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Introducing Oakley’s NEW Prizm™ Lens Technology

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Oakley’s NEW Standard Issue Prizm™ Lenses for its shooting and tactical line of glasses provides peak performance that starts with razor-sharp focus. This new lens enhances the ability of the human eye to adapt and to see with sharpness while providing protection and comfort for wearers.

Specifically designed with the needs of marksmen in mind, the NEW Prizm™ Lens provides optimal vision in a variety of field conditions. By strategically blocking wavelengths along the color spectrum, the lens maximizes contrast between colors, resulting in enhanced vision and reduced eye fatigue.

Prizm™ Lens Features

Because Oakley’s Prizm™ lenses are color-tuned specifically for shooting, they boost a shooter’s recognition of targets by blocking background distractions such as dirt, trees and sky. These lenses will also improve a wearer’s ability to see reticle patterns through a scope more clearly.  This allows shooters to better determine scale or position when honing in on targets.

The Prizm™ currently comes in two lens types, the TR45 and the TR 22. The TR 45 Prizm™ Lens is a lighter-shaded lens and offers 45% VLT (visible light transmission), perfect for overcast days or low-light conditions. The TR22 Prizm™ Lens is a darker shade and allows for 22% VLT, better for bright, sunny days.

All Oakley lenses are made from Plutonite, Oakley’s high purity optical grade polycarbonate to protect wearers from fragments that could damage eyes. All lenses also block 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC & harmful violet-blue light up to 400nm.

Also standard are a smudge-free lens coating, a secure fit even in wet conditions via hydrophilic Unobtainium nose pads, an advanced backside anti-fog coating, and a front-side hard coating for scratch resistance.

Prizm™ Lens Frame Options

The new CE Prizm™ Lenses come in several frame options.

The SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 is compatible with helmet-mounted night vision devices & MICH, ACH, CVC, PASGT & Crye helmets. This frame is also compatible with over-ear hearing protection/comms, has a quick, tool-free lens change, and is chemical and impact resistant as well as ultra lightweight. And, of course, the SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 meets all ballistic and tactical standards for military use.

Not only does the SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 protect soldiers from the smallest, mission-ending fragment, it also provides the optical clarity that helps soldiers avoid adding danger to an already dangerous situation. With uncompromising comfort, soldiers can concentrate and stay focused in a way that maximizes their efficiency.

Rounding out Oakley’s new Prizm™ lens offerings for ballistic and tactical wear is the Oakley Tactical SI M-Frame Helo Gasket for Ballistic 2.0 and 3.0 . The Helo Gasket is a lightweight and soft rubberized gasket that blocks wind and dust and is ideal for airborne and rotary wing operations.

Both Prizm™ lenses also come in the Oakley SI Radar Range frame. This frame is lightweight, stress-resistant and comfortable. It comes with multiple interchangeable nose pad options for a customizable and secure fit.

For individuals needing both lens types, the Oakley SI Radar Range CE Array and the Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 CE Array both provide interchangeable lens options that include the TR22 and the TR45.Oakley SI Prizm Array

Another frame option, the Oakley SI Flak Jacket with Prizm™ Lens is currently in production stages and will soon be available.

All Oakley Prizm™ glasses meet or exceed ANSI standards.

Airsoft Safety, Part 1

Airsoft History

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Proper eye protection is critical when participating in Airsoft competitions.

Airsoft as we know it today essentially began in Japan in the 1980s. Over time, and with the help of the Internet, Airsoft grew to become not only a popular sport but also a key training tool for the police and military.

What began as another way to practice target shooting has grown into competitions where score is kept and people get shot. Many people enjoy Airsoft as a way to act out strategy discovered in video games. Airsoft offers an outlet for individuals wanting real-life action in a non-lethal atmosphere.

This same leisure activity also provides a safe environment for tactical simulation exercises by the military & police where they can hone skills, strategies and awareness. Guns look & feel like real guns that shoot bullets, allowing for a realistic way to train military personnel and police officers.

(Note: Check out The History of Airsoft for more details on the games origin and growth.)

Safety Concerns

Many people do not consider Airsoft guns to be toys and instead call them “high detailed firearm simulations.” They insist on this nomenclature because the guns fire plastic BBs at muzzle velocities of 100-400FPS, enough to severely injure an eye, chip a tooth and hurt the skin.

Even though Airsoft is considered non-lethal because of the BBs’ inability to pierce skin and damage internal organs doesn’t mean they are absent of safety issues. Let’s explore those issues along with some solutions.

Eye Injuries

While Airsoft BBs may not be life-threatening, they can seriously damage eyes. In fact, eye damage is the number one danger from Airsoft guns. Damage that unfortunately sometimes results in permanent blindness.

The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 19,000 people were treated for eye injuries caused by guns that don’t use gun powder, such as Airsoft guns. Of those treated, 71% were under 20 years old.

Because of the potential for eye damage, anyone using Airsoft guns should use eye protection, even when shooting at targets. Proper eye protection can prevent serious eye damage whether from a direct shot to the face or from a BB ricocheting.

Airsoft Eye Protection

Wrap around eye protection is crucial. With so many players on the field, BBs will be flying from all directions.

The best eye and face protection for Airsoft users ranges from ballistic-rated safety goggles to full face masks. At a minimum, eye protection should wrap around sides of the eyes to protect from ricocheting BBs.

Other Injuries

While not usually penetrating the skin, Airsoft BBs can also cause painful welts and occasionally bleeding when they strike skin. For this reason, covering skin with loose clothing is a good idea. Many individuals even wear battle fatigues when playing Airsoft.

Airsoft BBs also travel fast enough to chip a tooth. Many Airsoft experts recommend wearing face masks to protect the entire face from the pellets.

Additional Considerations

While eye, face and skin protection will prevent the majority of safety issues that arise from Airsoft guns, a few additional – but significant – concerns exist that are addressed in Airsoft Safety, Part 2. The second installment of Airsoft Safety will also review the basic rules of Airsoft safety.

Video: Elvex Go-Specs II Review

The Elvex Go-Specs II have become very popular with customers looking for foam padded eye protection. With the unique ability to change from safety glasses to goggles by removing the temple arms and attaching a goggle strap. This allows customers to use the Go-Spec II’s as a goggle or spectacle depending on their situation.

The foam padded frame provides extra protection for wind and airborne particles, while enhancing comfort. OSHA compliance isn’t an issue as the Go-Specs II meet ANSI Z87.1-2010, CE EN-166 and Military Ballistic Standards.