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    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!

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    Not eye!!!!







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    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.

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    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.




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    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.

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    No i dont.

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    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.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob cooly View Post
    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&ca tlist=649" Safety Glasses >> Allsafe Cudas Glasses, Cudas Clear Lens/Black Frame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenfore6 View Post
    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&ca tlist=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.
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    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.
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