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Double Top Secret – American Handgunner May/June 2016

American Handgunner has done it again: They’ve recognized the work we do and given us a full page of their magazine. Heck. Yea. Dave Anderson, who writes the Winning Edge column in Handgunner, has a pretty substantial prescription. We like people like this because they have a deep, lifelong relationship with prescription eyewear and understand the difficulties involved in finding quality prescription shooting eyewear.

For Dave, his options were limited to frames without much curvature. We can work with some pretty strong prescriptions, but we still have limitations as far as how far we can go. While we can jam a lens into just about any frame, we don’t. So for Dave, we set him up with the Randolph Engineering Sporter frame, which is a great option for shooters with stronger prescriptions (in the -7.00/+3.00 range). With the Sporter you have the option of getting a clear lens (with Anti-Reflective coating to reduce glare from the lights at your indoor range, or, say, while driving) and additional, tinted clip-ons, OR you can just get a single tinted (or polarized or Transition) lens ground and loaded right into the frame. You get a bit more versatility with the first option, which is what we made for Dave, but some people just want a dedicated sunglass lens and go for the second option.

 

In any case, he liked what he saw. Or saw through. Dave’s article explained the advantages of true shooting eyewear instead of just shooting in your everyday casual glasses, he got into the details of the polycarbonate material and lens-grinding, and came up with a great paragraph heading of “Double Top Secret”, referring to the proprietary optical formulas and adjustments we make here to every single lens we craft to account for frame angulation, lens curvature, frame dimensions, and numerous other factors. The result, and I’ll quote, “The lenses provide the clearest, sharpest image, over the widest area, of any glasses I’ve used in 60 years of eyeglass wear!”

 

Thank you, Dave for your kind works and for taking the time to explore our work, and to American Handgunner for the opportunity to share our product with their dedicated readership. Due to its bimonthly publication, you have plenty of time to grab an issue off your local newsstand (for a cool $5.95), but of course, there’s no time like the present.

 

Tactical RX in American Handgunner

 

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Firearms News Cover, March 2016,. featuring Tactical Rx.

Firearms News Profile

Firearms News (formerly Shotgun News) has been published since 1946. 70 years later they finally got around to covering Tactical Rx, and boy was it worth the wait.

 

When you devote your entire company one thing, and in the case of Bret (whom the article profiles in depth) your entire professional life to one pursuit, it sure is nice when that one pursuit is recognized as being great. Or it’s nice when someone writes that your “glasses are a gamechanger”. (Because really, who doesn’t want to change games?) Or when the lenses that you crafted by hand are in the pages of one of the leading industry magazines? Or when there you are on page 35 of Issue 7 shaking hands with one of the most respected firearm journalists in the world?

The article, written by Mr. David Fortier, clearly identifies one of our most popular prescription shooting lenses, the Almost Lens, an inverted shooting bifocal designed to help crisp up the front sights for people who have some trouble seeing up close. We make no claims to have invented this lens concept, which originated as an inverted bifocal for occupational use, but we do claim to make it exceptionally well and to have tailored it specifically for the needs of shooters. Mr. Fortier takes the time to explain the entire process, how we select frames, how we send out frames and how the marking process for the custom placement of the bifocal happens. In his case, we also made a concealed carry set of eyewear, with the shooting bifocal up above his dominant eye and a traditional lined bifocal down low, in his non-dominant eye. We made this in a clear, fashionable, everyday frame that would still give him the ability to see clear, crisp sights in a set of good looking Rx shooting glasses.

 

Needless to say, we’re honored for the recognition and we’re also hoping this exposure helps us reach new customers and get our lenses in front of more eyes. It’s the one thing we do, and we’re proud to do it right. There are images of the pages below, or head to your local newsstand/bookstore/airport/gas station/Walmart/other fine establishments and pick up a copy of your own until March 7th. It’s $3.99 and worth every penny. We picked up a few.

