Ameriglo Ghost Ring Sights vs Trijicon Night Sights

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by hometheaterman, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. hometheaterman

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    So I'm not quite ready to purchase a new gun but I'm hoping to in a month or so. Anyway, I've been researching some and I thought I was set on the Trijicon night sights. However, I recently read about the Ameriglo and their ghost ring sights. Which is the better option here? I've never shot a gun with ghost ring sights but I really like the look of them. Honestly I'm not the best shot with open sights. I can hit close to where I want but if I get a 4" group or so I'm doing great. I can't get these super tight groups like a lot of guys. This is with rifles or pistols. However, I do much better with a scope and while the ghost rings aren't a scope they seem to be closer to one. I just have trouble holding the gun still enough to keep the open sights even when shooting.

    Which one of these sights is the best choice to go with? One thing I like about the Trijicon's is the place I'd like to buy the gun sells them and will install them for $80 or so. The Ameriglo's would cost $80 or so to purchase and I have no idea what they would cost to have installed.
     
  2. G19aps

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    The value of ghost rings is the almost instant accurate aligned-with-the-eye that you get when you mount a shoulder stock to your shoulder. Obviously handguns don't have shoulder stocks so the value is diminished. I don't know of any agency, military unit, or top competitor that uses ghost rings - but that doesn't mean no one is using them.
    In your case I would go with the Trijicons as that's a good deal. Do you know why you can't get good groups with a handgun? Have you diagnosed a problem with your eyes or maybe your trigger squeeze?
     

  3. hometheaterman

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    I don't know why I can't get good groups. I mean I can hit what I'm aiming for. Maybe not the bullseye but if I shoot something like 2 liter drank bottle I can hit it pretty decently. Most of the time. However, I see guys on here post big ragged one hole groups in the bullseye and I can't do that. I'm lucky to even hit the bullseye once or twice out of a 10-15 round group. I've got a buddy that's a really good shot though and he can shoot groups like you see people post on this site. He tried to teach me a few tricks which helped some but I'm just not the best with open sights. I have a hard time keeping the front sight lined up with the rear one for some reason. I think it's just that I'm not that used to them since 98% of the shooting I do is probably either a shotgun with just a bead or a rifle with a scope where I don't have to worry about having two sights lined up and holding it still like that.

    I will say I shot a buddies Ruger MarkII and I was pretty accurate with that at about 10-15 yards. As in shooting the Pepsi logo out of a can. I liked that gun a lot for just target practice. I was shooting off of sandbags though not free handed.
     
  4. MO Fugga

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    I'm in the same boat, looking for good sights, all-purpose, and whatever gives me an edge on hunting. I'm not that great a shot, either. G19aps gave me some good advice yesterday. He seems to know a lot about sights, and training is key. Try meprolight or trijicon, as I don't know anyone using ghost rings, either.
     
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  5. G19aps

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    Well, there's no replacement for off hand shooting if that's what you want to get good at. That Ruger .22 is super accurate and has a decent trigger and is great starting point to perfect your trigger squeeze and sight alignment. My abilities greatly improved when I put a red dot sight on my Ruger .22 and I could see exactly how much I was shaking. Then I just took my time calming down and fighting my hand until it steadied. Take your time breaking the shot. Sometimes it takes me 5 -10 seconds before I'm happy and the gun goes off.
    Unless you have a nerve issue that causes an uncontrollable shake, take comfort in the fact that you WILL become a better shot if you practice with an accurate gun. The training will carry over to a centerfire.
    That attachment from 10mmmofo is a great diagnosing tool as well!
     
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    If guns make you nervous or shaky, drink a bottle of whiskey before hittin' the range...:rofl:
    Thanx, dude! Got that link from another member here, as well. Have seen it several times. I'm a typical low-left low life myself.