I do and it helps. The apeture is variable and it slides across the frame to help with eye position relative to cheek weld. It will help sharpen up the distant target in relation to the shorter focus between the front and rear sights. Not cheap..about $75. There is a cheaper "Merit" apeture that uses a suction cup..tried it and went to this instead.It's the return of the bionic eye! Shyquestor, do you use this device/does it make a big difference? Denny
Here's what young eyes can do at 50...What ammo are you using? That's pretty respectable accuracy for a surplus rifle with surplus ammo if you ask me. I admit 50 yards is close in, but at 100 and even 200 yards you'd still be well within center off mass, which is the idea behind a military rifle.
You really should use a black bullseye target made for the distance you are shooting with iron sights, particularly if you aspire to shoot vintage matches, as this is what is used.Shyquestor, thanks for the input. Interesting project working with the Ophthalmo eye doctor at the range. Franks statement about using bigger targets got me thinking about advice posted this summer by a member who advised using small targets to practice with. His reasoning was aim small, shoot small. Any ideas on this? Denny
Good advice.Good advice so far. You mentioned something that caught my eye. "I just couldn't see the green dot any longer. The white piece of 4x4" paper became my focal point". If you are precision shooting, especially with iron sights, your focus should always be on the front sight and not the target. Yes it makes the target blurry, but it doesn't matter, it should be. The other problem is that you are using a short military gun with, I'm guessing, a real heavy trigger and surplus ammo. The fact that you can hit a 4 X 4 target with that gun tells me you're shooting ability is probably a little better than you think it is. You may also be anticipating the recoil and moving as the shot is tapped off. Try calling your shots. Focus on the front sight during your entire shot process until after the gun goes bang. It's natural to want to focus on the target and not the sight. Don't. Since you were completely focused on the front sight when the round went down range, what did the front sight do? Did it move up, down, left, right? You should be able to call where the shot went by watching the sight. For example, if the sight went down to the left (assuming you're right handed), then you know you're crushing the trigger and can make the adjustment. Also, use your specs if you can in order to make the sights crisp. Place a piece of that blurry scotch tape over your non shooting lens so your non dominant eye can't see the sights but you're eyes are getting an equal amount of light. You don't want your pupils do dilate so don't use anything dark covering your glasses. The apeture that Shyquestor suggested is fine though because you're looking through it, not at it...and it's adjustable. Shoot with both eyes open. There are a quite a few other tips, but give it a try and see what happens. My long winded 2 cents worth.