Everything You Should Know About Blast Shields

When people outside the world of competitive shooting hear the term “blast shield,” their minds almost certainly turn to science fiction. Diehard fans of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope may recall it as the name of the sight-blocking helmet visor that Luke Skywalker uses for his Force training. Others may think of force fields protecting the Enterprise from enemy laser attacks, and similar fantastical scenes.

However, blast shields are more than a made-up gizmo from zippy pulps and space operas. The term also applies to an accessory designed to help shooting professionals deal with the all-too-real physics and effects of firing an AR rifle. It may sound fictional, but it truly can be as good as it sounds. As we will show you in this article, any rifle user, professional or recreational, can benefit from the device actually known as the blast shield.

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