PSA & Reminder: Wear Safety Glasses While Shooting

Nathan S
by Nathan S

I’ve been there and done that. In a rush to get through a limited range session with plenty to do, I simply did not put on eye protection for a new gun with new ammo. While the worst that happened was a hang-fire, it certainly reminded me of my own idiocy.

As we get deep into the hunting and holiday seasons, make sure to wear your eye protection. Of note, sunglasses do NOT count as eye protection, only lenses that are specially rated to meet or beat the ANSI safety rating are good to go. Most sunglasses are not ANSI tested or rated and use a non-ballistic material base for the lenses. This can create a very dangerous situation for incoming shrapnel, where the glasses can add to the debris entering your eye.

With today’s fashionable, low-cost, and low-profile eyewear, there simply is no excuse to forget one’s “eyes” . Modern poly-carbonate technologies have even advanced to avoid fogging through coatings and sprays.

Fortunately, one can look outside the shooting industry for less expensive excellent eyewear. Both U-Line and Grianger, known for industrial supply, have a multitude of glasses that meet the ANSI requirements, including pairs down to just a few dollars a piece. We use these daily for manufacturing and at least once a year, they save eyesight (if only from oil squirting under high pressure)!

I’m personally a fan of ESS, which is good to go:

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Joshua Joshua on Dec 10, 2015

    this. I've spent a fair bit of time in machine shops, and I've seen some idiotic mistakes lead to high velocity shrapnel, I've yet to see someone hurt by it, touch wood, but I've seen a piece of quarter inch round steel eight inches long cross the shop and embed itself in the wall by the eyewash stand. That is an area where you don't expect to be slinging things around at high velocity. Course if only I'd learned the lesson on ear pro. before damaging my hearing...

  • TheSocialRegressive TheSocialRegressive on Dec 11, 2015

    I'm glad you mentioned the issue of oils under high pressure. I experimented using oil instead of grease on my AR15 bolt carrier group, and it sprayed oil in my face with every shot. Thankfully I was wearing safety glasses.