Why Gen5 Bold Sights shoot low?

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  1. kevin1

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    A few weeks ago, I purchased a new G26 Gen 5 (made in USA with front serrations) and ordered a set of Glock Bold Sights by Ameriglo (Model 47285 for Gen 5 with .200” front and .276” rear).

    The factory plastic sights were fine, but now my gun is shooting low. Not by much (maybe 1” at 15Y), but enough to be slightly annoying.

    Since I purchased these sights, I’ve done some reading and came to find out that this is a know issue. That many choose to install the Gen 3/4 Bold sights (with 0.180” front). I’ve even read that someone sent his Gen 5 to Glock and the 0.180” front sight was installed.

    Basically it seems that when you put the Gen 3/4 Bold sights on your Gen 5 gun, you get the same POA/POI, just like the plastic factory sights that come with the Gen 5.

    For the life of me I don’t understand why Glock is selling these Bold sights that are supposedly meant for the Gen5, but end up shooting low.
     
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    Used to be Glock used #2. After the 19X and Gen5, 3 became the standard. So, if you want 2, get sights for Gen3 or 4. If you prefer to “drive the dots,” 3 is for you, install Gen5 specific sights. If you want 1, you’re on your own. ‍
     

  3. kevin1

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    I'm fine with #3. That's how the plastic factory sights were shooting on the G26. But with the Bold sights for Gen 5, the G26 shoots lower than #3.
     
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    The Bold sights were designed to use sight image 3. There have been some Gen5 guns, I have had 2 that shoot low even with sight image 3 and .200 fronts. For those I swapped the front on one to a .180 and it brought the POA/POI to right below the top of the front sight. The other one I had to go to a .165 to get it to shoot even with the top of the front sight.

    For whatever reason there seems to be a large variation in the Gen5 guns as far as sights go. Try and get a .180 front sight and see where your POA/POI is. It's a pain, but the .180 will usually dial it in where you want it to be.



    TXPO
     
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    Sight picture 3 is so wrong
     
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    I’m pretty sure the Gen 5 met FBI specs.

    FWIW, all four of my Gen 5’s now sport Gen 1-4 height sights
     
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    Could you please explain this? I am just curious.

    Thanks,

    Frank in Phoenix
     
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    I prefer #1
    I have been recommending that from the beginning when Glock shipped some Gen 5 pistols with the wrong height sights.
     
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    Thanks Rocky7
     
  11. kevin1

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    Regarding the comment on the large variation in the Gen5, this doesn’t apply to my gun.

    Keep in mind that my POI/POA were correct (sight image 3) with the factory plastic sights. So unless Glock had put a Gen 4 front sight on my new factory G26, the variation in dimension will not apply.

    Yes, if I change my front sight from .200” to 0.180”, it would solve the issue. But I’ve already spent $100+ on my bold sights that I can’t return (because already installed) and now I have to spend another $60 for a different sight.
     
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    Had the same problems so I went with Gen 3/4 sights on the Gen5 and problem solved.