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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2012 Digital Edition - Page 64

This pair of shooting glasses sports a merit eye disc and a stick-on Clear To Target paper aperture. both act like a “small aperture” for your eye. not the least of the many reasons to cherish this little winchester is the marble tang peep sight, which makes this rifle unerringly deadly, even for guys with fuzzy vision. BETTER EYES W 64 FOR THE COOTER CROWD STaYing in THE gamE HamilTOn S. BOWEn hen I was a 30 something, pretty full of it and a fairly able marksman, I heard mutterings from my senior shooting friends about “the change” that would come in my life in a few short years and then I wouldn’t be so cocky. There were cryptic references to eye troubles that gave to me to believe I, like them, would soon be unable to hit the broad side of a barn. This didn’t make a much sense to me; I was born blind as a bat and for a while was perceived to be a fairly simple-minded child given that I couldn’t see the blackboard in school, let alone figure out why my teachers spent a lot of time up in front of the class waving their arms about, bleating about imaginary letters, numbers and such. Somebody finally figured out I needed glasses. Glasses opened up a whole new world. Blackboards had discernable hieroglyphics on them. Trees were not really green blobs but had individual leaves. You could identify people by sight rather than smell. End of problem — at least for a while. Well, now the old guy’s secret is out. In my 40s, I noticed sights growing increasingly furry. Now I’m in my 50s; the express sights on my single-shot, double-barreled black powder rifles have largely View of yr. obt. svt. in optician’s “try” glasses contraption. A patient eye doctor can do wonders for older gun-guys. Photo: Caroline Bowen disappeared. Revolver sights were following close behind. Shooting ability was going to hell fast. Simple? The problem is simple. Your eyes can focus clearly on only one thing or distance at a time, no matter your age. In younger eyes, lenses can flit so quickly back and forth among a number of focal planes that your brain is tricked into thinking all are in focus simultaneously. This is why at 30 you can clearly see both front and rear sights and the target, even if you are plagued with the usual vision maladies such as myopia (near sightedness) or hyperopia (far- WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2012

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