like Bolle and RayBan) that are well under the $10-$20 range. Affordable safety for ANY shooter. One of the biggest excuses I hear for NOT using eye protection is, “I know how to handle a gun,” or “I don’t intend on shooting myself in the eye.” Like the story above, it’s not just the planned stuff it protects you from, but the unplanned accidents it prepares the shooter for.
OH, and if you are one who hates to wear safeties with your prescription frames, check these out at the NRAstore.com. They’re a high quality “OTG” Shooting Lens.
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