Friday, November 3, 2017

EyePal Master Kit review by Tom Gaylord

The EyePal Peep Sight Master Kit

This post from Pyramyd Air airgun academy. Looks at some aspects of using the EyePal system. Original post here
I said I wasn’t going to report on the EyePal Peep Sight Master Kit by itself, but something blog reader Fred said in a comment the other day prompted this. I plan to continue to use both patches and comment on them in other reports, but today I want to focus on the kit. I don’t know if there will be a Part 2 to this report; but just in case, I marked this as Part 1.
Fred’s comment was that he needed his vision to see when he walks. So do I. Why didn’t the EyePal rifle patch bother me? The answer is what I want to talk about today — when you position the patch on your glasses.
You position the EyePal patches differently on your glasses for rifles and pistols. That’s because you look through different parts of your glasses when shooting rifles, as opposed to pistols, and that’s what I want you to see today.
Pistol shooters tend to look more toward the center of their lenses, though I suppose it varies from person to person. Also, how the glasses fit your face will determine where you look through them. But a pistol shooter is looking straight ahead more than a rifle shooter.
EyePal Peep Sight Master Kit pistol patch
The pistol patch on my prescription glasses as used for an actual test. This photo will be better understood when compared to the next one.
When the pistol patch was installed, I had the same problem Fred reported — namely not being able to see well when I walked with my glasses on. The patch was right in the center of my optimum vision and obscured things I needed to see to navigate.
The rifle patch
In contrast, the rifle patch has a smaller peep hole and is color-coded with silver letters so you don’t mistake it with the pistol patch. I’ll talk more about its performance in a moment. For now, I want to concentrate on the placement of both patches and what they do to your vision.
The rifle shooter puts his head to the side of the stock. As a result, he tends to look through the glass lens closer to the edge that’s next to the nose bridge. A right-handed shooter puts the patch close to the left of his lens, and a left-hander does the opposite in the other lens. Also, the patch tends to be placed higher on the lens than when it’s used for pistol shooting, although it doesn’t look like it in these pictures.
EyePal Master Kit

Here you see the rifle patch as it was installed on my glasses for an actual test. Notice that it’s closer to the nose bridge and a little higher on the lens than the pistol patch.
With the rifle patch installed, I had no difficulty seeing to walk. The patch is high enough that I can look under it and get around with no problem. But each person is different, and Fred may put his patch at a different place on his glasses than I do. Or he may wear his glasses on his head differently than I do. There are many reasons the patches will go in different places, but the relationship between the rifle and pistol patch locations holds for each shooter.
There can be variables, such as the type of rifle you shoot. A 10-meter target rifle will be held more upright, and the patch will be a little lower, where a benchrest rifle gets the shooter down lower on the stock with the head leaned forward. The patch has to be higher so you can see through the peephole.
Close one eye — the big question
Most shooters close their non-sighting eye to make better sense of the sight picture when using a peep sight. Indeed, the EyePal literature shows the shooter doing this. But target shooters know this is not the way to do it! Closing the off-eye causes the peep hole to grow smaller and distort. The more you squint, the smaller and more distorted it becomes. That will ruin a fine sight picture.
I tried it both ways — the non-sighting eye held open and also with it closed. I found that the EyePal is more tolerant of closing the eye than a standard peep sight. If you continue to squint, there’s a point at which the hole will distort and close up. For the best operation, I found I could close my off-eye and find the sight picture, then open it again and hold the sight picture fine.
I’ll go into more detail when I report the guns I used the EyePal with, but I don’t want to spoil the surprises at this time. For now, let’s just say that the EyePal works for me as intended.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EyePal and the Social Media Challenge

It seems from what I understand that in order to have some markteing success in the Social Media realm, EyePal needs to have thousands of followers, likes, pins and other connections to gain presence. Also, I may be wrong in my thinking, too.

And since I don't have the skill sets and time to obtain them, I'm considering paying a commission for each EyePal kit sale generated through the website cart page. There must be a method where a revenue stream can be created through SEO services provided by those who know how to implement a program.

If you have an idea how it can be done and are interested in revenue sharing through a commission basis, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Charles L Summers

Resident Artist Studio, LLC
438 Hill Road
Boxborough MA 01719 USA

978-635-9162 (O&Fax)
978-844-3944 (C)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

EyePal Peep Sight review

EyePal® Peep Sight Kit review

"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 "combo pack" 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.