I Can See Clearly, Now

nancy-in-uniform-crop2The shooters’ glasses can create a serious expense for the competitor, but one which cannot be overlooked. I’m not talking solely about the “eyes” the shooter wears on the line during a match; this is not about the protective gear you wear to deflect flying casings or to stop flying dirt from getting in your eyes. I am talking about prescription eye protection. I wear glasses because I am blind without them. I have to drive with glasses, watch tv with glasses, do everything with glasses. Competitive shooting is no different. But, how do you get a prescription for shooting glasses? I was first told about how to do this from my fellow shooters. I needed to get a prescription filled for a crisp, clear visual six inches out from my hands forming a grip with my arms held out from my body. In a proper shooting stance, holding my six inch revolver or auto, I needed a prescription which would put my front sight in the most crystal clear, crisp focus. This meant, I had to bring my gun with me to the eye doctor’s, hold it in position and have the doctor calculate my Rx. Keep in mind, the rear sights will be visible, the target at whatever distance will be visible but blurry, but that front sight has to be crystal clear. I had to check with the optometrist’s office that this would be ok to do. I had to bring my gun in a locked case and in a duffel bag so as to practice safe gun toting in public. The weapon had to be unloaded. I had to demonstrate to the eye doctor the weapon was safe and unloaded. But, it is that important to get a prescription for that exact distance from the eyeball, that this is what must be done. Then, I had to send the prescription to a sports eyewear company who includes shooting eye protection in its inventory. I liked using DeCot HyWyd out of Phoeniz, AZ. Their lenses are interchangeable so I could keep the same frames if I needed to change lens color or even prescription. Removing the lenses also makes them easier to clean. One year, after I got my job transfer to Texas , I faced a new eye doctor finding the darned office and I forgot to bring in my gun. I tried explaining my needs to the very old optometrist, the one my new insurance carrier sent me to, and I thought he didn’t understand what I needed, didn’t approve of a female shooting competitively, I don’t know. But he walked away. A minute later, he came back with HIS revolver and said, “is this what you’re talking about?” and we proceeded with the exam. Only in Texas …..


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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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