OVERWATCH Safety Glasses

At the range, eye-related injuries can happen in a split second. From flying debris and spent casings to prolonged exposure to sunlight during outdoor training, our eyes are easily exposed to a variety of hazards, requiring proper protection.

We all know having eye protection at the range is essential but not all shooting glasses are created equal. So, how do you know if your shooters are equipped with the best shooting glasses for training and qualification? What's more, how can you ensure their eye protection is enhancing vs. hindering their performance?

In this article, we'll discuss 5 qualities to look for in shooting glasses. We'll also highlight the top 3 picks we recommend for shooters during those long hours at the range.

Shooting Glasses: 5 Must-Have Features

The right shooting glasses can help reduce injury and ensure shooters focus on their training without worrying about their eyes. They can also help prevent eye strain and fatigue, allowing shooters to stay focused and hit their marks. So, while safety is always the #1 feature you'll need, here are a few others you'll want to consider when choosing the best shooting glasses.

Anti-fogging properties

Foggy lenses not only hinder a shooter's aim but are also incredibly annoying. Look for shooting glasses treated with an anti-fog coating or with ventilation systems that allow air to circulate inside the lenses.

UV resistance

Extended exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays can damage the eyes. If the majority of target practice takes place outdoors, ensure your department is equipped with adequate sun protection. Consider UV-resistant glasses with tinted lenses. 

Scratch resistance

As with traditional glasses, shooting glasses are likely to get scratched with regular use. Look for lenses made of polycarbonate or other durable materials.

Comfortable fit

Cheaper shooting glasses can pinch your shooters' noses, constantly slip from sweat, and provide an overall uncomfortable experience that is distracting, causing shooters to lose their focus. 

Be sure to invest in quality shooting glasses that fit snugly but comfortably. Look for soft nose pieces and rubber temple tips that provide comfort for all-day use. 

Ballistic Rating

Ballistic-rated safety glasses are designed to protect the wearer's eyes from high-speed projectiles, such as flying debris, shrapnel, and other hazards typically encountered in industrial, military, and law enforcement settings. These glasses undergo rigorous testing to meet specific ballistic standards set by organizations like the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). 

They're made from materials such as polycarbonate, which is impact-resistant and lightweight, and often come with additional features like anti-fog and scratch-resistant coatings.

Our Top 3 Picks

For training and qualification, the following shooting glasses offer advanced protection to keep shooters sharp and ensure they hit their targets.

Loadout Tactical Goggles

These shooting glasses feature vented frames to fight fogging while simultaneously filtering out dust and small particles. Padded foam is also included for added protection and comfort. 

The best part is the Loadout Tactical Goggles meet the ANSI Z87 requirements for the following:

  • D3: Droplet and Splash Test
  • D4: Dust Test 
  • MIL-PRF 32432 High Velocity Impact Standards

RENDEZVOUS Safety Glasses

These shooting glasses may look simple, but they're actually crafted from high-grade polycarbonate and machined from virgin materials. Shooters can easily align their lens angle with ratcheting lens pitch adjustment. 

Featuring an adjustable nose pad that conforms to a broad range of bridge sizes, these glasses also adjust at the temples, allowing for a snug fit that won't slip but is still comfortable.

The RENDEZVOUS safety glasses provide 99% UV-A and UV-B rays protection and are available in clear, gray, or blue lenses.

OVERWATCH Safety Glasses

For shooting practice outdoors, the OVERWATCH safety glasses use polycarbonate lens to provide 99% UVA/B/C rays protection. Shooters will also appreciate the soft nose piece and rubber temple tips that ensure maximum comfort during hours of practice. 

Anti-fog and scratch resistant, this option also meets the ANSI Z87 requirement for MIL-PRF 32432 High Velocity Impact Standards.

Shop Shooting Glasses at Qualification Targets, Inc.

For a large variety of eye and ear protection, clearing stations, and  safety gear, shop Qualification Targets, Inc. You'll also find the best selection of paper, cardboard, and steel shooting targets for training and qualification purposes. 

For all department orders, please call 866-498-8228 or email us at sales@targets.net.