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bob cooly
06-27-2012, 10:58 AM
Wow just stepped into the garage to paper tune and first shot something hit me in the left eye. Maybe some string wax or a bit of grit but let me tell you it got my attention. I wear glasses and safety glasses whenever cutting or yard work, whatever. I know we are all starting to tweak and tune our bows for the upcoming season, lots of you younger guys don't need glasses, but I suggest some form of eye protection for everyone. Keep it safe!

Hutch~n~Son Archery
06-27-2012, 11:20 AM
Not eye!!!!;)







Hutch:cool:

bob cooly
06-27-2012, 11:34 AM
Seriously; Hutch, things are moving very fast off a compound bow and you only have 2 eyes. If you lose one you lose all depth perception, half or more of your vision, it's just not worth it. Over 40 years around grinders and cutters, all kinds of rotating machinery, I am very grateful to have both eyes. My 87 year old retired Pastor has no vision and it's not fun for him at the end of his life, how much more for a young person with decades to enjoy all that God has put before us.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
06-27-2012, 12:00 PM
On the serious note Bob I wear safety glasses for everything. All safety equipment helmets gloves you name it. When shooting bow I do not wear safety glasses. Don't know if I will but can't say I won't either. Thought all my kids arrow safety and safety in general. Guess I didn't think of the glasses for shooting bow.




Hutch:cool:

daiwateampenn
06-27-2012, 09:25 PM
it will be a burden for those who dont wear glasses in their normal time.

For me, i have to wear glasses, cz i cant get a good view without them. especially out to 40 yards onwards.

Speedykills
06-27-2012, 10:26 PM
No i dont.

Double S
06-27-2012, 10:32 PM
I haven't been wearing safety glasses while shooting my bow. I did start wearing a Protx Kevlar Shooter glove on my left hand for some extra safety. I did have a Cable guide break on me when I overdrew my PSE brute. I ended up shooting the arrow into the grass. A piece of th cable guide nailed my right under my right eye. I was bleeding pretty good. I thought it was my eye. i was scared to open my eyelid. Years back while I was practicing with my Off duty carry 1911 .45, I was shooting at a metal object laying on a dirt mound. This was off the Marine base in Yuma, AZ near their gun range. there was an area used by Civilians for shooting. I didn't check the object when I first pulled up. I pulled my ,.45 out and took two shots at it. The first shot I heard hit the object and made a metal thud sound upon impact. The second round made and different sound. then I saw an hazy object coming right back at me. It all happened in milliseconds. It was the .45 ball coming right back at me. it was like slow motion....I still can remember the heat off the ball has it hit the right side of my safety glasses. The plastic was being pushed it before it glassed off. It cracked my safely glasses and blew me back a few feet. I remember screaming...My wife and son were with me and she screamed because she saw the blood running down the right side of my cheek. I swore I was blind. I knew I was alive because I was still standing. I slowly opened my right eye to check for damage...NONE. We think that the plastic on the glasses cut me right under my eyelid below the eye socket when it flew off. I had a bad case of whiplash. I was shaking like crazy. I kept the sunglasses I need to look for them. I didn't go to the hospital because it was a gun related accident. I knew the cops would be called per the laws. I was embarrassed specially having a badge in my wallet. :o

I went back a week later to see what i shot at that caused the ricochet, it was still laying there. It was a water heater laid down on it side. I had shot at the base of the heater which is heavy thick metal and shaped like a bowl. I learned to check my targets before I shoot at them. The safety glasses i was wearing wasn't anything fancy. They were commercial type glasses used in factories. They probably cost me 12 bucks at the time. The only reason I had them is because I have a hard time finding wide framed regular glasses for my big head. I still use them to this day for daily use. Maybe i should start shooting my bow with safety glasses too.

This is what I use now and it's very similar to the one that saved me before.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll52/Northwest75/Safetyglasses.jpg

jnordwell
06-27-2012, 10:49 PM
as with age I needed to get reading glasses this year. I have tried and tried to wear them while shooting but I cannot. I look thru the nose pc and it gets really crazy. Im sure I will need to learn as I get older but for now its too hard. safety glasses would be the same for me.

Speedykills
06-27-2012, 11:16 PM
as with age I needed to get reading glasses this year. I have tried and tried to wear them while shooting but I cannot. I look thru the nose pc and it gets really crazy. Im sure I will need to learn as I get older but for now its too hard. safety glasses would be the same for me.

FYI there is as far as i know a company that specialize in archery bifocal classes,they advertised on AT quite awhile ago.

typically8
06-28-2012, 12:59 AM
I usually wear my glasses as i cannot hit the broadside of a deer w/out them. I agree, safety first. Also, concerning ricochets look for the video of the guy shooting a .50 cal that hits his ear protection.:cool:

Durandal
06-28-2012, 02:14 PM
I usually shoot outside and I'm sensitive to direct sunlight. I'm always wearing my shades out so the times I have shot a bow without some eye cover were few and far between but it's something to consider as I will probably start shooting indoors a bit more now that I will joining a local archery club. CDN winters aren't very archery friendly.

