April 30, 2007
Winchester Sport Glasses: De-Dorking the Middle-Age Gunner
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
A guest-written gear review by Executive Editor Mike Toth
The PR: Via a licensing agreement with Jackson Safety Products, Winchester Ammunition [www.winchester.com] is introducing a line of affordable shooting glasses. Both lenses and frames come in various colors, and models come with various features, such as interchangeable lenses, UV protection, and -- thank you, Winchester -- magnification inserts.
The Takeaway: I’m one of those 40-and-over people who needs to use those damnable reading glasses in order to see any print closer than an arms-length away. That includes, of course, all those words and numbers on shell boxes and in game-law compendiums. The Reader series of Sport Glasses, which has magnification inserts, means I will never again have to walk around a rifle range, clays course, or pheasant field wearing reading glasses under my safety lenses, which makes me feel both old AND stupid looking.
The Cost: MSRP for the Readers is only $14. Other models vary from $12 to $30, with the Elite Series costing $95.—Mike Toth