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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
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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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I AM using the glasses listed in the link in the first post.
They are 1.0 shooting glasses.
Not sure what the differences are between them and just plain ole reading glasses though?

Like Flintlock28 was saying, I cannot focus on both sights clearly at my age.
Are you saying the 's enable you to do that with a rifle?

I can get both sights with the glasses on my handgun, but not the 1022.


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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
And by the way...

I also wear corrective glasses so whatever readers I use have to fit over my regular
That's why I have the ones in the link.
I bought a pair of .75 and a pair of 1.0 on a gamble to try them out.
It gets pricey having to guess at what I need though.

Thanks again

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
This is all Very Very good stuff, and thank you.
There are so many things that I'm just not aware of, and don't have the experience to consider, but that's where you guys come in.

Or you could just stick with Iron sights and learn to shoot proper like me
I would love to shoot proper like you, and in my original post I mentioned that I didn't want to go the scope route, but I can't see the sights like you. That's the reason for my post. I needed some help, guidance, and opinions on what you
guys do in my situation.
I wasn't sure if it was just me, or what the heck was going on.
I just knew that after 250 rounds in my new gun, it's time to look at options
because what I was seeing just wasn't consistent or fun.

So, today I'm going to the local gun shop to look at a red dot and see what they are all about.
Hopefully I'll find some common ground and get comfortable with the sight picture so I can start working on not moving the gun.

Thanks again, and I'll let you know how I make out.

Take care

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Discussion Starter · #24 ·
Thanks again for all of the helpful info guys.

PEASHOOTER67 - There's a lot to digest there, and I will in time.

JTJ - God Bless you at 80 and still givin it hell.

Right now I think I want to try the Hawke red dot that my local shop has in stock.
They will install it while I'm there and I can take it out this weekend and try it.
Any other option I would have to wait for parts etc. and I don't want to do that at this point.

The factory brass front sight was hard for me to see. I polished, then sanded it shiny but that didn't help me.
That's when I turned the rear sight around and put a white dot on the front sight.
That helped me. I could now focus on the front sight, but as I stated, I couldn't get a sense for the rear sight at all. Elevation wasn't bad, but windage was a total guess.

At that point I had 250 rounds through the gun and decided before I just wasted any more time and ammunition, I would explore some options which is what you guys have given me.
It's always good to get other opinions and ideas, at least I think so.

So, I'll let you know what I think after the red dot and we can take it from there.
If that's not the answer for my particular eyes, the low power scope sounds like the next most logical place to go, even though I'd rather not.
I will however do what I have to so I can enjoy myself and not waste ammunition guessing at what I'm looking at.

Thanks again

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Discussion Starter · #29 ·
Thanks again everyone for all of the thoughtful and detailed responses.
So much information, and SO many options I didn't even know were out there.

As I said previously, I'd like to try all of them, but unfortunately I can't do that
without collecting a lot of items that maybe I wouldn't use or like, and spending a lot of money.

So here's what I did.
The local shop has a little spot out back where you can go test fire a new gun and the like. He had a Hawke Model 12134 in stock. (Previously I said it was a 12131 but was mistaken)
I went to that shop, the man behind the counter mounted the red dot, we went out back and wala!
I did better in the 20 shots I took there than I did with all my shots previously.
The difference was, I wasn't guessing at anything.
I could see what I was aiming at, both eyes open, no reading glasses needed.

Now I can work on keeping the gun still instead of being frustrated over the sight
picture I was not happy with.

I've learned a boatload of things here, and still may wind up exploring some of them. For right now, the red dot is what I will work with and see what happens.

Thanks again
Take care
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