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Old September 9th, 2019, 10:24 AM   #31
 
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I'm 48, and have worn glasses since I was 14, and bifocals since my early 40s.

When I was younger I had no problem shooting with iron sights. Nowadays, I still shoot with them, but not quite as accurately, and it takes me longer to get a good sight picture. I also find that low light affects my shooting more as I get older.

Although I prefer the simplicity and clean lines of iron sights, I definitely find myself using scopes on some of my rifles. Especially when hunting, due to the scopes ability to make the animal, and especially the vegetation in front of it, more clear to me.



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Old September 9th, 2019, 10:39 AM   #32
 
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I’m 76 and my corrected vision is 20/20 yet the only long guns without scopes are my shotguns and my M1. Three of my six Contender barrels are scoped, as well.
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It escapes me why anyone would care if someone would choose to use a scope on their guns. If the actions of others causes no harm to me or others, they can do as they please. To me, young eyes, old eyes, or in between, the choice is theirs to make and not something of concern. If a scope helps a person to enjoy shooting or aid in accuracy why not use it?
Agree completely..turned 80 last week, and have needed glasses since 7th grade. Cataract surgery removed much astigmatism, gave me 20/20 vision in both eyes and removed the yellow tint, plus giving me about 2 hours more available daylight. I do pretty good with irons, better with aperture sights, but for really good shooting, I need scopes. But, opinions are like elbows, and almost everyone has two!
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I periodically post rants about eyesight and sights/optics.
I see. That’s kind of a weird hobby, to be honest.

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A pet peeve of mine is people who justify buying scope because their “old eyes” can’t cut it any more with iron sights.
Mine is women who wear baseball caps. Maybe if you’re some cute, perky farm girl with a John Deere cap you can pull it off. Otherwise this trend of grown women wearing caps is just trailer trashy. Take the time to do your hair and put on some damn makeup, lady!
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I have been far sighted my entire life. Always tested 20-10 or 20-15 on a bad day but needed reading glasses in my 20's. I have had to wear glasses full time since my late 40's as my focal length got longer. At 72 I just tested 20-10 in the right eye and 20-15 in the left both corrected. Trying to focus on 3 planes at once that you need to with iron rifle sights and progressive lenses is a joke. With handguns I can do fine with iron sights as the sight alignment issues aren't as severe with the shorter sight radius and range of the target but with rifles, muzzleloaders and rifled BBL shotguns they are all scoped. I hunt with long guns and feel I owe the game a clean kill which I can only assure with a scope.
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I have read all the responses to this thread with interest, but also with disappointment. I put the same thread on another gun forum, and it has the same number of responses as this one. As with here, some of the responders disagreed with me. The difference is that at that more friendly forum, everyone was civil, no one was offended, and it is a very friendly debate, with a number of posters contributing good advice about the subject.

My intent here, aside from allowing me to vent a little (partly tongue in cheek), was to encourage debate.

Some shooters need scopes and red dots. Some simply prefer desire them. All of us here should continue to use and shoot products that we like, and that work for us.

My original thought here still stands, though: it’s sad that so many shooters either give up on open sights, or never even try to discover how good it’s possible to shoot with them.
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