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.
IDPA just introduced the CCP division which is just a modified BUG division which was announced a while back, instead of the sought after Optics division. I don’t understand that decision. Instead of being a thought leader in the concealed carry space, they opted to make a minor change to their rules to make BUG a legitimate division.
Why can’t they do better?
With the popularity of Reflex / red dot sights these days many members are questioning why this isn’t a valid configuration for IDPA? Most people have RDS sights on their home defense guns, and on-body RDS carry is getting more and more popular. I can only see benefit for the club and the organization if they introduced the Optics division. It will invigorate the sport, stimulate the economy and boost their membership.
They can even help drive what kind of products that manufacturers create for the concealed carry market because it is being tested competitively.
This could be a symptom of a bigger problem related to the old-boys-club mentality of the gun community. The community has always been slow to adopt new things and new technologies. Example, the Internet, Online commerce, Social Media, Video and new technology for guns.
They need to be daring and move at the speed of the Internet or be left behind.
Ever since I had that crack in my C-more, I haven’t had the chance to replace it until recently. Here’s a quick video of me replacing my existing C-more sight with a brand new one.
Looks like it’s time for stuff to start breaking down. I’ve been shooting over two years with the same gear, maybe only around 7,000-8,000 rounds total without any issues until recently. You’ve seen my problems with the cracked grip (due to loading 29rounds in my magazine) and a cracked c-more scope mount (material taken off from the mount). Most recently during the Paul Bunyan match where Arrun and I switched guns, the c-more dot kept turning off during the match. I discovered that the pin for the dot module had broken off.
As you can see from the image, the pin remained in the c-more base. We didn’t have any tools to remove it at the range so we tried to maintain the electrical connection by using a small piece of metal from a paper clip, that didn’t work.
Dennis, who’s a resourceful tinkerer and home gunsmith suggested we use a more robust and reliable fix using aluminum foil as it’s more “flexible” so during recoil, the aluminum foil can still flex and maintain connectivity, unlike a hard paper clip.
We also added some foil to the hood of the c-more dot cover to hold the module down to maintain the connection to the foil.
This solution worked out well and Arrun was able to finish the final two stages without any problems from the dot.
Looks like I have to find a new replacement dot module, or better yet, find a replacement c-more sight. I’m holding out for a chance at one of the cool new prototype sights that a local shooter has developed but am still unsure how long it would take to get it. For now, I’ve replaced the dot module with a new 8-MOA dot. Hope this will last me for a few more matches.
Having shot my Open gun for a few months, I still have no idea what the dot size is on the C-more dot. I’ve heard anywhere from 6MOA to 8MOA. According to C-more’s website, they have dot sizes ranging from 2MOA to 16MOA.
Not only do I not know what size the dot on my gun is, I believe it’s pretty old. The last match I shot, I couldn’t even see the dot in bright sunlight at maximum setting. So I bought a 4MOA diode module from someone on the forums and got to trying it out.
First, to find out what dot size it’s in my C-more :
According to this chart, the dot that I have is 8MOA.
Here’s how it looks like from my vantage point :
After installing the 4MOA dot module :
Frankly, the two dots look the same to me. The new module looks much like a 8MOA to me and is MUCH brighter so I stuck with it instead of my old module.
Took 4th overall in this small match. Most of the top shooters were at the Area 2 Championships in Phoenix, AZ. I shot pretty badly due to a combination of factors but the main problem was my head wasn’t in it. Rushing too many of my shots, didn’t get a good grip etc. etc.
Anyway, here’s the match video, enjoy!
I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, as many people have been talking about dot tracking in open guns and how to tune a flat shooting gun. I thought I’d try to take high-speed video of the dot in my open gun while shooting various loads of .38 Super Comp that i’ve pre-loaded. To see how the dot jumps and settles back into view. The dream pattern, is for the dot to jump straight up without leaving the lens, and settling back down in the middle. As you can see from the video, that’s definitely not what I see. My dot goes up to 12 o’clock, drives all the way down to 6 o’clock, then back to 12 and settling in the middle.
I tested the following loads :
- 115gr Montana Gold CMJ, 11.0gr N105
- 115gr Montana Gold CMJ, 11.2gr N105
- 115gr Montana Gold CMJ, 11.3gr N105
- 115gr Montana Gold CMJ, 11.5gr N105
- 124gr Montana Gold CMJ, 10.0gr N105
I don’t see any noticeable difference in the dot movement between all the loads except feeling a "softer" recoil in the 124gr CMJ loads.
Caveat: I had to shoot in a slightly weird stance because I had to position the scope in front of my Casio Exlim FH100 camera to align it properly. That definitely affected my recoil management capabilities.
I’ve also tried shooting at a man-sized target at 200yards and was amazed at how accurate this gun was. That’s in the bonus section at the end of the video.