On my way back from the NRA Show 2016, I stopped by Tactical Rx in Denver, CO. Tactical Rx (http://www.tacticalrx.com) is a division and a brand of Sports Optical (http://www.sportsoptical.com). They are a custom eye protection maker for the shooting sports. For the last two years, I have been using a set of shooting glass custom made by Tactical Rx to my eyeglass prescription. That is easily the best shooting and driving eyeware I ever have.
At the back, there’s Bret Hunter, the owner of Tactical Rx and Sports Optical. In the foreground and running the computerized lens making machine is his son Ian.
Near the front door, I was greeted by the Tactical Rx shop dog #1.
The interesting decor at the Tactical Rx’s showroom area. Oakley is one of the many brands that Tactical Rx carries.
Displaying on a different wall of the showroom is the Mythbusters autographed picture. Sports Optical custom made the sunglass wore by Jamie Hyneman, one of the popular Discovery Channel show’s host.
Tactical Rx shop dog #2 is greeting customers at the showroom.
Ian is running the 1/4 million dollar special lens making machine. There is no more than 10 of such type in the USA. It takes 5-20 minutes for this machine to cut each lens. There are two lens for each customer’s frame.
A close-up of the machine’s screen. It’s all computer controlled. The machine is essentially a specialized high precision multi-axis CNC machine that cuts acrylic & polycarbonate type lens.
A lens blank is loaded and Ian just finished programing the cutting operation. I was told that the cutting is actually the shortest part of the lens making process. Each lens blank is custom grind to the customer’s prescription and with lens coatings applied from the supplier. Tactical Rx also could do custom lens coating in house. Bret told me that some of the special lens coatings need days to cure for each layer.
Through the viewing window, it’s showing the lens blank is being cut to the shape that fits into the customer’s frame. The multi-step process will clean up and smooth out all the edges on each lens.
Three of the more exotic frames offered by Tactical Rx. These are laser cut from flexible stainless steel and imported from Europe. However, these frames are not ballistic rated.
The interesting display at the OVVO frame display stand. The Poland made OVVO frames use a special stainless steel alloy that will return to shape after being stretched or deformed. This OVVO frame has been stretched by the suspending 45 pound weight for the pass 2.5 years.
When Bret lift up the 45 pound weight, the OVVO frame returned to its shape like it supposed to.
We shot this set of Tactical Rx eye-pro with a VEPR 12 shotgun during the Spring 2016 Big 3 Media Event. Its lens’ ballistic rating is real!
The lens blank and the finished lens cut by Tactial Rx.
The main reason of my visit was to pick up a 2nd set of Numa Chisel frame for the extra polarized lens that Tactical Rx originally made for me. It’s just that I like the yellow high-contrast lens so much that I have rarely taken it off my original set of Numa frame. The dark polarized lens set is also made to my eyeglass prescription by Tactical Rx, and now I have a dedicated frame for it.