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Oakley Shooting Glasses – The Ultimate Guide

Find out the best Oakley Shooting Glasses so you can protect your eyes whether hunting, at the range or in the military!

Whether you’re hunting, at the range or serving in the military, protecting your eyes is key. We’ll break down the top Oakley shooting glasses, and why they’re ideal for the harshest conditions, but before we do that, we need to talk lenses.

What are the best shooting lenses?

When we talk the best shooting lenses, we’re really talking two aspects. First, durability, as in how will the lenses protect your eyes from shell casings, projectiles and the like. Second, we talk about clarity, so you can see your target clearly, and hit it every time.

We’ll address both these aspects for the lenses mentioned below. But before we jump into those, we should clarify that there is a difference between shooting lenses and safety glasses. While we’ve already covered Safety Glasses that meet ANSI standards in a separate guide, those are primarily focused on protecting your eyes in accordance with OSHA and workplace safety. Now onto the lenses.

G26 Iridium

Designed for high contrast, the G26 Iridium is the only lens on this list publicly available on Oakleys website (more on that later). These Target-shooting-specific lens work best in low to medium light. We say target-specific as the tint of these lenses specifically enhances the orange in targets such as clay pigeons, while increasing contrast against green and blue backgrounds.

Oakley Radar XL Blade Sunglasses
G26 Iridium Lenses on Oakley Radar

Prizm TR22

Prizm TR22 and our next lens the TR45 variation are ideal shooting lenses. Both utilize Oakley’s Prizm lens technology to enhance contrast. Unfortunately both are currently only available through Oakley Standard Issue.

TR22 is designed specifically for shooting in bright light conditions with a Rose base-tint and light transmission of 19%. They also meet ANSI Z87.1 Industrial Standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact protection to protect your eyes.

Prizm TR22 lens comparison (left) vs. no lenses (right)

Prizm TR45

Similar to the above TR22, TR45 is an Oakley SI specific lens. However, this lens is designed for shooting in low-light conditions with a base tint of rose and light transmission of 45%.

Similar to above, the TR45 also offers ANSI protection to prevent shrapnel or shell casings from hitting your eyes.

Prizm TR45 lens comparison (left) vs. no lenses (right)

What are the best Oakley shooting glasses?

Now that we’ve covered the best lenses, let’s talk what frames they go in. All the frames mentioned feature shield lenses to provide a wide viewing angle with wrap around protection.

M2 Frame

As we’ve talked about before, the M Frame is a favorite among athletes and those on the front lines alike. The M2 Sunglasses are available through the Oakley Custom Program and provides an O Matter frame. Unfortunately, none of the lenses above are available, but you can find Prizm Sapphire and Jade Iridium – both of which increase contrast and provide optimum viewing.

Oakley M2 Sunglasses
Oakley M2 Sunglasses

Ballistic M Frame 3.0 Prizm

The ideal shooting frame, once again is only available through Oakley Standard Issue. With an O Matter frame, the Ballistic M Frame 3.0 meets MIL SPEC MIL-PRF 31013. This U.S. military standard requires that ballistic eyewear must be able to withstand up to a .15 caliber (at 640 ft/sec) for spectacles and .22 caliber at 550-560 ft/sec for goggles. 

The frame weighs in at just over an ounce and allows for swapping lenses based on light conditions. For those in the field, the Ballistic M Frame is also fully compatible with MICH, ACH, CVD, PASGT, and Crye helmets, along with helmet mounted night vision systems.

On the lens side, these are available with both Prizm TR22 and Tr45, along with clear and a variety of other colors. For an in depth look at the Ballistic M Frame line, be sure to check out our complete M Frame guide.

M Frame 3.0 Ballistic Shooting Glasses
Oakley M Frame 3.0 Ballistic Sunglasses

M Frame Alpha

The successor to the Ballistic M Frame 3.0, this Standard Issue exclusive provides a modernized take on the classic frame with even more lens coverage. The M Frame Alpha features a Radarlock-esq technology for easier lens swaps. It also improves on the already fantastic anti-fogging of the M Frame 3.0, with increased venting and nose piece positioning.

Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame Alpha
Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame Alpha

Ballistic Crosshair

If you’re preferential to wire frames, Oakley still has you covered with the SI Ballistic Crosshair. Heavier and thicker than the M Frames above, the Crosshair is comprised of C-5 Alloy though still features Unobtanium earsocks and nosepiece for enhanced grip.

The Ballistic Crosshair still earns it’s name, also meeting MIL-SPEC MIL PRF 32432 standards. Additionally, while no active venting is present, the lenses do include advanced anti-fog coatings.

Oakley Ballistic Crosshair Sunglasses
Oakley Ballistic Crosshair with Prizm TR22 Lenses

Where to buy Oakley Shooting Glasses?

If you qualify for Oakley Standard Issue, that should be your first stop. They offer all of Oakley’s ballistic frames and shooting Prizm lenses. If not you’ll want to look for them in the aftermarket.

A first stop should always be to check the Sunglasses Exchange on the forum here, where you can post Buy, Sell and Trade threads. You may find a member looking to get rid of their shooting glasses or frames. It’s also worth checking your local hunting or game store carries any. It’s not uncommon to see ballistic variety Oakley’s make their way into these stores.

Otherwise you’ll be left with eBay and Craigslist, but be sure to know how to spot signs of fake Oakleys, as both sites have plenty especially of popular frames such as the M Frame.

What’s your ideal shooting lens and frame? Let us know in the thread below!

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