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Old 08-02-2012, 21:22   #1
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Best Sights for IDPA

I was thinking of getting into IDPA shooting in the Stock Service Pistol division with my G17. I should also say that I need reading glasses and sights are not always clear.

What would be the best legal sights I could use on my G17 for this purpose?
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Old 08-02-2012, 21:47   #2
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I use XS Big Dots on my primary HD and IDPA gun (G23)

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/936...ritium-big-dot


I also like Truglo TFO's and have them on my G26 and G19

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/135...er-optic-green

Neither are cheap, but they're both excellent sights. I always used TFOs but recently swapped for the XS on my 23 to try them and I really like how fast they are for my old eyes!
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Old 08-03-2012, 00:24   #3
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Ameriglo I-Dot Pro's should be a good choice too.
But all of them are good night sights too.

For pure range use, most competition shooters use different sights.
Like a fiber optic front and various types of rear sights.
Plain black, 2 dot, 1 dot.
Novak sights were rated best over all handgun sights, in a October 2009 issue of gun-tests magazine.

It's a individual decision.
But expensive to buy all of them to try them all out.

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:25   #4
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I use XS Big Dots on my primary HD and IDPA gun (G23)

I also like Truglo TFO's and have them on my G26 and G19

Neither are cheap, but they're both excellent sights. I always used TFOs but recently swapped for the XS on my 23 to try them and I really like how fast they are for my old eyes!
I have another gun with XS Big Dots and always think the bigger dot covers too much of the target. But maybe it doesn't. I was going to try XS with the standard dot,

For some reason I have trouble picking up fiber optic sights. As mentioned, it it too expensive to buy everything just to try them out.

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:56   #5
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There is no answer to your question, and no magic set of sights. You have to learn what works best for you. A good starting point would be plain black Ameriglo target sights. See www.ameriglo.net
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:02   #6
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Check out the speedsights.com.

Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine

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Old 08-03-2012, 06:32   #7
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Check out the speedsights.com.

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Thanks I have never seen them before. Looks promising.
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There is no answer to your question, and no magic set of sights. You have to learn what works best for you. A good starting point would be plain black Ameriglo target sights. See www.ameriglo.net
Danny, I know what you are saying, but I cannot pick up plain black sights due to my far sightedness due to age. There may no be a majic set of sights, but I would bet there are ones that people with my condition know will not work and things they have had success with. I would like to start with things people have had success with.
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Danny, I know what you are saying, but I cannot pick up plain black sights due to my far sightedness due to age. There may no be a majic set of sights, but I would bet there are ones that people with my condition know will not work and things they have had success with. I would like to start with things people have had success with.
I wear bifocals. After reading alot of posts on different forums, and before investing in replacement sights, I put a green dot (fishing lure paint) on my factory front sight to see if that helped. I found that I was able to pick up the green color on the tan targets well. The benefit of using paint (or even nail polish) is that you can try different colors without too much trouble. After shooting several IDPA matches with the painted front sight, I put a red fiber optic front sight on my pistol and found that the color worked well also. I like the fiber optic setup alot. A green FO is available and easy to change.

I also talked to my optometrist and went with a Rx that was described as a computer monitor Rx. The top half of the lens gives me a sharp picture of my front sight with my reading Rx at the bottom of the lens. I do not have to tilt my head back to bring the front sight into focus (as I did with my regular bifocals). The tradeoff is that I give up some clarity at distance. This set up has been working well for me. I use the Rx adapter with ESS shooting glasses, although there are other options available (Rudy Project glasses being one).
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I wear bifocals. After reading alot of posts on different forums, and before investing in replacement sights, I put a green dot (fishing lure paint) on my factory front sight to see if that helped. I found that I was able to pick up the green color on the tan targets well. The benefit of using paint (or even nail polish) is that you can try different colors without too much trouble. After shooting several IDPA matches with the painted front sight, I put a red fiber optic front sight on my pistol and found that the color worked well also. I like the fiber optic setup alot. A green FO is available and easy to change.

I also talked to my optometrist and went with a Rx that was described as a computer monitor Rx. The top half of the lens gives me a sharp picture of my front sight with my reading Rx at the bottom of the lens. I do not have to tilt my head back to bring the front sight into focus (as I did with my regular bifocals). The tradeoff is that I give up some clarity at distance. This set up has been working well for me. I use the Rx adapter with ESS shooting glasses, although there are other options available (Rudy Project glasses being one).
Well Jim, you seem to be from the right state. I have already worked this over with the optometrist. I have found the best is to have a +1.00 lens (you could probably go to +1.50) for the right and a "0" prescription for the left and keep both eyes open. I have tried other ways as you have mentioned and found when running and gunning that it was difficult to find the right spot on the glasses. I am green/brown color defecient and red is the best color for me. I am now looking at Speed Sights with tritium blaze red up front and two with tritium white diamonds in the back.

Paint or finger nail polish can work well, that is how I first discovered I could not see green.

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Old 08-15-2012, 23:37   #11
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Start off using the stock Glock sight for awhile.
Then talk with and check other people's opinions & sights.
Best sights for IDPA will be Fiber Optic competition sights.
Like Dawson Precision, Warren Sevigny, Novak.
The fiber optics are the brightest sights.
http://www.shootersplus.com/inc/sdetail/5595
Or
Many just prefer plain ole Iron Sights or black sights, like target shooters us, to get the best accuracy.
You'll need that for the longer shots.
Or to hit bowling pins at 50 + feet.

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