Bifocal shooting glasses

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by NOVA, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. NOVA

    NOVA New Member

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    I'm tired of going to the range and constantly swapping reading glasses with safety glasses

    Web search reveals several brands of bifocal shooting glasses and I'm not sure what brand or style is best. They come in clear, yellow and shaded. Magnification 1.5 to 3.0 - I figure the same rating as on a pair of reading glasses you get from a drugstore...

    Does anyone use bifocal glasses and can tell me what they like about their brand? :eek: or :cool:
     
  2. Jpyle

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    I have seen prescription safety glasses for shooting and safety reading glasses made for construction site and such. I would imagine bifocals would be available from Lenscrafters but you would need a prescription and deep pockets. One option would be a pair of those glasses with half a lens that sit on your nose and allows you to look over the top for longer distance. I picked up a pair at Walmart for about ten bucks and they fit under my safety glasses. I can focus on the sights and see normally as well. Takes some getting used to but beats swapping.
     

  3. moonpie

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    i just told the eye doctor to use shatter-proof lenses on my trifocals
     
  4. Gatoragn

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  5. Swiftyjuan

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    I have several pairs from different manufacturers, and they are great! I buy mine from Safety Glasses USA, and I also use them while driving. They are inexpensive (<$20), and stand up to a lot of abuse.
     
  6. NOVA

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    Join Date: Dec 2010
    Location: Central, WI
    Posts: 143 Bifocal Safety Glasses

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    I wear these at work but also have some for personal use.

    Olympic 30-06 BiFocal Safety Reading Glasses Omark Safety Equipment



    Great web sites! So many to choose from. Thanks guys!
     
  7. neilage66

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    seeing is believing

    Got my first progressive lenses last month at the age of 45.

    They are safety glasses that I wear at work and for everyday use including shooting.

    It took a few weeks to get used to the progressive lenses but my shooting scores improved (AQT) with the updated prescription and I don't even notice the *bi-focals* when shooting rifle or pistol - scope or irons.
     
  8. Doc3402

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    I have bifocal shooting glasses, but the were made to my prescription by an optometrist. My distance cut was too long to see the sights, and my reading cut was too short to get a good picture. I opted for a clear pair with distance for driving and the same bifocal cut as my computer glasses. It worked like a dream. The only problem is that I have to look over the glasses when I log into the range.
     
  9. NOVA

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    Well I got me two pair of bifocal glasses, clear and tinted - they were OK but last time I went to the range it was back to just wearing my drugstore reading glasses. Sights in focus, targets past 15 feet - not in focus. Next thing I'm going to try is really low power / magnification reading glasses, like 1.0 I'll figure it out sooner or later, thanks everyone!
     
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  10. Jpyle

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    just my .02 but sight in focus, blurry target when you are on the trigger is where you want to be. Ordered a couple pair of the bi-focal safety glasses...thanks for the link Gator..
     
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  11. Doc3402

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    I don't think you'll ever be able to focus on both the target and the sights at the same time. The eyes just aren't built to do that, even with corrective lenses. If you have to pick one thing to have in focus, pick the front sight.
     
  12. NOVA

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    Of course you are right about beigng able to see sites and the target will be blurry, but when I stop shooting and move my pistol to the ready position it would be nice to see the POI on a target 15 feet away - that's my problem!
     
  13. Jay

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    I shoot with the tri-focals I wear every day. I figure that if I get into a self-defense situation, it's more than likely that I won't have time to switch to the glasses I wear to shoot with.
     
  14. Swiftyjuan

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    If you want your front sight, back sight and target ALL clear, use an optical assist like the Merit aperture. A senior shooter that I have shot with for 35 years has a strip of metal cut from a coffee can lid, that is 1/2 inch wide, and2 inches long. One end is bent to hook over the top of his glasses, and a 1/16th inch hole is drilled in line with the eye. Look through the hole and the target, front and back sights are all clear.

    Jim has taken a lot of kidding about his coffee can aperture for years, but since he holds several senior records in pistol silhouette, you can't argue with success!
     
  15. Doc3402

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    If you get into a self-defense situation it's also statistically more than likely you won't be needing to use the sights. If you can't put a few rounds center mass at the statistical 21 feet, you need some serious range time, and I don't mean take your time paper punching.

    In combat practice with anything but a mouse gun you should strive for 50% of the weapons capacity in a K5 zone... rapid fire without using the sights. A mouse gun shooter needs to shoot to a higher standard due to lighter loads and small magazines.
     
  16. NOVA

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    Makes sense to me. I have to ask myself next time I'm at the range, what is my goal today? Is it to practice a self defense scenario, put some bullets into center mass at 21 feet, or do I just want to see how accurate my gun is, or how accurately can I shoot under the best conditions of lighting and sighting.
     
  17. Jay

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    I didn't mention anything about sights. My point was, shoot with what glasses you wear every day. It's also statistically likely that .... never mind..... and I do just fine at 21 feet, and a bit more, thanks for your concern.
     
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  18. Doc3402

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    Sorry you took it personal. It certainly wasn't meant that way. My comments were intended to inform all the readers of this thread, now and in the future. I'll try not to do it again.