Revision Sawfly Ballistic Eyeglasses Review

    If you are planning a vacation to a nice region of Afghanistan courtesy of Uncle Sam, you might want to think about protecting your vision. The Revision Sawfly eyeglasses might be just what you need.

    Perfect for the service member, police officer or part-time mall ninja in your life, the Sawfly promises a high level of protection without sacrificing optical clarity or style.

    Revision manufactures a wide range of eyewear designed for extreme duty environments. The Sawfly is no exception, meeting a variety of civilian and military standards for protection.

    To demonstrate the level of protection provided, Revision produced videos of their products being shot with 12 gauge #6 shot (1.25 ounce load, 1300 fps at 10 yards). While plainly scarred, the lenses never fail. Pretty darn impressive.

    But, I wanted to check these out for myself. So, I ordered up the Sawfly Shooter’s Kit and gave them a real workout.

    General Sawfly Information

    The Revision Sawfly are full wrap-style spectacles, offering protection forward and to the sides.

    The Sawfly lenses are interchangeable, and easily swap out. I was concerned that by changing lenses, the frame would become loose and the lenses would not be securely held. My worries were unfounded, as the lenses always seemed very secure.

    The kit I ordered came with a clear lens, a smoke lens (gray tinted) and a vermillion lens. All of the lenses offer full UV A/B protection and the same level of impact resistance.

    The Revision Sawfly exceeds the civilian impact standards of ANSI Z87.1-2010 and the military standards for spectacles (MIL-PRF-31013, clause and goggles (MIL-DTL-43511D, clause 3.5.10).

    The glasses come with a retention strap, which seemed to work very well. However, the strap can be easily removed if you do not want to use it.

    Overall Evaluation

    Over a six month period, I used the Sawfly spectacles exclusively for all shooting. Additionally, I have used them as eye protection for other mundane projects like mowing the property and running chainsaws.

    I have a really poor track record for self-injury. If something can fly up, lash out or cut me, it will. So having good eye protection is very important.

    For all of these “low threat” activities, the Sawfly glasses performed admirably, keeping 100% of the brass, tree branches and other debris from causing and injury.

    According to Revision, the lenses offer “flawless optics” and “distortion-free vision.” I don’t have the scientific equipment to test these claims, but I can say that none of the lenses introduced any perceptible distortions when I wore them.

    I had two other people wear the Sawfly glasses, and both commented that their vision seemed clearer with the glasses on than without any spectacles on. I doubt that the Sawfly offers any magical vision improvement, rather I suspect the UV blocking characteristics helped cut the glare. That’s just a guess, but it is MY guess.

    Shooting Testing

    Fortunately, I did not find myself in any shootouts or similarly dire circumstances to test the limits of the Sawfly glasses. But, that doesn’t mean that I could not create a situation in which I could test these glasses.

    The neighbors generally disapprove of me shooting 12 gauge slugs in their direction, but I can usually get away with BB guns and air rifles. So, this is where I went.

    To start the test, I brought out my daughter’s Daisy Model 1998 BB gun. For those not familiar with it, the model 1998 is very similar to the classic Red Ryder, but it is pink.

    The Model 1998 launches a standard BB at a maximum of 350 fps, so I had every confidence it would not penetrate the Revision Sawfly glasses. After about 10 rounds with no visible damage, I determined I was right, and the Sawfly survived to round two.

    Round two was a lot more intense. This time I broke out the Crosman NPSS air rifle. This rifle will push a .22 caliber pellet to 1000 fps. This posed a significantly greater possibility of penetrating the Sawfly lens.

    I put a total of 10 pellets into the glasses from about 15 feet away. Five rounds of Crosman Premier 14.3 grain went into the right side of the lens, and five rounds of the Crosman Field Hunting 14.3 grain pointed pellets.

    None of the pellets penetrated the lenses. None of the pellets caused any chipping or other fragments on the inside of the lens.

    The lens was definitely dinged and damaged on the outside of the lens, but the eyes would have been protected.

    Keep in mind that these glasses are not designed, nor will they stop bullets. A 5.56 round will shatter them on the way to demolishing your brain box. But, they can keep lower velocity bits of shrapnel and other debris from injuring your eyes. Every little bit counts.


    I highly recommend the Revision Sawfly glasses for virtually any purpose. The offer very good protection, but you do not sacrifice optical clarity by wearing them.

    The ability to swap lenses to meet your varied needs is a real bonus.

    If you want the best in protection for your eyes, give the Revision Sawfly a look.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is