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Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need readers
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Author:  DDtank [ Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need readers

As I need reading glasses, pistol sights at arms length tend to be a bit blurred. I have experimented with various clip on things I made but here is a permanent solution:
- Get a cheapo pair of readers from Dollarama.
- Cut the lens out of the frame with a hacksaw.
- Position it on a pair of safety glasses with tape, moving it around until it is in the right place when aiming a pistol (dominant eye side of course).
- Scratch a line across the top edge of the specs with a blade to give the glue something to key into.
- Apply a thin line of epoxy (thinner than I ended up with here - first attempt and some ran down inside!) along the top edge and scratch.
- Allow to set, remove tape and away to go.
For me at least, I find the good thing about this is that I can clearly focus on the front sight with my right eye and my left eye brings the target into focus as well. Takes a bit of getting used to as you have two things in focus with different eyes that are far apart...
It is probably possible to cut the lens right down so it is the minimum needed for the sight post and that way you could look around fairly normally when not shooting, reloading etc without changing specs.
Robocop, eat your heart out 8)

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Author:  wheeliehd [ Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

DDtank wrote:
As I need reading glasses, pistol sights at arms length tend to be a bit blurred. I have experimented with various clip on things I made but here is a permanent solution:
- Get a cheapo pair of readers from Dollarama.
- Cut the lens out of the frame with a hacksaw.
- Position it on a pair of safety glasses with tape, moving it around until it is in the right place when aiming a pistol (dominant eye side of course).
- Scratch a line across the top edge of the specs with a blade to give the glue something to key into.
- Apply a thin line of epoxy (thinner than I ended up with here - first attempt and some ran down inside!) along the top edge and scratch.
- Allow to set, remove tape and away to go.
For me at least, I find the good thing about this is that I can clearly focus on the front sight with my right eye and my left eye brings the target into focus as well. Takes a bit of getting used to as you have two things in focus with different eyes that are far apart...
It is probably possible to cut the lens right down so it is the minimum needed for the sight post and that way you could look around fairly normally when not shooting, reloading etc without changing specs.
Robocop, eat your heart out 8)

Someone needs to make an eye appointment and get some progressive lenses. Welcome to age 40! :lol:

Author:  Battscrew [ Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

I'm starting to cry snider multifocal contact lens myself!

Author:  DDtank [ Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

Age 40?! I left that behind long ago...
Quite correct though, it was around then they were first prescribed. I remember the appointment well, it was more like a counselling session, "at a certain age...many people need...nothing to worry about...perfectly normal..."
The thing about this idea is I have both the sights and the target in focus , it doeisn't help if I simply wear my specs as they blur everything at longer distance.

Author:  RC1947 [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

A bit of a different twist, partially helped by my eye doc. For shooting open sights and red dots (to make a dot actually appear as a dot), I use 1.5X readers (not my reading strength!) with an eye pal (peep sight) on the right lens. Works well for me. RC

Author:  Magi [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

Lee Valley has a stick-on solution:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=52602&cat=1,42207,42216,52602

Author:  DDtank [ Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

That's very useful. I have to go in and out of a lab in work and can't see a thing on the instruments with my safety specs and the dual stick-on lens option wouldn't be too elegant for that.

Author:  CBS shooter [ Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Handy hint #27: How to see the sights if you need reader

DDtank wrote:
As I need reading glasses, pistol sights at arms length tend to be a bit blurred. I have experimented with various clip on things I made but here is a permanent solution:
- Get a cheapo pair of readers from Dollarama.
- Cut the lens out of the frame with a hacksaw.
- Position it on a pair of safety glasses with tape, moving it around until it is in the right place when aiming a pistol (dominant eye side of course).
- Scratch a line across the top edge of the specs with a blade to give the glue something to key into.
- Apply a thin line of epoxy (thinner than I ended up with here - first attempt and some ran down inside!) along the top edge and scratch.
- Allow to set, remove tape and away to go.
For me at least, I find the good thing about this is that I can clearly focus on the front sight with my right eye and my left eye brings the target into focus as well. Takes a bit of getting used to as you have two things in focus with different eyes that are far apart...
It is probably possible to cut the lens right down so it is the minimum needed for the sight post and that way you could look around fairly normally when not shooting, reloading etc without changing specs.
Robocop, eat your heart out 8)

Dam have to try that out :wink:

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