New GatorZ ‘Magnum Z’ Glasses at SHOT Show Range Day


New GatorZ ‘Magnum Z’ Glasses at SHOT Show Range Day

While at the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, I stopped by to visit with Rachel Anderson to learn more about them. GatorZ makes sunglasses of 7075 Billet Aircraft Aluminum right here in the good ol’ USA. Their aluminum frames completely surround each polycarbonate lens. And their new Magnum Z model just made history by becoming the first-ever American-made aluminum sunglass to meet the ANSI Z87+ high-velocity impact rating.

‘We are excited to have met the Z87+ standard for our Magnum Z sunglasses and providing consumers with the safety and security guaranteed to support an action-packed lifestyle,’ said Andrew Fontes, Brand Manager at GATORZ Eyewear. ‘It all started with the idea of developing the best sunglasses on the planet for military and law enforcement personnel, first-responders and action sports enthusiasts by using the highest-grade materials available. They’ve become a staple the elite seek out for their lightweight and durable frames, superior optics and we are confident in knowing they’ll get the value they searched to find.’

About GATORZ Eyewear:

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, GATORZ Eyewear is the preferred eyewear of U.S. Military Elite Special Force Groups, Law Enforcement personnel, Skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. This first of its kind, American made aluminum sunglass has become a staple of the communities it serves, with its lightweight, durable frames, superior optics, and high velocity impact.

(Image: GatorZ)
(Image: GatorZ)

The nice thing about the aluminum frames is that you can bend them to fit. Mine were way too tight, and the ends of the temples pinched my skull like tremendous forceps. After a bit of stretching and straightening, they are much more comfortable, still with a secure fit.

Lens Specs

  • Truray Optics
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Anti-scratch coating
  • Compression laser cut
  • Hyro/oleo coating on front
  • Anti-fog coating on back
  • ANSI Z87+ high-velocity impact rated

Frame Specs

  • Style: Magnum Z Tactical
  • 7075 Billet Aircraft Aluminum
  • Stainless steel dual 5-barrel hinges (4 hinges total; 4 rivets per hinge)
  • Frame and nose piece can be bent to fit
  • Black metal G logo on temples


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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