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Eye protection.

In WWI, this passed for eye protection.

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Or this.


Now... well, it's gotten better, in several aspects. From an email:

I am 1LT A, an Infantry Platoon Leader assigned to [snip], Task Force 2-1 Infantry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, currently deployed to Mosul, Iraq in Support of OIF. Our patrol was struck by a massive IED [snip], launching shrapnel and debris at high velocities toward the vehicle. I was thrown into the hull of the Stryker and later discovered that my eye-pro, the 'Sawfly ' yellow tinted lenses, prevented a shard of shrapnel from contacting my face, saving my eyesight and preventing serious injury. I have attached images of the IED, the eye protection I was wearing on site, and images of the eyewear with the shrapnel. The shrapnel punctured the lens, but did not penetrate. The shrapnel was large enough to dislodge the eyewear from my face and force me into the vehicle. I wore the glasses the rest of the patrol, confident they could still do the job. I now have them stored until I get home. I purchased the Sawfly Deluxe Kit for wear, and whenever someone asks what I was wearing, I am sure to tell them that I was wearing 'Revision'. Thank you for a great tactical product!

Respectfully,

LT A
1LT, Infantry
Task Force 2-1
RLTW!

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Another view here.

Soldier on, Lt A!

*RTLW RLTW = Rangers Lead The Way

H/t, Mike L.

15 Comments

CPT Ziegenfuss had a similar experience with his Wiley-Xs. Apparently a piece of shrapnel went between the lens and his eyeball (missed his eye), but nothing went through the eyewear itself.
 
See? Not all of the new stuff is Krep :-)
 
I'll keep my polycarbonate visor, thenkew. Grabs the inbound stuff and holds it in place rather than letting it bounce off--makes for a great souvenir to impress the young ladies...
 
I see the Acronym Checker came by... 8^D
 
Mebbe it was Yoda-speak - Rangers The Way Lead...
 
Need the help do ya, SugarButtons?
 
Related question. Eyewear designed for shooting is typically yellow. Any particular reason?
 
Cuts down on glare without sacrifcing as much detail.
 
I see the Acronym Checker came by... And he's slipping--he stared at it for a full 10 seconds before he realized *why* he was staring at it...
 
Need the help do ya, SugarButtons? Looks like Maggie needs to hang around more often and pick up the subleties inherent in WK's bestowal of pet names. Me = SugarButtons John = Snookie-Wookie Or *Snerkie*-Wookie, depending on what's tickled his fancy lately...
 
Eh? I thought I was Luv Muffin?
 
I knew just who I was directing that comment towards. You wrote: "I'll keep my polycarbonate visor, thenkew. Grabs the inbound stuff and holds it in place rather than letting it bounce off--makes for a great souvenir to impress the young ladies..." So, you are admitting that you need help impressing young ladies? Or just not satisfied with all the attention you get here?
 
Gotta remember Maggie... Bill has been around a looooooooooooooooong time. When you've flirted with half the female population of the planet over your 'older than dirt' lifespan, the stories run together a lot. Bill was conflating his Jute Period with his Vietnam period. It happens. You get used to it.
 
"Jute" as in "Juteland on the Cymbric Peninsula" or "Jute" as in "Burlap"?
 
The former vice the latter.