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lowdog
08-15-2010, 13:35
I am running iron sites on my 17 and have a serious problem hitting the texas star. I used a friends gun with fiber optic fronts and ran the star clean. Just wondering what you guys would suggest for front sites. thanks

ctkenc
08-15-2010, 13:47
I am running iron sites on my 17 and have a serious problem hitting the texas star. I used a friends gun with fiber optic fronts and ran the star clean. Just wondering what you guys would suggest for front sites. thanks


Dawson Precision ... their FO Front Sights use a very thin FO Rod that is the brightest I've seen and it works great on my G17

AgentM79
08-15-2010, 14:09
Hitting or missing won't be affected by the presence of a fiber-optic dot, white-paint/insert dot, or a tritium insert. The overall regulation of the sights determines practical accuracy. The "decoration" on the sights determines how quickly you pick them up. In other words, your "iron sights" may be off (you didn't mention the manufacturer), whereas your friend's gun may have properly regulated sights. Remember that the Glock rear sight can determine windage AND elevation (can be drifted left and right, and four different rear sight heights are available). The diameter of the rear sight opening and/or diameter of the front sight body may also make for a more visible sight picture.

Just my 2C.

robin303
08-15-2010, 14:13
Front: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=52B0002-1132082001

Rear: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=2160000-1094593467

AZBru88
08-15-2010, 14:21
AmeriGlo (http://www.ameriglo.net/catalog/sights/pistol-sights/glock/fiber-optic/front-sights) makes a red one that I just put on all my Glocks. I had TruGlo's but the AmeriGlo's are thinner.
TruGlo..... .14"
AmeriGlo.. .10"

Very quick to pick up and are delivered with a front sight tool included.

AgentM79
08-15-2010, 14:42
Hi-Viz makes a good fiber optic front sight. They now offer serrated sight faces and a square sight shape. I have an earlier red Hi-Viz which has a circular front sight shape (the top is round as opposed to flat; these are no longer available). I needed a higher Glock steel rear sight to maintain proper regulation for elevation. While the Hi-Viz sight is not the brightest, it is likely the most durable - their LE versions are "overmolded", with a clear shield enveloping the sight element. Mine has held up for several years. Just NEVER use any spray cleaner/degreaser on a fiber optic sight unless it says "polymer safe" of the container. It will melt/cloud the sight face.

JBP55
08-15-2010, 14:56
I currently have several with the Ameriglo FO front and plain black metal rear and they work well for me.

HAMMERHEAD
08-15-2010, 15:02
I have the Dawson FO adjustable sights on a G-20, very quick to pick up, and the narrow width of the front adds to precision shooting. Front is .285" tall and .100" wide.
I reversed the colors, put the green up front and the red in the rear because green shows up brighter to me, especially on cloudy days.

ede
08-15-2010, 15:22
i like the FO fronts for run and gun games. for Action Pistol and GSSF i use a solid front. FO fronts are fairly cheap, try one and see how it works for you. i run a fixed Heinie rear on all my glocks,

45_Gap
08-15-2010, 15:46
I like the Tru-Glo fiber optic sights.

AZBru88
08-15-2010, 16:05
I forgot to add that I have stock Glock rear sights on two of mine and on the other three I have the green TruGlo rears. To tell you the truth I like the stock rears with the AmeriGlo red fronts. I haven't changed my green rears yet, want to shoot both some more.

ronin.45
08-15-2010, 16:06
Hi-Viz makes a good fiber optic front sight. They now offer serrated sight faces and a square sight shape. I have an earlier red Hi-Viz which has a circular front sight shape (the top is round as opposed to flat; these are no longer available). I needed a higher Glock steel rear sight to maintain proper regulation for elevation. While the Hi-Viz sight is not the brightest, it is likely the most durable - their LE versions are "overmolded", with a clear shield enveloping the sight element. Mine has held up for several years. Just NEVER use any spray cleaner/degreaser on a fiber optic sight unless it says "polymer safe" of the container. It will melt/cloud the sight face.

Best FO sight in my opinion. Much more durable than loose fiber sights.

AgentM79
08-15-2010, 16:57
Best FO sight in my opinion. Much more durable than loose fiber sights.

Agreed. The Hi-Viz overmolds are "on-duty" reliable. I wouldn't want a loose/uncovered FO tube on a service weapon. Some of the manufacturers ARE ingenious about recessing the sight elements, though. But, you can't lose with the Hi-Viz. My Gen2 G17 has a 6.9 Glock steel rear sight and the overmold Hi-Viz red front. S&W is still making revolvers with Hi-Viz fronts, too. They made a memorable 3.2" M66 revolver as a "stocking dealer special" several years back. It had the green overmold FO front and a V-notch black steel rear sight. It's a good gun.

MrVvrroomm
08-15-2010, 18:10
I use both Dawson Precisions and Warren Tacticals, both are outstanding quality.

Duck of Death
08-16-2010, 14:01
*QUOTE*
have a serious problem hitting the texas star.

Well hell pard you aren't alone. Shoot the top plate 1st and try for minimal movement.

I use a Dawson Precision F/O front sight that is .160 high, this will match up w/the 6.5mm rear that comes on a G17. Sounds like you have after market sights so look thru their selection for the proper front sight height.

http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=80000C99-1278686009

They come w/a red bar installed, switch to the green, the eye picks up green better than red.

lowdog
08-16-2010, 14:59
*QUOTE*
have a serious problem hitting the texas star.

