Need help to see the front sights


February 14, 2008, 08:22 PM
I must be getting old...Noticed that the front sight on my CZ 550 FS "disappears" in low light, so I am turning to you guys for help. I am thinking that some kind of fluorescent paint applied to the front sight would help me see it when its starting to get dark.

I do not want to change the front sights.

What type, brand, color etc paint have you used successfully? Where can I buy this type of paint?


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February 14, 2008, 08:28 PM

February 14, 2008, 08:38 PM
Ranger, thanks! Exactly what I was looking for...

February 14, 2008, 10:07 PM
I beat you to this stage in life a couple of years back. I had to paint the Bomar sights on two Kimbers. Just couldn't make the front site out easily. I ended up using up using an optic orange though I don't remember the brand of paint. It has lasted very well through all types of solvent.

February 15, 2008, 02:09 AM
Have seen paint in the Cabela's catalog which glows in the dark. Would really help at dusk.

February 15, 2008, 09:52 AM
I realize you said you do not want to change the front sight, but you might want to give New England Custom Gun a call. They offer replacement sight inserts for the CZ550 series that would allow you to keep the front sight base the way it is. Their inserts include a dot type, a couple of high-vis options, and a traditional patridge sourdough sight.

If you go with the high-vis or patridge style you would probably also want to think about replacing the rear sight blade with a square notch blade. Or, NECG also offers a ghost ring rear sight for the CZ550 that is very nice.

February 15, 2008, 10:55 AM
Have you sighted down the barrel of a rifle with a fiber optic front sight? If not try and find one to try if paint doesn't quite do it for you.

February 15, 2008, 11:45 AM
If you just want to paint the front site, check with Midway. If you want a fiber optic front site, check with Miday. I can't help it. Midway catalog just arrived. I am having so much fun. :D

Art Eatman
February 15, 2008, 01:04 PM
I wear tri-focals in aviator-style frames. To deal with iron sights, I got the eye-goggle lab to add a small insert lens at the upper inside corner of my master eye. Even 3/8" by 5/8" works; mine is slightly larger. It's the same correction as the middle part of the tri-focals; perfect out at arms' length and somewhat beyond. Razor sharp sights, very minor blurring of a target. Normal pattern of looking at the world, I never notice the add-on.

February 16, 2008, 03:02 PM
Tri-focals sound like a good idea. I've been thinking on glasses dedicated entirely for shooting and hunting, so this might be a way to go.

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