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 Post subject: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:39 pm 
Bearcat

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For those that shoot an aperture rear sight. Do you focus on the target and let eye center front sight as with a rifle or do you focus on front sight.


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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:30 pm 
Single-Sixer

Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:01 am
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Location: Dubuque IA USA
Retired optometrist here who has tried a number of them....they are terrible with a round front sight as too much of the target is blocked. There is no problem centering the front sight either if you use a flat topped blade, preferably with a vertical white line. Less of the target is obscured if you are hunting. If you are shooting at a bulls eye, you can center the ring of the aperture around the bull, and then put the center of the blade on the X. Longer barrels allow more peel around the blade and are generally advantageous for other reasons.
They are not as good as sharp clean target sights which will always print smaller groups.
I do have a 6.5 OM .41 Blackhawk with a pink plastic front ramp and a large aperture rear which is great in the woods for fast acquisition and hitting moving deer. I tend to watch the deer's head ears and body language while waiting for a gap in the twigs to fire. That gun has a slick action and I believe it was done at Magnaport who also made the pink ramp.
I just killed one buck at twenty yards with that system and I haven't changed it.

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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:27 pm 
Blackhawk

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They are not as good as sharp clean target sights which will always print smaller groups.
'Bout says it all....aperature sights belong on a rifle, as the aperature needs to be close to the eye to be of benefit. In a cpl words, they're slower than traditional open sights and not as accurate....Rod

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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:07 pm 
Buckeye

Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:01 am
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Location: The better half of Wa. State
If your eyes are good, there is not much better that a square rear notch and a flat top front partridge sight.

If you are getting longer in the tooth and your eyes are falling off the proverbial cliff, then you need something else.

I traded off my 9.5” SRH in 44 for a 480 SRH but the traded revolver wore a One Ragged Hole Rae (their smallest appetite) and the front sight was a Ruger gold front bead that I kept painted black with a laundry pen.


The blackened gold bead on the 9.5” barrel combined with the appeture rear sight was a real treat.


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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:45 pm 
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With my astigmatism I see two sights. All I have to do is figure out which one to use. :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:07 pm 
Blackhawk

Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:03 pm
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Location: Seymour, CT
'Way back in the day, my birth family had a Luger, a 1911, a K98 sniper rifle w/scope, a 1903/A3 with scope, and a M1Carbine. The M1 had "peep" sights. When I finally got to shoot that thing it was a world away from all the others, being so easy to aim and hit the target accurately. My research came up with the U.S.Army's development of the aperture sight for use on combat rifles, and why it is so effective and easy to use. I also found that its use on handguns is just about abysmal, because the aperture is too far away from the eye. The "peep" must be as close to the eye as possible (without being hit during recoil), because the human eye automatically centers in the aperture, and easily centers the front sight. On a handgun the peep is much too far away from the eye to gain the full benefits of the setup. But, aside from that, the rule of thumb ALWAYS is: focus on the front sight.


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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:31 am 
Hunter

Joined: Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:01 am
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Location: MN, USA
Front sight, front sight, front sight......


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 Post subject: Re: Aperture Sights
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:05 pm 
Blackhawk

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Location: Seymour, CT
s4s4u wrote:
Front sight, front sight, front sight......

Exactly.


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