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Handgun sight preference

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by XLMiguel, Oct 3, 2003.

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Handgun Sighting systems - Your preference?

  1. Iron sights in basic black

    40 vote(s)
    32.8%
  2. Three dot

    52 vote(s)
    42.6%
  3. Dot-the-"i"

    18 vote(s)
    14.8%
  4. Express-style (e.g. XS/Ashley shallow-V rear, bead front)

    6 vote(s)
    4.9%
  5. Fiber optic

    6 vote(s)
    4.9%
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  1. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Member

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    I have a variety of sighting systems on the handguns I own. For fast acquisition and reasonable [combat] accuracy, I do well with the express-stye and fiber optic. For straight accuracy, I do best with dot-the-i followed by fiber optic (with MMC target rear), then three dot. Basic black is OK outdoors, but I don't like them indoors against a dark target.

    What's your preference and why?
     
  2. laynlow

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    I use three dot Dawson fiber optics on my competition/training gun and three dot Meps on my carry gun.

    The dawson's are adjustable and a great choice for my 34. As one person put it, "these sights look like the Las Vegas strip!" They are very fast sights. For my carry gun I just like Meps for all the obvious reasons.

    AND, I was the first to vote! :D
     
  3. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Iron, black.
    Adjustable for target work.
    Itty bitty non snaging for carry. (Like 1911)

    Sam
     
  4. 10-Ring

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    I've gotten use to 3-dot sights...I like the contrast when the background or target colors change.
     
  5. Keith

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    A couple of years ago on TFL, I posted a long note about my experiences with fiber optic sights on a Kimber Compact.
    The thread got some legs, but not one person could be found that was using fiber optics - other than myself, of course.
    A lot of people couldn't even understand why anyone would want such a system and the more I tried to explain the advantages, the more opposed to the idea they became.

    It looks like they are finally starting to catch on. I said then, and I still say today that on a DEFENSE pistol, these fiber optic sights are the best thing to come along in a long time.

    Keith
     
  6. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    I follow Sam on this.
     
  7. Poohgyrr

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    Hmmm, I like Tri Jicons on my autoloaders. Somehow, my stock S&W revolver sights don't bother me. For stock auto sights, the Hi Power MKIII's and Glocks work well for me, although I do prefer those night sights.
     
  8. Zach S

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    I like three dot. Against a dark target my black iron sights dont do much good for me, unless I spin my target around to look at the blank (white) back of it, I shoot better with my LDA than with my Kimber, and the Kimber is the more accurate of the two.

    I'd like to try ashleys though.
     
  9. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Three dot, tritium.
     
  10. Andrew Wyatt

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    Iron, black, non adjustable because they seem to adjust when you don't want them to.
     
  11. KahrKarrier

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    Three dot Trijicons on both my Kahrs and my Glock 33. They stay bright and clear 24/7.
     
  12. farscott

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    My choice is the black-on-black with a post front sight. My eyes need all the help they can get to sharply resolve the front sight, and the white dots seem to make focusing more difficult.
     
  13. DMK

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    I like the bar dot, not dot the "i", but a dot over a bar "-".

    I also like the dot over the dot on the Kel-tec P-32.
     
  14. ChickenHawk

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    Yikes, I love my P32 but I would never call those sights! :D

    I like the three dot type.

    Cheers,
    ChickenHawk
     
  15. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I like a tall, narrow Patridge sight up front and a deeply notched, fully adjustable rear sight on my target guns—or else red dot scopes for the sake of my aging eye.
     
  16. Stevie-Ray

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    Another for 3 dot tritium
     
  17. sm

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    Another in agreement with Sam.
     
  18. denfoote

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    Novak Low Mount sights on my 1911.
     
  19. caz223

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    Basically, I agree with sam.
    I prefer non-snag 'dot the eye' sights for carry, 3 dot nights for HD, basic black for 25-50 yard target work, and kieth type sights for long range shooting.
    Didn't vote.
     
  20. STEVE M

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    A good set of black on black fixed sights for duty / carry, Bo-Mar's for gun

    that you will be changing loads in.
     
  21. XLMiguel

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    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I find I can shoot decently with any system when I'm on the range, taking my time, I can pretty much figure it out. However, when I'm practicing quick target acquisition (defensive) shooting, I'm quickest with the Express set-up or fiber optic followed by dot-the-"i". I guess it boils down to the notion that I can do vertical alignment quicker than horizontal (i.e. three dot). The other factor is my over-50 bifocal eyes are well served by the big dot/glowing dot. Regardless of the sights, though, I believe that its practice, practice, practice.
     
  22. Black Snowman

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    I didn't vote because I haven't tried all those and I've seen a couple others that I like that weren't on the list.

    I really like the new Steyr /^\ style sights although I've only tried them briefly. Of the guns I have and use regularly the DoubleRings from JP Customs are my current favorites. With my Glock 24P equiped with them I get fast aquistion in speed shooting and get 3-4" 10 shot groups at 25 yards unsupported.

    I'm a fan of dot sights but that's obviously not in the realm of what we're comparing :)
     
  23. Zundfolge

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    Ditto here ... I really wish Steyr would start making them for other guns (or license the design to Novak or another sight maker).

    If only I could get /^\ night sights for my M40.
     
  24. Island Beretta

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    3 dots all the way. My eyes pickup the dots alignment quicker and guides my hands to middle that front dot in the rear sight notch almost automatically.

    I find the dot on i to give an accurate sight picture too though not as fast for me as 3 dots.
     
  25. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    I used to like 3dot, and 3dot tritium sights.

    Then I started shooting IPSC. Now I find that a basic black sight picture like you get with Heinies or Bomars is better at speed than 3dot. For self-defense pistols, I now get a tritum dot without the white outline on the front sight.

    -z
     
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