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I'm getting ready to turn the big Four-Oh this year. For those of you twenty-five or less, this is OLD.

I was just reflecting on changes to people's eyesight as they get older. My dad is around 70 and can't see iron sights anymore. He HAS to have an optic.

I can see and use iron sights on my Bulgarian SA M7 Carbine just fine, but I do notice that really, really fine crosshairs on a scope are "uncomfortable" to use, although I can see them just fine.

What changes am I looking forward to? Should I be careful how much I invest in any iron-sighted rifle that won't take a scope? I consider my AK collection complete now except for whatever comes out after the ban expires.

I'm wondering if it's even smart to spend nearly $1,000 on a scope with a Mil-Dot reticle if I'll have to replace it in ten years with one that has a more visible reticle, like a heavy duplex.

I wonder if this is a big reason why all the older gentlemen in our shooting club stick to handguns and don't mess with rifles, optically sighted or not, anymore?

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good question. Not sure what to tell you, but one thing i do notice is that when I go shooting with my dad that he usually outshoots me with my own guns, lol. He still primarily uses iron sights. With vision some have a worse time of it than others but everyone's vision detiorates somewhat with age. I am trying to remember the term doctor's use for it.
 

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Take it from someone ten years older, good by near sightedness hello reading glasses. I get mine at the $1.00 Store. I have progressed (really regressed) from 1.00 to 2.50. I buy cheap because I leave at least one pair in each room of the house, including most important the bathroom. I really think that I have become more far sighted though. Any way if thats your only concern, enjoy. If not check out Viagra.
 

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My Dad goes to Walmart and buys their reading glasses in several strengths. He then figures which ones work well with his scopes.

He takes the ones that do ont work back the a few days later.

Just a thought.....
 

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MAJOR PITA said:
I'm getting ready to turn the big Four-Oh this year. For those of you twenty-five or less, this is OLD.

I was just reflecting on changes to people's eyesight as they get older. My dad is around 70 and can't see iron sights anymore. He HAS to have an optic.

:dunno:
I?m 52 soon to be 53. First thing is don?t use the cheap reading glasses, get yourself a good eye Doctor that understands your problem with shooting and get prescription glasses, because using just reading glasses will harm your sight even more(I know), do it right because it matters. I?m far sighted so I see the target and sometimes the front sight or I?ll just see the rear sight and the rest is a blur. I?ve never seen a scope that didn?t work for me, If it?s a good scope it?ll have enough adjustment for me to use.
I?ve seen a tiny peep sight that sticks to your glasses with a small suction cup and gives more depth of field and I hear it?s real good for us blind oldsters. There are two models, one has an adjustable iris and cost about $60 and I?ve seen another with a fixed ID peep for $17.95 (Sportsman?s Guide?). I?m looking for that cheaper one and will post info if I find it again. You can try a piece of black electrical tape with a tiny hole stuck on your eye glass lens and see if that helps before putting out the money for the ready made peep sight. All in all I?m in it for the fun, I don?t care if I can?t shoot one hole groups any more, it?s still fun.
 

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used scopes rarely bring more than 25% of their retail price. Leupold scopes are guaranteed forever, regardless of who owns them. I never pay much more than that for a scope, and I own only Leupolds.
 

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my dad has to wear bi-focals, and wasn't great with the open sites. the line in his glasses came just about where the crosshairs were on a scope, so he tried a red-dot site. he loves it, and shoots really well with it.
 

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Major PITA,
Not to worry there is life after 40. I am 57 and my eyesight went from better than 20/15 to 20/25 corrected. I am still shooting iron sights and still doing pretty darn well. You just need to see a good optimist. I shoot Hi-power rifle competition and am classified as a hi-master. I just finished shooting today an iron sight match at 600 yds with a score of 197 out of a possible 200 points in some pretty tricky wind conditions. With the right eye prescription you won't have any issues. As far as the scope, just buy the one you want as it will still be just as good in the future as it is today unless you encounter an eye disease.
Lyn
 

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Major PITA,
Not to worry there is life after 40. I am 57 and my eyesight went from better than 20/15 to 20/25 corrected. I am still shooting iron sights and still doing pretty darn well. You just need to see a good optimist. I shoot Hi-power rifle competition and am classified as a hi-master. I just finished shooting today an iron sight match at 600 yds with a score of 197 out of a possible 200 points in some pretty tricky wind conditions. With the right eye prescription you won't have any issues. As far as the scope, just buy the one you want as it will still be just as good in the future as it is today unless you encounter an eye disease.
Lyn
+50!!! We are not dead, just resting. Like the old story:

Old Bull and young Bull standing on a hill looking at a herd of cows

Young Bull says to the Old Bull, "Lets run down and get us one."

Old Bull say to young Bull, Lets walk down and get them all.

Nuff said, Jack
 
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