I wasn't quite ready to give up the color thing and admit defeat with my terrible eyes, so I went back to the drawing board. Way back when I first started noticing I was having trouble seeing my front sight, I complained to L at the shop about it. He suggested picking up some modeling paint and painting the front sight before dropping a bunch of money on different sights, so I did, and that's how I ended up with my red front sight.
I chose red first, because when we were trying out different colors at the shop, it seemed red was easier for me to pick up. Obviously, though, red was the wrong choice, so I thought back to the other colors of HiViz sights I'd seen and decided I'd go with one of the neon-ish colors. Off to the hobby store we went and I picked up a bottle of Sublime Green.
I had some microbrushes tucked away from painting my sight red, so I dug those out of my gun catch-all box. What I love about the microbrushes is that they fit inside the front sight exactly.
One little dab of Sublime Green on the front sight and viola! a whole new sight to try out.
I took the Para out to the range that afternoon with Tara and I was back on target despite the buffeting winds. My lousy right eye picked up the green every single time. My groups were about three inches, which isn't great, but taking into consideration that the wind was literally knocking us from side-to-side as we lined up our shots, I'm pleased.
I'm even more pleased that I've found at least a temporary work-around for my little half-blind problem. Seeing as how I just bought six month's worth of contacts, I wasn't thrilled about the possibility of having to change them.
The real test will be at the defensive pistol match next Sunday. Will I be able to pick it up while shooting on the move?
If you have trouble seeing your front sight, what kinds of things have you tried to work around the problem?