What’s the difference between shooting glasses and safety glasses?


There are times when shopping online for glasses that you get mixed up between shooting glasses and safety glasses. It happens–and understandably so. In fact, they both provide a high level of eye protection that benefits your overall safety, allowing you to focus on the tasks at hand.

In this article we’ll break down the difference to help making choosing your next pair of glasses that much easier. We’ll also provide some examples of shooting glasses so you can see their different components. So hang with us–we’ll talk about safety glasses first.

Safety glasses 

The American National Standard Institute (or ANSI) establishes standards and regulations for the products and equipment on the US market.  Most safety glasses carry the ANSI classification rating Z87+ which indicates the toughest safety features for occupational eyewear protection. 

At RX Safety, we offer ANSI certified safety glasses on all our safety eyewear, making it easier to have an ultimate level of confidence while on the job–whether occupational or personal. This level of rigorous testing provides optimum protection for individuals during various activities across the board.

Shooting glasses

Like safety glasses, shooting glasses must be ANSI Z87+ high impact approved. But they differ in that they sometimes offer a higher level of protection–and rightfully so as shooting glasses are used for shooting and have greater levels of impact. 

For this reason, some shooting glasses carry military ballistic standards such as MIL-PRF 32432.  So while most military eyewear meets ANSI certifications, not all safety glasses meet ballistic standards.


Our recommendations

At RX Safety, we offer a variety of frames with various features for your unique needs. We’ve selected several of our shooting glasses to give you a concrete idea of our top-performing frames for shooting.

Let’s take a look.


Shooting glasses

First, we have the Oakley Industrial M Frame® 3.0 PPE. These frames are sure to provide the ultimate shooting experience. Both lightweight and comfortable, this wrap around frame provides wearers the comfort of wearing for longer periods of time. This frame is great for low and no light conditions and is both European166 and ANSI Z87+ for optimum safety.

Next, we have the GP04 Prescription Safety Goggles. They bare tactical wrap-around goggles that provide the ultimate level of protection and comfort for wearers. These glasses are amazingly lightweight, and feature the following: foam sealing, wide lens view, and an adjustable safety strap. These glasses are ANSI Z87+ certified as well.

Lastly, we have the Smith Optics Pivlock Echo Max. They are tactical wrap-around glasses that can give you ample coverage you need for shooting. Fully equipped with thin alloy temples with an adjustable nose piece, these shooting glasses offer superior impact protection, as well as several lens coatings to prevent obscured vision. Extremely comfortable, they are also MIL-PRF-32432 approved as well.

Contact us

If you’re interested in one of our shooting frames, or have any questions, feel free to contact us. Available online or by phone, we can help you in selecting your eyewear.


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