March 17th, 2009 12:29 AM
Eyes not as good as they used to be
I am 57 years old, and had great eyesight until several years ago. Now I have a very useful pair of eyeglasses that allow me to read and also have a slight distance correction that helps alot. The safety plastic they are made of allows me to use them on the range, instead of protective eyewear.
I always focus on the front sight before shooting, and now I find that my head is tilted way back in order to see the front sight, whereas before, I held my head down to sight. Increases time to fire.
Maybe the way it goes with us old guys, I'll never give up, just wondering if any other old guy wants to offer how he deals with this issue.
March 17th, 2009 12:47 AM
I put Meprolight nighht sights,and Crimsion Trace Laser Grips on both my EDC guns,Glock 27.40 cal.S&W M&P 40 cal. now I just point and shoot,all I have to do at night is wake up,reach over to my night stand,,pick up the M&P40,15 round mag,and as soon as I have a grip on it the Laser comes on automaticly, surelight flashlight right beside it.no time to put on glasses....better say the right pasword....applepie....
March 17th, 2009 12:54 AM
I took an unsighted fire course from Brownie. I'm not doing any bullseye shooting, but my confidence went up 500% for defensive shooting out to 15-20 yards. There are a couple new threads in the training section about one of his courses.
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March 17th, 2009 01:22 AM
I'm going tru the same thing ,I also put a set of crimson trace lasers on my EDC's
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March 17th, 2009 01:29 AM
I use Trijicon Night Sights and Crimson Trace Laser Grips to help with sighting issues.
Prior to that I was using a Hi-Viz type sight that my Gunsmith made specifically for my gun/load combo's. I'm referring to the Fixed Sight Revolvers that I favor.
My High Power has the Night Sights and the Laser Grip and I plan to eventually put the laser on all my defensive guns.
March 17th, 2009 05:24 AM
I have a buddy that turns his bifocals upside-down at the range. Not real practical but he can shoot. My dad is warming up to the Big Dot. He's 66, won't wear his glasses and it's about the only sight he can make out anymore. Hopefully, I still have a few years.
March 17th, 2009 06:27 AM
March 17th, 2009 06:35 AM
My 62 year-old eyes depend upon either Meps or Trij's, and it makes darkness or dim light much easier to shoot in...
The large white dots aren't too bad during the day.
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March 17th, 2009 08:52 AM
March 17th, 2009 10:01 AM
Thats what I did,Im hoping if I ever have to put that red dot on someones chest,that will ne enough to show them thay I mean it ,without having to shoot them,I would rather they ran away,If I was in a situation,where I had the chance to give them that chance,meaning,they didnt have a gun trained on me,and I had some distance between me and them,to move...If you have a $600.00 gun,its gonna cost you have of the guns price,but what price can you put on a life????
Originally Posted by Ivan4x4
Glock 27 40 cal. S&W M&P fs 40 cal.
March 17th, 2009 10:41 AM
I tried to seach around, but couldnt find the name of the company on the net...
There is a company I have seen at the last few gun shows specifically designed to help train/retrain the eyes to focus in on and see targets far away.
It was a simple device, just looked like a contact lens that is put onto glasses and you focus through a small openeing in that lense to a target, inturn training your eye(s) to see further away...
Cost at the show was around $25 for a pair.... dont really know if they work, but it made sense that they would (just like training any muscle I guess)
Thought Id throw it out there, and maybe someone knows the name of the company and if they actually work...
March 17th, 2009 11:03 AM
I use TFO's and had a perscription made so my shooting glasses vision is 1 yd to 20+yds to focus on the sights and the target. For up close / defensive practice, a flash picture with my daily eye wear works OK!
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March 17th, 2009 11:38 AM
I'm a little older than you, but have a simular problem. I have always practiced point shooting, so SD parctice isn't a problem. However, I do hunt with a hand gun, and in my case, shots of no more than 50yds., I can still get away with the glasses I wear. For rifles I have gone to scopes, and Red Dot type sights.
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March 17th, 2009 11:51 AM
Night sights should help. You might also want to look at a new prescription on your glasses. You didn't say if your glasses were single focus or bi focal lenses. If single focal, you might be able to resolve the problem with bi focal lenses. I know it will vary with individuals, but transitional lenses didn't work for me, lined bi focal lenses work the best in my case.
March 17th, 2009 12:00 PM
I've got to wear my glasses as well to get the front sight into focus. I looked at 2 different S&W's recently that have a HiViz front sight. WOW....I was surprised. I feel confident that I could shoot pretty accurately with either of those Smiths without glasses. I do practice some without my glasses at SD distances. But that HiViz option was very nice. Nothing that I currently have (fiber in orange, Trijicon night, etc) offers anything as clear as this.
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