So Dad just got back from the 2010 SHOT Show in Vegas. I’m sorting through about a cubic yard of literature, dealer catalogs, and assorted schwag, and should have some interesting reviews shortly.
In the meantime, I’d like to talk about handgun sights.
Over the past year or so, I’ve seen quite a few new, non-traditional handgun sights designs come down the pike. Most recently, we have the Tactical Aiming Solutions pistol sights, which appear to be a funny-looking ghost ring with a fiber-optic front post and a very short sight radius. There have been others – pistol ghost rings, ‘express-style’ sights with a shallow rear V-notch and a bead front, Advantage Tactical’s pyramid sight, and many others.
Iron sights for a handgun (really, for all weapon systems) require some balance between acquisition speed, precision, and durability. The problem I have seen with most of the non-traditional sight systems, is that they swing too far in the direction of speed, giving up any pretense at precision. They make it easy to get hits on close, wide-open targets, while making it more difficult to get consistent hits on smaller targets at longer ranges.
This is, IMO, wrongheaded. A competent pistol shooter can get fast hits on close, wide-open targets by using one or more of the common point-shooting techniques (body index, meat on metal, etc.), and transition to a more traditional front sight focus as circumstances require. If the sighting system on your weapon cannot support making precise hits at longer ranges, you’ve just sacrificed an important capability.
All in all, the whole non-traditional handgun sights market reeks of “Magic Sword-ism.” I’ve long been of the opinion that the Patridge-style iron sight system for handguns is the pinnacle of its intended function – no real improvement is possible without a major categorical change (see: RDO, laser designator, etc.)