I wear Oakley M Frames for anything involving movement. Knobloch for standing, as in bullseye or high power. Yes, I shoot bullseye with an Air Pistol. But don’t tell anyone. I would be laughed off an IDPA or IPSC match.
I used to wear Gargoyles, but they kept breaking and I didn’t want to spend a shitload on new glasses when I can just buy new lenses instead.
It is well to remember that glasses should be "on your face or in the case". This will help prevent breakage and lens scratches. I have a pair of Ray-Ban aviators that I've used as my general-purpose sunglasses for more than 20 years. They are on their second set of earpieces (sweat-induced corrosion having eaten one of the originals in two). The habit of putting them back in their case is the only reason they're still serviceable.
UVEX Safety Glasses - Banditos and Genesis (I have a full compliment - mirrored, dark, yellow & clear) of both styles. The Banditos are extremely stylish, light and fit well. The Genesis are similar to Gargoyles in style and the frames are padded for impact protection. Both feature adjustable temples and interchangable polycarbonate lenses with UV protection. Best of all, they are about $10 a pair at the local welding shop.
I wear Randolphs Decot style with removable lenses. 3 colors (yellow ,brown and red) they are bifocal and do double duty for shotgun or pistol they have a slightly higher magnification on the upper left inside of the lense. They ride very high on my face to minimize interference with long gun stocks . They are a bit heavy for all day wear.
I used to use good quality safety glasses. As my eyes aged (I'm now 40) I began to need better optics. Now I use a pair of Browning shooting glasses (about 40 bucks). They've got just the slightest hint of yellow in them, which I find helpful.
I am using the Oakley Ballistic Shooting Array set. I really like it a lot. It is the Pro M-frame with three lenses in a handy carrying case. There is a clear lens, a medium VR50 lens and a "shooting specific" G26 Iridium dark lens that is only available in this set. I though the "shooting specific" lens was going to be mostly hype, but darned if it isn't perfect for its intended purpose.
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I use Kontraster polarized lenses from Hildalgo, Inc. If you need prescription eyewear, check out this mail order house that has been in business since 1967. They have high quality eyewear and very, very good prices.
I use Decot HY-WYD Sport Glasses, 1800-528-1901. The lense are prescription for me and rose color works best outdoors. I get the upper part cut to see the sights and the lower part is for seeing distance. The lense slip off easy and can be changed, they cost about $125 for a lense. You can get a lense coated to protect against say a .22 at 10 feet. The frame is sturdy and I cannot remember its cost.
I have been paging through Jim Crew's latest book, "From Behind the Line". He illustrates problems with personal eye protection with photographs showing optical displacement caused by the lenses in Gargoyles and Wiley X glasses. He points out that optical displacement is a difficult problem to identify, and may manifest itself as a shift in zero as distance to the target increases, and/or as the shooting position is altered. Have any of you experienced optical displacement with your eyewear, or tested your eyewear to find out if the problem exists for you?
I believe the problem Jim is describing is the result of distortion caused by the lenses. To quote from Jim's book, "Almost all lenses bend the light coming into the shooter's eye. The amount of bending or optical displacement depends on the distance from the lens to the shooter's eye, the curvature of the lens, the thickness of the lens and the material used to manufacture the lens."
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