Well hell pard you aren't alone. Shoot the top plate 1st and try for minimal movement.

I use a Dawson Precision F/O front sight that is .160 high, this will match up w/the 6.5mm rear that comes on a G17. Sounds like you have after market sights so look thru their selection for the proper front sight height.

http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=80000C99-1278686009

They come w/a red bar installed, switch to the green, the eye picks up green better than red.


Yes the star is an evil evil prop. Thanks for the replies folks think I will be ordering the Dawson.

Duck of Death
08-16-2010, 15:09
How about this one, I'll be shooting one w/10 plates this week end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWtPcSaaXRg

AND a Texas Star.

lowdog
08-16-2010, 16:35
How about this one, I'll be shooting one w/10 plates this week end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWtPcSaaXRg

AND a Texas Star.


gives me nightmares and the cold swets just looking at it. :wow:

f150man
08-17-2010, 18:00
Hi-Viz makes a good fiber optic front sight. They now offer serrated sight faces and a square sight shape. I have an earlier red Hi-Viz which has a circular front sight shape (the top is round as opposed to flat; these are no longer available). I needed a higher Glock steel rear sight to maintain proper regulation for elevation. While the Hi-Viz sight is not the brightest, it is likely the most durable - their LE versions are "overmolded", with a clear shield enveloping the sight element. Mine has held up for several years. Just NEVER use any spray cleaner/degreaser on a fiber optic sight unless it says "polymer safe" of the container. It will melt/cloud the sight face.

+1

I use the .093" wide Hi-Vis on my G35.

gladi8r
08-17-2010, 20:56
Where you located if you are in texas dawson precision is in jarrell you can take it down there and ask the nice lady at the front for a nickel tour, also talk to one of the techs about front sight width and height they run a class a operation down there.

fgrimm
03-05-2011, 23:07
Front: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=52B0002-1132082001

Rear: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=2160000-1094593467


I did something similar and am also quite happy. Dawson FO front exactly the size as you you stated. Rear: the the Dawson fixed in plain black. Shoots dead on at 20 m, just like I wanted. The red dot is easier for me to pick up quickly as Im pushing 50 with an astigmatism.

Oh yeah...I have exactly the same set up on my G19 as I do on the G26. Both shoot right on target. I thought that barrel length would require different size front blades. Anyway they work great.

Glock 17L
03-05-2011, 23:40
I have Hi-Viz on my G26 & Dawson on my 17L both have a great sight picture..

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1254/p2240003.jpg

Toorop
03-06-2011, 04:34
Tag for later. Been looking at Heinies Straight 8s but they are expensive with installation.

CBH
03-06-2011, 12:40
These Tru-Glo's on my 17 are plenty good enough for me! :supergrin:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=1062&pictureid=4191

duncan
03-06-2011, 12:56
Hi-Viz makes a good fiber optic front sight. They now offer serrated sight faces and a square sight shape. I have an earlier red Hi-Viz which has a circular front sight shape (the top is round as opposed to flat; these are no longer available). I needed a higher Glock steel rear sight to maintain proper regulation for elevation. While the Hi-Viz sight is not the brightest, it is likely the most durable - their LE versions are "overmolded", with a clear shield enveloping the sight element. Mine has held up for several years. Just NEVER use any spray cleaner/degreaser on a fiber optic sight unless it says "polymer safe" of the container. It will melt/cloud the sight face.

So which Hi-Viz FO sights are you talking about here? I have an older Hi-Viz FO - one of th einterchangeable one:

http://www.hivizsights.com/Glock-C11.aspx

But two weeks ago while shooting some hotter +P 9mm ammo out of my G34, I did have the FO lighttube fly out and could not find it.

But I love the sight picture and that green FO is nice and bright for my older eyes!

Just don't want to lose any more light tubes.

bfthorp
03-06-2011, 12:59
I've come to the conclusion as a USPSA shooter, that anything but black is distracting, and if there isn't enough light around the front post, it's both slow and suck.

I do have a Dawson Front FO on a carry gun and I can see some merit for carry only (FO). I've carried all and typically revert to simple.

duncan
03-06-2011, 13:02
+1

I use the .093" wide Hi-Vis on my G35.

I'm trying to outfit my G35 right now with a FO sight. Which model are you running?

I have MMC rear adjustables that I love and see that they have a .167" high and a .215" high version (for more aftermarket rears).

Calico Hunter
03-08-2011, 07:46
I have a G19, G22, and a G23 with factory standard sights. The idea of using a Dawson FO front sight, with corresponding rear sight is an interesting concept.

The recommended front sight height is .285 to .300 ( if I remember correctly ). Is this taller / higher than the original factory polymer sight, or does the addition of a FO sight require the purchase of a new holster ?

W4CNG
03-08-2011, 08:44
I've been using FO Front sights for years on all of my guns. My 1911 and Para 16-40 have Ghost Ring rears. My Glocks have two dot adjustables on the rear. All of the fronts are Red. I have only broken one pipe and have a ton of spare pipes just in case I do break one. I did have a front sight come off of my G-35 in a match. I did have a spare front sight.

Calico Hunter
03-08-2011, 09:27
Have you experienced any difficulty using the same cc holster prior to front sight installation?