Blacken front sight


March 27, 2003, 07:50 AM
I have been studing the techniques for HP matches and have come across statements about blackening the front sight. What is this and how is it done with an AR15?

Thanks for your response


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March 27, 2003, 10:10 AM
Blackening the front site improves its contrast and keeps it from reflecting sunlight. That helps you focus on the front sight and shoot more accurately.

Champion's Choice and others sell sight black that you can spray on the front site. You might be able to find it at better gun stores as well. Some folks use a carbide lamp, but those are harder to find.

March 27, 2003, 10:12 AM
There are various "Sight Black" sprays on the market, and I'm assuming you just use a brief shot of it on the sight. An old (and cheap) trick is to simply use a lighter or a match, and hold the flame on the sight for a few seconds. Since the sight is metal, it won't be damaged, but the flame deposits a thin layer of soot.

The idea is to get a nice, flat black surface, which makes the sight stand out more against the target.

March 27, 2003, 10:22 AM
As an old "National Match" shooter, I had a carbide lamp in my gun box for years and used it too. It was most appreciated on sunny days at outside ranges. Made the black front sight blacker and opague (no shine). Quantrill

Steve Smith
March 27, 2003, 10:23 AM
A cigarette lighter won't give a true black coating. There are some sprays like Champion's sells, and there are carbide smokers. Personally, I like the Ray-Vin smoker from . It is MUCH better than the old Gun Smoke brand. Here's a pic.

April 4, 2003, 05:30 PM
In a pinch i used to carry a tiny vial of olive oil and a piece of parer towel or a patch in my box. Dip the patch/paper, whatever in the olive oli and light it. It produces a pretty good black smoke.

I use a gunsmoke carbide lamp and will do so until I get around to getting a Ray-Vin.

The spray stuff isn't really as good as smoke. The USAMU guys call it 'sight grey'.

Steve Smith
April 5, 2003, 05:28 PM
Hey Piccolo, good to see you here, man!

BTW, guys, a burning MRE spoon works well too.

December 28, 2009, 09:46 PM
"BTW, guys, a burning MRE spoon works well too."
haha. nice.

sgt gray
December 28, 2009, 11:46 PM
If you have never used sight black before make absolutely sure you clean it all off when done shooting. If you don't and then reapply, you end up with several layers of sight black, which causes your front sight post to get taller and taller and taller.

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