Not hugging trees or going organic. I’m talking about fiber optic sights. I’ve always been a fan of using red fibers in my front sights for all my guns until I started shooting a red dot sight on my Open Division gun. I’m so used to looking at a red dot with both eyes open and hitting where I place the dot (most of the time).
The problem comes when when I switch to another gun like my S&W 625 revolver for IDPA or USPSA, Kimber TLE RLII for single stack. I’m so used to looking at the dot that I forget that I need to align my rear sight. I’ll place the red dot where I want and pull the trigger wondering why I’m not hitting the target correctly.
So, I’ve decided to trick my mind with a simple color change 🙂 Switch my fibers to green and voila! Now I would remember to align my rear sight because it’s different enough from my red dot.
I broke my SDM Front Sight fiber rod when I dropped my gun at the recent Area 1 Championships. Ordered some replacement fiber rods from SDM and they came in today.
The green one looks much brighter, but I’m used to the red, so I went with it. Insert the rod all the way into the “crimped” portion of the SDM sight :
Trim it off with a sharp knife, make sure the cut is straight. A suggested way to cut it is with a sharp nail clipper.
Then use a lighter to melt the tip. The amount of fiber sticking out determines how large the melted portion will be.
After that, for good measure, I put a very small dab of Loctite at the end of the fiber and behind the melted portion to make sure the fiber stays on the sight.
There, back to normal. Sweet! I got my baby back.
We’ve always been taught to focus on the front sight when shooting because it’s the best of both worlds making the rear sight and target slightly blur so you can obtain a decent sight picture and sight alignment. Sometimes older shooters with degrading eyesight have issues doing so. Come MicroSight, a new optical lens technology that refracts light making both front sight AND the target both clear.
Personally I can’t wait to see how this sight is going to be put in practice. Will it replace a non-magnified red-dot optic? Does it work for targets in various ranges? or there’s a minimum/maximum limit? so many questions!
here’s how the lens looks like :
Credit : http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2010/05/breakthrough-microsight-technology-improves-iron-sights/