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Features Common to the Best Tactical, Police and Military Sunglasses

Military Police Sunglasses

What Are The Best Police Tactical Sunglasses?

Tactical sunglasses made for the police and military have many things in common.  All of the high-quality sunglasses have full UVA, UVB and UVC protection.  They go beyond this with many additional features that suit these professions.  The best military sunglasses have durable frames and ballistically tolerant lens.   They are designed for members of these professions to be able to use them on the job but are often used by other sports enthusiasts. Because of their snug and face forming fit, they are a great accessory to add to your workout clothes and can be a great asset to add to your workouts.

There are many types of durable frames made with various materials depending on the manufacturer.  Some use military grade aluminum with stainless steel hardware, titanium or even a highly flexible metal called Flexon.  Others use various types of plastics and polymers that offer varying degrees of flexibility such as XR-90.

How are Military and Police Sunglasses Different?

Arguably the most important component of the military sunglasses are the lenses.  The main reason they can be called military, police and tactical glasses is that the lenses are ballistically rated.  The minimum standard is the civilian standard ANZI/ISEA Z87.1. This is a standard for safety glasses, face shields etc., that is a minimum OSHA standard.  Technically for them to meet military standards you should see the MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 standard which superseded the MIL-PRF-31013.  Either one of these may be advertised, however or you may just see “meets MIL PRF standards”. 

In addition to the ballistic qualities, since these professionals are often wearing these glasses while they shoot, they should be form fitted, close to the eyes providing protection to the entire eye.  Most of these will also be polarized sunglasses.  This will help reduce the glare, increase the clarity, and make it easier for job performance. There are many companies that have these types of sunglasses. 

What to take away from this?

As always, do your homework.  Take some time to research the products.  Buy from reputable sunglasses companies that are known for making military and police style tactical sunglasses such as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Wiley-X and more. The US Army even puts out an approved Authorized Protection Eyewear List (APEL). It is a small list and is not all inclusive of the many brands that produce these specialty sunglasses.

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