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SPANNING THE CENTURIES — 19 Comments

  1. Oh how I feel your pain with having Cadillacs. Mine are not bad enough for surgery, but do play hell with my shooting. I’ve gone to my Beretta 92 and Burris red dot. We’ll see how Carry Optics works out. Aren’t the golden years just, well a touch cloudy. At least we’re on the topside of the grass. Not ready for the dirt nap.

  2. Nice work with the new gun. After seeing you shoot last month, I feel like you’ll get the hang of this gun soon.

  3. Why not a Sig P320 RX in either compact or full size? It comes with the red dot optic and tall iron night sights installed, aligned,and co-witnessed at the sig factory? A single source for everything means that it all fits and works as a unit without having to have Wilson combat or another gunsmith assemble and smooth all the pieces together. P320’s are also reported to have a very good trigger right out of the box.

  4. As another “older” guy, my eyes have become messy the last couple of years as well. Lots of floaters and other things, maybe incipient cataracts… Gotten to where I can’t see the front sight too well without corrective lenses, but then I can’t see the target hardly – just a big blur. May have to go to a red dot at some point, but can kinda get by with painting the front sight orange, at least for relatively close work. Also affects my scoped rifle shooting – just as I get a good sight picture, a blur floats into the intersection of the crosshairs. I can get rid of it by looking away and then pressing the trigger as soon as I reacquire the sight picture I want.

    My mom always said, “Getting old isn’t for sissies!”, I’m starting to understand- sigh!

  5. When the only reason you know it’s a STOP sign is because the red-blur is vaguely octagonal… that’s your sign.

  6. I will keep my cataracts, so have a good excuse why I always shoot so poorly.

    I’ve never been a slave to the latest fad, so will continue to stay with my 100+ year old design Browning 1911 in .45 ACP with a white dot front sight and solid black rear. I refuse to listen to (c)rap, join Facebook, or carry a 9mm as a primary piece. I have my share of polymer 9mm pistols and enjoy shooting them, but just don’t carry one for combat.

  7. I had cataract surgery on both eyes with the first being a week after NRA/Dallas and the second a week later. It was interesting trying to figure how to align the sights. New computer glasses are perfect for precision work. Front sight shows perfectly. Tactical training without any correction as that’s how I now live my life except for reading (after being nearsighted and astigmatic for 58 years). You’ll like the difference.

  8. I just had a checkup 1 1/2 years after having both eyes done at an eye surgery place in Swansea, IL. I can read 4 out of 6 on the 20-15 line with either eye and all six with both eyes open. Just a little plaque buildup at this time and I will have a checkup in one more year to monitor that. I am shooting iron sights, red dots and scopes with only safety glasses. I got the distance lenses, so I use readers at the computer. I am shooting like a kid again, and will be 67 in a few more days. I don’t know if you plan on retiring, but I just figured out that I have NO days off now, and the work day goes from when the dog whimpers in the morning until I lie down at night. Life is good!

  9. I’ve had chronically acute (severe bouts) of uveitis for almost 10 years now. The primary medication to treat it has the known side effect of causing cataracts; I’ve had them removed from both eyes now.

    I can tell you that you will be AMAZED at what you have been missing. For me the world had (unknown to me) turned to a dingy, dirty yellow color and had become fuzzy. You’ll be shocked at how bright and vivid all of the colors become when you have the first eye done. The world once again is bright, and insects that you previously thought either extinct or invisible return to sight.

    Do NOT get the so-called “bifocal” lens; no one that I’ve talked to that had them implanted could get them to work correctly, and everybody had revision surgery to have them replaced. Stick with the distance vision lenses and just make sure that you carry cheaters with you everywhere you go (your arms won’t be long enough to read).

    I find that I can shoot over iron sights reasonably well if I wear safety glasses with the built-in cheaters at the bottom. I don’t need any glasses at all (for the first time in my life) for distance vision, but to clearly see the front sight I need the assistance of the reading glasses. Having them built right into the safety glasses means I’ve got the protection and vision without having two layers in front of my eyes.

    I would refer to the results of cataract surgery as a “miracle” but that would be insulting to the doctors, nurses, technicians and all of the other people who have dedicated their lives to improving the vision of others. It is to those people I am truly grateful.

  10. Thinking back on the ad hoc Bob Munden and Jim Cirillo sighting methods, where sights may not have been employed at all, and wondering how good the shooters’ target scores would have been using their seat-of-the-pants methods. Maybe pretty good? Have you ever compared some of your non-sight scores vs. sight-aimed fire?
    I have often thought that you fire so many different models that you might become confused during a real street shoot and try to rack slides on your S & W Airweights, or try to reload your Glock with a .38 speed-loader. You are definitely at least keeping up with your age group, though. Please keep on truckin’, Mas.

  11. I greatly appreciate the discussion of cataracts from the perspective of a world-class shooter and trainer like Mas. As another recreational shooter with “Cadillacs” (to steal Don P.’s term), I need a source of info/opinions from shooters who have had cataract surgery about what type of lens to get, recovery time to shooting activity, and other personal experiences and opinions. I know that “your mileage may vary”, but the more opinions the better. Anyone know such a source or webpage or message thread?

  12. This is off-topic but I just have to mention it since it is sooooooo typical of the propaganda tactics of the leftist firearm prohibitionists that are loose in America today. See this link:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/09/04/democrats-manufacture-gun-control-propaganda-moment-during-kavanaugh-hearing/

    The left is in such a frenzy to derail and stop the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh to the SCOTUS that they are using pre-staged, manufactured, publicity stunts for the purpose. The only thing these criminals know or understand is the use of lies and propaganda as tool to secure more and more power for themselves.

    I say it again, everyone needs to turn out to vote in the upcoming Midterm Elections. The truth, the Constitution, democracy and America itself means NOTHING to these people. We MUST do everything we can to keep these criminals from regaining power in Washington.