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I know that trap shooters, including myself, often wear side blinders on their shooting glasses. The main purpose of these is to reduce peripheral distraction.

Do skeet shooters wear side blinders? I am very new to skeet, and the main reason I want to wear side blinders is to help protect my eyes from incoming target shards. I noticed today that it was not uncommon on posts 1, 7, and 8 for both my clay fragments (when I hit the target) and other's clay fragments to hit me and the other shooters.

How do you protect your eyes from this hazard? I wear shooting glasses, but if one were not always facing the incoming target, I would think that one would be subject to eye injury.

I didn't see any of ther other skeet shooters wearing side blinders.

Thanks for any info.

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Not that common, but it is done by more than a few.

I wore them when I used Rangers. I'm using Pilla Panthers now, but the wraparound design, and the design of the frames itself make blinders a little bit of a PITA to fashion and use. I have a set that I've been using on and off that I made out of craft foam, but I don't like them as much as I used to on my rangers.
 

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Of all the folks I shoot with, only 1 wears blinders.
I never ask him why.
 

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I can see the importance of peripheral vision on the skeet range, as opposed to the trap line, where peripheral vision is less important (at least in my experience).

But I do wonder about eye protection. Wrap-around frames would be helpful, but I don't see many skeet shooters wearing them...

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I wear them all the time. Usefull for keeping the sun off the back and front of your lenses, depending on how you adjust them. Also great under the lights to keep the reflection off the back of your lenses, and in the wind. You can run them all the way back to where you can't see them if they aren't needed.
 

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I have worn side blinders when shooting on a lit field at night and it worked well at reducing unwanted glare. If the glare is really bothering me... I will use 'em.
I just don't make a habit of this because it can interfere with seeing H2, H3, L5 & L6 movement, early.
 

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I shoot alot at trap and by no means want to come off as a true skeet shooter. I just like to shoot skeet and sporting when I can. A better type of game and athmosphere but I'll leave it like that for now. Don't want to start a war.

At skeet and sporting I find you have to roll your eyes and use your peripheral vision. Just a part of this game. My blinders stay in my shooting bag for skeet and sporting.

Just my thoughts.
 

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In some situations the sun might come out from behind the blinder (or visor) during swing. A suddenly appearing bright light very close to the center of your gaze will make you go into "protection mode" causing at least one of the following to happen; a. your eyes close, b. your head will turn, c. your swing will stop. This will happen unless your glasses are dark enough for welding.
Without blinders your eyes will have more time to adjust as the sun smoothly appears from the corner of your eye.

If the sun is in front of you, and you have you blinders or a visor in your peripheral vision, your brain will try to use them for shade by making you turn your head.

Blinders will also reduce your peripheral vision. Not a problem if you have a short reaction time and a quick gun, or if you turn your head. One the main functions of peripheral vision is tracking movement.

If you get reflections on your lenses from behind, buy better lenses.

If you use eyeglass type flat shooting glasses, buy proper curved shooting glasses which cover the sides too.

In trap side blinders do not have any drawbacks.
 

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I carry one in my pouch,

Its used for the lesser of evils of when the sun is making it past the edge of my lens, and causing back lens light reflections later in the day just before dusk. But will note, as soon as I clear that station and it's not needed, its pulled since it does block needed peripheral vision as well.
 
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