Best Pistol Sights for Old Eyes

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What are the best pistol sights for old eyes? Rob Pincus stresses that you need to have good sights you can use reliably in a defensive situation. That means those sights need to be able to help you put the bullet where you need it to go very efficiently in the context of defensive firearms use.


As you age, you may experience near-sightedness, far-sightedness, cataracts, poor night vision, or any other number of problems as your eyesight degrades. Rob feels that as his vision has changed as he’s gotten older, it’s been more important than ever to stick to the fundamentals that make a good defensive pistol sight: to have a large front sight post inside a very large rear sight notch.

Rob designed the claw sights with Ameriglo to be exactly that: a big bright front square (not a circle) that sits inside a relatively wide rear notch. That allows you to pick up the front sight cleanly and easily when using self-defense weapons, even if your up-close vision has degraded.


The traditional handgun sights, which were common for decades even on defensive pistols, have a very narrow front sight post and a narrow rear notch. Because this setup gives less tolerance for error and higher potential for precision, it is good for competition and bullseye shooting and law enforcement qualification courses.

But with defensive shooting and its related handgun training, we simply do not need that level of precision. Nine to 15 feet is the range of the majority of defensive shooting situations, and we are aiming at the chest or sometimes the head, so the large square front sight and wide rear notch are the best setup of pistol sights for old eyes, and in fact for any eyes.


Rob offers his opinions on the large circular front sight sitting in a wedge, and red-dot sights, and explains why these are not his preferred choice for defensive pistols. To sum up, Rob believes the best pistol sights for old eyes for defensive use are the bright front square and wide rear notch, such as the Ameriglo claw sight or other similar sights.

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5 Responses to “Best Pistol Sights for Old Eyes”
  1. Jim

    Loved this video! I’ve been looking for a big front sight forever. Unfortunately the sight recommended here isn’t being produced by Ameriglo anymore. Can you recommend another?

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      Ameriglo does have some other options that are close but we don’t know of another manufacturer who produces that “lumi-square”. Another manufacturer who makes sights that come in many different front color combinations is Night Fision (

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  2. KEVIN

    My question is on the broader subject of “Old Eyes”. I’m left-handed with glaucoma in my left eye. Would you recommend shooting with both eyes open or changing hands and closing my left, or something else? Also, after more than forty years wearing contact lenses, I’m now wearing glasses full time. Do you recommend prescription shooting glasses, or don’t bother? And, if so, any particular brand? Thank you!

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      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your patience while I reached out to the expert, here is the reply:

      Since the handgun isn’t attached to your face (like with a rifle) close your left eye and do not change hands. The handgun is out in space so your body will put the gun where it needs to be when you need to use the sights. It’s really your call if you want to purchase dedicated shooting glasses but it isn’t necessary. When it comes to personal defense training you maximize the training value when you are able to use what you wear daily.

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      • KEVIN

        Thank you, Joan, for your reply!
        I look forward to practicing left-handed with my left eye closed.