9 Best Shooting Glasses [Hands-On & Real Views]

Eyes and ears…the two most important things to have at the shooting range. 

Putting on Eye and Ear Protection

You don’t want to end up like this guy…

Eye Patch Bro

We bought several of the most popular ones across different price points and tried them out with several buddies over a bunch of range trips.

Tested Shooting Glasses

By the end, you’ll know which one is best for your budget and intended use.

Summary of Our Top Picks

Best All-Around

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

Our overall favorite for style, coverage, and protection.

$44 at Amazon
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Most Affordable

Radians Revelation Protective Shooting Glasses

Offers some color options and are budget friendly but not as durable.

$8 at Amazon
Jump to Details

Best for Clay Shooters

Radians Clay Pro Shooting & Safety Glasses

Tinted red, best for clay shooters

$14 at Amazon
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Great for Earmuffs

Oakley Radar

Comfy, easy to use with earmuff-style ear pro

$190 at Amazon
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Most Adjustable

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

Adjustable nose piece means a better fit, also comfy!

$90 at Amazon
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Best for Medium Sized Faces

STNGR Alpine Sunglasses (Medium)

Super clear and easy to see through even in bright sunlight.

$67 at STNGR
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Best Wrap-Around Style

Gatorz Magnum Shooting Lens

Tinted glasses with a wrap-around style.

$275 at Gatorz
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Ballistic Eyewear Standards

When you get shooting glasses…you want to make sure they meet some standard of impact resistance. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Testing Shooting Glasses, Clay Shooting Magazine

There are three major standards:

US Civilian: ANSI Z87.1

US Military: MIL-PRF-31013

European: EN166

It’s recommended the minimum to meet is the civilian ANSI Z87.1 and if you’re really at risk of frag or projectiles…to meet the U.S. military specs.

Now let’s get into it…

Best Shooting Glasses

1. Wiley X Saber

Wiley X Saber

My overall favorite for style, coverage, and protection is the Wiley X Saber.

It covers more angles and exceeds the military MIL-RF-31013 standards for impact resistance, UV protection, and optical clarity.

Nosepiece is pretty comfortable and adjustable while the frame is normal thickness. It didn’t smush into my head when wearing electronic earmuffs.

Also light…but not the cheap kind of light.

Wiley X Saber, View

Smoke grey is also perfect for sunny days or gloomy days like the above.

Best All-Around

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

44
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

44
at Amazon

Amazon (See Price)

Optics Planet (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best All-Around

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

44
 at Amazon

44
 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Check out their other models here.

What’s your take on the Wiley Xs?

Readers’ Ratings

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2. Radians Revelation

Radians Revelation Shooting Glasses

Radians Revelations are what I consider the bare minimum — $8 and available in a couple colors. They are decent in style but I do feel their affordable price point in the construction.

Meets ANSI Z87.1+ standards for high-velocity impacts so they’ll protect your eyes.

One great thing is that the frames are pretty thin and can bend up at angles to match almost all faces.

Radian Frame Adjustments

I got the light smoke lens and it’s a good mix for daytime and when it starts getting dark (or indoors).

Radians Shooting Glasses, View

Most Affordable

Radians Revelation Protective Shooting Glasses

8
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

8
at Amazon

Amazon (See Price)

Brownells (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

Most Affordable

Radians Revelation Protective Shooting Glasses

8
 at Amazon

8
 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

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3. Radians Clay Shooting Glasses

Radians Clay Shooting Glasses

If you’re really into clay shooting…Radians Clay Shooting Glasses might be for you.

The color is meant to make the orange clays pop out. It works somewhat and I like how there’s no frame on the top to obstruct views…especially when looking upwards.

Nose is not that comfortable since it’s not adjustable. But the frame is a thin wire so earmuffs are not a problem. Very light overall but also a little flimsy.

Meets ANSI Z87.1+ standards for higher velocity.

Radians Clay, View

If only I could pull off red lenses…

Best for Clay Shooters

Radians Clay Pro Shooting & Safety Glasses

14
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

14
at Amazon

Amazon (See Price)

Optics Planet (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best for Clay Shooters

Radians Clay Pro Shooting & Safety Glasses

14
 at Amazon

14
 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

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4. Oakley Radar

Oakley Radar

You can never go wrong with Oakley.

I’ve been rocking the Oakley Radar for years since it has great coverage, meets the standards, and has different-sized nose pieces.

It feels great even with earmuffs and never falls off when I’m sweaty.

Oakley Radar, View

I also like how it makes the colors pop out and it does help a little when I’m shooting with fiber optic sights.

Great for Earmuffs

Oakley Radar

190
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

190
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Great for Earmuffs

Oakley Radar

View Details

190
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

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5. Smith Aegis Echo II

Smith Aegis Echo II

I really like the Smith Aegis Echo II. It has everything I want in a frame…

Meets ALL three standards, has great coverage, and fit everyone that tried it because of the adjustable nose piece. Think Oakley’s “Asian Fit” for us with smaller noses.

Smith Aegis Echo II Adjustable Nosepiece

Also has a super-thin frame that doesn’t get caught up in even tight earmuffs.

Smith Aegis Echo II Thin Temple

It feels quality and that means a little more weight than the others.

My only complaint is that the frame that’s “missing” in the top middle makes it a little bit too aggressive. One person asked if I was on SWAT and another if I was from the Matrix.

Otherwise…it comes with a case and two lenses so you can shoot in both day and low-light.

