These are NOT night sights. Nor are they intended to be. What suddenly brought these sights to such popularity on the market? Common sense tell us there are advantages.
The Fiber Optic Sight by virtue of its structure and design enhances sight picture which improves accuracy, speed, and front sight visibility in low light.
There are no batteries to contend with, no buttons you forget to turn off and they are miniaturized, equal in size to most front sights. Almost any weapon or firearm can be modified in our custom shop for these heavier duty versions. Some of the cheaper "ready to wear" market pasties are flimsy especially for a hunter and we get to replace those all the time.
As we age our eyes have a more difficult time focusing on small objects quickly due to muscle deterioration. Fiber Optic Sights make a dramatic difference in picking up and focusing on the front sight.
This is especially true when the shooter is under pressure in competition, hunting, or a real life threatening encounter.
You do watch TV on a color set.....B & W went out a long time ago. Trap and skeet shooters have known about this for years. Regular iron sights have been around over 300 years.
Another advantage of the fiber optics is contrast. On a dull grey day, seeing black is not as dominant as seeing red. Actually this page is an experiment. Notice some of the pictures are red-bordered. I usually use black and grey since they do not take away from our metallic finishes. 95% of our pictures are black bordered unless we are showing colored firearms in CeraKote. Let me know if you can't see a difference contrasting color makes. We'll be happy to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.
Much of the hunting I do involves big game hounds so I prefer open iron sighted rifles for the moving targets they present. After missing several advantage shots at the beginning of the 2000 hunting season, I took a close look at what was available in more highly visible open sights for rifles.
Fiber optics were not new to me, I had previously used several different styles of Fiber Optic Sight Systems on a variety of handguns. I found them to be a major improvement over the older style sighting system.
I started with my Remington Rifles, ordering Williams Fiber Optic Systems. The sight pictures were great, but, the front sights were too fragile and would break easily. So I contacted another manufacturer and ordered their Blanked Rifle Front Sights and built my own fronts.
I am happy to report they have withstood three and one-half Seasons and are still just fine. Where I could not locate rear Fiber Optics I modified those sights also to accept small Fiber Optic pins to create a bright 3-dot Sight System; for both rifles and handguns.
Currently, almost every member of my hunt club is using these type sights from 20 year olds to 60 year olds. Now I make no qualms about it. I am a "Carnivore". I enjoy properly prepared low-cholesterol deer meat and I like having my freezers filled.
I believe it was the Iroquois who first came up with the word "Vegetarian". The literal English translation is "he who can't hunt".
I haven’t missed any make-able shots since the change of these sights. Please take the time to look over the PRICING. As far as in stock, please call, these sights are custom made and vary by the gun.
We need time to order a specific mount. Almost any firearm can be converted to these high visibility sights. Pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Left: Obviously this is the site picture you never wish to see, just a reminder about gun safety. Prime Rule: Consider every weapon loaded.
Now Bob likes to hunt and has a wall full of brush guns he built all equipped with the same sights. He likes the 44 Caliber Marlin, the Remington 742 in /06 and the bad weather guns, the SKS's, he custom builds. They all share one thing in common. The sights.
The Remington shown on the right is in what we call FULL DEER ON THE PLATE mode. No scope, just the Fiber Optics with dual color green bordering red. It's also great for a moving targets as this array helps you lead the target. There are more pictures of these sight systems on some of my personal firearms throughout the website.
Below: The SKS front sight has been opened up (alas aka AK) style and the front:
The front pin has been exchanged for one of Bob's custom HD front sites. Very fast and picks up the target well. You can see more of this conversion on the SKS page.
He also modified the rear site setup on the SKS with two green pins. After flat and dull chroming the gun about the color of this page if you own a MAC, it's a great brush gun ready for all weather and especially in bad weather the sights really work.
In clay pigeon competition those nice fellows with the very expensive shotguns have used some form of illuminated front site for years. Whether it was a painted ball front pip or a fiber optic, they knew it was an advantage when shooting against a bright or flat background CONTRAST! .
And they were shooting small flat cylindrical objects and the good ones can clobber 100 clay birds in a row. We are amazed it took that long for the rest of the shooting sports to catch up with them with that simple and accurate little modification. The fiber optic front site is as much of an advantage to the serious sport or competitive shooter using iron sights as the scope is to the long range shooter.
In shot gunning when the targets are steel plates and the auto's are really fast, sight acquisition is really critical because we are talking in some cases multiple targets and the winner is a hit, knockdown and SPEED.
In fact SPEED is really the game winner. If everyone took their time and just knocked the steel down, this wouldn't be a sport. So moving the eyes to pick up the next plate is the trick and seeing the target picture is step one, react, pull and continue. Add anything else to the equation and you lose.
This where the Fiber optics really shine. (no pun intended) The Winchester semi-Auto shown here is one of the nicest plate guns around and was custom built for one of the fastest shooters around.
It also shows that many of the things we do to make firearms better are common sense, and not limited to a particular brand or model and what we build is reliable, and effective. That's the major difference between a parts changer and a gunsmith.