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Old January 4, 2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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probably a dumb question about front/rear sight compatibility

I put a Skinner aperture sight and front post on my Marlin 1894c last spring. I took the front sight hood off at that time, because it just seemed to clutter up the sight picture. I haven't used the hood since.

I'm just curious if anyone keeps a front sight hood on when using aperture sights or if there is any good reason to do so.
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Old January 4, 2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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The hood just protects the post from getting knocked off. Won't hurt a thing to remove it.
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Old January 4, 2013, 02:47 AM   #3
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Okay thanks. I had heard/read that some people actually prefer the sight picture they get when leaving them on while shooting with open sights. And old Mauser k98's had a nice sight picture with a front hood: I didn't know if there were any benefits other than protecting the front blade. But as I said above, it seems distracting with aperture sights, so I'll continue to leave it off.

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Old January 4, 2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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It keeps the front sight uniformly illuminated. If the sun shines on one side or the other, your shot placement may be affected. For some reason this really aggravates my astigmatism.
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Old January 5, 2013, 05:25 AM   #5
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Not a stupid question! That's what this place is for, to ask and get advise. I personally would leave the sight hood off and forget that it ever had one, its not needed
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Old January 5, 2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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I almost always take them off. I have one rifle with a hood and it has relief cuts.
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