Friday, September 19, 2014

February 2017 EyePal® Chronicle©

EyePal® Review by Clark Bush

Resident Artist Studio, LLC
438 Hill Road
Boxborough MA 01719
Phone: (978) 635-9162
Fax: (978) 635-9162

"The EyePal is a modern adaptation of the century-old peep sight, which most people relate to as a pin hole sight (remember those pin hole camera experiments back in school?). The EyePal enables you to simultaneously see the target, your front and rear sights — all in focus.

And since it’s made out of a static cling material, it can be easily placed on and off of reading, prescription and safety glasses — without marring the surface or leaving any residue. Compact, lightweight and virtually indestructible, the EyePal is the ultimate addition to any shooters kit."

I shoot shotguns, rifles, revolvers and pistols with open sights. I've noticed over the years that those sights are not as clear and sharp as they once were. Many of my friends complain of the same problem and they have either gone to telescopic sights, red dot sights, or just quit shooting all together.

When I first read about the EyePal I was skeptical but interested enough to place a call to the company.

I was fortunate enough to make contact with the founder and owner, Charlie Summers. Frankly, I could write an entire article about him, without ever mentioning his product but that's another story in itself.

He told me a bit about how and why he developed the EyePal. He said that as a kid, he was a good shot. 55 years later, he was not. The short version is that he's now a "senior" shooter with poor vision due to several eye problems. Those problems were severe enough that he gave up shooting for a time. After his research & development work with the EyePal, he resumed his shooting career and was able to beat out some of the younger shooters at his club.

The story was good but I wanted to see for myself just how well the EyePal would work. I ordered a set for rifles, a set for handguns and also a "Master Kit" that includes one of each. I had some other shooters in mind that I knew would want to try this...if it worked.

In just a few days a small white box arrived containing all the products that I'd ordered and some additional "reading material" about EyePal.

Off to the range a shotgun with iron sights that I use for still target shooting and a pistol with open sights, that I've always had trouble seeing clearly.

It took me a few tries to properly position the EyePal on my shooting glasses so that everything was properly aligned when I formed a cheek weld on my BPS stock. Once that was accomplished, I could clearly see both the front and read sights VERY SHARPLY! It was almost like magic. I took off the EyePal, sights were fuzzy, put it on and they were sharp. I was also able to align the sights in relationship to my 3" circle target at 40 yards much more easily.

Since the EyePal was placed in the upper left portion of my right shooting glasses lens, I could leave it there and have unobstructed vision for normal activities. I fired about 10 shots and then turned to my Ruger P-90.

The Ruger P-90 is a pretty basic .45 self-loading pistol. The sights are certainly not the worst that I've seen but are a long way from the best as well. For whatever reason, I've never felt really comfortable with them but have been reluctant to change them to others that might cost more than I paid for the gun.

I switched to the handgun EyePal and it was much easier to position it than with the rifle model. I just stuck it in the central portion of my right lens and then, after putting up some targets at 25 yards and loading the gun, I ran 2 magazines of shells through the gun.

Just as with the sights on the BPS, the sights on the P-90 were suddenly sharp, clear and very visible. It was very easy to align them with the round bull’s-eye on the target and I shot that gun as well as I've ever shot it. As my confidence increased my groups became tighter and I actually began to like that gun much more than I had previously.

Any complaints? Yes! Where in the world was this thing when I used to shoot handguns competitively?

Seriously, it's a very simple device that just works. It's easy to install and remove and comes in a nifty plastic carrying case that makes it easy to stow in a pocket or a shooting bag.

I use EyePal on a regular basis and would recommend it to anyone who has a problem seeing open sights clearly. By the way, it works as well for a bow shooter as a gun shooter.

You can read more about EyePal by visiting the site listed above and read more "Product Tests" and reviews at
This article was published on Monday 11 October, 2010.
What’s in your sight picture?

This image may be your sight picture if you're staring at the front sight of a rifle. Instructors tell their students to ignore the blurred back sight and target. The eye will want to wander downrange to the target and back again to the front sight. Ranging back and forth like this causes eyestrain. 
You might be saying "Hey, that's my sight picture" but then you might think again, "so what's this all about"?

There is no perfect sight picture in reality but most shooters and archers will say they have perfect vision when it comes to sighting an iron-sight rifle, handgun or bow. It's a case of coping with what vision is available to you either naturally or by prescription.

But consider the venerable peep-sight. It's generally mounted on the rifle’s receiver or its tang. For the archers, it is mounted in the bow-string. In this case as pictured above, the EyePal Rifle peep, produces Depth of Field and a sight picture with unprecedented visual acuity unobtainable with the natural eye, even with a prescription.  Moving the peep to the eyewear lens, you have what I have come to call an "eye-sight", in as much as the peep is now mounted on the glasses.
The peep is now very small, about 50 thousands of an inch in diameter. But size matters in this instance where the larger the diameter of the peep, close objects start to get fuzzy while distant objects stay in focus. This would be important for handguns and bows as the sights for these are at an arm’s length away from the eye. Distant objects are always clear in both cases where the diameters are suitable for rifles or handguns and bows.

EyePal® sorts out the visual acuity problem straight away. With the application of a small peep (also known as an aperture or pinhole) on any glasses, the resulting image when viewed through the “hole” is remarkably clear. The same is also true with the use of plain safety glasses. If numbers make more sense, the smaller peep produces 20/10 and the larger peep gives 20/15 and both produce Depth of Field, just like the Pinhole Camera. For those familiar with camera apertures and f-stops, the Rifle EyePal is an f40 and the Handgun/Bow is an f30. In the end, the eye sees what it could never see before; an absolutely focused sight picture and truly, a sight for sore eyes. See for more answers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EyePal Peep Sight and Bob's Garand in a 3 Position test

Here's a note from an M1 Garand shooter;

 EyePal range report by Bob L. from Ohio;

Well, went out and shot this morning. Was in the low 30's and windy, mixed clouds and sun. Got all set up to shoot off hand and pulled the trigger and no boom! Looked and the tip of the firing pin had broken off. So, I carry spare bolt parts and a combo tool and changed the firing pin out. Took about ten minutes. By then was about frozen but shot all 3 positions and was very pleased with the sight picture. The 100 yard range we shoot at is east shooting west so we have light coming over left shoulder and varying shadows on the targets. This is the best I have seen the sights and target in years. I did adjust the location on my glasses for each position.....offhand, sitting and prone but it wasn't much more than an eighth inch change if that. Just put my thumbnail on the edge and had a finger on the EyePal, and nudged it in the direction I wanted it to go, the thumbnail would hunker it up enough to break it's hold and allow me to move it. I was afraid that there would be decreased light levels that would not allow me to see the target but that was not the case.
I am very happy with the results, groups tighter, especially sitting. All scores in the black! Can't wait to get out and shoot again.
Best regards,
Bob L. Ohio