Friday, January 07, 2011
SHOCK! There's Writing on Street Signs!
This is one of the views near the Secret Hidden Bunker in the Rocky Mountains...this marks the first time I've ever seen it so clearly without glasses. The surgery seems to have worked somewhat better than expected...my left eye has excellent distance vision (for now, roughly 20/20-20/30, although it will take a month for the eye to "settle down." My right eye is slightly weaker and has some permanent damage, a slight fogginess, from the shingles attack that started this whole mess so long ago.
My eye doctor whipped up a quickie glasses prescription, and a had a pair made just in case, but so far I'm not having any problem seeing very clearly without glasses or contacts. If the situation holds, I'll probably investigate a contact lens for my right eye to correct a minor astigmatism and bring that vision to as good as it can be. I still have to have glasses to read, but so far I seem to be able to hold a pretty sharp sight picture.
I'm holding off going to the range as per the doctor's instructions on "eye strain," but I've done a modest amount of dry-firing and it seems to me that my vision is almost as good as when this whole ridiculous circus started. Again, if you have not been vaccinated for the shingles virus, a little left-over surprise from our childhood chicken pox, I strongly urge you to SPRINT to your doctor's office and get the shot! Let my tens of thousands of dollars, 2 surgeries, and at times agonizing pain and partial blindness be a lesson to you all!
BTW, speaking of sight pictures, guns and stuff like that, I mentioned this meme on one of the forums, but it still strikes me as pretty lame...it goes something like, "If you're going to get a small 9mm, get a Kahr Arms even though they're substantially more expensive, because, hey, what is your life worth anyway? And if you can't get a Kahr, get a Kel-Tec because, hey, they're really, really cheap!" Is it just me or does that seem weird?
I'd say if you're shopping for a mini-9mm — and I believe that hundreds of thousands of you will be in 2011 — try as many as you can and pick the one that hits the correct balance between what you like and your ability to shoot it. Let me repeat that — you need to find the balance between what you like, usually the smallest, lightest thing on the market, and the platform that allows you to deliver the follow-up shot quickly 100% of the time.
I am not a huge fan of the really tiny 9mms — the beautifully made Rohrbaugh comes to mind — because they are extremely hard for me to shoot well (and keep in mind that I shoot a lot). Same philosophy on the ultralight J-frames, especially in .357 Magnum (the S&$ 340 is around 12 ounces, I think). Some people shoot the itsy-bitsy blaster extremely well...I am not one of those people...
I've talked a lot about being willing to carry 9mm over .45 ACP (not a fan of the .40, remember) due to modern bullet design. But my own personal self-defense philosophy calls for multiple shots quickly to neutralize an aggressor. I can't make multiple shots quickly if the recoil of the gun couple with the size of the frame is enough to break my grip on each shot. That is going to be different for every person and every gun, and that's why I think split time, time between shots, may be a primary factor in choosing a small carry gun.
Think about that...