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How accurate are fiber optic dot sights?

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by bushmaster1313, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Member

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    I just replaced the iron sights of a carbine pump action rifle with fiber optic sights, front and rear. On a cloudy morning in the backyard the dots were bright and clear. Have yet to take them to the range.

    Compared to real iron sights, which can be quite accurate if your eyes can focus that close, how accurate can guns be shot lining up the three dots:

    The dots look something like this:

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  2. Hokie_PhD

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    I’m not quite sure I understand the question. It seems to me that if you can focus on the sights as long as they’re well made and installed properly, they’ll be as accurate as you can shoot.

    Personally I prefer them over the stock iron ones. People will debate colors, but if you get some like the Hi Viz that I have on my M&P you can change them until you figure which colors work best for you. Also some are glow in the dark and that helps an awful lot in low light.
     
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    I have that color scheme on a Shield and really like them, I had rear greens and a front red on a 30-30 rifle and I never could pick up the rear sight on the tang to be able to shoot it well.
     
  4. ewlyon

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    When I shoot with fiber optics I don't line up the dots I still focus on the top edge of the front sight and just use the fiber optic to essentially help find the front sight quickly. I generally don't like them as much on rifles, but on pistols a fiber optic front and a plain black rear is becoming my go-to
     
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  5. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Member

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    I don’t think the accuracy is any different then similarly sized iron sights, they’re just easier to see sometimes.
     
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    I'm pretty much the same, if I'm shooting for pure accuracy I don't really pay any attention to the fiber optic. Only low light/speed stuff then they're great.
     
  7. frogfurr

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    The same for me. On pistols a fiber front and flat black rear. Fiber front and fiber rear works well on my turkey shotgun. I wouldn't care for a fiber anything on a rifle.
     
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    For me, the brightness of the fiber optic washes out the target.
     
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  9. Skylerbone

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    The important factor to me in choosing irons for a rifle is front blade width vs rear notch width. You really stand the same mechanical chance of hitting the target with or without FO but what works for your eyes makes the difference.

    Me, I prefer a serrated black rear and a front that fills it. Most times it’s a gold bead or FO front sight on a pistol, all black on a rifle.
     
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