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What’s On Your Face?

So I went and shot a High Power match this past Saturday. I slept for about 6 hours the previous day, worked a 12 hour shift, drove an hour to the range, then waited around an hour for things to get started. Needless to say, by the end of festivities I was pretty beat. But I did much better than I expected, considering I hadn’t shot anything in months, and my M14 in over a year. I was especially pleased with shooting a 170 during the standing portion, which has traditionally been my weakest. But a combination of fatigue, sudden cockiness, and my goddamn eye protection repeatedly and rapidly fogging up meant that my score for the successive stages kept going down. It’s kind of hard to keep them in the black when you see two of them. Anyway, I was not last, but it was close!

So, lazyweb, please recommend me a set of reasonably priced eye protection that is less likely to obscure my vision when I start sweating? I have already been instructed to procure a Sweat Gutr, but I’m a belt and suspenders kinda guy, and between the NC summer and my own evolved for Nordic conditions head furnace, they will probably fog up anyway.

I’m not afraid of spending a little coin, but $125 Ruby Projects are right out.

{ 13 } Comments

  1. ZerCool | June 2, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Get a container of “Cat Crap” anti-fog stuff. Most sporting goods places (the non-firearms kind) or motorcycle shops should have it. It’s designed for motorcycle visors, ski goggles, etc. Works wonders and will only cost a few bucks. Comes in a little red tub about the size of an earplug container.

  2. TJP | June 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    My experience has been that design–not cost–is the second most important consideration. (The first being that the glasses are actually appropriately impact-rated by a trustworthy standards organization.)

    I switched to a design with a slight forward tilt that does not have a lip over the top to hold the lenses. Fogging is one problem, but since I am the sweating type, any stupid design that prevents air convection will also result in water accumulation, which is just as bad as fog.

  3. Tam | June 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Which would make a better bumper sticker?

    “High Power: It’s like shooting, but with all the fun sucked out!”

    or

    “High Power: It’s like injecting glue right into your veins!”

    Plz Advise…

    :p

  4. AughtSix | June 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    You can always try what a couple of my fellow HP shooters do when they shoot at a couple of the local ranges that require eye protection: (as they don’t usually wear glasses when shooting high power) they take a cheap pair of safety glasses, then drill a hole where they look through so they have their normal sight picture.

    I wear Decots, but have prescription lenses in them, so you could probably find something a good bit cheaper. The anti-fog stuff is a good suggestion. Even with the Decots (which are way off my face) the anti-fog stuff’s necessary on all but the driest day.

    And nice shooting. An out-of-practice 170 is nothing to scoff at.

  5. Tam | June 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    What, pierced primers don’t count when they happen during a High Power match?

    Have they seen a photo of the elderly Paul Mauser?

  6. AughtSix | June 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    You won’t find me behind a gun without my glasses…

    But there are a surprising number of round-target (HP, long range, smallbore) shooters who don’t use glasses, and I can’t think of a single member of the Army or Marine service rifle teams who wears glasses to shoot.

  7. Tam | June 3, 2010 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I can know it, but I’ll never understand it… Brrr-rrr!

  8. xyankeeworkshop | June 3, 2010 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    My free solution (YMMV):

    Grab a used dryer sheet out of the laundry room trash, tear it in half) add a few drops of water, rub thoroughly on both sides of your lenses, drink a couple fingers of whiskey while allowing a few minutes to let it haze over (the lenses – not your brain), buff off haze using the dry half of the sheet (or a lens cleaning cloth), profit.

    If that fails, use a scuba mask. Tell all the haters that you’re a SEAL.

  9. pdb | June 3, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    they take a cheap pair of safety glasses, then drill a hole where they look through so they have their normal sight picture.

    No offense to you and your HP buddies, but that is really, really, really, really dumb if one is at all interested in maintaining a complete set of peepers. They’ve just taken perfectly serviceable eye protection and turned it into a tiny grenade armed with razor sharp shards of plastic if it shatters (which it will no doubt do now that its structural integrity has been raped).

    Look, it’s your face. But I want at least some virgin shatterproof plastic between it and the 50kpsi of super hot gas next to it.

  10. pdb | June 3, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    “High Power: It’s like shooting, but with all the fun sucked out!”

    or

    “High Power: It’s like injecting glue right into your veins!”

    I’m shooting HP because it’s difficult, not because it’s exciting. This should make sense to someone who shoots low capacity, Victorian era roundyguns a lot. :)

  11. pdb | June 3, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Oh, and just to add another 10 Lohans to HP’s Lameometer reading, during the rapid fire stages where you used to have to start standing, get into position, then crack off your shots in a minute? You now start in position. They’ve managed to take the most sedentary shooting sport and taken what little movement there is right out of it.

    <dave_barry>I am not making this up.

  12. HTRN | June 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    The most sedentary? Have you ever been to a benchrest match? :)

  13. Tam | June 4, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    HTRN,

    Benchrest isn’t a “shooting sport”, it’s a “reloading sport”. ;)