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Thoughts on fixed vs. adjustable sights

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Big_Grumpy, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Big_Grumpy

    Big_Grumpy Go Cheese!

    Jul 21, 2009
    I noticed in another thread some folks aren't fans of adjustable sights on their 1911's. Being in the information gathering stage of a possible first purchase, I was wondering what the reasoning is?

    I was thinking it would be better to have them and dial the sights in to POI than compensating for fixed sights.

    Am I way off base or are there other factors at play?

    Thanks guys!
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I like fixed on my combat guns and adjustable on my target guns. I do have a few adjustable combat sights and those are cool.

  3. +1. The only 1911 I would consider w/o a fixed sight might be a 22LR upper for only target/trigger practice.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  4. asiparks


    Sep 17, 2006
    Portland. OR
    All of my 1911 shooting is done within 25 yrds max, most of it at around 10-15yds.
    At those distances POI Vs POA hasn't been an issue, I'm just concerned with getting good solid groups.
    If they're 3" below or above the POA, it doesn't really bother me, so long as I'm on form and grouping nicely.

    My only 1911 with adjustables is my Valtro and I had to have the rear blade replaced after it sheared off. That did not endear me to them...
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  5. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I like both.

    At the range, I prefer large black adjustable sights and red Fiber optic front sights.

    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  7. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    i prefer no dot's on the rear sight and either a tritium or FO front sight
  8. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    I prefer fixed rear sights. Plain black with a plain black or some kind of bead front.

    I mostly shoot IDPA, Harrison's fixed rear that replaces Bo-Mar and LPA adjustables are getting very popular.
  9. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    My guns with adjustable sights have been adjusted twice. Once when new and again when I changed to fibre optic front sights.
    My fixed sight guns took a little more effort to get on target when new but I was even able to find correct height fibre optics for them so have not had to make changes.

    I think Mr Harrison's sights are a great idea but they cost more than the adjustables. Many years ago there was an outfit in Texas that made a "fixed Bomar" for about half the price of adjustables.
  10. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
  11. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I'm not big on dots either.