As all Clay Shooters are aware wearing Shooting Safety Glasses is essential when clay shooting or when in the presence of others who are clay shooting because of stray and ricocheting pellets. All professionally run shooting grounds insist on attendees wearing shooting safety glasses and more and more Game Shooters are understanding the importance of this was well. That being said what makes a good pair of shooting glasses and what should you be looking for.
To start with the seemly obvious! Primarily Comfort must be a high consideration point as if they aren’t comfortable you won’t wear them for long periods and will end up investing in another pair to suit you better. So it is important when shopping for glasses that you take your time and ensure that they are a good, comfortable fit. Uncomfortable glasses might well distract you from taking that winning shot that will win the admiration of your fellow shooters. Well fitting glasses should sit comfortably on the bridge of your nose and fit snugly to your face. The lenses must be large enough to cover your eyes and not move when you fire your gun or move to take a shot. Light frames are obviously an advantage as they will not distract you. Ideally the less you are aware you are wearing them the better. It is helpful to try them on with your ear defenders and hat just to ensure that the over all fit remains comfortable.
Whilst everyone’s eyes are different and react in different conditions accordingly There are some broad principles that may be helpful in the quest for the right lenses for you. It often appears that shooting glasses lenses come in every colour in the rainbow, this can be confusing to the novice buyer. High quality shooting glasses should come with a range of lenses to improve your vision ion any light conditions and in various topographies. As a broad rule of thumb darker lenses are for bright sunlight whilst the lighter lenses are more suited to dull or misty condition. Some shooters report that orange or red lenses can be very useful when shooting in very green topographies particularly game shooting. It is useful not just to bear in mind the surrounding conditions but also the colouration of your quarry as we are increasingly finding some shooters struggling to see the orange clays that are becoming increasingly popular at shooting schools mid yellow lenses tend to help with this. So a bit of time trying different lenses will definitely prove helpful
Whilst some shooting glasses can set you back £300 you can get an exceptionally high quality without the high price tag. The best we have found are Chameleon Game Shooting Glasses. At £19.95 they won’t break the bank but they certainly will do the job!!
They come with a range of lenses although these can be bought individually if you don’t need lenses for a range of conditions. They have designed two ranges one To suit the Game Shooter and one specifically for Clays.
The Chameleon Clay Shooting Glasses. These Glasses are ideal for Clay shooting with black temples and either purple lens, orange lens, or grey lens. Featuring Class 1 Optical Quality Lenses, impact resistant, shatterproof lenses which comply with BS EN 166, No frame, rim or bridge to obscure vision, adjustable nose pads, non slip nose pads, and temple tips, lightweight great for all day use, UV400 rated (maximum UVR protection).
Evolution Chameleon Shooting Eyewear. Ideal for Game shooting with black temples and either clear lens, light brown lens with flash mirror finish, or yellow lens. (Yellow lenses are also suitable for clay shooting especially for those pesky orange clays)
Featuring Class 1 Optical Quality Lenses, impact resistant, shatterproof lenses which comply with BS EN 166, No frame, rim or bridge to obscure vision, adjustable nose pads, non slip nose pads, and temple tips, lightweight great for all day use, UV400 rated (maximum UVR protection).