Frequently Asked Questions
I have 20/20 vision. Do I need shooting glasses?
Shooting glasses can help a shooter focus on the front sight ( in pistols ) or the target ( in rifle ) easier. With properly prescribed lens and correct adjustment of the lens position on the shooting glasses, the shooter can see the sight / target picture with much less effort than without. For instance, a pistol shooter should focus on the front sight and leave the target slightly blurred. A shooter with 20/20 vision can see both clearly, too clearly, although not at the same time. A lens with intermediate range prescription will limit the focus on the sights, and the shooter, no matter how hard he/she tries now, cannot focus on the target. This eliminates the chances of the target being a distraction and reduces mid-ranging. The shooter can then concentrate on the front sight and shoot. Besides, there are other devices on the shooting glasses that can help in different shooting situations, such as adjustable iris diaphragms, various colour filters, eye-shields for the non-aiming eye, side shields to block off stray light from the side, to name a few. Each of these devices has its own specific purpose, and they can only be utilized when a pair of shooting glasses is used.
Why should I buy Champion glasses? They are so expensive and there are cheaper ones.
Just like anything else in life, quality does not come cheap. Olympic Champion is the only frame to use aluminium and titanium. This makes the frame stronger and yet lighter. On this frame there are three adjustment rings that allow fine adjustment of the lens-holders (on either side ) as well as the height of the nose-piece WHILE THE SHOOTER IS WEARING THE GLASSES. Think of the convenience and ease of use. No other makes allow this. The lens connection assembly has 3 screws allowing adjustment of the lens in 6 different directions, a combination of which will be the perfect relative positioning of the lens and your aiming eye. Also, the axis of tilt is just above the lens-holder and not on the frame, which is much higher, minimizing the deviation of eye-lens distance during tilt adjustment. Champion offers a very extensive line of accessories to support your use of the glasses, hence the SYSTEM. Most accessories are interchangeable from one model to the other, so if you started out with a cheaper model and later wanted to move up to the Olympic Champion, you can do so with minimal changes. You have room for growth. All in all, like the saying goes, ” you get what you paid for”. Shooting is a sport for excellence. Best, and nothing but the best. Would you settle for a 9 instead of a 10? Same applies to your choice of equipment.
If Champion glasses are so good, will they last a lifetime??
It depends on how you use them. These glasses are precision instruments. They should be treated with a great deal of care. During set-up, screws should never be tightened unless the position of the pieces you are adjusting is PERFECT. Once tightened, the screw will make an indentation in the counterpart to guarantee its returning to the same spot every time if they should ever come loose. Therefore it is not possible to make another indentation just a tiny bit away from the original one. No part of the glasses should be forced. When cleaning the lenses, hold the lens holder at the nearest joint ( screw ) to reduce stress. Do not force the fixtures on the frame ( one for nose-piece, two for lens-holder assembly ) in anyway or in any direction, purposely or otherwise, or they will come loose. There are two parts that might need replacement once in a while, depending on usage. One is the silicone nose bridge ( cat. No. 41013 / 41015, on the Olympic ). It should be cleaned of oil from the nose periodically to maintain hold. The second ones are the sides with silicone ends ( cat. No. 41100 , on the Olympic ). The silicone sheath will eventually be worn out due to heat and sweat and constant stretching. Frequent cleaning will extend their lives. In conclusion, remember these tips : 1. Be gentle, never force anything, 2. Keep the glasses clean.
I shoot both pistol and rifle. Can Champion glasses do both jobs for me?
All models are designed to be used for several disciplines. We are recommending for all the models to buy a second lens holder with the connecting parts (target lens holder, bar). Like this you can easily exchange the target system for the different disciplines. For the Olympic frames we have marking nuts (art.no. 50195) to mark the position of the mounting part on the bar for each discipline. For the World frames we recommend to use a marking pen to mark each position on the back of the bar.
Should I use coloured filters and how should I choose which one to use?
