Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by UncleEd, Oct 15, 2021.
discusses changes in pistol sights
and in particular how red dot sights
can be a handicap.
There was once an electrically illuminated handgun sight set. Before I had ever heard of an LED, maybe it used grain of wheat bulbs like the Oxford Illuminated Gun Sight. There was a lamp under a red ramp insert and another in kind of a bustle to shine on the white outlined rear notch. The battery was buried in the grip and fine wires ran in grooves milled in frame and barrel. The version for automatics had a sliding contact that made up when the slide was in battery.
Not being a YouTuber I will have to imagine, but a lot older guys are going to red dots to augment declining vision.
A friend who has gone all red dot says if his battery fails at the worst possible moment, he can frame the assailant in the window well enough for torso hits.
I'm 61, eyes aren't what they used to be, but I can still see my sights fine. Your friend believes he can frame an assailant in a dark house? Turning on lights makes him an easier target as well as illuminating the assailant.
If there is enough light to positively identify your target, there is enough light to frame your assilant. It's the same reason night sights aren't as useful "in the dark" as many folks believe
The LED lined up with fiber optic lines that were clipped into grooves in the slide and fed light into the front and rear sights.
Battery life in a set-up like this would extend into decades, and battery or system failure would be unlikely to be a serious problem.
Also, using the light would be a positive indicator that the safety is off.
-Then I got out of weapons design and went into other fields.
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