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Old April 23rd, 2012, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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22/45 Front sights

I just bought a brand new 22/45 with a 4.5" threaded barrel and fixed rear sights. I'm looking for some new sights because the black on black is hard to pick out. I've looked at different sights online but what I'm finding is that most of them say they will work only if you don't have the threaded barrel or ONLY if your gun has the adjustable sights. What have some other people done to get a better sight picture?



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Old April 24th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #2
 
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I have also heard of just painting the front sight? How does that work out for most of you as opposed to a fiber optic?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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I don't have these on my 22/45, I have HiViz, but have installed them on several other guns and love DP sites.

DP Front Sight DP Perfect Impact Optic Front Sight for Ruger MkII, MkIII, 22/45 and Single Six, .420 Tall x .125 Wide, Match with Factory Adjustable Rear (Bull Barrel Only on Mark II and III) #019153 Detail Page

These don't specifically deny use on threaded barrels, so I would call them and ask. They are great people to work with and guarentee they will get your sights to zero.

I have used Testors paint, or fingernail polish on the front sights of a couple of guns which I couldn't find aftermarket sights to fit. It will brighten things up if you use white or red, and put some clear finish on it to keep it on.

However it tends to chip and wear easily and looks kinda bush league IMO. I'd personally exhaust all other options first.
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I think that looks bad too with the nail polish. The problem I'm having is that everything says use with adjustable sights only, and mine are fixed in the rear.
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A little bit of file work, some drilling, and extra FO stocks...DYI FO sight. Works perfectly. Tested it out at the range, and it worked nicely. I will have to do some cosmetic clean up and paint the sight.


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I used some 400 sandpaper to put a shine on the rear corners of the front sight blade. This gives me enough contrast in various lighting conditions. I also do this with my lever action rear sight blades.
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i put the hi-viz lite pipe on mine like whats shown in the picture above. love it but the blacked out rear dove tail is stil problematice, easy to lose it on black targets in low light. Guess im going to have to try and white outline the dovetail with hobby paint or something. definitely recommedn the hi-viz lite pipe front though, its a world of diffrence.
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Like many others, I too have tried nail polish on a front sight. I searched for the most hideous colors I could find at Target and found an orange that I can't imagine why any woman would wear. Yellow & neon green were also considered.

It's better than black on black, but I'd agree it's a last resort. For me it's a temporary fix till I decide on red dot or fiber optic front. Nail polish helps a bit, but is a very poor substitute for the glowing beacon of fiber optic.

WhiteOut I've tried. White gives great contrast with the rear sight & your target so long as the target isn't white paper nor brightly lit such that it fails to contrast at all with your target.
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i put the hi-viz lite pipe on mine like whats shown in the picture above. love it but the blacked out rear dove tail is stil problematice, easy to lose it on black targets in low light. Guess im going to have to try and white outline the dovetail with hobby paint or something. definitely recommedn the hi-viz lite pipe front though, its a world of diffrence.
I've found that I actually like a plain black rear sight. I think it might be because that really draws the eye to the bright fiber optic front.

You're right that such a set up is definitely not well suited to black targets, which is one reason I avoid such targets. I normally fire at NRA 25-yard rapid fire targets where the black rear contrasts just fine with the unbleached paper they use.

Seems like a red dot scope is the only thing that manages to contrast with any target. (Unless you want to shoot at neon signs that happen to be red.)
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I have the same 22/45 and I ordered one of these posts, it's exactly the same size and is a vast improvement over the all black sights.

A03611-MK-III-Standard-Front-Sight-Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
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Put some white or red nail polish on the back of the front sight blade.
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Put some white or red nail polish on the back of the front sight blade.
I am doing this as we speak. I have the front blade orange and the rear sights are white. I wanted two different colors to get some contrast between the sights. Hindsight I would probably do the rear orange and front white. Live and learn. I may change it later but want to see if it helps at the range how it is now.
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Just did the DK Taylor open sight improvement. It improved contrast as well as being a finer/thinner front sight for better precision (not accuracy, that's my job). I believe Marbles also has the front sight blades with fiber optic inserts as well. The dovetail ramp allows one to try them out (inexpensively) and stick with what works best.

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