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Old June 22, 2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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another newbie... and a front sight question

Hello everyone,
traded in my Ruger Mark 22/45 yesterday for a new GP161.
lookin through a couple posts in here i noticed many mentioned GP100s.
so i figured Firing Line is probably a good forum to be part of.

already had it out to the range today and shot 50 rds of Blazer (CCI) 158 grain hollow points.
i even hit the target a few times, about 50%. not to bad for 25 yds and adjusting the sights.
i absolutely love it. my friends dad also has a KGP161 and i've shot that one a few times.

to bad ammo is 20Xs as expensive as the .22 was.
i'll have to order up some bulk .38s


one thing that i noticed right away was the painted front sight (off white).
has anyone painted there front sight a different color for quicker aiming?
i noticed it can be harder to locate against some backgrounds.

and heres some eye candy...
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Old June 23, 2008, 12:12 AM   #2
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Since the sight is dovetailed in you can get one with a different color insert and swap them out. Paint will keep wearing off.

BTW......you may not realize it now but it was a mistake to get rid of that .22. One day you will figure that out.
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Old June 23, 2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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Yep, you should have kept the 22 and bought the GP as well.

If you want to refinish the sight, it removes easily. Look at the muzzle (gun unloaded, of course) and you'll see a hole above the bore. Poke a punch in there, apply pressure and the front sight will come off. Ruger also sells some different color front sights for the pistol.
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Old June 23, 2008, 01:10 AM   #4
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ahh, i was wondering if that was a pin i had to take out or what. i'm glad you mentioned that.

as for the .22. i'm sure i'll miss it some day (and i realized this before trading) but the main reason i bought it was to teach myself gun control and use. it was my first gun and i only owned it for ~8 months. As for plinking, i've been looking at some .22 rifles. i have more fun plinking with rifles then pistols. i've got my eye on a Marlin 981T.

but i'll have the GP100 for the rest of my life.
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Old June 23, 2008, 01:21 AM   #5
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HiViz sight

are these night sights worth it? are there any side effects during the day?
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Old June 23, 2008, 02:59 PM   #6
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the main reason i bought it was to teach myself gun control and use.
That will follow you the rest of your handgunning days. You will develop a flich, bad habit, or just some unknown shooting problem and the .22 will let you work thru it.
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Old June 23, 2008, 06:08 PM   #7
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My buddy replaced his with a Ruger orange/red painted from site. Easy to change out yourself and pretty cheap. The orange/red stands out much better than the white.

It's under $20 at Ruger.com

http://ruger.com/webapp/wcs/stores/s...lastCatId=null

If you don't want to replace it, but some painters tape and some Birchwood Casey sight paint. I've done too revolvers with it and have had good results. Be sure to tape every thing off you don't want paint on and make sure the tape is on secure.
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Old June 23, 2008, 07:34 PM   #8
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i saw that sight too, but i think i'll like the night sight better. it comes with 6 colored sticks.

i'll have to look around and see if i can get it cheaper then the $35 on the Ruger site.
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Old June 23, 2008, 09:33 PM   #9
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They're not really night sights, they're fiber optic. Marble's sells them for about half of what Ruger wants, only thing is you get just one color. I recommend the green for all-around use.
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...817&t=11082005
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Old June 23, 2008, 11:06 PM   #10
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thanks for the link.

i'm surprised that you recommend green as the best all-round.

i was thinking that an orange or yellow would be better.

the green doesn't blend in against dark/natural backgrounds?
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Old June 24, 2008, 10:13 PM   #11
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I've the greens on my BP Hawkens for field use. The sight stands out even against green foliage.

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