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Man, it sucks to get old... It really gets harder to use handgun sights as you get older.

I picked up a new Gen 4 Glock 17 about 2 weeks ago. And, I finally got my 2 dot Warren Sevigny sights in over the weekend. So, I brought the slide to the local gun shop today, and I had them put the sights on the G17 slide.

Now, I had a 4th Gen Glock 17 that I used for USPSA a few times about 6.5 years ago. And, I had these exact sights. And, they were awesome. I missed that gun. So, I tracked down a new 4th Gen Glock 17 (not easy to do, as they are making 5th gen models now), and got the exact same sights installed... Basically trying to recreate the same gun...

Gun shot well today, but I don't love these sights as much as I did 6.5 years ago.

The 2 dot sights are similar to the ones on the Dan Wesson 1911s. Instead of 3 dot sights - lining them up horizontally. You line up 2 dots, vertically. Back in early 2015, the sights were fast and accurate for me. I preferred them to anything else at the time... I LOVED them on a few Dan Wessons I have previously owned. But that was several years ago.

Fast forward to age 49. I have noticed for a while now that I have a bit of a hard time seeing the outside outline of the front sight. Not the dot - but the top and outer side edges of the front sight at the indoor range. So, even when I line up all the dots, I don't always have the front sight perfectly centered in the rear notch - causing me to shoot a little to the side (1 way or the other)...

Now, I find myself loving the Ameriglo sights with the orange circle around the front tritium now. I have them on two other Glocks. And, when I had a Beretta APX, I had those sights put on that gun as well. That orange front dot around the tritium doesn't solve the problem of seeing the outer edges of the front sight, but it does make the front sight stand out a bit more.

Now, I find myself wishing I had just bought another set of Ameriglo Bold sights, and had them installed. But, I paid $130 for these Warren sights, plus $15 for the install. And, the gun shot well. I just don't like the 2 dot sights as much, now that my eye sight is slightly worse...

I did compare the gun back to back with a Glock 19 with the Ameriglo Bold sights. I shot the G17 a tad better. Not much, but a tiny bit. But damn if I didn't have to work for it - straining my eyes.

I swore I would never get into red dot optics on handguns. I just don't care for them. But, I can see that this is in my future in another 10 years. Just a matter of time....
 

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Man, it sucks to get old... It really gets harder to use handgun sights as you get older.

I picked up a new Gen 4 Glock 17 about 2 weeks ago. And, I finally got my 2 dot Warren Sevigny sights in over the weekend. So, I brought the slide to the local gun shop today, and I had them put the sights on the G17 slide.

Now, I had a 4th Gen Glock 17 that I used for USPSA a few times about 6.5 years ago. And, I had these exact sights. And, they were awesome. I missed that gun. So, I tracked down a new 4th Gen Glock 17 (not easy to do, as they are making 5th gen models now), and got the exact same sights installed... Basically trying to recreate the same gun...

Gun shot well today, but I don't love these sights as much as I did 6.5 years ago.

The 2 dot sights are similar to the ones on the Dan Wesson 1911s. Instead of 3 dot sights - lining them up horizontally. You line up 2 dots, vertically. Back in early 2015, the sights were fast and accurate for me. I preferred them to anything else at the time... I LOVED them on a few Dan Wessons I have previously owned. But that was several years ago.

Fast forward to age 49. I have noticed for a while now that I have a bit of a hard time seeing the outside outline of the front sight. Not the dot - but the top and outer side edges of the front sight at the indoor range. So, even when I line up all the dots, I don't always have the front sight perfectly centered in the rear notch - causing me to shoot a little to the side (1 way or the other)...

Now, I find myself loving the Ameriglo sights with the orange circle around the front tritium now. I have them on two other Glocks. And, when I had a Beretta APX, I had those sights put on that gun as well. That orange front dot around the tritium doesn't solve the problem of seeing the outer edges of the front sight, but it does make the front sight stand out a bit more.

Now, I find myself wishing I had just bought another set of Ameriglo Bold sights, and had them installed. But, I paid $130 for these Warren sights, plus $15 for the install. And, the gun shot well. I just don't like the 2 dot sights as much, now that my eye sight is slightly worse...

I did compare the gun back to back with a Glock 19 with the Ameriglo Bold sights. I shot the G17 a tad better. Not much, but a tiny bit. But damn if I didn't
Man, it sucks to get old... It really gets harder to use handgun sights as you get older.

I picked up a new Gen 4 Glock 17 about 2 weeks ago. And, I finally got my 2 dot Warren Sevigny sights in over the weekend. So, I brought the slide to the local gun shop today, and I had them put the sights on the G17 slide.

Now, I had a 4th Gen Glock 17 that I used for USPSA a few times about 6.5 years ago. And, I had these exact sights. And, they were awesome. I missed that gun. So, I tracked down a new 4th Gen Glock 17 (not easy to do, as they are making 5th gen models now), and got the exact same sights installed... Basically trying to recreate the same gun...

