Column: A new product that makes range time more comfortable

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 Magna-Lens is the patented “cobbled set” of eye and ear protection. It starts with a pair of earmuffs, with two small metal disks fixed to the front. The system uses a pair of shooting glasses with the frames chopped behind the temple and two rare-earth magnets, which mount the glasses to the metal disks on the earmuffs. The result — the shooter gets a 100 percent seal around their ear, and there’s no pinch. STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG


Magna-Lens is the patented “cobbled set” of eye and ear protection. It starts with a pair of earmuffs, with two small metal disks fixed to the front. The system uses a pair of shooting glasses with the frames chopped behind the temple and two rare-earth magnets, which mount the glasses to the metal disks on the earmuffs. The result — the shooter gets a 100 percent seal around their ear, and there’s no pinch.
STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG

Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:50 p.m.

If you are a frequent shooter, you have probably experienced the discomfort around the ears caused by ear-pro pinching your eye-pro.

Regardless of how thin the frames are on my shooting glasses, my ear protection always seems to pinch the glasses against my head. They also create a gap in my ear-pro, which allows some sound to enter unabated.

Neither the discomfort nor the additional noise is a pleasant experience.

Well, a solution is forthcoming — one I wish I’d thought of myself.

Magna-Lens is the patented brainchild of Scott Peebles, an engineer and frequent shooter who lives in Bradenton.

His “cobbled set” creation starts with a pair of earmuffs, but he adds two small metal disks to the front with a strong adhesive. He then takes a pair of shooting glasses, chops the frames behind the temple and adds two rare-earth magnets, which stick to the metal disks on the earmuffs.

The result: the shooter gets a 100 percent seal around their ear, and there is no pinch. There is even a prescription lens insert option for the glasses.

I wore a set for hours Sunday at Gun Point’s machine gun shoot, as did about a dozen other shooters. Everyone raved. We all wanted to buy a pair immediately.

They’re comfortable and very effective, even around Tannerite explosions and full-auto machine gun fire.

The Magna-Lens combo is perfect for shooters or anyone else who wears hearing and eye protection for an extended period of time.

Peebles says the product is in the final stages of development.

Gun Point owner Felex Yukhtman is taking pre-orders at his shop, which is on Lena Road in Bradenton. The price point is expected to be somewhere between $40-60.

Knight’s Trail Range hours questioned

I’ve written before about problems at the pistol and rifle ranges at Sarasota County’s Knight’s Trail Park — not to be confused with the shotgun venue at the park, which is superbly administered by a private gun club.

After the stories were published, county officials made swift improvements, which solved the personnel issues that kept many shooters away.

Now, according to one reader, the rifle and pistol ranges have become overcrowded.

The range is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Just a thought, but since it is peak tourist season for the next four months, the popularity of Knight’s Trail makes it a victim of its own success,” the reader said in an email. “How about writing a column that the demand is there for the range to be open 6 days a week; the demand is there for lights to be put in for night shooting like at Sarasota Trap and Skeet Club right next door.”

I’ve heard from a few other shooters that as soon as they get a lane, there’s often folks standing behind them waiting their turn.

No one likes that.

“Just a thought, well actually more than a thought. We need additional shooting time. And since county officials make a point of always being responsive, heck, this is a no brainer,” the reader said. “Create a few more jobs for range officers; give the public a recreational outlet; let families go on not-so-crowded weekdays and pass on shooting skills and traditions with their kids.”

I think it’s a grand idea.

I asked Sarasota County spokesman Jason Bartolone if it would be possible to add an extra day or extend the hours.

His response: Maybe.

The range used to be open six days a week, he said, until the Great Recession hit. The county scaled back to five days per week. The park’s budget is still somewhat flat.

“We want the park to pay for itself. We haven’t yet gotten back to that point, but that’s not to say we wouldn’t consider extending hours as the economy improves,” Bartolone said. “If we get the revenue to add more hours and staff, it could be something we’d look into.”

If we don’t run into each other at the range, you can reach me at (941) 361-4975, by email at lee.williams@heraldtribune.com or by regular mail, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can also follow me on social media at www.facebook.com/TheGunWriter or www.Twitter.com/ht_gunwriter

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

3 Comments

  1. This is the most innovative range product I’ve seen in a long time. I can see these being used by more than just shooters. People that work on construction sites, at airports, and any other loud production facilities where hearing and eye protection are required. These will set a new standard for personal safety equipment, company liabilities, and of course comfort and convenience. I cannot wait until they are available. Thank you for this informative article.

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