The Best Shooting Glasses for Clay Targets

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The Best Shooting Glasses for Clay Targets
It is important to select the best eyewear while shooting clay targets. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

It is very important to protect your eyes when shooting around clay targets. Shooting fields offer many different dangers to a shooter's eyes: shot, ricochets and, of course, pieces of clay can all become fast-moving projectiles. In addition to offering the best possible eye protection, shooting glasses should offer many different lens types to increase your chances of hitting your target in different light settings.


The protection offered by a pair of shooting glasses is perhaps the best reason to elect to buy them or not. Glasses that have polycarbonate lenses offer the strongest, most scratch-resistant lenses for the shooting field. The thickness of the lenses will determine how much protection they offer. A good lens thickness to consider when shooting is 2.5mm.

Target Acquisition

The best shooting glasses for target detection will have an interchangeable lens system. Different lens colours will help you find fast-moving targets in a host of different lighting situations. Manufacturers now offer a wide variety of lens colours. It is important for you to experiment with the lens colour that best helps you to find the target, as everyone's eyes are different.

Desirable Features

There are several characteristics of shooting glasses that should be considered when you are trying to find the pair that is best for you. Weight is always a factor, so try to find a pair that will be comfortable for you to wear all day long. Something else to consider is whether or not the glasses offer quality UV protection. If the glasses do not prevent you from squinting, your day on the shooting field will be a lot less fun.

Comfortable Glasses

Make sure you try on the glasses you intend to wear to the shooting field. A bit of time in the store will save you some headaches in the field later on. Another feature to consider when shopping for shooting glasses is an adjustable nose piece. Properly fitted, this piece will enable your glasses to ride differently on your nose and will greatly enhance the comfort of your glasses.

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