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Eye Protection – Randolph Engineering – RE Ranger XLW

Eye Protection is not one of my life priorities.  My eyes are great and for years I have been spotting game at long distance and have been one of the lucky ones that has never needed glasses.  In fact, I rarely used sunglasses because most of them were annoying and to be honest most of them were the cheap sunglasses you pick up at the gas station and after wearing them for a short period of time, I got headaches.

On the range, I was required to wear glasses and always bought the cheap glasses that the range offered and threw them into my gun case and forgot about them. I simply had not thought of sunglasses as a tool that I needed to spend money on.

All of that has changed in the last several months with the addition of the Ranger XLW to my arsenal of tools.

Eye Protection is absolutely a tool and is required at most all gun ranges and great skeet, trap and sporting clays ranges across the country.  Sunglasses are important but did you know that colored lenses can actually assist you in being able to acquire your target and assist you in becoming a better shooter.


Kim Rhode uses these glasses to help her quickly acquire targets whether it is a cloudy day, sunny day or in differing backgrounds by changing the color of the lens in her Ranger XLW glasses.  Function beats fashion any day and even with that being said, these glasses look good and are certainly respectable.  It is truly what they do for you though that really makes a difference.

Randolph Engineering was started in 1972 providing optical equipment to the industry and by 1982 RE became the prime contractor for military style aviation flight glasses for the United States.  During the last 20 plus years they have expanded to include premium sunglasses, opthalmic eyewear and and perscription frames and all manufacturing is done in Randolph, Massachusetts.

My pair of Ranger XLW has two sets of lenses and I am looking to add a third.  I currently have the dark grey Polarized and I have a set of the blue lens for shooting.  I am planning on purchasing a couple of diffent colors to use in different hunting situations.  These glasses are nothing short of fantastic.

The best example I can use is that on a recent trip up through the hills I had the glasses in my case and the driving was through some pretty thick fog and I had in the blue lenses.  I picked up the glasses to see if they could help me see better and the difference was amazing!!!  In fog these lenses helped to brighten the tail lights on every vehicle in front of me to where they were almost glowing.  That is why I think of these glasses as not just a fashion item but an actual part of my arsenal of tools.

Go out and get yourself some real eye wear and eye protection and enhance the way you see the world.




Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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