A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green Glow

I finally broke down, ordered and installed a HiViz fiber optic front sight on one of my Ruger MKII pistols. After a bit of online shopping, I found the best deal at Cabelas, for $29.99. The sight is, I believe worth the cost.

The base is solid metal, about the same weight as the original Ruger front sight. The HiViz front sight comes with six "light pipes" in flourescent green and orange, in three different dot sizes each. They gather and concentrate ambient light and make it appear there is a LED light on your front sight. Placing that glowing orb in the rear sight notch is quick and easy.

It took me all of five minutes to install the sight. I warmed up the barrel and screw, and then used blue Loc-Tite to make sure the screw would not come undone. I will try it out against the black circle on the next range trip.

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16 Comments:

Blogger nature223 said...

I might simply change out the holster hooking front sight on mine...the reverse angle cut is pretty damn ugly,even IF it gives a decent sight picture..I'll take fast draw over ugly sight anyday

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of those sites was preinstalled on my MkIII Deluxe. I really like the sight picture, except for the fact that the rear sight is a V-Notch. Still, I shoot it far better than my S&W 28 in single action. Definately a worthwhile upgrade.

I really wish that someone would make some centerfire pistols with that grip-angle.

8:59 PM  
Blogger shooter said...

I went with a tru-glo fiber optic front for my XD. The fiber optic fell out after a heavy group training class. The gun was hot and the front site warmed up enough to loosen its grip on the fiber optic. It is a cast iron b**** to replace, but can be done. Have fun with yours, they do make a world of difference.

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Perpster said...

How did you warm the barrel and screw?

10:47 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

"How did you warm the barrel and screw?"

Poor choice of words I guess. I placed them in the window in direct sun. The gun was rather cold from resting in a cold safe in the dark.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Blackwing1 said...

Both of our Ruger 22/45's have had the front sight screw come loose within the first 500 rounds through them. I tried simply tightening them, but that was not sufficient. Using the blue Loctite did the trick, and neither has loosened since.

But the pivot pin on the rear sights keep sliding out sideways, and need to be pushed back in every 40 or 50 rounds. It doesn't affect the point of impact, but it's irritating, and I'm assuming I shouldn't try to Loctite that. Ever hear of this problem?

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7:06 AM  
Anonymous Billy Sparks said...

That is odd, I got my HiViz one last night and installed it on my MkII/45 as well. I have used the HiViz sights on my IDPA Glock 17 and it has survived a two day IDPA match in 90+ degree heat with humidity hoovering around 80-90%

8:43 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Excuse my ignorance, but why do you warm the barrel and screw? Is it just to loosen the loc-tite or equivalent that comes with it? Or is it because you want the sights to be in alignment when the gun is warm from firing more than when it's cold?

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Mike Harbour said...

X:

I've got one of these on my Winnie 1300 Defender; it came with the gun and it was my first exposure to a fiber-optic sight. It's quite nice. Of course, since I'm using mine on a HD gun, I blackened the front of the sight with a Sharpie.

Mike Harbour
Helena, Montana

9:37 AM  
Blogger Rabbit said...

My Buck Mark came with fiber optic sights; I've been extremely pleased with them.

Regards,
Rabbit.

2:11 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

"How did you warm the barrel and screw?"
OXY/ACETYLENE TORCH....why do you ask?
I stopped at the nice WHITE HOT GLOW/SLIGHT MELTING stage...
note slight barrel droop,less then fifty degrees.still shoots fine if I hold it right.......kinda

2:15 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Never heard of the BW1

3:02 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

"why do you warm the barrel and screw?"to get the pistol up to operating temp so the crew would not back out under use.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ordered one of these front sights from Midway, for about $6 less after shipping.

7:55 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

cool. I hate the sight that came with the mk ii i bought recently. WIll give this one a try.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this hook in your holster as bad as the reverse cut stock one?

2:43 PM  

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