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January 31st, 2008

Important Resource on Eye Protection

There is one subject on which we should all be in agreement — the need to wear quality, protective eyewear whenever one uses a firearm. Sadly, it’s not uncommon, at the range, to see shooters wearing no eye protection, or wearing cheap, “dime-store” glasses that can shatter on impact.

We’ve created a comprehensive Guide to Protective Eyewear. Forum member ChuckW2 told us: “That was the most important article that has ever been posted on this site. I am amazed how many people do not wear glasses while shooting or hunting. Great read….” If you haven’t done so already, read the story. We guarantee you’ll learn something new.

The Eyewear Guide explains the safety standards that apply to protective eyewear and reviews the best lens materials currently available including Polycarbonate, Trivex™, and SR-91. You may not have heard of Trivex, but it is probably the best material out there right now — it’s tough, lightweight, and has better optical properties than Polycarbonate. SR-91 is a good choice for those who need a polarized lens. Our Eyewear Guide also includes a section by Danny Reever on Prescription Shooting Glasses. Danny discusses the available options in lens materials and has many helpful recommendations.

Along with our reviews of lens materials, tint properties, and frame design, we highlight a study done by the NRA’s American Hunter magazine. 10 popular brands of eyewear were tested, with some very interesting results. The testers observed that price does not necessarily assure quality. The $12 Bollé VX and the $5.95 Pyramex Rendezvous both worked better than some much more expensive brands.

On the other hand, don’t select eyewear simply because it’s cheap or easy to find. American Hunter editor Jeff Johnston observed:

“It’s a mistake to assume that any plastic-lens sunglasses off the rack at the local 7-11 are made of polycarbonate and therefore are effective as shooting glasses—cheap plastics are not polycarbonates; in fact, wearing them could be worse than wearing nothing, as they can introduce sharp shards of plastic to your eyes in addition to the projectile(s) that caused them to break.”

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January 31st, 2008

Gun Talk Radio Broadcasts Live from SHOT Show

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas this weekend for the SHOT Show, tune in your radios for live audio programming from the show floor. Radio Talk Show host Tom Gresham will air his three-hour Gun Talk Radio program from the main hall of the show, featuring a lineup of major manufacturers.

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“This year looks to be huge,” said Gresham. “Every company has new guns and products, and we’ll have them on the air, live, to talk about them. For millions of listeners, this is an on-the-spot report on what turns them on — new guns!”

Gun Talk Radio will broadcast from the Beretta booth on the show floor, and Gresham says he has commitments from a number of companies, including Springfield Armory, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Brownells, Taurus, Ruger, and Trijicon.” Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk is carried on radio stations across the country and is featured on XM Satellite radio.

Starting Saturday, your editor will also be a SHOT show. On this Daily Bulletin, I’ll be posting reports, complete with photos and video. There are new products from Lapua, Nikon, Schmidt & Bender, and Sightron we plan to feature — along with some surprises. Stay tuned.

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