The choice and use of coloured filters has always been a subject of discussion among shooters of all disciplines. It is a question of striking a balance between general guidelines according to physical properties of different coloured lenses and personal feelings. Generally speaking, if a coloured filter can improve your aiming ability without causing undue stress on your eyes, then it is the right one to use. Champion currently supplies a series of high quality coloured filters made of coated optical glass. ( Glass is prefered to plastic because it has less distortion and is not as easily scratched. ) Each filter is fitted on a spring loaded clip-on lens holder, so that you can put the filter on or take it off in seconds, even while you are wearing the glasses. Champion coloured filters come in three sizes ( 42mm, 32mm, and 25mm ) and five colours ( yellow, brown, gray, orange, ace (blue) and ace 40 % ). In the event that you want a custom-made coloured filter of your own, Champion offers you a clip-on lens holder without lens. So you can take this lens holder to your local optician and ask them to cut any filter to fit your clip-on…….
Even with the Olympic Champion I still can't quite get the lens to the right position when I shoot standing rifle because the nosepiece system is in the way and the lensholder is not left enough. Any suggestions?
For archers and extreme standing positions there are 3 models with offset nosepieces.
- World-Champion 4 art.no. 40205 for left hand shooters, art.no. 40206 for right hand shooters
- Olympic-Champion archery art.no. 60205 for left hand shooters, art.no. 60206 for right hand shooters
- Superolympic This frame has generally an offset bridge so that all extreme positions can be achieved
I obtained a shooting prescription and had a special lens made. But it still does not seem to be perfect. What could be the reasons?
The first thing I would check is the distance of the lens to the eye. The lens has to be positioned as close as possible to the eye. The second thing to check is the 90 ° angle of the lens to the target and if you are looking through the exact center of the lens. If you still have problems, Champion has +0.25 and -0.25 correction lenses in all 3 sizex you can clip onto your existing lens to check if a stronger or a less strong correction would give better results.
What is the difference between the Olympic Champion and the World 2 Champion glasses?
The major difference between the Olympic and the World 2 Champion frame is: Olympic frames are made of a combination of aluminium and titanium with micrometer adjustment for lenses and nosepiece. Very strong but light. Flexible tension-spring sides for snug fit. Adjustable ear-piece for maximum comfort. World Champion frames are made of a metal alloy. Screw and sliding block adjustments for lens holders and nose-piece. Fixed length ear-piece with coiled-spring ends.
What is the difference between the centering device and the iris?
The centering device is used when you first set up your new Champion glasses. Its function is to tell you if you have positioned the lens correctly in front of your aiming eye. If you have, then you should be able to look through the tunnel in the centering device and see light in the other end. If your lens is not centered in front of your pupil, or if the lens is not positioned squarely, then you are not looking perpendicularly through the lens and you will not see light, or very little light in an oval shape. Once the lens is positioned properly, the centering device should be remove from the glasses.The iris, however, is to be left on the glasses, between the lens and your eye. By adjusting the size of the opening of the iris, you will attain varying degrees of clarity. This is due to the change of depth of field. Depending on your eye sight, the environment, and even your physical condition, you may have to adjust the iris differently every time you shoot in order to come to the desired sight picture. Note that closing the iris all the way down may not necessarily be the best for you. You just have to experiment a bit.
What comes with an Olympic Champion set ? How do a place my order to get the correct parts ?
Für Bogenschützen und extreme Stehendstellungen gibt es 3 Modell mit nach rechts oder links versetztem Nasensteg.
- Please indicate first the main order number of your desired frame. You will get the this frame with all the necessary mounting parts and the case with an allen key.
- Please indicate which lens size you need. The first two digits of the order number indicate the diameter of the lens. (for example 25001 is a 25 mm lens holder for rifle shooters and 42001 is a 42 mm lens holder for pistol shooters.
- Please indicate which shield you are requiring for the non aiming eye.
By ordering these 3 parts you can in 90 % of the cases adjust you frame for your needs. All the other parts you can order later when you really need them for your personal requirements