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Old May 14, 2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Ghost Ring Pistol Sights

With the popularity of RMRs for pistols and revolvers, I thought about other sight systems. In the late '90's to early 2000's, I remember several companies offered a high-visibility front sight (brass or fiber optic) paired with a rear ghost-ring sight. As with most fads, it was the bee's knees for a time, but it fell from favor quickly.

Does anyone still make ghost-ring sights for handguns? And, what are the advantages and disadvantages of such a system?

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Old May 14, 2018, 09:34 PM   #2
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One of our instructors at FS put a set on his pistol. We shot em in a variety of conditions, good lighting, dim light, full dark with handheld and WML’s, up close and at distance (out to 200yds).

Nobody did any better with the Ghost ring rear sight then a good set of regular sights. Not any faster on the timer...not any better groups. Just not any improvement.

He took em off and went back to Trijicons
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Old May 14, 2018, 10:34 PM   #3
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Aperture sights can provide a benefit when they are close to the eye as they are when used conventionally on rifles.

When they are held at arms length, as they would be when installed on a pistol, they are just a type of iron sights that obscure more of the target than the more typical designs and don't offer any of the normal benefits of aperture sights.

That said, personal preference can be a major factor, and some people apparently prefer this type of pistol sight.
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Old May 15, 2018, 11:29 AM   #4
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There are some still being made, I have seen several different ghost ring pistol sights on line for Glock pistols, but the are basically 3 dot tritium sights with an open ring to look through to see front dot. Just run a search for 'ghost ring sights for pistols' if you are interested in finding them.
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Old May 15, 2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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Hi-points come with them, at least they did a couple of years ago. Like JohnKSa said - the ghost ring works well on the carbine, not so much on the pistol.
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Old May 17, 2018, 05:26 AM   #6
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I'm learning a lot here. Thank you all.

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Old May 17, 2018, 10:31 AM   #7
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A hipoint with the sights fell into my possession some time ago. I did shoot it more accurately than other hipoints, of which I have owned quite a few. Never tried holstered, but looked like it would snag. Never shot with a timer, but I can't remember it being noticeable slower. I remember considering a similar sight for my glock, but that never happened.

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Old May 17, 2018, 11:14 AM   #8
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It has been a good while, but I recall the then-leading proponent of ring sights (And he sold a good one.) changed his product lineup and promotion to a wide V express type.
He now leads with a regular square notch but offers the V if you want it. Seems not to have rediscovered the U notch.
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Old May 17, 2018, 02:00 PM   #9
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It has been a good while, but I recall the then-leading proponent of ring sights (And he sold a good one.) changed his product lineup and promotion to a wide V express type.
He now leads with a regular square notch but offers the V if you want it. Seems not to have rediscovered the U notch.
Who was this?

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Old May 17, 2018, 03:57 PM   #10
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D.M. Middlebrooks.
http://www.tacticalshooting.com/pro-sight-faqs/
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Old May 18, 2018, 03:54 PM   #12
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IIRC XS sights also offered ghost ring rear handgun sights for awhile...

https://www.xssights.com/Products.aspx?CAT=8208

and a review of said sites for Glocks on a website.

http://www.reloaderaddict.com/best-g...sights-review/

Ameri-Glo has some. Aro-Tek has some.

You can get them on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00162S1G6...oaderaddict-20

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