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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 11:28 AM

My eyes and specs. I can either see the front sight, or I can see the target. Not both.

Is there something my optometrist can do for this?
I have my "driving and girlwatching glasses" which focus everything from 20' to infinity, and my "Video Data Terminal glasses" which work from 12-36".

Bare eyes are good for about 4' to 20'.

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Reply My eyes and specs. I can either see the front sight, or I can see the target. Not both. (Original post)
BiggJawn Dec 2011 OP
hobbit709 Dec 2011 #1
ManiacJoe Dec 2011 #2
BiggJawn Dec 2011 #3
ManiacJoe Dec 2011 #4
BiggJawn Dec 2011 #5
SteveW Dec 2011 #8
Buzz cook Dec 2011 #6
ToolMaker Dec 2011 #7
tularetom Jan 2012 #9
BiggJawn Jan 2012 #10
Callisto32 Feb 2012 #11
Callisto32 Feb 2012 #12

Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 11:41 AM

1. Use a blunderbuss.

Just point in the general direction, you're bound to hit something. LOL

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Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:10 PM

2. Are we talking about rifles or handguns?

There are three things you should be seeing: (1) rear sight, (2) front sight, (3) target. The eyes can only focus on one thing at a time. Normally you should be focusing on the front sight which will leave the other two slightly blurry.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:24 PM

3. Rifle right now.

There's no "slightly" about it. I can line the front blade up on a dark smudge and hope it's the bull.

I recall from many years ago that I had little problem focusing with a peep sight, but that was still 30 years ago.

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Response to BiggJawn (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:32 PM

4. Peep sights do make it easier.

It can be easier if you go with the "lollipop" sight picture used by many competition shooters. It is easier to judge where the bottom of the bullseye is than the middle of it.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:56 PM

5. Yes, I agree, but...

it still looks more like a cotton ball on a stick than a lollipop.

I'm going to see the optometrist next week anyway, I'll ask him.

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Response to BiggJawn (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:33 PM

8. Most peep sights have provision for removal of the "fine-hole" rear portion...

by unscrewing the button-like dish. You are left with the larger screw hole to look through. This helped me shoot my Model 94 .30-30 a little better; the little hole is impossible for anything other than a nice white target.

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Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 05:20 PM

6. Consentrate on the front sight.

I have bad eyes to. So "seeing the entire sight picture ain't happening.
So start with the target, then as you lower the front sight into the rear sight switch to the front sight.

Picking a good target helps. One with a bright bull will help a lot.

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Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 07:23 PM

7. Try a diopter....

available through Brownell's and various other sources from about $12 to $60. They really do help with the exact problem you are describing. Bullseye shooters have been using them for years


JW

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Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 12:05 PM

9. You might try a pair of drugstore cheater reading glasses

My near vision is totally worthless out to about 5 feet.

But I bought a pair of +1.25 reading glasses and it cleared up both front and rear sights without noticeably affect the target.

Only cost about ten bucks and it solved the problem for me.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 02:54 PM

10. I've been playing with that

+1.5 is too strong, +1.25 is better. I'm looking for a pair of +1 or +.5 to try. I had heard of people taking those vinyl "stick on" reading glasses and putting them on their distance glasses with good results.

You can find 'em at the dollar store, too.

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Response to BiggJawn (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:26 AM

11. Have you tried a diopter?

The kind that you stick to the lens of your glasses?

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