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I personally think that three dot sights make no sense. I have
one 1911 with three dot sights and one without, and I shoot
the 1911 with plain black sights much better. I have trouble
focusing sometimes on the front sight on the Springfield which
has the three dot sights.

Also, lining up the dots is much less accurate than lining up
top of the sights. Humans have an uncanny and innate
ability to spot misalignment of a straight line.

Also, why shouldn't we paint our front sights high visibility
orange like revolvers so that front sight acquisition will be
quicker in a gun fight.

thanks

Jae
 

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Saab1911 said:
I personally think that three dot sights make no sense. I have
one 1911 with three dot sights and one without, and I shoot
the 1911 with plain black sights much better. I have trouble
focusing sometimes on the front sight on the Springfield which
has the three dot sights.

Also, lining up the dots is much less accurate than lining up
top of the sights. Humans have an uncanny and innate
ability to spot misalignment of a straight line.

Also, why shouldn't we paint our front sights high visibility
orange like revolvers so that front sight acquisition will be
quicker in a gun fight.

thanks

Jae
Some people will able able to aquire their sight picture easier with three dots, and some will not. As for the orange front sight, it is largely due to the fact that the human eye will always track to the brightest object available.

This is best observed when using night sights. It is my opinion, that the optimum configuration for night sights is orange in the rear and green in the front.

I hope this helps.

Be Safe

Bryan S. Williams
Williams Associates Protective Services, LLC
www.wa-protective.com
 

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While I cannot say that 3-dot sights make no sense, I too find it personally difficult to allign 3 round dots with precision - even when trying to do it fast (as in the "flash sight picture"). Even on my guns with night sights (some 3 dot, some bar dot, some "figure 8") I mask the front tritium capsul and paint the rest of the front sight orange so it presents a square sight picture in the daytime.

But perhaps there are those who lind up the circles better, I just have not found them yet.

Best regards,
Jim Higginbotham
 

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Three-dots aren't for me either, but I'm backwards from Jim...I eliminate the two on the rear sight, leaving the front to draw my eye.
 

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AZ Husker said:
Three-dots aren't for me either, but I'm backwards from Jim...I eliminate the two on the rear sight, leaving the front to draw my eye.
I should have mentioned that on the 3 dot sights I paint out the rear also. On the night sights, most of mine don't have the cute little white circles around the tritium so I don't have to do anything but paint the front.

I have always thought that the orange front sight "caught" my attention a little better but I can live with plain black Patridge sights also.

Cheers,
Jim H.
 

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AZ Husker said:
Three-dots aren't for me either, but I'm backwards from Jim...I eliminate the two on the rear sight, leaving the front to draw my eye.
Why are 1911s plagued with features that make no sense,
like three dot sights and two piece guide rod which cannot
possibly be field stripped without an allen wrench :rolleyes: or the
hex grip screws which cannot possibly be taken off without
an allen wrench :confused:

All the JMB design for 1911 needed to make it "moderen" were
tighter tolerances, lighter trigger and better visibility sights.
It didn't need goofy features that add no value whatsoever.

:barf:

thanks

Jae
 
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