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I've been thinking of picking up a fiber optic sight for the xd9, but not sure which color would work best for me so I decided to try a couple different colors on for size. Stopped off last night and picked up a box of crayons for a buck and tried the greens and the yellows but they just didn't jump out at me the way the red/orange colors did. So I decided w/ competition tonight, I'd see how it tracked for me.

When I drew on the first target it popped right into my field of vision and was a nice contrast, but after that first shot it was back to white dots again. The crayon had popped out. Guess I need to go get a couple bottles of Testors paint and see how it works for me before I get into the sight change. Oh well, maybe next week. :)
 

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Interesting....I used yellow crayons on my XD Sub, and it's worked fine. Been in there for about a month, so I'd guess six to eight trips to the range. I am color blind, so I know that different colors jump out at me in different ways than to those who are not color blind (I actually saw on one website for gun sights different color recommendations for color blind guys...the percentage is quite high. I believe about 12% of men are color blind).

The yellow looks to have far more contrast for me than the white. Green or red would be very hard for me to pick up (I think).

I recently bought an SA 1911 "Loaded"....the sights are plain (no dots) black low mount "combat" sights. On that gun, I used a little Testors white paint. The "dot" (square dot) came out perfectly. The paint settled into the grooves very evenly. I used a toothpick as a brush. I wonder if the yellow would have been better, but looking at the jars of the model paint, the white seemed to be the brightest. And I think the white probably looks less conspicuous than a yellow dot on that gun (I know that's in my head).

I did not attempt to paint anything on the rear sights. Saw no reason, and did not want to make a mess.

The black front sight just did not show up well on the black bulls-eye range targets. So the contrast with the white seems fine. Yellow would, I suppose, be equally effective. I actually like the plain back sights with the dot on the front sight only. No distraction, and having the front sight stand out seems to help....I am more aware of the centering of the sight than I am with the three dot sights on the XD.

Still not sure if I will ultimately switch out the sights. Springfield does gyve a coupon with some pretty good deals when you buy one of their 1911s. But as cool as the adjustable target sights and night sights go, I see no reason to rush out and get them without giving my standard Novack low mount sights a chance.

And of course I am hoping to win one of those new internal laser sights from Old School on a karma give-away :D

Peace,
D.
 

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Yeah, let's not be cheap bastards here!

When you're going for the ghetto fiber sights, use a quality product such as Crayola! :lol:
 

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I recently touched up my greying sight dots with a whiteout pen. It worked wonderfully!

Ive seen others mention the use of bright fingernail polish. That should do the trick as well.

Getting wax to stick in the sights could be tricky. Perhaps melting it into the sight dot with a lighter might be better?
 

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Im sending notes to all of your kids telling them how their daddy stole their crayons to use on their tools of death and distruction! :lol:
 

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ok, to be honest is wasn't crayola, it was bargain brand whatever was on the shelf at the drug store. maybe i do need to stop being a cheap bastard. :) Of course I did end up shooting the best string of my life on the final stage last night with the white sights. 21 rd count stage, 23 rounds fired, all scored rounds were aces.
 

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The HiViz fiber optic front sight comes with both green and red light pipes. I've used them both and prefer the red, though green is widely claimed to be more "visible".
 
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