Of the thousands of questions gunsmiths answer, questions about sights top the list. The most common is, “I’m getting old and am having a hard time seeing the sights. Is there anything that will help me see the sights better?” I have been through that time myself starting at 40 years of age until I had to give up competitive shooting around 55. I tried everything from trifocals, progressive lenses, Merit discs and electrical tape with a pinhole cut in it, aperture sights and other weird ideas.
The best solution in those “old days” was the battery operated red-dot sight. However, the red dots back in the 1970s and 1980s were fraught with problems. They worked well on 22s, but would not hold up to the punishment of the .44s and .45s, so aging shooters in the bull’s-eye precision shooting game dropped out like flies.
Today, we have a cornucopia of sights to enjoy, including fiber-optic, Tritium, white dot, combination Tritium and fiber-optic and sights for the partially blind made by Advantage. For shooters who are legally blind, or close to it, the Advantage sights can be real saviors, plus they look cool. A complete kit comes with red, orange, yellow, green and white snap-in inserts for the front and rear sight. The Advantage is the closest sight you will ever find to a “do-it-yourself” drop-in set. The front dovetail might require a little fitting, but the rear sight glides into the factory dovetail and is tightened with a screw locking a gib tightly into place. Other than the Advantage, there are no other sights of which I am aware that a shooter can install his self.
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