View Full Version : Tactical Eyepatch! Sort of...

06-21-2012, 7:16 AM

So, after thinking about how apertures work, and then doing some research and finding someone else with the same idea(that worked), I decided to make one of these. I got a comfortable pair of sunglasses at the 99 cent store, took a piece of electrical tape, cut a small hole in it and found where the hole in the tape lined up between my pupil, my rear aperture, and my front sight crosshair. I drilled the hole (18 ~gauge) then blacked the lens with paint on both sides.

Theoretically, how it works is that each aperture eliminates the majority of the light entering your eye, and directs the light from what you're focusing on, allowing widening your depth of focus. Tried them on and they allow me to see the rear aperture, the front sight cross-hair, AND my target clearly.



06-21-2012, 9:32 AM
Interesting concept, I would like to know more

06-21-2012, 9:38 AM
If I understand the concept correctly, this would be similar to buying a set of pin-hole glasses.


06-21-2012, 10:07 AM
You just want to play pirate! Admit it!

06-21-2012, 11:22 AM
Yeah, it works. Although I hope you only did this as an experiment to see what the sight picture would be like, and not actually use sunglasses from the dollar store as eye protection.

06-21-2012, 5:02 PM
Casual: This is correct.

Elven: Maybe :D

Merc: I shoot with sunglasses anyway (these are sunglasses that were wholesaled to the dollar store; they had a 10 dollar price tag on them) . Anything that could go through/around the sunglasses (i.e. flying shell, bullet) would go through/around a pair of safety glasses.

Anyway, I used them to great effect today at the range. They do NOT work well with a scope though xD...

Anyway, I used them

06-21-2012, 5:11 PM
Having a $10 MSRP means nothing about what price they were actually being sold at. It also means nothing with regard to how well they can take an impact compared to actual safety glasses. There is an impact standard for safety glasses, there is not one for dollar store sunglasses.

Mossy Man
06-21-2012, 5:13 PM
i dont wear safety glasses.

Although, my prescription glasses are polycarbonate and i believe they are incredibly impact-resistant.

Wernher von Browning
06-21-2012, 8:24 PM
I've used this gizmo with iron sights on military surplus rifles.



I have no use for it, and I feel it's not usable with, a rear peephole or diopter sights. Too many holes to line up.

But isn't it neat how much that expands your depth of focus?

kris smith
06-21-2012, 8:42 PM
I use safety glasses when required and when I'm out I use sun glasses some times not too worried about things hitting my face

06-22-2012, 12:53 AM
Safety glasses while shooting SHOULD be z87 approved and the majority of any glasses sold are. Most will have a stamp on the side or something. When im out shotgun shooting i have had shot bounce off my glasses before which has led me to buy my current pair of spy haymakers that surround my whole eye and lok somewhat stylish too.

06-22-2012, 3:53 AM
I don't wear safety glasses because I wear prescription glasses, i'd like to take them off and wear safety/shooting glasses but i'm blind as a bat with out them.

06-22-2012, 6:11 AM
Oh Yeah baby!