Narrow Front Sights


Gordy Wesen
April 21, 2003, 10:55 PM
The Les Baer Thunder Ranch has a narrow front sight. In your experience is this type of setup as helpful for target aquisition as it is for for precision shooting?

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April 21, 2003, 11:10 PM

April 22, 2003, 05:19 AM
i like my front sites so thin that i can barely see them

my Glock sure as hell isnt like that

April 22, 2003, 12:07 PM
I find it helpful for neither. For speed shooting I like a slightly narrow front sight, but still wider than most prefer. For precision shooting it should be as wide as possible, so that only the tiniest slivers of light show on either side.

Chris Rhines
April 22, 2003, 12:27 PM
No, and modern doctrine is rapidly moving away from narrow front sights for most kinds of shooting.

IMO, a front sight should be big. A rear sight should have a big huge notch.

- Chris

2nd Amendment
April 22, 2003, 12:40 PM
I much prefer a big blade and a huge rear notch. Set of white lines on the rear is nice too, but that's just me.

Standing Wolf
April 22, 2003, 05:34 PM
When I sight a gun, I like to see lots of empty space on both sides of the front sight, and I like a deep notch in the rear sight, too. The older my eyes get—the rest of me is still nineteen, of course, except for my right wrist—the more particular they become about iron sights.

April 22, 2003, 05:50 PM


I want a big, glowing green tritium dot falling into a comfy, wide rear notch bracketed with two glowing yellow dots! Fast, and unmistakeable!

April 22, 2003, 06:03 PM
I also like narrow front sights on rifles and handguns. I've never had a problem seeing the blades, so that's a moot point for me. I have really hard time shooting accurately beyond 15 yds while using the thick blades on most factory sight sets. My accuracy with my Glock is great to about 40-50ft, but I die on the IDPA 20yd shoots.

April 22, 2003, 07:05 PM
With age affecting close focus ( ) I find that I am with Chris Rhines here .. favoring a large, or shall we say ''generous'' rear sight notch ... I enlarged the notch on Super Blackhawk rearsight to good effect. Lets me see much more ''daylight'' and so quicker aquisition and also accuracy and consistency.

Have thought of fitting a peep sight to Blackhawk .... I like peeps best of all ..... anyone remember who makes one for retro fitting to some handguns?

El Tejon
April 22, 2003, 08:54 PM
Is the TRS narrow??? [El Tejon looks down at pistola] Well, maybe, depend on what you are comparing it to?

Had not noticed during long range shooting or up close and personal. YMMV.

I am with Trisha about differing colours. I would prefer yellow in back and green up front. However, during night drills or in skul, has not made any difference (to me). YMMV.

Trisha when you write Uncle Clint about the TRS tell him to leave that %$#@*& overtravel screw out of the trigger as well. 1. Yellow in back, 2. No ^%$@* overtravel screw. Ahhh, the struggle for "perfection".:)

April 22, 2003, 09:14 PM
I never really noticed that the TRS had a particularly narrow front sight either. Aquisition with the night sight equipped version is as fast as anything out there.

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