Ed Brown Reading glasses and the front sight

Discussion in '1911 Gear' started by rblondon, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. rblondon

    rblondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    At 63, I've been battling the disappearing, or blurry, front sight for a while. I mentioned it to my vision specialist who professes to shoot a little himself.

    Hey says the doc, get yourself some over the counter readers, some with ground glass lens if you can find them, but cheap is fine. He suggested getting a pair with as much surface area as possible just for coverage - and sticking them under clean goggles if I could stand it. Admittedly, I don't do the later - but I only use them on paper targets.

    And viola, the front sight is back. While I wear true prescription reading glasses, they didn't work well. But I bought 1X, 1.5X and 2X - the 1.X worked perfectly!

    Anytime I can shoot a group like accompanies this post, I'm thrilled. And this with a deep U notch rear and gold dot front sight off sandbags thrown on the truck hood at a measured 20 yards.

    I put this post here because the reader glasses are gear - it's not a review, but a piece of kit.

    If you're having issues with pistol groups, give cheap readers a try. I don't like them on bright sunny days, my eyes are sensitive to bright light and I prefer my ballistic shades.

    For the record, the gun was an Ed Brown Kobra Carry LW. The load an old Wilson test ammo recipe of Bullseye under a 200 grain SWC moving jut about 830 FPS at the muzzle on repeated measurements. Seating depth was a consistent 1.250-1.245 - that's as tight as I can keep range brass.

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  2. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017

  3. rblondon

    rblondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    I use mine for ammo testing, gun accuracy testing; rest of the time, plain ballistic shades as I shoot a lot of steel.
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  4. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
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  5. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Let the tools work for you, Brother! Adapt and over come! I like it, congratulations!!
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  6. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    I use the top bifocals from SSP. I use the magnification for pistols and then look under them for rifles or red dots.
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  7. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    *** Whiten hit it spot on! They come in 1.0,1.5 & 2.0. I use the 1.5. After a lot of trial and error those are the Ticket. And there cheap. Get 1 of each and see what one works for you. Case closed.
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  8. jjfitch

    jjfitch Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    As a firearms instructor I'm tasked with "fixing" shooters having difficulty qualifying. I usually carry a selection of similar "drug store readers" to get their attention!

    Some guys at a certain age refuse to accept the fact that it's time!

    For me I was almost 50 and blew a fuse under the dash and had to get "readers" to find the bad fuse! My wife thought that it was pretty funny!

    Shortly thereafter I was at the Eye Doc's getting shooting glasses specific to my precision pistols and revolvers. I have settled on front site focus in my dominant eye and distance in the other. Similar to contact lense bifocals! My scores went up 15%!

  9. Heavyopp

    Heavyopp Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I find with my readers on the front sight is clear but the target is almost totally gone — I’d rather have a good target focus

    Who needs sights anyway...
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  10. RodII

    RodII Active Member

    May 14, 2016
    With my insurance I get a new pair or glasses every 2 years. I need reading glasses, can not use the store bought readers as my left eye is a lot weaker than the right, the prescription of each lens are totally different. For me my older pairs of glasses work great, since they are weaker. The front sight is sharp and the target is a little blurry. With my news glasses the front sight is in high def and the target is completely nonreconizable.
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  11. 1MoreFord

    1MoreFord New Member

    Mar 12, 2020
    My last two pair of glasses are known as occupational trifocals.

    They have traditional bifocals on the bottom with distance vision above the bifocals and then trifocals at the top.

    They work great for shooting pistols and using computers.
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  12. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    These are the best.....have them in my gunbag and in my work toolbox
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  13. random84

    random84 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    Assuming you have perfect distance vision, a +1.00 reader will give good front sight focus while retaining some distance target clarity.

    But over 60 there is no easy solution, beyond a red dot. "Monovision" contacts or glasses as noted above can work pretty well too, but are custom and heavily dependent on user preferences.

    The problem is that most of the participants here will have some amount of prescription (even if they don't know it), which can skew the results.

    And I don't know of anyone who makes actual glass lenses anymore, but a polycarbonate lens used by any local discount optical or online will work well, and likely feel a little more crisp than the off-the-shelf drug store stuff.

    For a range bag, its not a huge deal.

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  14. Yellowsupersport

    Yellowsupersport Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    I use these 3M safety glasses, they have the magnification on the top and bottom of the lens, and none in the center. So if I’m looking at the target at a distance I look straight, but if I tilt my head down then the front sight is in clear focus. The lower section helps for close up tasks (writing, dialing in a scope, etc). At $16 a pair, I have them in range bags, go bags, etc.


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  15. rblondon

    rblondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    I found the bifocals, in any configuration, made a mess out of a good stable shooting position with weird neck angles, etc. I may take a look at the item you mentioned up here, be nice to have more coverage. Tried the readers behind goggles (clear) - too many reflections. thanks for the product number.
  16. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Full mag lenses don’t work for me. The top bifocal lenses work better than anything I’ve ever tried
  17. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    I use less mag than I need to read, 1X works the best for me. I can still see the target and sights.
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  18. Heavyopp

    Heavyopp Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Looks like I need to try a lesser mag lense
  19. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Take a sharp pencil to the drug store.
    Hold it in hand at arm’s length.
    Get the prescription that allows a crisp, sharp view of the pencil tip
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