The range is great place to dial-in your skills as a shooter, but it can also be a dangerous place. One of the key elements of range shooting is making sure to protect your eyes and ears properly so you can have some fun without putting your sight or hearing at risk.
Check out our key considerations for safety at the range:
Eye protection is an incredibly important aspect of recreational shooting. You never know when hot brass, particles or shrapnel could come flying into your eyes and damage your vision. Here are a few key elements of eye protection to consider:
CoverageJust because you're wearing glasses, doesn't mean they are providing good enough coverage to do the job. Make sure that your range glasses completely cover your eyes and the surrounding area, with a tight fit to your face. Remember—if a hot casing can fit between your face and your glasses, your eyes aren't safe.
High Impact ProtectionGun owners, especially those who visit the range regularly, should really invest in a pair of shooting glasses. Eyeglasses and sunglasses are not shatter-proof, so the best way to protect your vision is with a dedicated pair of shooting glasses with high impact protection. Check the label on the box before you buy.
Ear protection comes in many shapes and sizes. From electronic, over-ear protection, to disposable foam in-ear plugs and everywhere in-between, shooters have a massive number of options to choose from. Some ranges may not require ear protection, but—if you value your hearing—you'll have to invest in some level of protection to keep yourself safe at the range.
Beth Alcazar lays out the options for eye and ear protection in this video from the USCCA:
There are few things more fun than a day at the range, but there's nothing fun about damage to your eyes or ears. Next time you head out to shred some targets, make sure you're bringing your safety equipment with you.