How could I have missed this!

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by thefourthD, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    I have practiced drawing from my holster(s) and have thought about different scenarios numerous times. I'm reasonably confident in my abilities while keeping in mind you never know for sure how you'll react in a bad situation.
    This morning as I woke up I thought, " I have never practiced drawing from my bed holster". So, knowing I was the only one home (and keeping my finger off the trigger) I drew my gun, pointed it at the door to the bedroom, and WHAM! It hits me. I can't see ****. Son of a gun. How did I miss this?
    I wear contacts and without them everything is blurry. VERY BLURRY. I can see object and contrasting color but no detail at all. Best way to explain it is if I saw a light skinned man with a beard, because of the contrasting color, I would notice the beard. If I saw a very dark skinned man with a beard I probably wouldn't be able to tell he had a beard because there isn't enough contrast in color. I'd be able to see the person and determined the middle of his chest but now I'm wondering about aiming.
    Guess I'll go to my local gun shop today and price lasers for my bedside gun. What do other visually challenged people do?
    Boy, talk about feeling like a total idiot.
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    First off, you should have an alarm system or a very yappy dog, so you will have time to put your glasses on before an intruder is in your bedroom door.

    Second, you should have a pair of dedicated glasses on the nightstand beside your bed that are never off of that night stand.

    Forget the laser. You need clear sight to IDENTIFY your target before you point a gun at it.
     

  3. GrtWhytHype

    GrtWhytHype New Member

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    I wear glasses and I've thought about this numerous times. So far I've settled on keeping my glasses right next to my flashlight on my dresser because I have trained Rottweilers so I KNOW I'll have advanced notice. But when at someone else's house or on vacation that's something that's bothered me. I've played with the idea of lasiks but I don't think it's worth it. I've also heard of newer contacts that can be worn overnight without problems.

    If be concerned with getting a laser to solve your problem. As most of us were taught "know your target and what's behind it." If you have trouble identifying them I would never feel comfortable pulling the trigger. Maybe a light laser combo.

    http://www.viridiangreenlaser.com/xl5-laser-sight

    I have this on my SR9 and it really makes me feel comfortable. Green laser stands out very nicely and the light has some umph to it.
     
  4. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    If sighting a target is an issue, how is a laser going to help? Yeah, you can see the laser fine but where is it landing? on the gray blurry thing or the darker blurry thing?

    I'd say the best thing you could mount on your pistol would be the highest lumen tac light you can find. Blind the hell out of the goblin. You might have a better chance at identification and the light will buy you more time than a laser will.
     
  5. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    No alarm but I do have a dog. Don't have glasses because I can't wear them. I have been wearing contacts since I was 10. I can see well enough to identify a threat just not detail.
    I can recognize people just not what the print on their shirt says. It's just something I never thought about.
     
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  6. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    If you don't mind me asking, why can't you wear glasses or if all else fails, just have a cheap pair next to your bed. I would get a powerful tac light on that thing. Lasers really are ineffective for lighting.
     
  7. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    In my frustration I worded my post incorrectly.

    There is a difference between "seeing" and "focusing". We "see" the sights on our firearms but we "focus" on the target. It's like looking at a chair in your house then looking out the window behind the chair at a tree. You can still see the chair but your focused on the tree outside. While still looking at the tree your able to walk to the chair and touch it even though your not focused on it. I can see a person, identify a threat, I just can't focus on them.
    I do like the light idea.
     
  8. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Does anyone else live in your house that you might mistake for a potential target.
     
  9. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    It has to do with the way my brain thinks. We tried lots of types of glasses but I could never see with them and was always throwing up. We tried for 6 months before giving up. Popped a pair if contacts in and all was good.
    In all honesty I doubt I'd think to reach for glasses.
     
  10. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    No. Because I can identify the person just not the detail.

    I'm afraid I worded my post too strongly. I was just shocked. I'm a long time shooter and and this was the first time I lifted a firearm and everything wasn't crystal clear. Trust me, it's shocking.
     
  11. JonM

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    No getting around it if your not willing to wear glasses for a few minutes to save your life or a loved one's life. Laser pointers arent going to fix that.

    Now if you do shoot someone thats in your home illegally depending on how much of a socialist the da is you may be facing the question of: "why did you open fire on little johnny just trying to turn his life around when you cant see who it was???" Not a fun question to answer by you or your lawyer on a grand jury witness stand.

    In a state that doesnt recognize self defense castle type law and even those that do its a hard question to get around when the spectacles arent even in the house

    For that reason i would really try to keep glasses handy on the bedside just for target recognition.
     
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  12. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    I can see where you are coming from. As long as you can see the target. Maybe practice shooting at an indoor range without your contacts in!
     
  13. davva360

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    I wear contact lenses or glasses. I always keep a pair of glasses on the nightstand however I can see pretty well without glasses I just cant read text at a distance.

    My eye doctor also told me that I can sleep in my lenses as long as I take them out once a week at least. I do sometimes sleep in them but not very often and usually only if I am camping or something and don't have good lighting to take them in and out.

    Cant help feeling that keeping them in for a week at a time is asking for an eye infection despite what the Dr says.
     
  14. GeneralPatton

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    I wore contact from the time I was about 12 until I was 26. I had Lasik done at 26. My vision went from wearing -3.75 contacts to 20/10 overnight. Now, it's been 7 years and I don't have 20/10 anymore, last I had it checked I had 20/30. (and granted, once you've had 20/10 it's like having been to the promised land and then being told you have to leave when it drops back to 20/20 or so) Is it worth it? You bet your ass it is. No contacts, no solutions, no glasses, no waking up in the middle of the night blind, none of that. In 1 day it changes your life for the better forever. I could go back and have them give me another correction to get back to 20/20, but it's like $500 to have another correction (being cheaper because when they cut your cornea to do the lasik, the flap they create is there forever. To have another procedure they don't have to cut again, they just reopen the old incision and zap) It's quite painless, and after having it done you'll wonder why you waited so long to do it.

    As for the OP's question, I'd get a set of super cheap glasses just for the "in case of emergency" scenario. You may never wear them, but at least if hell froze over you'd have a backup.
     
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  15. jjfuller1

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    laser no.. brightest tac light you can find.. doesnt even have to be on the gun. i have a nice light on my gun, and also a huge a$$ maglight.. suppppppper bright. lights up the whole room. not only can i clearly identify a threat i can blind the crap out of them and maybe thats enough to change there minds.

    you say you can see okay, just not detail stuff. a laser is not going to be much easier to see and wont help you identify if the perp is armed or unarmed threating or lost. or even a perp. maybe its a long lost sister.. go find a light..or a ton of lights :)
     
  16. thefourthD

    thefourthD New Member

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    I've been thinking about a tac light anyway and think this would kill two birds with one stone (or should I say light).
    Thanks everyone.
     
  17. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Hope you find a solution. Be safe out there!
     
  18. Devin556

    Devin556 New Member

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    Check out stream light rechargeable. I have a big one mounted beside the bed on the wall and one of there smaller rechargeables mounted on my AR. They are blindingly bright and also have a strobe setting that would give a blind man seizures.