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Speaking of sights ....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Nushif, Sep 9, 2010.

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  1. Nushif

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    I have a G26. I love it.

    That being said, the dot on the front sight is just not enough. As a matter of fact *any* dot isn't enough. I use this gun as exclusively a SD gun and close to midrange shooter, so I don't need long distance capabilities.
    Thus far I always painted my front sight a bright white and then covered it in one coat of fluorescent yellow. but this keeps chipping off and the like. Is there a more permanent solution to making a more visible and "quick accuracy" front sight?

    Please do tell, because I'm tired of painting my front sights.
     
  2. John Wayne

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    If you want to keep it cheap and are happy with the sight picture of your painted sights, I would imagine simply applying a coat of clear varnish or nail polish over the paint would help it last much longer.

    There are many styles of quick acquisition sights available for the Glock though, but they cost upwards of $100. Styles include ghost-ring style apetures, safari-style express sights, and even some weird-looking triangle thing.

    Most people generally agree that the dot on the Glock sights is pretty big. The XS Big Dot sights are the only thing bigger that I can think of...and most people argue that if if you need sights that big, you are shooting at a distance where speed is more important that using the sights anyway.
     
  3. Nushif

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    Truth, I guess. I guess I was just hoping for some sort of ... I don't even know.

    That being said I will hand off my gun to the designated sights person of the house ... being my wife. She'll apply that coat of nail polish and then make them all pretty ... like she's done to all my guns.
     
  4. Skylerbone

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    Not sure if they're still plastic but if they are, you may be in luck.

    I recently replaced the sights on two of my M&Ps with Dawson Precision fiber optics and ordered some extra FO tubes. Since the sights were just collecting dust anyway I decided to put drill press to dot then mill out the top and presto, had a sight to put fiber optic through and mount on my third M&P.

    In reality, it wasn't that simple. The sight on the M&P was made of Cryptonite or something and drilling it took some doing. If the Glock site is plastic though... you might consider trying it with a hand-held drill and a Dremel to hawg out the top (for light to hit the tube). You'll want a back-up plan in case it goes south unless you like trench sights.
    Otherwise, I would suggest a little sand paper to rough up the surface to be painted then a trip to the craft isle at Wal Mart for a paint marker. They come in lime green, white, hot pink, you get the picture.

    If all that fails, there's always aftermarket support....Good luck, hope this helps.
     
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    XS BigDot.


    Go big or go home.
     
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    Nushif, instead of hard paint that chips, why not glue a piece of bright plastic over the factory plastic front sight? BTW, the white "dot" is actually a piece of white plastic rod inside the black plastic front sight (in one of defensive training classes, the range master made us take off our front sights so we wouldn't "cheat" doing instinctive point-shooting inside the shoot-house - he told us about the Glock front sight white plastic rod thing). :rolleyes:

    You can use a razor blade to cut any white plastic piece/sheet to size and some crazy glue - presto, bright front sight that won't chip! :D

    If you don't like it or want a different color, razor blade that plastic piece off and glue another colored piece.
     
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    He made the students remove their front sights?
     
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    Yup, it was a specialized instinctive point-shooting class where we used USPSA-like mock ups and low light shooting. Many of the shooters had been drilled with "front sight flash" and some of us had night sights that got distracting to the shooting objective. We all ended up removing our front sights. The range master (who taught SWAT/PD/SD) pointed out that often SD/HD shooting situations will occur during low light situation and you must maintain full visual on the target(s) and NOT on your sights.

    Incidentally, I mentioned this to the local USPSA club during the next monthly stage setup and they thought it was interesting. The following month targets and shoot-house setup for the match was adjusted (many close-range clustered targets and forced shooting setup around cover/obstacles where use of front sight was not feasible). I actually ran the stages twice, once with the front sight and next without the front sight. It was eye opening and very "practical" and more IDPA-like target setup was permanently incorporated into future staging.

    OK, back to OP.
     
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    Was this a Glock only class? No way did people remove HK/XD/Beretta/1911/red threadlocked aftermarket Glock sights/Etc.
     
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    Yes, all the participants used Glocks (their own or range rentals) as front sight is very easy to remove.
     
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    op, if you are not against getting a new set of sights all togther, the xs big dot sights i think would meet your criteria quite well.

    classes i have been too and or seen they have taped over the sights but i have never been to a course where they had you take the sight off, i would not do that.

    with that said, the Combat Focus shooting system is an intuitive shooting course, and we never taped sights, removed them etc. didn't need too. if you are not grown up enough to not look at the the sights that is your problem, you are the one that is not getting the most out of the training there is no need to remove sights from guns.
     
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