Played With Iron Sights Today

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  1. AzShooter1

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    DSC_7356_0048.jpg I've been shooting with Red Dot sights for a number of years so today I decided to put some fiber optics on my Black Mamba. I put a green fiber sight up front and a new adjustable rear sight.

    Once I had it sighted it I was very pleased with the new setup. That front sight is so bright that I had no trouble seeing it at the indoor range. It was easy to put the dot in the center of the 10 ring and to shoot it out.

    I even tried some real light ammo today to see how it would run. I shot some Wolf ME and they sure are light compared to my normal fodder but they grouped real well. Too bad they cost about $100 a brick now. I paid $40 years ago and still have a few bricks.
     
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    I have been using iron sights on handguns and rifles since I was 8 years old. I am going to be 66 in March. Here is a favorite set up of mine.

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    Clear, crisp and repeatable.
    Kevin
     
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    Wish I had bought a black mamba instead of the Smith and Wesson 41 last week. I bought the Performance center one and it would not load wolf ammo or other brands. Had to send it back to Smith and Wesson. On a good note their customer service responded to my email within the hour. Now it is a waiting game. Heck. might still get the black mamba just to compare them to the 41 model.
     
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    I shot some Wolf ME yesterday through the Black Mamba. It sure likes that stuff but it's too expensive for me to buy now. Good thing I have a couple of bricks from a few years ago.
    Sorry to hear about your 41 but Smith & Wesson will take good care of you.
     
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    If they made Tru-glo TFO’s in adjustable I’d have them on everything. For me there is no better sight. Very bright day or night, and I prefer adjustable sights whenever possible.
     
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    I feel the same about Tru-Glo TFX sights. Really nice sights, day or night.
     
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  7. Drail

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    Fiber optics are "fixed sights". They are not "iron sights". Iron sights are flat black (see StrawHat's photo). 3 dot sights are coarse and far too crude for target work.
     
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    I dunno...I've had Fiber optics that were adjustable and thus, not fixed. I've had flat black irons that were not adjustable, and thus "fixed". Not really "irons" either as they are generally steel. Most of us think of any sight that does not use glass to impose a sight picture as "irons". Sometimes those "irons" contain a plastic stick, a dot/dots of luminescent paint or tritium tubes. While three dots may be "far too crude for target work", they do work well for their intended purpose, which is fast acquisition for general purpose work.

    IMHO, a handgun is not a platform for glass of anykind, whether it be a traditional scope, a red-dot or reflex, prismatic and holographic sights. BTJM. Even my hunting revolvers have their stock irons(some have fiber optic fronts), but as I get older and my eyes continue in their downward spiral, I may have to succumb. It is what it is. Folks have different likes and different perspectives. Kinda what makes things interesting and gives these types of forums a purpose.
     
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    There is Terminology of which I disagree with. An example would be "Iron-sights". To me it is a misnomer. But I see it employed in different shooting periodicals by so called knowledgeable writers.
     
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    Grew up using iron's. Tried different scopes and red dots. They are ok. Still prefer iron's. Might change shortly as my eyes are starting to go.
     
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    For Steel Challenge competition you either shoot RFPO or RFPI. If it doesn't have a red dot it is IRON>
     
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    I really want to try a red dot or reflex type sight on a pistol. However, each one I try is blurry, so for now I'm just using iron sights. It's pretty amazing what can be done with a good set of open sights.
     
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    I’d love one of the Volquartsen factory pistols, they make some amazing stuff indeed!

    I put exact edge extractors in all of my Ruger pistols and 10-22 rifles, so far 100 pct reliable. The kits are easy to put in, the hardest part is getting the old extractors out. (You may need a vise to hold the bolt while it’s wiggled out.)

    I also did a Volquartsen accurizing trigger/hammer kit in my Mark IV. That made the so-so Mk IV stock trigger system into one amazingly light and crisp shooting machine. I can just imagine how nicely your Mamba shoots with the full treatment :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
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    The battle for we codgers to see the damned sights. Our late range officer goobered all sorts of paint on his, and I've been putting fiber optic fronts on about anything.
    Went to tang sights on all my lever guns; a peep really works for oldsters (and others) who like irons.
    It's especially effective on trapper length carbines, which have a really short sight radius with a barrel mounted rear sight.
    Moon
     
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    What is it that you disagree with?
     
  16. Drail

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    Egg Zactly right!
     
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    Maybe we can call them "non optical". Or, "noptics". A new thing to argue over.
    To me, if it isn't optical it is iron.
     
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    Back in my muzzle loading days there were three classes, optical sights on the slug guns, and either open sights of ams any metallic which allowed aperture (peep) sights.
     
  19. Pete D.

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    Metallic sights? Open sights?
    NRA precision pistol has a metallic sight class. No ghost rings or apertures.
    Smallbore prone rifle has two classes..Any sight and metallic sight. Apertures permitted.
     
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