Air rifle safety is extremely important. How many times have you been probably told that air rifles are not toys? Still, some shooters take this for granted. Have you ever heard someone going blind just because he had a freak shooting accident? If only he had worn a protective eyewear, he would have been fine. He would have gone enjoying more hunting galore… if only…
O well, I guess some people are just hard headed and do not care on how important their eye sight are and don’t even give a damn about pellet gun safety and regulations. I hope you’re not one of them. Many people do not realize how easy it is to injure or even kill someone with an air rifle. Adherence to the safety rule must be followed when using this type of rifle or any gun for that matter.
Wearing protective eyewear is a mandatory accessory when firing an air rifle. Shooting causes hot gasses casings or shrapnel to fly through the air and appropriate eye gear should be used at all times. Regular or prescription glasses or any eye glasses do not measure up to the protection a REAL shooting eyewear offers.
Choosing the Proper Protective Eyewear
- Impact Resistance Material
Opt for lenses that are made from polycarbonate material – less than half the weight of a glass for comfort and more impact-resistant compared to other materials.
- Highest Standard of Safety – Certified
Make sure that the protective eyewears you are using are certified by regulating bodies for safety and standards. This will guarantee that your protective eyewear will really do its job.
- Tints and Lenses
“Plano” lenses – Protective eyewear may have prescription and non-prescription lenses and should meet specific criteria that can be used during shooting or firing. Moreover, shooting requires acute visions; use a sport specific tint such as amber or yellow tints for lenses, this enhances contrast for targeting. Heavy tints are not recommended for this type of activity. Also consider photochromic lenses, these ensure optimum vision in changing lighting conditions outdoors.
- Side Shields
Side shields are added protection from objects such ricochets and splashback flying through during shooting.
Wrap-style frames with a non-shiny matte finish frames and lenses with anti-reflective coating are highly recommended. These eliminate reflections that can be so distracting.
- Comfort and Fit
Protective eyewear should be comfortable and fits perfectly. This is also important, common sense says that eyewears that don’t fit right is useless – it may slip or fall during the shooting activity, that may even cause another accident or probably make you a “looser” during a competition.
Accidents are unpredictable but preventable. Always consider the worst case scenario. Without a protective eyewear you may soon be shooting air rifles with an eye patch or never shoot at all. Even if you’re plinking in the backyard with friends, do not let safety take a vacation. Eye patch may be cool on pirates but never on you. Eye sight is essential and so precious for living the life, investing on proper eye gears will reduce the risk of getting blind. So wear the best shooting glasses money can buy!