 

Tactical Rx Firearms News Profile. pg1

Tactical Rx Firearms News Profile. pg1

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Tactical Rx Firearms News Profile. pg2

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Tactical Rx Firearms News Profile. pg3

 

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Lens after being hit with a ricochet during Bob Owens' review of our custom prescription shooting lenses.

BearingArms.com Review

We usually don’t love it when someone gets hit in the eye with a ricochet. Unless they’re literally in the process of writing a review on our Rx shooting eyewear and it enables them to headline the article, “Tactical Rx Prescription Shooting Eyewear Saved My Sight.” In this case, provided the wearer is absolutely unharmed, we kind of like it.

This is what happened to the reviewer, Bob Owens, editor of 2nd Amendment website BearingArms.com. While wearing the Numa Point Ballistics we made for him at the Rifleman I course at Valor Ridge training site in Tennessee, a fragment, of either a rock or a bullet, came back and hit his lens. In the review, he explains that he didn’t think twice about it and went on with the course, only to realize later what had actually happened. He concluded the same way that we often explain the importance and the investment in prescription eyewear: A few hundred dollars spent up front compares very favorably to, in the best case, a ruined day, and in worse cases, trips to the ER, medical bills and serious vision impairment. It’s a fair point, we think. This is the exact reason why we make all of our ANSI z87 prescription shooting lenses of only polycarbonate (not Trivex) and to the highest degrees of lens retention.

The review is highly positive, which is what we strive for, and it also creates a very strong case for Rx shooting eyewear not just from a performance point of view, but also from a safety perspective. Read the full article here: Tactical Rx Prescription Eyewear Reviewed on BearingArms.com.

 

 

 

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These guys bagged some birds using Tactical Rx prescription hunting glasses.

Gotta avoid those Dusky’s.

We want to share the story of a customer of ours, Gary, and the recent set of glasses we made for him. He’s photo’d above with his friends and their take of 16 geese from a weekend hunt earlier in January. They’re up in Oregon, and from the photo you can see the light is variable/overcast. Knowing what we did of his use and conditions, we put together a high-contrast custom tint for the Smith Optics frame he already had. We know a lot of folks in the NW have to be particularly aware of the Canadian dusky geese and make quick decisions based on the coloring, so it was important for us to create a tint that maintained an authentic color perspective, while still enhancing the view in low-light situations. They certainly bagged some birds, so he must have been seeing pretty good.

Hunting eyewear is one of the most precise and challenging types of eyewear we make. Conditions often vary between the extremes, yet lens tones and functionality needs to be sharp and precise. Obviously, there are a lot of variables in the equation: location, what you’re hunting, what you’re shooting (or in the case of the duskies, what you’re not shooting), all the prescription variables, personal preference as far as fit and style, fogging issues, etc. This is a lot to take in to ultimately shape into a set of prescription hunting lenses, and while hunting is a very general term that takes many different forms, it can be an extremely demanding activity and eyewear has to meet those demands.

Gary was cool enough to pass along a fun photo from the weekend, and we’ll also point you towards his friendly post on the ifish forum, which is Oregon-centric but for the rest of us it’s still a place for some good discussions about prescription hunting eyewear and about broader hunting and fishing topics.

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Julbo USA Vermont Classic.

Tactical Rx in American Handgunner

Funky meets Protection.

In Roy Huntington’s The Insider column in the current (Pg. 116, March/April 2016) edition of American Handgunner magazine he features the Julbo USA Vermont Classic frame. He goes on to say that the side covers reduce glare, and indeed they should: it’s a frame born to block the glare for mountaineers as they walk across glaciers. These days, it can block the glare at the range, on the road, and for one recent customer, at concerts when he doesn’t want to focus on anything else. Yes, like blinders on a horse. (We didn’t ask him what type of music he’s into, but we can only assume he’s got the coolest glasses at the latest T Swift show.

If you’d like a non-prescription option, the Vermont Classic frame can be picked up for a cool $150, and we can also load in Tactical Rx custom prescription shooting lenses starting at $209.

 

Julbo USA Vermont Classic frame with Tactical Rx custom prescription shooting lenses featured in American Handgunner Magazine.

