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  1. trouble with sight picture

    Help! I am an inexperienced shooter having issue with getting a clear sight picture. I appreciate I'm to focus on the front sight with both eyes open but much of the time the front sight is not clear.....at all. I have also tried using just the dominant eye. I have corrective glasses with progressive lenses. Suggestions?

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    Knew one guy who was told that people with glasses ought to practice without them occasionally in case of a home invasion at night while you're sleeping and can't grab your glasses in time. So he went to the range and practiced without his glasses. Shot much better than he ever had before... he said it was the first time he'd ever had a clear sight picture.

    So... take off the glasses and see what happens! If nothing else it'll get you some new info for your ophthalmologist. If you don't want to ask the eye doc about guns, just tell him you're having issues focusing on things close up and that needs to be fixed.
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  4. Here's my two cents worth….don't worry about keeping both eyes open. I have many new shooters that have issues with keeping both eyes open while maintaining proper sight picture and sight alignment. Use your dominant eye to focus on the front post of the sights, go ahead and close the other eye…remember, the sight picture you should see is the dot or post of the front sight, everything else should be slightly blurry and out of focus.

    Concentrate on that front sight, you'll see everything else that you need to see to shoot accurately. Practice without your glasses until you can hit your target, then practice some more with the glasses. Don't set your expectations too high and get frustrated, like everything else in life, practice makes you better. Shoot at close distance to hone your sight picture, breathing, stance, and trigger control. Remember, handguns are not intended to be "long range" tools..concentrate on the accuracy and follow through at short range. When you get comfortable at short range (start at 5 yards, or 15 feet), gradually increase the distance to target. You'll soon find that you can move the target downrange, and still hit it with accurate shots! I really encourage you to seek a NRA certified instructor so he or she can evaluate and correct any problems with your shooting technique.

    Best of luck, please contact me if you have any questions.

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    Try a pair of reading glasses that allow the front sight to be in focus.
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  6. keep both eyes open, and blink them once

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    Quote Originally Posted by kongone View Post
    Help! I am an inexperienced shooter having issue with getting a clear sight picture. I appreciate I'm to focus on the front sight with both eyes open but much of the time the front sight is not clear.....at all. I have also tried using just the dominant eye. I have corrective glasses with progressive lenses. Suggestions?
    I use progressive lenses, too. You just need to either lift your chin a bit to use a lower portion of the progression in the lens, or look over the top rim of the glasses and shoot without them.
    Also, look into XS Big Dot sights for your handgun. That'll give you a nice, fat front pie-plate of a sight to focus on. bigger is better when you have vision problems.

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    I too wear progressives and since my job requires sharp focus at several different distances I need them. I found that the 31" to the front sight made me hold my head back so far, as another poster said, to see through the lower sweet spot in the lens, that it was uncomfortable. I went to my optometrist and got a special set of monocular shooting glasses. The dominant eye is perfect for arms length and the other is clear glass for distant target acquisition. Fortunately my doc was cool with the gun. I even brought it into his office so I could look through his machine while he dialed the lenses until I got the sharpest image of the front sight. Obviously those glasses are for the range only where I compete very badly in IPSC shoots but I was surprised at how quickly my brain adapted to the two different focal distances. For self defense, I learned to shoot through my normal glasses. For night without my glasses, I put CTC laser grips on a couple of my usual carry guns. For my nightstand gun I put an Insight Technology M6 laser light. An expensive solution, maybe, but what price for independence, ability and life?

  9. If you aim with the dominant eye then open the other eye slowly you can train yourself to see the sight with both eyes.

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    trouble with sight picture

    I also have progressive lenses but I ask that the bifocal portion of the lens to be lowered so they are never in the way but I can still see out of them when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rehalfacre View Post
    I also have progressive lenses but I ask that the bifocal portion of the lens to be lowered so they are never in the way but I can still see out of them when needed.
    yeah I had mine lowered 1mm too. I did so because they were my first pair of progressive lenses and they gave me wicked headaches. The moving of the (line) helped.
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