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10/22 Night Sights

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Arbor, Apr 6, 2009.

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  1. Arbor

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    I would like to get some night sights for my 10/22, the standard black ones are really hard to see in low light conditions. It seems like tritium and fiber-optics are the norm for night sights, with tritium being preferred.

    So far I found these (Truglo 10/22 night sights), and I'll probably buy them if no one has any other suggestions etc.

    Ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. desidog

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    Red-dot?
     
  3. Arbor

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    I considered it, but

    -Price
    -Batteries
    -Durability
    -No prior experience with red dots
     
  4. benzy2

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    What are you using the rifle for? I've listened to a lot of people who don't like night sights. They make the argument that if you can't see your sights you can't see your target.
     
  5. Arbor

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    Shooting varmints etc around the farm at dusk. Seeing the sights is a lot harder than seeing the target, just in my experience.
     
  6. benzy2

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    I just meant that tritium really benefits in dark situations where fiber optics don't have enough light to be bright. At that point you really can't see the target well either, if at all. For the price difference between what a lot of tritium sights cost its hard to go with them over a set of fiber optics.

    There are plenty of red dot sights out there as well. If they aren't what you want skip them but my 10-22 that I hunt with carries one and since I switched to it I have done very well and enjoyed using it. If you need something without a battery I would probably look at fiber optic sights.
     
  7. Arbor

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    What type of red dot are you using benzy?

    I've never even used a red dot before, so I plead ignorance in that regard.
     
  8. benzy2

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    Mine is a cheap reflex version. If I had to do it over I would have gone for the same design but Japan made. The only problem I have encountered is that it was a pain to get sighted in. After it was set it has held zero well. I hear the Japan made versions are a big step above the China made versions in the quality department. Its very quick on a 10-22. It is faster than iron sights and is much lighter and faster than a scope. I have tried all three and at 22lr hunting distances I find it works the best overall in that it is quick and light.
     
  9. Avenger29

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    The only option I know of is to mount a set of TechSIGHTs to your rifle and replace the front sight post with a tritium FSP made for AR-15s

    Don't buy a rear tritium sight. Only the front. Those sights linked to in the OP are fiber optic only and useless in complete darkness.

    Or a reddot sight as previously mentioned.
     
  10. Iansstud

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    get an ACOG...:evil:
     
  11. Arbor

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    So if I ordered those fiber optic sights I linked, I could then replace the front post with a tritium sight?

    My only problem with TechSIGHTs is that they appear to be the peep variety.. I can't stand peep sights.

    Thanks
     
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    NO. The Techsights has a front sight base that replicates an AR-15/M-16 style front sight base and uses the same front sight posts (of which they are several).

    If you can't stand peep sights, then you are SOL (as far as irons go) unless you can get somebody to mount a tritium lamp in a standard front sight. The TechSIGHT front sight base is higher than the factory base.

    How much experience do you have with peep sights and why do you hate them? Most everyone I know loves them.

    Barring that option, get a reddot of halfway decent quality. Take a look at the Vortex Strikefire and ditch the optical doubler. There's a couple of other reddots in the $100-150 range that are acceptable for this use. (Just not anything made by BSA)
     
  13. JImbothefiveth

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    A target is easier to see than sights.

    Try a cheap red dot. It won't be the best, just give you some idea of what they are like.
     
  14. ArmedBear

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    I put fiberoptic sights on my 10/22 when I had it.

    This was a mistake.

    At indoor ranges, the direction and location of the lights generally did not cause the fiberoptics to glow. Outdoors, the things were too bright, and I wished I hadn't boogered up the stock sights.

    Also, with a scope outdoors, the glowing front sight was distracting.

    Bottom line? They didn't work very well.

    I'd spend the money on a scope, or red dot if you want, instead.

    To contradict myself, however... I never liked the 10/22 carbine stock with a scope. It doesn't fit right. Felt GREAT with irons, terrible with a scope.

    That's why I sold the 10/22. Between reliability problems, accuracy issues, and poor fit with a scope, I had to choose between pouring money into the thing or selling it. I never shot it, once I got some other .22s So I sold it.

    Still, the fiber sights did not do what I wanted them to, and they cost me 25 bucks and were a PITA to install. Ruger dovetails can be TIGHT!
     
  15. benzy2

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    Buy what you want. I still think tritium is a waste.
     
  16. Arbor

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    I have tried them on a couple different rifles, and I felt like they blocked too much of the target at closer ranges.

    Sounds like a proper red dot optic would be the best.

    As far as front sights, though, do I have to buy 10/22 specific sights, or will any 3/8" dovetail do?
     
  17. ArmedBear

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    Agreed.

    I missed that you wanted the Tritium TruGlos.

    They do work. I have some similar sights on a pistol. But they block as much of the target as any other fiber sights, which is to say, on a rifle, FAR too much.

    They're also expensive. I'd rather have the Nikon 4x32 scope for 100 bucks.
     
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