Julbo USA Vermont Classic frame with Tactical Rx custom prescription shooting lenses featured in American Handgunner Magazine.

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#SHOTShow

SHOT Show 2016

We’re here at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. And it’s a pretty crazy scene filled with a lot of toys. Some highlights so far:

– We made friends with Patty at Chipotle Publishing, local Las Vegas publishing house that puts out Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal.

– We ate some fresh-cooked elk sausage prepared by @thesportingchef Scott Leysath. It was delicious.

– We received a very friendly invite from Daniela at IWA Outdoor Classics show in Germany, where we might have to visit. She even offered to buy us tickets and she smiled at us in a lovely way. And she wore prescription.

– We chatted with custom ear protection manufacturer SportEar and Bret picked up a pair of Ghost Stryke’s for the $HOT $how $pecial. (#FrontSight requires them.)

More updates to come..

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Junior Shooters writes about Tactical Rx prescription shooting glasses.

Junior Shooters

Junior Shooters is a cool magazine out of Idaho that does something that no other shooting or outdoor magazine does: publish articles written by kids. If you flip through the pages you’ll see little parenthesis in the by-lines: (12) (14) (15). Those are the ages of the writers. In a media industry with a strong respect for tradition in which many journalists dedicate their lives to developing the skills, experience and readership to be able to make a career out of their writing, and where experts generally are, with all due respect, pretty old guys, it’s refreshing to read the sincere words of a 13-year old reviewer telling us about his or her new product. It also seems like a great way to build confidence and develop engagement in the sport, and build some writing skills while they’re at it. It’s a great magazine that you really get the sense is more of a community than a magazine, and we wish it all the best.

Tactical Rx recently had our glasses reviewed by a junior shooter who shall remain nameless (for the sake of the privacy of our youth), however his photo and our Mt. Falcon frames with custom yellow shooting lenses are right there on page 64. The review was stellar, and we’re certainly glad he liked his glasses. Highlight quote was probably, “…they are by far the best shooting glasses I have ever seen.” Solid quote.I also liked, “MSRP is $109, which is a little much for me..”. Yes, when I was in eighth grade $109 for glasses would’ve been a little much for me as well. Which is where parents come into play..

Parents: If your child is shooting, help him or her protect their eyes by explaining the importance of eyewear and giving them something that will protect their eyes. Prescription or non, our eyewear or someone elses. We’ve all heard stories of a childhood accident shaping someone’s life, and certainly, things happen. But when it comes to shooting and eye protection, nothing has to happen. Junior Shooters, as a magazine, does an excellent job of teaching safety and showing their shooters (and authors) wearing eye-pro where it should be worn.

 

Junior Shooters. Making a Mark.

Junior Shooters. Making a Mark.

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Custom Almost Lens shooting bifocal in Clear. Rudy Project Rydon Tactical frame.

Almost Lens FAQ’s

One of our most popular lenses is our Almost Lens, an inverted shooting bifocal intended to help crisp up your front sights if you’re no longer seeing them as clearly as you’d like. On one hand this lens is a very simple premise and not something that we really invented. On the other hand, we’ve found a way to innovate and customize a stagnant, existing idea. Genius, we say! In any case, here are a few answers to the questions we receive most frequently regarding the Almost Lens:

– It’s a custom placement, so we’d send you a frame (or a few if you want to try some on for fit and style) and you’d mark it and send it back to us. We’d include a marking kit for you to use, which is a piece of cake.

– It’s a lined bifocal, and the general placement is above your eye, both of which help make sight/target acquisition quick and easy. There’s no more tilting your head back to access the lower portion of your lens, and the lined bifocal gives a large field of view for your near vision so you no longer have to seek out the sweet spot in your progressive.

– We take your given reading prescription and adjust it for the distance from your eye to your front sights. We’ll ask you for this distance measurement, in inches, and we’ll make the accommodation on our end. If you have multiple barrel lengths/sight distances, either take the average or prioritize one of your guns. There’s a few inch margin here so two inches won’t make a difference.

