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Best color to paint front sight for shooting at black targets

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by LoneStarWings, Jun 4, 2009.

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  1. LoneStarWings

    LoneStarWings Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    I am considering painting my front sight because I shoot at black targets a lot, often at indoor ranges (relatively low-light). I will probably only paint the tip of the sight, maybe the top 1/16".

    I know most people advocate blacking out or smoking their front sights for target shooting, but I have problems contrasting a black sight against a black target in anything but direct sunlight.

    I am thinking this color would be good:


    My concern is that it would be too reflective in bright sunlight. Should I go for a darker green? I hve green tritium sights on my pistol and they seem to work well.

  2. sniper5

    sniper5 Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    If you are shooting bullseye targets set the black bull on top of the black blade and adjust the sights to shoot the center of the bull (6 o'clock hold). For this type of shooting black rear, black front, black bull on white background. If you want to hold on the center of the bull, try a Hi-Viz or Firesight or some other fiberoptic and select a color of fiberoptic tube that gives good contrast.
  3. everallm

    everallm Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    The human eye perceives more shades and hues of green than any other colour so the colour is a good choice. Matte as oppose to high gloss should help the glare issue.

    A fluorescent green paint from a modelling kit may assist in indoor ranges and relatively cheap.
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