Time to practice instinctive aiming. Become one with the gun.
I have a cousin who is 83 and is blessed with great eyesight. He could probably shoot just as well as your friend.I periodically post rants about eyesight and sights/optics. A pet peeve of mine is people who justify buying scope because their “old eyes” can’t cut it any more with iron sights. I don’t believe that, and I wish people would stop trying to justify using a scope because of supposed declining vision.
My friend Ruben is probably the best shooter at our range. He’s in his early 80’s and wears glasses for both distance and reading. The other day, he borrowed an Egyptian rifle (FN-49?) from another shooter, a military surplus 308 rifle with aperture sights, and shot a 3 shot cloverleaf group from a bench at 100 yards.
This was not a cherry-picked group. Those were the only shots he took with the rifle. He handed it right back to the owner.
Scopes are wonderful. I have them and use them. Iron sights, though, still work just fine, and just as well as they did when our forefathers had to use them to put meat on the table. Don’t ever underestimate how well you can shoot with them. If you can legally drive to the range you can see plenty well enough to shoot.
I used to have 20/10 vision. That was then and this is now. At age 67, I have a difficult time focusing on the front sight post of most rifles. Achieving precise slight alignment of a front post in a rear sight notch, or front post in a rear sight peep is problematical. Small errors in sight alignment make a huge difference when shooting at distance.
I also need some magnification to clearly see a small target like a 1" bull's eye at 100 yards. Depending on the color of the target and the lighting, I commonly have difficulty judging exactly where the top of the front sight post ends. This tends to result in vertical stringing of hits. A six-o'clock hold is fine when shooting at a bull's eye of consistent size, or bull's eyes that are scaled to look the same size at different distances. It doesn't work that well when shooting at targets or bulls of varying size at different ranges.
This is not a "touchy" subject. The responses in this thread are not coming from individuals who are trying to justify the purchase of a rifle scope that they "just wanted". They are responses are based on the reality of aging and the effects of aging on human visual acuity, in response to someone who is perhaps fortunate enough to still have excellent vision and chooses to ignore that reality.
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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.
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!:thumbsup: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?
I see. That’s kind of a weird hobby, to be honest.I periodically post rants about eyesight and sights/optics.
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!A pet peeve of mine is people who justify buying scope because their “old eyes” can’t cut it any more with iron sights.