View Poll Results: What type of sights do you prefer on a handgun?

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  • Stock white dot fixed

    21 11.11%
  • Stock white dot adjustible

    20 10.58%
  • Night Sights

    121 64.02%
  • Black Sights

    9 4.76%
  • Fiber Optics

    17 8.99%
  • XS Sights

    1 0.53%
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    If I'd been able to go to the dang gun show this last weekend I probably could have answered all my questions as well as been able to do some visual comparisons. The little bitty sights on my stock Defender are just a one click above not having any. I will check closely the dovetail specs. for the rear sight. The front sight is staked in so I may have to have somebody put it on. How much trouble is removing and replacing a "staked in" front sight?

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    On a 1911, the staked front sight can be tricky - it can go south really fast if you're not careful - so I'd recommend smith installation for that. There are even special tools out there for it, if that's any indication as to what's involved.

    Also, I recall the XS has a few different dovetail sizes available for 1911's - if you can't find an exact match, go for a little bigger and the same smith should be able to make them fit, provided that the angles are the same.

    If it's a box-stock Defender slide, and XS doesn't list it specifically, give em a call and they should be able to help you figure it out.

    All the XS sights I've gotten have been slightly oversize and required minor fitting, but that's to be expected. Overall, their QC seems to be pretty good - and it's better to have extra meat to work with than not enough..

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    Well, seeing them in person and using them while shooting are 2 different things. I won't deviate from standard sites w/o actually trying any other type of sights out first - that's what I meant.

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    Thanks for the info. I visited the website and it appears there is one listed for the Defender. I'm going to try to get to the Austin gun show coming up in a week or two and fondle some guns with those sights in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Well, seeing them in person and using them while shooting are 2 different things. I won't deviate from standard sites w/o actually trying any other type of sights out first - that's what I meant.
    I hear ya - I can't quite describe it, but for me at least, I didn't need to actually shoot with them first, just seeing the sight picture was enough - I could actually percieve that they were the ticket for me, it just kinda clicked. It's like my eye's said "Oh yeah, that's what I need!"

    But to each his or her own, I've heard of other that can never get used to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie
    The front sight is staked in so I may have to have somebody put it on. How much trouble is removing and replacing a "staked in" front sight?
    It's pretty easy to swap out if you have some coordination and a few tools. You will need a front sight staking tool, Brownells sells them. Let me know if you need more info.

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    Info later. Primary concern = coordination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie
    Info later. Primary concern = coordination.
    Thats what I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400
    Depends on the gun, you need a mulitple choice poll.

    Also depends on the use of the firearm in question. I would not want adjustable sights on a carry piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriMule
    Also depends on the use of the firearm in question. I would not want adjustable sights on a carry piece.

    +1 on that! UNLESS they are the MMC sights.

    I think it was mentioned before.......its awful comforting when you wake to a bump in the night, to look over on the night stand and see 3 little glowing dots....

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    My eyes prefer the plain Novak rear sight and a white dot in the front. My eyes also like the rear sight opened up so I can see light around the front sight. Regards, Richard

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    I realized some people would state "it depends on the gun," or offer other reasons to vote for more than one type. But, I was talking in general terms guys.

    OVERALL, what do you prefer?

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    I have the Fiber Optic on my CCW. I like it a lot. It shows up good in low light and works good in full daylight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P97
    I have the Fiber Optic on my CCW. I like it a lot. It shows up good in low light and works good in full daylight also.
    Is that a change a user can do, or does it need to be done by a smith?

    One thing I like about the P99 is that the user can make all sight changes/adjustments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    Is that a change a user can do, or does it need to be done by a smith?

    One thing I like about the P99 is that the user can make all sight changes/adjustments.
    Anyone can do it. Just have to have a small punch to knock out the pins that hold the front blade in, and replace them after putting in the new blade. Several companies handle the sights for a variety of guns.

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    Bump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderhawk
    If the weapon is for self-defense then sight may not matter. Mr Badguy will probably be too close for sights.
    yep, what he said..... :smt003 But I did vote for night, rather have them & not need them yada,yada, yada......

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    I like the adjustable white dots. I had night sights until I got a chance to see a set under night vision. Might as well have a huge neon arrow that says "Here I am!"

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    Talking Lazers

    Lets get things rolling again. What about lazer sights?? I think their great and they work for me on a Ruger SP-101..

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    Nights Sight without a question.......

    If they make them.......I have them......

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