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I know all of you out there are young.............

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by dairycreek, Jan 4, 2003.

  1. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    and so am I. It's just these eyes of mine that are getting older. Also, if handgun manufacturers would stop installing those doggone "fuzzy sights" on their products I would not have a problem. But, I do! So, what are all of you doing to make those front sights clearer? Oh yes! My opthomologist and I have a close personal relationship. He's a shooter too. Good shooting:)
  2. Chuck Dye

    Chuck Dye Well-Known Member

    When the light level and activity allow, I use a pinhole given me by a jeweler. There are also pinholes specifically designed for shooters (Brownell's has one) which I have used and liked, and multipinhole sunglasses which I have yet to try (don't see how to take advantage of them with my precription glasses) but intrigue the heck out of me.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2003
  3. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    Hello Huck! Thanks for the pinhole suggestion. I'll try it. Good to hear from another Oregonian. Good shooting:)
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Aim your browser at: http://www.meritcorporation.com and pull the trigger. I've been using a Merit peep sight on my glasses for years, even when I shoot pistols with red dot sights. It helps enormously!
  5. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Bigger sights :what: and dots of some kind to make picking them up during target acquisition easier & quicker.
  6. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I find that I have trouble defining the edges of front sight against the target.

    I find painting my front sight red helps to some extent. Red's easy to pick up on both dark and light targets, so it helps with focusing on that front sight. It works with rifles too.

    Scopes help more.
  7. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    I'm strong side eye dominant. I had my shooting glasses ground with the dominant eye lens as a reading prescription and the other lens with a distance prescription. It's eerie, but the sights and target are both perfectly clear.
  8. sm

    sm member

    I can still shoot without my glasses, mine are for reading -bifocals.

    My eye doctor ordered me stick on magifications to use on my shooting glasses. I could see target and sights--just couldn't read to score, scenerio, or sign my name. 3/ $25, static stick, removable. Also works on regular sunglasses when fishing--knots.
  9. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    The Merit pinhole add on is quite expensive, I read somewhere of someone (I know real reliable) using black tape to make a small square on the shooting glasses, to do the same thing as the pinhole add on.
  10. matis

    matis Well-Known Member

    Dairycreek, I'm younger

    than my eyes, too. I've been tempted to use the pin hole devices or just plain black tape.

    What hold me back is this: What's the use of getting better scores at the range, if when the SHTF, in my darkened bedroom and it's life or death, I can barely see the sights?

  11. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    I'm only 24, but if you were to put my glasses on, you'd probably be able to see through people! :p

    I have XSSights tritium Big Dots on my carry pistol.

    I am/was right eye dominant, but as of recently, I think my eyes are trying to switch around on me - I've noticed my left eye being dominant on occassion, which doesn't make it fun when I try to focus from a book to the TV. I get that "slowly focusing camera" thing. I have to shut one eye to focus first, and then open the other.
  12. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    I have graduated bifocals. By tilting my head, I can bring the sights into focus at various lengths. Takes some getting used to.
  13. John Forsyth

    John Forsyth Well-Known Member

    As my eye doctor told, you are not going blind, you are getting old! With that I went down to wally world and got me some 1.5 readers and all is right with the world.

    I also put FO fronts on my competition pistols. I can find these.
  14. renaissance

    renaissance Well-Known Member

    For BlackHawk

    I too got shooting glasses with the dominant eye (right) focused at front sight distqance, and the left (non dominant) eye focused for distance. (66 and eyes getting real tired)
    They seem to work of as long as I shoot one eyed, and open both to see where my shots hit.


    When I try to use them with BOTH eyes open, I see TWO Targets and I can not tell the one seen by my dominant eye (the one that is lined up with my sights) from the other.

    I think with my dominant eye focused on front sight, the non dominant eye picks up the target real (extra) clear because that lens is focused for distance. and it equals the target image I see through the combination of lens focused on front sight and target bulry.
    They are percieved equally by the brain and I have two targets to choose from (only one of them is lined u with my sights.

    I have another pair of glasses with BOTH eyes focused at front sight distance.
    The target is percieved as blurry, and there ARE two of them, but I can ignore the one seen through my dominant eye and use the one seen through my dominant eeye (which is the one lined up with my sights).
    This way, I get all the advantages of shooting with both eyes open.

    I know Brian Enos says you (HE) can shoot just fine with only one eye open, but I find that using both eyes, I have less tension in my face (from not having to squint one eye), and more light and periphial vision.

    Are there any eye doctors/opticians out there (hopefully in Northern Virginia) that can offer any insight/help on this ????
  15. sm

    sm member

    For Runt, two things.

    1) Are those the same as the Ashley big dot sights, and do/did you find them easier than a Hi vis front sight? (thinking of someone I know).

    2) Dominant eye cause fits when shooting--tried transparent tape, chapstick, petroleum jelly on weak eye lense to make dominant -well dominant? (just a dab,still allow use of , just in the spot needed?
  16. VictorLouis

    VictorLouis Guest

    Patridge front sights

    when and where I can get them, or install them.
  17. RobW

    RobW Well-Known Member

    renaissance: I have the same problem, so I bought one of these "clip-on-sunglasses" ($ 5.00), removed the strong eye glass (left in my case) and put scotch tape on the remaining glass (the kind of opaque but copy-machine invisible).

    Now I have a shooters glass like the olympics use, I can flip the glass up to see normal, or flip it down and see a clear 1 target/pistol-sight without closing the weak eye.

    Or, you can buy one of this shooters glasses with all the bells and whistles for $ 180.00 (German or Austrian brand).

    But this is only practical for paper-punchers, not for self-defense or hunting.
  18. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    re1973 - XSSights is Ashley Outdoors - they had a name change recently, so they're XS Sight Systems now. I do like them better than Hi-Vis.


    I haven't done the tape or anything else to one of my eyes - I can focus through the sights with either one, I just have to close one eye for a second.

    My right eye is optically the "weakest", but it's been the dominant eye since I was born (don't know how that works, but go figure!), but the past year has seen my left eye dominant for longe range sight and right eye mostly for shooting (more practical).
  19. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    "Young" As In Age-

    Well, not quite; as I'm nearly as old as dirt its-self! (LOL)
    But, even with these old eye's I can still shoot pretty darn
    well. I never could afford corrective "laser" eye surgery; so
    I have to use the Varilux lens bifocal's, with the high viz
    yellow tint. Seems to work quite well, so far!

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  20. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    Lots of great ideas!

    Many thanks and keep 'em coming! Good shooting:)

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