Like hearing protection, good eye protection is a must at the range, and today, in the field as well. Many great brands of quality eye protection exist in the market but we really should consider how these will fit our younger shooting partners.
In the safety conscious climate of this new millennium, we should take great care with the eyes of your younger shooters. Simply putting on whatever pair of eye protection device we have as an extra may not guarantee the safety of those important young eyes. Proper fit and comfort not only add safety but also enjoyment to the young shooter's day.
A simple fit check and test can accomplish this in the field or at the range. First, have the youngster put the eye protection on. Is the nose bridge too wide allowing the glasses to slide down the face? Are the temples too long to properly hold the glasses on if the youngster looks down? Are the shooter's eyes centered in the lens allowing for a clear and complete field of view? If the answer to any of these questions is no, find eye protection which fits properly.
Next, have the youngster mount the gun to see if there is clearance between the glasses and stock. If the glasses are pushed or moved when the gun is mounted be sure that they are still in a position to provide protection as well as a clear field of view.
Many makers are now designing eye protection with dimensions much better suited to a younger shooter. Whichever type you choose, be sure it fits comfortably and provides real protection to the eyes of your young shooting partner.
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