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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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You might be alright with Aperture sights.... below is a good company for aftermarket sights.

Traditional iron sights require your eye to focus on 3 objects...the target, the front sight and the rear sight. As we hit about 40 years, or more, our eye/brain connection loses the ability to do the optical dance with three different distances. This is where Aperture sights are superior, they cause you to look Through the rear sight, and now your eye has to work with two objects instead of three sights.

The following link just might work for you...


if Aperture sights don't work, you're probably relegated to a Red Dot, scope, or laser. I'm 55, and can still use iron sights, but they fight me. Aperture sights are a lot easier for me.

good luck.

p.s. you are also putting the front and rear sight farther apart, which is a good thing.
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So with an aperture sight, is it one eye or two?

With a red dot, would I wear my glasses?

And what exactly do you mean when you say,

With Iron sights, your eye has to focus on the Target (let's say 100 yards away), the front sight, which may be 20 inches away, and the rear sight, which may be 10 inches, away from your eye. Your brain/eye combo, processes the image, and when you're younger, your Brain is able to very quickly work with all three images, to make a sharp image of all, at the same time.

Most people at about 40 years of age or so, will start to have issues, trying to see all three images as clear, since the brain/eyesight combo isn't as capable, as when they were younger. Your Brain is trying to focus on 3 objects, at different distances.

Aperture sights (sometimes called peep sights), have a rear sight that is nothing more than a Hole. You look THROUGH the Hole, rather than at it, and your Brain will automatically want to put the front sight (usually a post), dead center of the Hole. The point where the post is dead center of the Hole, is your aiming/impact point.

Short answer....now your brain only focuses on the front post, and the target, that's two points, rather than three.

If I remember correctly, I believe the U.S. military, near the time of the First Worlds War, proved the superiority of Aperture sights over Iron sights.

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I would first go the Tech sights approach. If that doesn't work, than maybe the Red dot route. I'd lean toward holo_ sun red dots, as they seem to work better for those with Astigmatism.
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