Most cops wear body armor when on duty, but what about eye armor?
One of the most vulnerable parts of your body are your eyes. Not only are they soft tissue that provide little protection for your brain, they are also the single largest information source for the human body in combat. Lose your vision, and your odds of surviving hostile action decrease dramatically.
Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog wrote an in-depth evaluation of eye armor over at LuckyGunner Labs. If you don’t know Tuohy, he is very detail oriented and has a practical outlook on guns and gear. His attention to detail is obvious in this article.
In the evaluation, he takes more than 20 different types of protective glasses to the range for evaluation. He then shoots them all with #8 birdshot, .22 short and .22 LR. Plus, he does non-ballistic testing with them to evaluate how well they stay on the face during physical activity, scratch resistance and if they will fog up.
The glasses (and goggles) range in price from $7 to $220. While “you get what you pay for” essentially applies, there is a point where extra money doesn’t improve your protection.
I was happy to see that the eye armor I wear on duty, the Revision Sawfly, ranked extremely well. While none of the models tested defeated the .22 LR, the Sawfly did stop the 12 gauge #8 shot and .22 short with ratings of “A”.
I should also mention that the sales staff at Revision are top-notch. I had a chance to meet several of them at the SOFIC expo in Tampa, and they impressed me with their knowledge and desire to serve their customers.