Best Shooting Range Googles

The Best Range Googles

As with all aspects of firearms, safety is important.  

Your eyes are extremely fragile an you need to take car of them.

You don't want to risk getting injured because you got lazy or your forgot to bring your eye protection with you.

That’s why experienced shooters will leave a pair of shooting googles in their range bag.  Lots of folks leave a couple pairs in their range bag, just in case.

You basically want eye protection that is comfortable and lightweight.  If the google are not comfortable, then you're giving yourself a reason not to use them and that's not a good move.

You'll want eye protection that is durable and if the lenses are scratch resistant, that is definitely a plus.  It's best when the googles give you full wrap around protection and a wide field of vision.

Some googles will even have some UV protection built in.  That is not a requirement, but UV protection is nice to have, especially on those fun days at the range when you want to stay as long as possible.

When looking at eye protection, keep in mind these three major standards of protective lenses:

-US Civilian: ANSI Z87.1
-US Military: MIL-PRF-31013
-European: EN166

Here is a list of our favorite eye protection for the range.  It's a decent list that covers the basic, to the awesome, with a wide range of price points.

product image of wiley x saber

The Wiley X Saber is our top overall pick for great eye protection and a reasonable price. 

These glasses meet or exceed MIL-PRF-32432 ballistic safety standards for the US military.

The Wiley X Saber's are great because of the ample coverage, the clarity through the lenses, the even have UV protection, and they're not too expensive.

The nosepiece is adequate and the frame is adjustable.  Although, once I have found the right fit, I never adjust again.  They fit fine with my ear muffs no irritation. 

While you can swap lenses, I never do, I'm way too lazy.  I like the Smoke Grey lenses.  I have friends that will swap lenses, and they like the other color lenses as well.

Pros

  • Quality feel while also being lightweight
  • Reasonably priced
  • Meets or exceeds MIL-PRF-32432 standards while also comfortable

Cons

  • Rubber sheaths for the ear ends tend to slowly slide off
product image of smith elite aegis echo II with clear lenses

These Smiths are darn near perfection.  The frame of the Aegis Echo II is minimalistic, light, comfortable and no issues with ear muffs because the frame rails are so small.

The lenses offer superior ballistic impact protection and meet all three of the major standards for protective lenses.  

The glasses fit almost everyone who tries them on because the nose piece is adjustable so you can customize it to the perfect fit.

The Aegis Echo II are light but not too light.  They are quality glasses and they have a bit more weight than what you'd expect.  This extra weight give it a quality feel.  It feels like the hinges will hold up for years.

Smith eye protection has been the choice of special forces for years and when you try on these glasses you can understand why.

Pros

  • Anti-fog and scratch resistant coating on all lenses
  • 100% protection from UVA/UVB rays
  • Fully adjustable nose piece insures the perfect fit

Cons

  • The paint on the inside of the frame, where it touches your temple, can wear off after a lot of use
product image of the radians relevation glasses

The Radians Revelation are entry level shooting glasses.  That being said, they do get the job done, and you can't beat the price.

These affordable glasses meet ANSI Z87.1 + standards, so they offer acceptable protection.

The padding on the Revelation are snug but comfortable, and the ridges on the nose pads help to prevent fog.  I've never had these glasses fog on me.

The lenses come in different colors, but they are not included.  You only get one set of lenses when you purchase these, so just be aware.  

I like the light smoke color because it seems to be the best fit for the widest variety of light conditions.

Overall, these are good range glasses.  Yes they do feel a little cheap, you can tell they aren't "high end", but at the end of the day, they do a pretty good job.  Once you factor in the price, these are a great bargain.

Pros

  • Adjustable side pieces let you customize the fit
  • They can fit over eye glasses
  • Economical enough to keep a few extra pairs in your range bag 

Cons

  • No scratch resistance protection
product image of the allen company over shooting glasses

As the name implies Allen Company designed these glasses to fit over your regular prescription glasses.  

These "glasses" meet the ANSI Z87.1 standards.  They are not the most pleasant thing to wear, since they sit over your glasses, but they're not that bad and you get used to it after a while.

Unlike some of the other glasses we mentioned, these do have a sides that are substantial and you will notice it when you wear these under ear muff style hearing protection.

It's not terrible and you can get used to the way it feels with ear muffs, but you'll probably want to opt for ear plugs when using these glasses.  

Mirror smoke is the only color option that is available.  

Overall, these are a pretty solid choice for over the eyeglass protection. They are fairly comfortable, safe, and the price is extremely reasonable.

Pros

  • Generous size that fits over most eyeglasses
  • Wrap around frames for extra protection & coverage 
  • Lightweight 

Cons

  • Best for outdoor ranges as the tint is dark
radians clay shooting glasses in red tint

These glasses Radian created for the clay shooting enthusiast.  The red tint is meant to make the orange of the clays "pop out" a bit.

I didn't realize until I used them how nice it is that these glasses don't have a frame.  Nothing gets in your way when you are tracking a clay in the sky. 

The nose piece is ok, but it's not the best.  The wire earpieces are very thin and you don't even notice them when wearing ear muffs.  

These glasses are super light as there is barely anything to them, because of this they are a bit flimsy, so you want to handle these with care.

Mirror smoke is the only color option that is available.  

Overall, these are a pretty solid choice for over the eyeglass protection. They are fairly comfortable, safe, and the price is extremely reasonable.

Pros

  • 3 color options: red, silver, yellow
  • Your view is completely unobstructed
  •  Shatter resistant Polycarbonate plastic lenses 

Cons

  • A bit flimsy so handle with care
oakley radar protective glasses

Everyone loves Oakley for a reason.  They've been making performance eyewear for decades.  The Oakley Radar's have been around for several years and they are still a favorite.  

The Radar has excellent protective coverage, they meet the industry standards, and unlike most protective eyewear you can pick different sized nose pieces to find the most comfortable one for you.

The Radar fit comfortably under any ear protection and never slide around on your face.  

One of the downsides in choosing these is that there are tons of different lenses colors to choose from.  Well, that's a downside if you get overwhelmed with too many options, but if you love to pick from a bunch of options, then you're in luck.


Pros

  • Great fit
  • They don't fog
  • Full coverage allows a complete, unobstructed range of vision

Cons

  • Non-polarized lenses

Final Thoughts / Conclusion

You have to take care of your eyes.  The best way to do that is to find eye protection that bothers you the least, that you don't even realize you're wearing.  That way you're more likely to use them and keep them in your range bag.

There are a lot of different options to choose from, the ones we listed here are our favorites.  We think you will like them too.