Well, not quite yet.
But, I am dropping my model 41p Remington Targetmaster rifle off at a gunsmith today to tap the barrel for bolt holes to allow me to attach a scope.
I took it out shooting a couple of times and at 40 yards using the iron sights my old eyes just can’t do what they used to do. I was able to put 17 of 18 shots within 3 inches of the center, but that’s really not very good. You couldn’t reliably kill squirrels with that sort of accuracy.
It’s really sort of sad. I remember shooting 40 yards or more at squirrels and nailing them just about every time with this gun. It’s not the gun. It’s my eyes. I just can’t focus with the iron sights like I used to. Even with my glasses I can’t hold the sight on target.
I think I know why too. And it is definitely age related.
I used to be able to focus my eyes very precisely. Using iron sights on a rifle you have to be able to keep the front sight and the target in focus at the same time, or at least quickly adjust your focus from one to the other. I can’t do that anymore. Now if I’m focused on the target, even with my glasses the front sight is a little blurry. If I focus on the front sight, the target is blurry. And if I try to focus on the front sight and then quickly focus on the target, by the time I refocus, the gun has shifted slightly.
I did some online research into shooting and age and this appears to be a relatively common thing that happens when shooters get into their forties and fifties. I see a whole lot of posts about shooters getting scopes for this reason.
That’s because scopes focus both the target and the reticle in the same optical plane by design. That way you can keep a crisp view of the crosshairs superimposed on a crisp view of the target. Which I just can’t do anymore with the iron sights.
So, off to the gunsmith. I dunno how long it will be before I get it back. I’m not going to buy an expensive scope, just about any scope will do I think. I’ll probably end up spending less on the .22 scope, including the tapping of the barrel, than I spent on my Condor scope (which was $150 or so).
Man, this getting old sucks.