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Factory sights, how do you do it?

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Another user suggested I take this here from the Takedown Forum, so I'll paste my original post and we'll take it from there.

Let me start by saying I'm kind of new to all of this and read what I can.

I got my first 1022 about 3 weeks ago.
It's a takedown.

I'm 64 years old, so when I got my first handgun last year I was told that I must see the front sight on the handgun clearly and I found that to be true. Even when the front sight is clear, I can still see the rear sight on the handgun, and the target well enough to hit it once in awhile.
I'll ad that I used a pair of these to accomplish all of the above because of old age and astigmatism.
---> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So now I have about 250 rounds through my 1022 and I'm having some trouble seeing and using the factory iron sights.

I turned the rear sight around so it's all black now, and put a white dot on the front brass colored sight and those two things seemed to help a little.
The solid black gives me something to focus on with the white front sight.

The rear sight is where I'm having trouble.
It's blurry to the point that I cannot for the life of me get a sense of where I am left or right now.

So my pressing questions are,

Where are you guys looking, and what's clear and what's not clear?

Is it just me, or is there a better sight system for the 1022?
I know nothing about scopes and was hoping not to go there, but I understand it's
an option.

Lastly, since in my mind in a tactical situation in my home I would be using two eyes, that's how I try to shoot everything.
Is that wrong while at the range with a rifle just plinking at some random targets?
User "sethpa" suggested a red dot and I'm reading about them now.
Not sure if I want to deal with the complexities of a scope at the moment, and the red dot looked like it would get me in the taget zone rather well.

So what are your opinions on scope versus red dot?

I am older and wear glasses. Would I leave on or take off the glasses with a red dot?

Thanks for any ideas?
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I am 80 so I know your problem. Peep sights do work but it is getting harder to see small targets. Red dots have no magnification and without glasses are pretty much useless. I am by necessity using scopes but not high power fancy ones. I stick to the lower variables and am liking fixed power more and more. Started with 4x32 scopes many years ago and they worked.
My Takedown has a set of Skinner sights made specifically for the Takedown. Rear barrel mounted peep with a proper height front sight. They work very well for irons but are really there for backup. Even good optics can fail or be damaged. It is also carrying a Leupold 1.5-4x20 VX Freedom scope on a grooved picatinny rail so you can see the sights with the scope off. It is in the lowest rings I could find to keep the scope as low as possible and still have clearance. If I were to set it up now I would use a Leupold FX1 4x28 fixed power scope. Same price ($200) as the variable. The Leupolds are very light. Mine is in a Backpacker stock which I highly recommend.
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Peashooter 67 has some good advice. I have fiber optics on my 22-45 pistol and love them. They do help on rifles but I believe the peep works better. You just look through the hole and dont really pay attention to it. Your eye will center automatically.
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