The local shooting range requires eye protection, when I look on Amazon there are "shooting glasses" in the hunting section, and then there are "safety glasses" in other sections.

From what I can tell, there isn't much of a difference between the two, they both protect from UV and are made from plastic, is there an actual difference (besides marketing) between the two?


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Safety glasses would presumably meet some safety standard, for example impact resistance, and the standard so meet would be cited.

Shooting glasses might offer some impact resistance (or other protection...), but wouldn't have to meet the standard.

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    But shooting glasses will also say that they meet ANSI Z87.1 standards Jun 13, 2018 at 22:41
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    @CharlieBrumbaugh - The point is that there is no ANSI or legal standard for "shooting glasses." I could legally label any pair of sun glasses as "shooting glasses" (without specifying that they meet ANSI Z87.1). // edited answer to indicate that "safety glasses" should indicate what safety standard they meet.
    – MaxW
    Jun 13, 2018 at 22:55
  • That makes more sense Jun 14, 2018 at 0:59

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