By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
May 9, 2017
While DefenseReview was perusing the latesta nd greatest tactical shooting goodies at the Beretta USA booth at SHOT Show 2017, we ran into some very nice Italians in charge of some very cool new products in the Beretta Protection Technology section, the most interest of which, to DefenseReview (DR), were the Beretta Protection Technology (BPT)/CTRL Eyewear B-On electronic combat/tactical shooting sunglasses/ballistic eyepro (eye protection) with e-Tint technology, that we can only assume is patented. e-Tint is essentially electronic LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) tech that the shooter can very quickly and easily manually activate on and off, according to his/her environmental/ambient lighting conditions, for optimal down-range vision. Pretty cool, but that’s not all, Monty. The B-On can also be set so the e-Tint tech’s light sensors activate the e-Tint mechanism automatically, according to the ambient light level. If the electronics fail, the lenses resort to clear (untinted). Even cooler.
Regardless, the B-On’s lenses are of course ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 ballistic grade for protection against fragmentation and ricochets. They’re also flexible.
While CTRL Eyewear’s e-Tint tech was initially developed for U.S. Military Special Operations Forces (SOF), it was subsequently marketed for for multiple outdoor activities and sports like running, biking (including mountain biking), climbing, hiking and pargliding. So, kudos to Beretta for recognizing the technology’s potential civiliant combat/tactical and sport shooting applications. Things of course can happen very quickly on the range, particularly when you’re engaging multiple targets, including moving targets. That’s no problem for e-Tint, which “gives you the ability to change tint from light to dark within 0.1 second, which is faster than any other technology available.”
The Beretta CTRL B-On shooting glass would appear to be slightly modified CTRL™ ONE Matte Black/Blue Lens or CTRL™ ONE Matte Black, Mirror Logo, Smoke Lens.
Defense Review would love to have DR writer/contributor and chief new-product tester Jeff Gurwitch run a set of these at the range at some point, soon, to determine whether or not the B-On eyepro is good to go. In the meantime, enjoy DR’s video below from SHOT Show.
Editor’s Note: DR will try to find out if the B-On’s lenses are polarized, and if not, if a polarized varaiant will be available as an option. We’d also like to see a rose-type shooting lens developed for optimal optical clarity and target engagement speed.
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