View Full Version : Sight picture: stainless vs. blued

August 23, 2002, 08:58 AM
Hi, all,

A friend of mine told me that he thinks stainless guns have a poorer sight picture than blued guns. What do y'all think?

To make it fair, let's assume that the gun has blued target sights, so the only thing that varies is the color of the barrel.

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August 23, 2002, 09:12 AM
I HAVE seen blued guns AND stainless guns where glare from the "topstrap" caused problems... USUALLY from a bad lighting angle, and very shiny metalwork...

but it is more a factor of those 2 things than of the blued or stainless color... assuming decent sights are present on the gun.

I voted for "it depends"...

August 23, 2002, 09:16 AM
Blued gives a better sight picture, IMO. YMMV.

August 23, 2002, 10:16 AM
Agree w/ Blackhawk.

Easier to focus blued. :D

August 23, 2002, 10:19 AM
Most of my guns are blue, but I do have opportunity to routinely use stainless guns. I haven't noticed a difference.

August 23, 2002, 11:17 AM
Black sights.....non reflective slide.

If tis mine and has target sights, tis a target gun. If necessary will grab a spray can of flat black, green or whatever and paint the top of the slide before shooting.


August 23, 2002, 11:27 AM
My eyes are at an age where they need some help with the front sight. I have had all my front sights altered (colored, Hi Viz, etc.) so that my aging eyes can find them more easily. Neither stainless or blue are, by themselves, sufficient to give me a very good sight picture.

Ala Dan
August 23, 2002, 11:27 AM
I too, agree with my friend Blackhawk!:D :cool: :)

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

August 23, 2002, 02:12 PM
Black sights on a dark flat-colored slide or topstrap will generally give a better sight picture because the dull finish absorbs more light.