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Having a Tough Time Seeing

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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Having a Tough Time Seeing

I am looking for some ideas on what I can do to see the front sight more clearly. Here is my situation (in point form, preceeded by a short history).

I was shooting a friends pistol with trijicon sights, they are white-ish and I can not see them when I shoot. I am a mature person, with mature failing eyesight (nothing out of the ordinary, just gettin old).
Ok, so onto the situation:

1. can't see white sights with no glasses
2. can't see target with glasses (although the sight looks damn nice

Possible options (I am guessing, here is where I need opinions and expertice)
1. black sights (tried this and it sortta works, except the blur is a bit thick and hard to see the crisp top of the front sight (btw, I can shoot a 5" group consistantly @25 yards with black sights, but it is still pretty blurry).
2. different color sight maybe? green , red, ???
3. light emitting sights?
4. bifocals? I doubt they would help as I would be head bobbing to see target and sights.

Surely some of you older people have overcome this issue. I would really like your opinions/ideas.
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Welcome to the forum Wayne45.
Research these..

XS Big Dot Tritium sights..

XS Sight Systems - Handgun Sights - 24/7 Express





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Welcome to the forum Wayne45.
Research these..

XS Big Dot Tritium sights..

XS Sight Systems - Handgun Sights - 24/7 Express






I kinda like them Big Dot sights, Will they work with normal holsters?
and how are they at night?
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:24 AM   #5
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I'm not sure from your first post - are your glasses for distance or reading? If for distance you might want to try without prescription, using normal safety glasses - that will let you focus on front site instead of on target. Sort of works for me, but I am still not comfortable with everything all fuzzy at distance. Although when you think about it, when using a rifle at 100-200 yards or so, even back when I was young with uncorrected 20/20 did not see detail on target, just put rifle sites on it. We had a discussion here: Vision issues
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No one who is maintaining a proper sight picture will be able to see both the front sight of the firearm (what you must focus on) and the target in perfect focus. Focus on the front sight, it should be clear and in perfect focus, and place the top of the front sight over the target (which will be out of focus and fuzzy.) Remember to maintain a proper sight picture while doing so (top of the front sight vertically aligned with the top of the rear sight, and equal amounts of light on both sides of the front sight between the rear sight notch.)
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anybody else use those xs sights? i kind of like them, but might take some getting use to.
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Check out www.safevision.com and give them a call. I've seen a couple write-ups in gun magaines about them and all have given them good reviews. I shoot with a guy that ordered a set of glasses from them and is very happy. They have a process called reverse bifocal that is designed for shooters and the way our eyes work to process sight alignment and sight picture.

Another option would be to find a local to you optometrist or opthamologist that is also a shooter and understands what you are looking for and trying to accomplish.
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I kinda like them Big Dot sights, Will they work with normal holsters?
and how are they at night?
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anybody else use those xs sights? i kind of like them, but might take some getting use to.
For the record, I've never used them.
I've researched them, but never bought any.
I use standard Meprolight and Trijicon sights on my carry pistols.

Take the first video with a grain of salt.
This guy could probably shoot like this without sights on his pistol at all.
Also there is no telling how many takes it took to get the shot.
First video wouldn't embed, so just click on it.
These videos may or may not give you more insight to the product.
I think Big Dots would be helpful if you had issues with your vision.





Show the installed Big Dots in lower light.

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I am looking for some ideas on what I can do to see the front sight more clearly. Here is my situation (in point form, preceeded by a short history).

I was shooting a friends pistol with trijicon sights, they are white-ish and I can not see them when I shoot. I am a mature person, with mature failing eyesight (nothing out of the ordinary, just gettin old).
Ok, so onto the situation:

1. can't see white sights with no glasses
2. can't see target with glasses (although the sight looks damn nice

Possible options (I am guessing, here is where I need opinions and expertice)
1. black sights (tried this and it sortta works, except the blur is a bit thick and hard to see the crisp top of the front sight (btw, I can shoot a 5" group consistantly @25 yards with black sights, but it is still pretty blurry).
2. different color sight maybe? green , red, ???
3. light emitting sights?
4. bifocals? I doubt they would help as I would be head bobbing to see target and sights.

Surely some of you older people have overcome this issue. I would really like your opinions/ideas.
Welcome to the forums and the failing eyesight club

About the only thing I've found that really works for me, is a red dot, or holographic sight, and my distance glasses.
Second choice is a fiber-optic front sight, but it's blurry.

I experience your pain
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