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Nickel GI sights?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by g_one, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. g_one

    g_one Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    So I'm looking at the RIA polished nickel .38 Super GI. My question is, for anyone that owns/has shot one, how does having polished nickel sights work? Glare? Easier or more difficult target acquisition?

    On a somewhat related note, is this thing really the bright shiny "hey look at me" in dimly lit rooms that it seems it would be?
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    In any bright light, you get bad reflections off the sights.
    Target shooters even use carbide lights or a spray on sight blackener on black sights for a reason and that's to cut down on any possible reflection.
    In bright sunlight nickel sights are pretty unusable.
    In dimmer light they're more or less at least usable.

    Some police used to deliberately carry nickel plated guns because they WANTED it to stand out in a dark room.
    They claimed that they didn't want anyone not to notice that the cop was ready to shoot them.
    Whether this is a good idea is open to much debate.

    Bottom line, a nickel gun with nickel sights gleams and glistens in most any light.
    The sights can be darkened with paint, and at least the rear sight can be replaced with a black sight.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    What he said.

    Maybe pretty to look at for some people, but not while you are trying to hit anything with it!

    I'm a Black Sights man, dating from Army AMU pistol competition in the late 1960's.

    I can GayRonTeeYa I, or anyone else, would have ever got on the 5th. Army AMU pistol team with shiny nickel sights !!


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