BLURRING—What kind of sights are best for a person that is far-sighted? What I mean is, when I go to sight my rifle on a bull’s-eye the rear sight is out of focus and I am unable to see it clear. Should I use a peep sight or move my sight farther away from my eyes? Or will my eye by practice get so that I can sight clearly without the blurring of the rear sight? Would like to hear from some one that has had experience of this kind.
When you look at the mark, your eyes are out of focus for the sights, and vice versa. You could not see all three sights and mark at once. Keep your eyes on the mark, focused on it, and then practice bringing the sights in line with the mark. Throw your rifle up ten to thirty times a day, sighting on objects, far and near, and pressing the trigger. Do this for a few weeks, and then practice with cartridges at mark where you can see the bullets strike—on water, say. By throwing up the rifle, you become accustomed to aiming, and after a while you don’t have to bother with the sights—don’t think of them, and the bullets go home “without aiming,” though, of course, you merely aim instinctively, or by habit. The best eyes blur the sights when they see the target.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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