Oakley shades are well known for shatter resistance and mine cover the eye well. I will have to look for an indoor alternative.

bob cooly
06-28-2012, 09:21 PM
This is the same as not wearing a saftey harness when climbing. It never inpacts us until it's someone we know or ourselves that get hurt. Of course it's a personal decision. Your eyes your choice. As for me I am going to find something for my grandsons to wear when we are shooting together. The thought of one of them losing an eye is incomprehensable.

dugout
06-29-2012, 09:41 PM
From the time I get up until the time I go to bed. I can't see without glasses and many times it has blessed me by keeping me from self inflicted eye injury.

jenfore6
04-16-2014, 08:11 PM
Wow just stepped into the garage to paper tune and first shot something hit me in the left eye. Maybe some string wax or a bit of grit but let me tell you it got my attention. I wear glasses and safety glasses whenever cutting or yard work, whatever. I know we are all starting to tweak and tune our bows for the upcoming season, lots of you younger guys don't need glasses, but I suggest some form of eye protection for everyone. Keep it safe!

I'm glad it wasn't anythings serious! Safety glasses may not look so cool, but it's better to be safe than to look cool. Abatix has all kinds of eye safety equipment. They are very reasonably priced and have lots of options. Here's a link to one of their safety glasses products: ["http://www.abatix.com/default.aspx?page=item+detail&itemcode=KIM14464&catlist=649" Safety Glasses >> Allsafe Cudas Glasses, Cudas Clear Lens/Black Frame]

elkslayer4x5
04-17-2014, 09:45 AM
I'm glad it wasn't anythings serious! Safety glasses may not look so cool, but it's better to be safe than to look cool. Abatix has all kinds of eye safety equipment. They are very reasonably priced and have lots of options. Here's a link to one of their safety glasses products: ["http://www.abatix.com/default.aspx?page=item+detail&itemcode=KIM14464&catlist=649" Safety Glasses >> Allsafe Cudas Glasses, Cudas Clear Lens/Black Frame]

Thanks for adding that link to this old thread, and welcome to the site. :)

Sonny Thomas
04-17-2014, 10:47 AM
Worked in the machine shop for years and know what safety glasses are. Shooting firearms, I use some type of glasses.

Using glasses for shooting a bow is near impossible for me and I wear glasses to read. I have to wear glasses to set my sight and take them off so I can see to shoot. The frame gets in the way of aiming and the curvature of the lens can distort the sight picture.

The safety harness came about for a reason. I don't use one when climbing. I wear a simple safety belt attached to the tree, but depends on the tree stand. Most have the seat about 6 to 7 feet off the ground.

The Kevlar shooting glove...suppose to stop a arrow from puncturing the hand, but I don't use one. The horror stories and pictures put fear in some people. All these hand punctures came from unchecked arrows and stupidity... Said more than a few times was a brand new arrow blew apart. Me, the only way that's going to happen is if the arrow was cracked to begin with... Said a few times was the use of a too weak of spine arrow. I don't believe that either. From what I've seen the arrows giving the injuries were of the standard diameter hunting arrow, carbons, in the range of .290" or so.

The vast majority of arrows I use are in the .355" diameter range and I've used them since Carbon Express first marketed the CXL shaft around 2002. Never have I had a CXL fail when shooting and they are fragile (spell with capital letters), especially the CXL 150.

The only time I've heard of a arrow blowing apart was years back, when some one tried to use a wood arrow. Yep, penetrated the man's forearm. Real stupid....

Of all cases of a carbon arrow blowing only one time I know of one man confessing it was his fault. He had cracked a arrow, put it in the bottom tube of his hip quiver. Most people will turn the ruined arrow upside down in the bottom tube. D.D. didn't. He mistakenly pulled the cracked arrow. Broke at the shot, the back portion of the arrow penetrated his hand at the web of thumb and index finger. D.D was out action for only a few weeks and back to shooting.

Another time could have been disastrous. R.G. carried a new arrow without a point. Lacking 150 grs it could have almost been called a dry fire. We were shooting the 60 yard target in the State Field Championship. We watch, we know how a arrow should fly, arc. That R.G's arrow climbed, flattened out and hung there we knew something wrong. The arrow cleared the 60 yard target butt. At first we thought he set his sight wrong. Only with pulling all his arrows from his quiver did he realize his brand new arrow without a point wasn't there.

bfisher
04-17-2014, 12:58 PM
I agree with Sonny about carbon arrows breaking. Sure, every once in a great while do we hear of such instances and pictures make it a reality, but consider that the vast majority of arrows shot today are of the carbon variety. How many shooters and how many shots taken each and every day. Probably numbers into millions if not many millions. I've been shooting for 40 years with compound bows having shot aluminum till about 1993 when carbon started becoming popular. Don't shoot near as much as I once did and still manage about 8,000 shots a year and in all that time I can't remember ever having an arrow break during the shot, and I've shot some ugly arrows.

Never had a peep or peep tube hit me in the face either although I have had a couple strings snap at the shot and things went flying. One string even cut my forearm years ago. I've had one riser back in the early 70's that snapped in half at full draw. S handle Jennings that whacked me in the head pretty good, too. Got it replaced and started shooting again in a couple days with no misgivings.

Call me lucky? Maybe, but life is full of dangers. I drive school bus part time and have become more aware of how stupid people drive or the stupid things they do while driving. Much more dangerous than any damage a bow or arrow is going to throw at me. Fall down a flight of steps or in the tub or shower? Sometimes it's called sh-- happens and we can't protect ourselves from everything in life.

Just like life insurance. How many guys pay an insurance company for something you have to die to collect. I quit that nonsense years ago and invested that money in the stock market. Makes much more sense once the kids are grown and gone. Now I'm self insured and can access the money while I'm living. Why make some broker rich by living? Believe me, the odds are in his favor.

So what does this have to do with safety glasses. NADA, nothing. Sorry for getting so far off track and anybody is free to disagree with me.