I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with glasses in general. ESPECIALLY when it comes to safety eyewear. Working construction out of high school and through college I found myself on job sites that required eye protection when you were on the clock. No questions asked. I hated them. They were all too wide, too long, too heavy, rested on my forehead, rested on my chubby cheeks (yes I went there), slid down my ski slope nose, etc. They NEVER fit properly. It became a distraction, and an unsafe one at that. Plus, they just looked goofy and nerdy.
As the son of a construction worker (electrician to be exact) we often used what was lying around for eye protection when we were shooting. This most often meant I was frustrated and distracted WHILE shooting. Not the greatest combo when you’re handling a dangerous machine. So as a young shooter I said goodbye to Uvex, AOSafety and the like.
When I stepped into adulthood and began collecting and appreciating firearms on my own I found it was easiest for me to just use a pair of well fitting sunglasses when practicing my trigger time. After all, safety is #1 when shooting and I didn’t want to go with nothing. The bad news is this often left me with tinted shades in failing light and attempting to shoot indoors, also an often unsafe setting. I have a great friend and Army vet who served 2 tours in Iraq I spent some time talking to about it. He had
an extra pair of Wiley X he gave to me that I gladly accepted even with some authentic battle damage. If anything they were a great reminder of the sacrifice of our freedom. Unfortunately they fit much like the other old pairs I’d dealt with and even though they looked better they didn’t feel better. They were front heavy, too wide and too long for my misshapen head (see the video) and a distracted shooter is a dangerous shooter. Back at square one, settling for construction grade Nemesis glasses in the meantime which were the most tolerable of work safeties. So I set on my trek to find the best glasses for ME. They needed to be comfortable, relatively affordable (after LASIK surgery I’m willing to pay to keep my eyes perfect), and just as important, needed to look cool and would NOT be the Winchester and Remington glasses Walmart sells that are so weak they scratch when you breathe on them.
That’s when I found Revision eyewear. I actually happened to find them by chance one night and stumbled across their then-brand-new Vipertail glasses and knew I needed them. A quick connection yielded a pair in my possession one short week later (being a super cool gun blogger does have SOME perks!) and I was as giddy as the first time I made a running shot on a whitetail. I immediately fell in love with their weight, comfort and style. They look FANTASTIC! But I was still left with the dilemma of the shooters-specific eyewear. I had glanced passed the initially because of my experience with the Wiley X, but my contact assured me that these were different and boy were they right!
First off the Sawfly come in 3 different sizes: small, regular, and large. I opted for the regulars and the fit is incredible. The entire fit essentially comes from the frames with zero facial contact from the lenses. The profile of the frame is so light but bendable that they flex perfectly under the stress of earmuffs without creating any pain on my temples or floppy ears (just being honest again). Honestly, I believe I could wear these for an entire day of training with full size ear muffs and minimal fatigue and pain. THAT in itself is a massive accomplishment when the shooter isn’t just limited to ear plugs.
I received the Sawfly Shooter’s Kit which comes with 3 lenses, a fog free cloth, a cleaning cloth/storage bag, an elastic back strap to help them stay put that snaps on easily to the frame and a case able to store all of these listed items with ease. I’ll shut up now and let the video speak for itself, but I wanna leave you with this question: Can your shooting glasses stop a #6 shot shotgun blast from a skimpy 16 feet away? Mine can
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