Gun shot well today, but I don't love these sights as much as I did 6.5 years ago.

The 2 dot sights are similar to the ones on the Dan Wesson 1911s. Instead of 3 dot sights - lining them up horizontally. You line up 2 dots, vertically. Back in early 2015, the sights were fast and accurate for me. I preferred them to anything else at the time... I LOVED them on a few Dan Wessons I have previously owned. But that was several years ago.

Fast forward to age 49. I have noticed for a while now that I have a bit of a hard time seeing the outside outline of the front sight. Not the dot - but the top and outer side edges of the front sight at the indoor range. So, even when I line up all the dots, I don't always have the front sight perfectly centered in the rear notch - causing me to shoot a little to the side (1 way or the other)...

Now, I find myself loving the Ameriglo sights with the orange circle around the front tritium now. I have them on two other Glocks. And, when I had a Beretta APX, I had those sights put on that gun as well. That orange front dot around the tritium doesn't solve the problem of seeing the outer edges of the front sight, but it does make the front sight stand out a bit more.

Now, I find myself wishing I had just bought another set of Ameriglo Bold sights, and had them installed. But, I paid $130 for these Warren sights, plus $15 for the install. And, the gun shot well. I just don't like the 2 dot sights as much, now that my eye sight is slightly worse...

I did compare the gun back to back with a Glock 19 with the Ameriglo Bold sights. I shot the G17 a tad better. Not much, but a tiny bit. But damn if I didn't have to work for it - straining my eyes.

I swore I would never get into red dot optics on handguns. I just don't care for them. But, I can see that this is in my future in another 10 years. Just a matter of time....
I have seen a slight decline visually creeping up. Sucks but I will be fine.
Point-shoot practice using my Laser-Lyte cartridge and Crimson Trace Laser Grip together make the night sights almost redundant. Bullseye shooting? nope
 

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When I repeated the " Getting Old Sucks" mantra the other day ... My Daughter looked up at me and said
" Dad ...not getting any older sucks more ! " Yeah ... I guess she's got something ... I hadn't thought of it that way .
All us old guys just gotta Keep On Keeping On !
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I've only been shooting for a few months and am definitely on the older side, as many I know who are my age are retired. I also have a shaky hand, strained thumb, bad astigmatism, and a bad back. Yet shooting has become a hobby I've really come to love. I know I'll never be a real precision shooter, nor an action competitor. I look on in wonder at the guys at the range who get 1 inch groups at 20-25 yards. But I'm just happy to have this chance to enjoy a new sport at whatever level I manage. And everytime I beat my own recent performances and tighten up my shots, I dont have time to think that I would have been much better had I begun this hobby 40 years ago (when I certainly wouldn't have been able to afford to shoot). So at least there's that. Money's easier now than it used to be.
 

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I agree with everything said here and I also have a hard time seeing the sights. There is a front sight called the Big Dot that I am looking into for my EDC. I saw one on a gun for sale a while back and it really makes a difference. They are also Tritium so that helps with night use.
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I actually have a lightly used (< 2 months) Big Dot complete with a brand new rear sight that I want to sell. PM me if interested. Although the original worked well, the rear sight was loose so the company sent me a new rear sight under warranty. Before I could install it, I ended up milling my gun for a dot and needed suppressor height sights, so the front is slightly used and the rear is brand new.
 

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I actually have a lightly used (< 2 months) Big Dot complete with a brand new rear sight that I want to sell. PM me if interested. Although the original worked well, the rear sight was loose so the company sent me a new rear sight under warranty. Before I could install it, I ended up milling my gun for a dot and needed suppressor height sights, so the front is slightly used and the rear is brand new.
What kind of gun are the sights for?
 

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I hear ya....
I always try a few bulls eye shots when I go to the range. But after a few mags I revert to draw and shoot- where draw-point-bang pretty fast. I try 2 in the torso and 1 in the head.
 

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I agree with everything said here and I also have a hard time seeing the sights. There is a front sight called the Big Dot that I am looking into for my EDC. I saw one on a gun for sale a while back and it really makes a difference. They are also Tritium so that helps with night use.
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Many, many years ago, I had a Dan Wesson 1911 that came with these sites. I didn't like them at all. They might be better for older eyesight, I'll admit. But, I was very disappointed in the accuracy they provide. When you are shooting a 1911, you come to expect a certain degree of accuracy.
 

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Last night I was having a lazy night and was bored with TV so I got off of my butt and pounded the speed bag for a half an hour. That felt so good that I hopped on my Schwinn Air-Dyne and put in a half hour on that. Finally I grabbed the leash and took my best friend Cooper for a four mile walk. He loves getting out and I don't feel so old today. ;)
 

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Yes I agree I have been shooting for over 40 years and I finally went with the new Ruger Max9 with a Crimson Trace red dot makes it much easier for the old eyes to hit the target.
 
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