– What else…Most folks go with it only in their dominant eye, but some people put it in both eyes and others do one eye with the shooting bifocal above their eye and in the other eye they put a traditional lined bifocal.

– To order, the best way is to give us a call with your prescription handy. We can talk you through some frame options and get some choices sent out to you for marking.

Almost Lens inverted shooting bifocal in the Numa Point Ballistic frame.

Almost Lens inverted shooting bifocal in the Numa Point Ballistic frame.

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Polarized lens tones. At a golf course, because, well, we like to golf.

Polarized Lens Tones

(Above: Yes, we took lens sample photos on a golf course because, well, some of us enjoy golf.)
We have a few polarized lens options to choose from. Lenses, polarized or otherwise, are largely a point of personal preference and there isn’t a wrong or right answer. If you have any questions about your specific light conditions or needs, write us through our comment box or call us. As always, we’re glad to send you out some lens samples to demo and look through, but this guide should help give you an idea of the tones we’re talking about and what they’ll look like:

Polarized Grey: This looks like a grey lens. It has 80% light blockage and provides excellent blockage in bright conditions. From the outside, it’ll look like this:

Numa Chuck ANSI z87 shooting and safety frame with super dark grey polarized prescription lenses.

Numa Chuck ANSI z87 shooting and safety frame with super dark grey polarized prescription lenses.

Polarized Brown: The brown has the same 80% light blockage as the grey, but because of the tone it offers a higher contrast view with yellow hues mixed in. We’ve received a lot of feedback that the brown helps targets stand-out, so if you want a dark lens but prefer a little more “pop”, the brown is a good choice. From the outside, it’ll look like this:

Rudy Project Rydon in Demi-Turtle, with Polarized Brown lenses. Demi-Turtle is a classy tone that works well for hunting.

Rudy Project Rydon in Demi-Turtle, with Polarized Brown lenses. Demi-Turtle is a classy tone that works well for hunting.

Polarized Rose-Copper: (NOTE: This lens style is not available with the Almost Lens or lined bifocals.) The polarized Rose-Copper lens is our lightest polarized lens option, at 75% blockage, and also our most versatile. The rose hues provide sharp definition in everything from bright conditions to cloudy, overcast days and shade. From the outside, it’ll look like this:

Joseph von Benedikt of Shooting Times magazine in the Smith Elite Hudson prescription shooting sunglass.

Joseph von Benedikt of Shooting Times magazine in the Smith Elite Hudson prescription shooting sunglass.
Photo Credit: Shooting Times magazine.

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Tactical Rx Prescription Safety Eyewear Program

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one. ANSI z87 Safety Stamp.

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one. ANSI z87 Safety Stamp.


Many of our customers have colleagues that share similar eyewear needs. Whether it’s an LEO looking for set of glasses that will help him or her see a clean sight picture while still being able to check ID”s and use their phones, or a field engineer whose company requires they wear ANSI z87 rated safety-eyewear at work, these customers are not alone in their needs.

Which is why we want to remind everyone that Tactical Rx offers Prescription Safety Eyewear Programs for various groups. We work with diverse groups to provide easy, discounted prescription safety eyewear specially designed to meet an organization’s specific optical needs. Some benefits:
– The curvature and optics of our curved-format sport lenses help employees see better, which makes for a safer environment.
– Google “Rx Safety Eyewear” and check out the options that come up. Tactical Rx runs the coolest safety eyewear program around.
– If this is a point of occupational safety and protection, your workplace should help cover the cost of your gear, including eyewear.
– You no longer need to damage your everyday eyewear by jamming them under Over-the-Glasses safety glasses.
– Discounted pricing.
– As a friendly incentive, we automatically extend a discount to the immediate families of all program members.

We’re flexible in the arrangement of a program, working within an organization’s budget and employee roster to customize a program that will treat them well.

If you feel like you and your colleagues could benefit from this arrangement, don’t hesitate to put your HR or Safety Program manager in touch with us to explore the options.

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