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Old August 13th, 2012, 02:12 PM #1
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I've Seen The Light: Shooting Glasses Lens Colors

OK, I'm posting this here as it seems like clay shooters are more concerned with the lens color of their shooting glasses than other shooting disciplines. Most people opt for clear - or yellow lenses to increase contrast. But unless it's twilight, yellow lenses don't do anything for me when it comes to clay shooting.

I bought myself a pair of Randolph Engineering, Ranger "Edge," shooting glasses last Christmas. I chose yellow, purple, and vermillion lenses for my set.



I shoot at Loch Raven most of the time and the background there is a tree line. For the most part clays are against green. Vermillion and purple lenses are good at reducing the green and highlighting the orange clay. Dark purple goes further and helps cut down a blue sky and accentuates orange.

I thought I was happy with this until I was competing in the MD State Skeet Championship a couple weekends ago. The tournament was at the Salisbury Gun Club and the tree line there is about 3 times the distance as Loch Raven. The clays were solely against the sky. It was ok in the morning session, but at 1630 the sun's position was such that the light was coming across the trap houses. The sky was washed out and there was considerable glare. I simply could not pick up the clays very well. They were lost in the glare and the washed out sky - even with the purple lenses. Consequently, I didn't shoot very well.

So I did some reading and decided to order a set of RE's ColorMAG lenses for my Edge frames. At first glance, they look like ordinary polarized grey lenses, with a slight blue iridescence. But, somehow, they've managed to get these lenses to enhance the color orange by 250%.

Holy cow! I wore them yesterday for the first time and the effect is astonishing. There isn't much color shift...until...you see orange. The clays are seriously lit up - even against the tree line. I shifted myself around the field so the targets were against the sky; and they were still lit up.

I shot my first 50 straight yesterday and was one shot shy of my first 75 straight. I'd like to think that I had the "zen thing" going yesterday morning, but I have to give some of the credit to the ColorMAG lenses. I was picking the targets up right out of the traps. Pretty cool! On bright days, these are what I'm using from now on.

If you're a clay shooter, and have Ranger glasses, these lenses are well worth the $69.00.
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Great information! I generally only wear clear.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 02:21 PM #3
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Thats interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Lens color depends on the targets and the background. I mostly use a vermillion or light purple (favorite). In 50 years I don't think I've used clear except when we used to shoot trap at night. Tried yellow once - damn near burned my eyeballs out!
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Bookmarked for future use. I suck at clays and I can use all the help I can get. Thanks for the detailed info.
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Too dark for standard day?

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Lens color depends on the targets and the background. I mostly use a vermillion or light purple (favorite). In 50 years I don't think I've used clear except when we used to shoot trap at night. Tried yellow once - damn near burned my eyeballs out!
I know what you mean about yellow. On bright days it's like you just came out of the ophthalmologist's office and your pupils are dilated.

If you wear Ranger glasses the ColorMAG lenses are astonishing. I couldn't believe the difference and everyone that tried them were like, "Whoa. Where did you get these?"
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$69 is a good deal.
I looked at these a while ago and they were closer to $90.

A friend let me use his one day, and the difference was impressive. Eliminated that pale grey eastern shore haze.
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I'm fed up (lately) with glasses, to the point of ONLY wearing mine when I'm not in the cage. Differing amounts of light and shade, going from twilight to under the lights, etc, it's impossible for me to get comfortable.

Good write up.
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