Question for the Old Farts with Old Eyes......

Question for the Old Farts with Old Eyes......

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    Question for the Old Farts with Old Eyes......

    Any of the Old Farts on here moved towards laser grips? Does it help being able to keep both eyes open and focusing on the target rather than trying to focus old eyes on the front sight? Asking for a friend
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    just recently put a XS big dot on one gun. Instead of lasers I'm moving to red dot optics for my other pistols. Batteries last longer, sight picture easy to acquire, and you can use regular holsters.
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    I have CT on my J-frame, it took me a bit to get accustomed to the little red dot , my first shot was fine , my second shot my eyes wanted to follow the little red dot around instead of staying focused on my target...
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    My wife and I have old eyes. My wife has a Crimson Trace LG-405 laser grip on her S&W M642. She likes it. Her slow fire accuracy did improve significantly when she went to it.

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    I have a Trijicon RMR on a Glock 19, but rarely carry it. I think it's a good solution.

    Fortunately, my vision is still good enough at 66 that I can still see the front sight adequately.
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    I've contemplated red dot, but I'm curious on how they pick up in bright sunlight, and how far away they can be seen.
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    I have old eyes but am old fashioned...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flintlock62 View Post
    I've contemplated red dot, but I'm curious on how they pick up in bright sunlight, and how far away they can be seen.
    No problems in bright sunlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flintlock62 View Post
    I've contemplated red dot, but I'm curious on how they pick up in bright sunlight, and how far away they can be seen.
    On a nice sunny day , for me it's invisible , at any distance, say 15 yards ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhunde View Post
    Any of the Old Farts on here moved towards laser grips? Does it help being able to keep both eyes open and focusing on the target rather than trying to focus old eyes on the front sight? Asking for a friend
    Corrective lens' for distance, go threat focused. Corrective lens's [ bifocals ], learn to bob your head up and down repeatedly until you can do 5 cycles a second between top and bottom lens's. Corrective lens's for close, let the world beyond close become a blur. Put an rmr on the rear dovetail, hope for the best.

    No one NEEDS to be able to see their front sight anyway. I've already chosen, when the time comes, to go with corrective for distance. It's all been worked out for near 4 decades in anticipation of the inevitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhunde View Post
    Any of the Old Farts on here moved towards laser grips? Does it help being able to keep both eyes open and focusing on the target rather than trying to focus old eyes on the front sight? Asking for a friend
    It depends.

    I've been wearing corrective lenses since fourth grade, so the phenomena of sighting difficulty isn't a new one for me. The correction required in each eye is significantly different, with my current prescription being left eye, -1.5 and my right, -3.5. That difference dictates my sight picture.

    With corrective lenses in place, I am generally both eyes open, threat focused out to about forty yards with a handgun. Past that, the right eye closes, and the left eye is threat focused. Even with correction in both eyes, the left eye vision is slightly better.

    Uncorrected, I am strictly left-eye open, conventional front sight focused. I can draw up a perfect focus on that front sight, and am still able to see the seven-inch plate well enough to get good hits.

    Uncorrected right eye, I cannot even pull up a focus on the front sight.

    Big night sights make it more difficult for me to draw up an effective sight picture, corrected or uncorrected. I simply do not use them.

    A laser sight is effective only as far as the dot on target can be seen. I've pretty much gotten away from the use of lasers except on my laser training gun.

    Others have mentioned red dot-style optics. I have found them to be helpful for precision shots, as they allow me a more precise focus and alignment on the target. I have them on three of my carry guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flh View Post
    I have CT on my J-frame, it took me a bit to get accustomed to the little red dot , my first shot was fine , my second shot my eyes wanted to follow the little red dot around instead of staying focused on my target...
    Thatís what Iím afraid of. I would be looking for the dot and get shot.
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    My eye doc is a shooter too. So I told him to make my glasses all distance with just a little close focus at the base of the lens. For me anything beyond arms length is distant. I have the CT red dot on three of my carry guns.
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    Itís always a good idea to discuss this with your eye doc. Mine had me bring in my gun after they closed for business so that she could understand what I needed to see.

    As suggested, the simple installation of a larger front sight may allow you to see the front sight better which is critical to verify your aim is true.

    And as others have suggested, a device of some sort may work better for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhunde View Post
    Any of the Old Farts on here moved towards laser grips? Does it help being able to keep both eyes open and focusing on the target rather than trying to focus old eyes on the front sight? Asking for a friend

    I resemble that mark. I have installed CT LaserGrips on my Colt Defender, and the Kimber Micro9 CSE came with them. With that being said, I keep a Glock 19X at the ready for night duty, because MURPHY. I have noticed that sometimes, and this is likely only me, in addition to having old eyes, I have old wrists, and sometimes I don't have a stout enough grip in the right enough spot to activate the laser. That's why the 19X. It has the 3-dot Glock Night Sights. Every time I have gotten up in the middle of the night, (old bladder, too) they're glowing good. So the 19X is my Murphy Repellent.

    I will add, however, that the lasergrips definitely help with point-shooting, cause they show me where I'm pointing the muzzle.
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