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Shootrite Firearms Academy

Eye Protection

Your eyes are vital organs, critical to daily life, and exposed, pretty much unprotected by any hard skeletal structure. You’ve only got two eyes and protecting them during training/practice with firearms is mandatory. This means having the proper eyewear that will offer protection from flying debris, not just a pair of sunglasses that look cool. But if you can get proper protection that does look good, fits you well, and is affordable, that’s always a plus. The eyewear being offered by Revision fulfill all these categories.

Revision began in Canada, and opened operations in the U.S. in 2006. Their first product, the “Sawfly,” was designed for Canadian troops, and are the glasses I wear when teaching and shooting. All the technical stuff is available on their website, www.revisioneyewear.com so I won’t go into all that here. What I can tell you is that they are comfortable, with adjustable arms for proper fit and available in two sizes. You can wear them all day, with ear muffs, without ending up with sore spots on around your ears. The frames and lens are flexible, and can be twisted and bent and still snap back into shape, ready for use. After using the “Sawfly” glasses for a while I liked them so much I got them for all Shootrite’s instructors.

For more hardcore applications Revision also offers several styles of goggles. The “Desert Locust” has a wide field of view, low profile shape for wearing a helmet, and there is one version with a silent fan for circulating air and preventing the fogging often associated with wearing goggles. Revision also produces an anti-fog cloth that can be reused up to twenty-five times, lens cleaner, and carriers for prescription lens.

Even when you’re not performing tasks where eye protection is mandatory it’s a good idea to protect your eyes from things like gravel kicked up by a speeding car, glass that’s flying around during a car wreck, and lethal projectiles aimed at your head. For everyday wear Revision’s “Hellfly” provides good looking protection that meets the military’s requirements for spectacles. What this means is that from sixteen feet the lens will stop 7.5 lead shot from a twelve gauge shotgun.

Another way to protect your eyes is to wear a hat with a brim that prevents stuff that falls from above getting into your eyes. A hat is an important piece of safety gear for range work because without it sooner or later you’ll end up with a piece of hot brass slipping between your eye protection and your flesh. This is dangerous to you and those around you.

You need to protect your eyes when shooting, mowing the yard, and especially in hostile environments or during a violent confrontation. “But they won’t stop a bullet,” you say. Correct. When someone shoots you in the eye with a 7.62 x 39 it probably won’t matter. But when there’s shooting, with rounds hitting concrete, asphalt, vehicles and other objects there will be a lot more than just bullets flying around.

Taking care of little things, like protecting your eyes, prevents larger problems. This is true for every aspect of our lives.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | AR-15, Auto Pistol, Gear

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