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Old March 21, 2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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sighting my GP 100

In my delight with my new BFG. I realized that when I bought my GP100 with a blued barrel that I had some difficulty sighting in on my target at 15 yards or more. I can use bright nail polish on the front sight, but that doesn't seem right.
Does anyone have a good suggestion how to improve my sighting? Is there a different front sight I can use to see better other than getting laser grips?
I appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Old March 21, 2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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One of the great things about the (adjustable sight) GP100s is how easy and quick it is to change front sight inserts. I had the same problem as you with my GP100, the stock black blade front sight isn't the best.

I highly recommend this: http://shopruger.com/Ruger-GP100-Red...uctinfo/90074/

It's a Ruger made front sight with an orange insert. It provides nice contrast, will give you a very "S&W" style sight picture, and it's very tough with no worry of it getting damaged like some other front sight options.

If you don't mind some fragility, Hi Viz also makes an excellent front sight for the GP100 that comes with interchangeable fiber optic rods to change the sight different colors. It's superb for outdoors daytime shooting, the fiber optics lights up very nice, but it's a somewhat fragile arrangement and that's why I stick to the above linked orange insert sight.

Lots of options for the GP100, but this sight is inexpensive, durable, and effective.
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Old March 22, 2015, 08:10 AM   #3
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I'm not all that familiar with Rugers, but I am familiar with the sighting issues, especially now that I'm getting older and my eyes aren't as good.

Model12 gives you some great information on changing the sight insert. I've never done that. I'm not even sure if I have any handguns with sight inserts.

What I have done in the past, though, when I've needed greater sighting contrast, is used common Wite Out, the liquid typing correction material.

It's cheap, it's easy to apply, it's very white, so it provides good contrast, and it's easy to remove.
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Old March 22, 2015, 08:20 AM   #4
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I like white appliance touch up paint for my front sights. It's durable and available in a handy "pen" applicator.
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Old March 22, 2015, 08:27 AM   #5
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http://item.brownells.com/categories...-blackhawk.htm

little pricey, but you would sure see them. I have a ruger 22/45 lite that has the same issue.

I don't know why hi-viz stopped selling the gp100 sight, it sees to have nothing but good reviews and looks like they sold a lot of them on brownells, amazon etc.

nevermind, I see they just changed it a bit
http://www.amazon.com/HIVIZ-GPLW01-I...7031488&sr=1-3
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Old March 22, 2015, 08:45 AM   #6
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Sometimes, it's not the color of the sights, but their relative sizes.
The front one should be thin enough so that there's plenty of light around the sides, when looking at it through the rear one.
That helps it stand out, even in dim light.
I've found that helps more than anything else, especially when trying to align the sights quickly.
And thining the front sight is something you can usually do yourself, if you don't want to replace it.
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Old March 22, 2015, 12:47 PM   #7
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Ruger sells a red insert front sight for GP's. $15.95.
http://shopruger.com/Ruger-GP100-Red...uctinfo/90074/
Don't think it'll make much difference though. Old eyes and low light? You wearing your glasses?
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Old March 22, 2015, 01:23 PM   #8
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Add me to the group that likes "White Out" liquid paper. Very white, and easy to remove.

Another thing that I've found recently and really like. My range sells pink, B-27 targets to raise money for Susan B. Korman. I thought they were silly when I first saw them, but let me tell you, black sights show up against those things.

Do a search for "pink targets." I'm sure you can find them without too much trouble.
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Old March 22, 2015, 01:33 PM   #9
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painting sight can help a great deal. but for me, personally, nothing beats that fiber optic rod lighting up like a laser. I don't know if I would want the front and back to be fiber optic like the link I showed above, but the front sight is very nice. that's just my personal opinion, everyone preferences differ. I am probably going to try to find a fiber-optic front for my carry pistol soon.
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Old March 22, 2015, 02:21 PM   #10
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I see Hi Viz has redesigned their fiber optic front sight to be more durable.

Might be a winner, the main issue with the original design (for me) was the exposed and fragile "light pipe" which can be cracked or knocked out. This new sight has a skeletonized design, and looks more robust, as it's touted to be by the company's description.
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Old March 22, 2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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....and I remember the day we used lampblack on the front sight.
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Old March 22, 2015, 03:06 PM   #12
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buck460XVR ....and I remember the day we used lampblack on the front sight.
Me too! Both rifles and handguns...
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Old March 22, 2015, 06:29 PM   #13
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what exactly does HIVIZ GPLW01 Ruger GP100 Interchangeable LITEWAVE Front Handgun Sight do?
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Old March 22, 2015, 06:50 PM   #14
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its a fier optic tube. it takes the light, absorbs it, so the cut-off ends are super-bright. it looks battery powered they are so bright. in a no-light situation, they will do nothing, but they absorb light really well even in low-light areas. they are nice. looks like an LED
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Old March 22, 2015, 06:54 PM   #15
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Old March 22, 2015, 07:07 PM   #16
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My old style Hi Viz sight works very well, even indoors, but like others said it won't do much in super low light. It's not a true night sight, but will light up very nicely on a sunny day offering an excellent sight picture. I favored the red colored insert, but mine came with green, orange, red, and white and they were easily interchanged.
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Old March 22, 2015, 07:54 PM   #17
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I remember in the "old days" of bullseye target shooting when we used to use a cigarette lighter flame to black the front sight. It worked. Probably today somebody would have a heart attack if they saw you doing it!
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Old March 22, 2015, 09:31 PM   #18
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Damn. I am the good old days except
I stopped smoking 14 years ago. Did
Try the white out after trying several
different color red nail polishes
My wife had. Keep the white out on
For now. See what happens tomorrow.
Thank you everyone, especially those
Who reminded me how old I am.
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Old March 23, 2015, 01:19 AM   #19
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I remember in the "old days" of bullseye target shooting when we used to use a cigarette lighter flame to black the front sight. It worked. Probably today somebody would have a heart attack if they saw you doing it!
That still goes on at the matches. The spray aerosol sight black is now the most popular but some still use smoke. For informal shooting where accuracy is not as important, the bright front sights are fine but for the best accuracy, flat black is still where it's at!
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I remember in the "old days" of bullseye target shooting when we used to use a cigarette lighter flame to black the front sight. It worked. Probably today somebody would have a heart attack if they saw you doing it!
I do too, but as I remember it, those targets were white, or tan, with a black bullseye, and you used a 6:00 hold, with that black bull right on top of the front sight. You weren't using those flat black sights, right on a flat black target.

When I was shooting ISPC, everyone colored those front sights to show up against a bare cardboard, or black B-27, or flat black steel target.
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Old March 23, 2015, 07:10 AM   #21
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"....and I remember the day we used lampblack on the front sight."

Ah, the old acetylene-fueled sight smokers...

Those were great especially if you were dealing with barrel reflection hitting the front sight blade. There were times when I couldn't tell where the barrel ended and the sight began the reflection was so bad. A few moments with a sight smoker made that a lot better.
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Old March 23, 2015, 06:23 PM   #22
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Hiviz is hard to beat.

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Old March 23, 2015, 08:38 PM   #23
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Old March 23, 2015, 08:50 PM   #24
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Fwiw, I just replaced the factory sights on my gp with a set of Williams fire sights. A little pricey for the set to me, but well worth it. Good luck on finding what works best for you.
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" I can use bright nail polish on the front sight, but that doesn't seem right. "

OK, I give up. Why? Nail polish is available in a zillion shades, including flourescent, is easy to apply and easy to remove. It sticks better than Witeout and is easier to remove than paint.

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