Our Military Heritage

We wanted to make a difference. Leave a mark. Be proud of something. So in 1978, we joined forces with the U.S. military to produce the HGU-4/P Aviator for fighter pilots. Each Aviator is still built to the strict guidelines of MIL-S-25948 standards, a 20-page document detailing the most demanding, complex manufacturing specs around.



Randolph produces eyewear as a
subcontractor for the U.S. Military.


The U.S. Military contracts directly with Randolph to produce the HGU-4/P Aviator sunglass.


Desert Storm – The Department of Defense contracts Randolph to produce 200,000 optical inserts annually and quickly for the M17 chemical-biological mask. Not a single unit is returned due to the Randolph’s high quality control systems. Randolph diversifies into markets for precision shooting, law enforcement and streetwear.


Randolph is awarded their first contract for the Frame of Choice (FOC) program, which provides the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and NASA with an alternative to standard-issue military spectacles.

Randolph continues to produce the HGU-4/P for the U.S. Army and Navy and air forces worldwide. The company also maintains the Frame of Choice contract, owning 8 of the 10 style options to the military.

Standard Issue Since 1978

Today, we’re still proudly providing the aviator sunglasses to the U.S. Military. And we’re still building each pair of Randolph’s with the same sense of style strength, spirit and quality as when we started.

The Only Remaining Metal Eyewear Company In The US Three generations in and 45 years later, we’re still handcrafting our eyewear to military standard specifications in our factory, just outside of Boston, MA.

More Choices For The Military

In 2000, Randolph joined forces with NATO to form Frame of Choice, an initiative to provide more of a variety of RX frames to the men and women who serve. Now those same military-issued specs that support our troops are available to the general public.