Smith Aegis Echo II with Accessories

This is great for something that really protects your eyes and has you set for whatever environment. As long as you can pull off the look.

Most Adjustable

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

90
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

90
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Most Adjustable

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

View Details

90
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

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6. STNGR Alpine & Ridge

STNGR makes awesome and affordable AR-15 handguards…

And are one of our favorite picks in Best AR-15 Handguards.

STNGR VYPR Handguard, Full Rifle

But I gave their ballistic sunglasses a try and they might be my favorite ones yet for something equally at home on the range or in the truck.

STNGR Ballistic Sunglasses (T to B), Ridge, Ridge, Alpine

They come in two-size flavors and a few colors. And all have ANSI Z87.1 shatterproof lenses.

STNGR Glasses in Action, from STNGR (we’re not that cool)

AND are crazy durable…cringe factor activate!

First up is the Alpine for medium faces…which include mine.

STINGR Alpine Sunglasses, Blue

I really like these since they were super clear and cut enough glare/sunlight but won’t intrude on target acquisition.

Alpine, View

And had adjustable rubber nose pieces to custom fit my face.

Alpine Nosepiece

They have a great return policy and lifetime warranty.

Plus we’ve secured a 10% off coupon for our readers with code PEWPEW-10.

Best for Medium Sized Faces

STNGR Alpine Sunglasses (Medium)

67
at STNGR
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

67
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best for Medium Sized Faces

STNGR Alpine Sunglasses (Medium)

View Details

67
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

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There’s the larger version which they call the Ridge.

STNGR Ridge Sunglasses, Green

Same great build and lens quality…just a little larger and with a fixed nosepad.

Ridge Nosepiece With Leftover Sunscreen!

Here is how the green view through looks…

Ridge, View

Want a “regular” color? There’s also smoke for each type.

STNGR Ridge Sunglasses, Smoke

It didn’t fit my face as well but for our larger-faced shooting buddies…they loved them.

All the glasses came in a nice case and also a retaining strap which was a nice touch.

STNGR Case

Again, be sure to use the PEWPEW-10 code we secured to get 10% off your sunglasses.

STNGR Ridge Sunglasses (Large)

89
at STNGR
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

89
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

STNGR Ridge Sunglasses (Large)

View Details

89
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

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7. STNGR Lo-Drag

The Lo-Drags are tough and comfortable with a wraparound style that covers your eyes — even on the periphery.

Its thin earpieces don’t grind into your head under muff-style ear pro either.

STNGR Lo-Drag

76
at STNGR
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

76
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

STNGR Lo-Drag

View Details

76
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

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These glasses come with two lenses — clear and smoke — allowing you to swap when shooting indoors or outside. The Lo-Drags are rated to MIL-PRF-32432.

8. Gatorz Magnum Shooting Lens

Gatorz Magnum Close

Recently Gatorz came out with a setup designed to help out shooters. This Magnum includes ANSI-rated glass tinted for high contrast.

Shooters (particularly those oriented toward competition) will appreciate how the lenses highlight oranges and reds while addressing or transitioning between targets.

High contrast

The aluminum frames are lightweight and comfortable but super tough. I know because I wore a pair of Magnums for years.

These new lenses come in two different shades, day and low light so you can choose what works best for you. Gatorz also has a discount for military and first responders.

Best Wrap-Around Style

Gatorz Magnum Shooting Lens

275
at Gatorz
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

275
at Gatorz

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Wrap-Around Style

Gatorz Magnum Shooting Lens

View Details

275
at Gatorz

Prices accurate at time of writing

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9. Gatorz Ballistic Delta

Gatorz Ballistic Delta

If you’re not down with the wraparound style, the Delta might be perfect for you. Still made from aluminum, these ANSI-rated ballistic glasses come in a traditional style that’s still lightweight and tough.

Gatorz Delta tinted

Another exciting option for the Delta is photochromatic lenses, which offer clear, no tint viewing indoors, but darken when they are exposed to UV light. The result is a pair of shooting glasses you can commit to in any condition.

Gatorz Ballistic Delta

250
at Gatorz
Prices accurate at time of writing

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250
at Gatorz

Prices accurate at time of writing

Gatorz Ballistic Delta

View Details

250
at Gatorz

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Conclusion

Tested Shooting Glasses, Side

There you have it…my pick for the affordable range is the Wiley X Saber.

Editor’s Pick

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

44
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

44
at Amazon

Amazon (See Price)

Optics Planet (See Price)

Prices accurate at time of writing

Editor’s Pick

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

44
 at Amazon

44
 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

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While for those that enjoy the finer things in life (and can pull off the look)…the Smith Aegis Echo II.

Editor’s Premium Pick

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

90
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

90
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Editor’s Premium Pick

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

View Details

90
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Now…my current favorites are STNGR’s Alpine and Ridge sunglasses for their durability, fit, and look.

STNGR Sunglasses (L to R), Ridge, Alpine, Ridge

STNGR Alpine Sunglasses (Medium)

67
at STNGR
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

67
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

STNGR Alpine Sunglasses (Medium)

View Details

67
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

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STNGR Ridge Sunglasses (Large)

89
at STNGR
Prices accurate at time of writing

View Details

89
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

STNGR Ridge Sunglasses (Large)

View Details

89
at STNGR

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Don’t forget the ear pro!

Now that your eyes are protected…get yourself the best ear protection out there too. We cover everything in-hand from earplugs to all the most popular electronic earmuffs in Best Shooting Ear Protection.

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