Ghost Ring Sights
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    Member CentexShooter's Avatar
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    Ghost Ring Sights

    Any experience with the Ameriglo ghost ring sights? I'm considering these for my new (to me) Glock 27. I'm over 50 and the vision isn't what it used to be, especially at night. I have conventional Trijicons on my 23 and they're OK at the range. I've always been fond of the peep sight concept and the fast target acquisition they provide on military rifles. Does that reliability carry over to the pistol sights? Is the sight picture quick to pick up?

    I'd just like the benefit of someone's experience before making the investment.

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    Senior Member Mike Barham's Avatar
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    I'm not crazy about them. True ghost ring sights can only function on rifles. This is because the closeness of the eye to the "ring" allows it to "ghost" out. This, in turn, allows the mind to subconsciously center the front sight post in the large aperture. This subconscious alignment is what makes GR sights so fast, while still providing good accuracy - the mind wants the eye to center things.

    But now put this sight on a pistol that you hold at arm's length. Instead of looking through a giant (because it's close to the eye) hole, the eye must work to find a much, much smaller hole floating unsteadily somewhere out at arm's length. Compared to GR sights on a rifle, this is like threading a needle, and much slower without very extensive practice.

    I have seen one outstanding shooter use GR sights on a revolver to very excellent effect. However, I think for most presbyopic people, things like laser sights, compact dot optics (like the Docter) and the Express Sights "Big Dot" are probably better solutions - at least if speed is a concern.
    Last edited by Mike Barham; 02-24-2008 at 05:44 AM. Reason: clarity
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    +1 in all areas; well covered, Mike.

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    Tried it. Not so good. Works on rifles, slows you down on pistols.

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