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Old 09-19-2014, 02:09 AM   #1
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greetings...

so i gotts this browning 1911-22 compact chambered in 22lr... it has gi sights... which makes it challenging to quickly get on target because the sights are tiny tiny tiny...

im thinking abouts trying to put drops on the rear sight and a line on the front sight...

not having any experience with sight paint... im seeking advice as to is it worth a go... or is sight paint a no go...

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Old 09-19-2014, 02:19 AM   #2
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I bought some "sight paint" at a gun show last year and it was thick and rubbery. I have seen other guys borrow their wives' nail polish and achieve better results.
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Here is what I bought. I was not pleased.
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I have a can of fluorescent orange spray paint. I spray a little on a piece of paper and use a little paint brush like you get with a water color set. I have a S&W 64 that I use for IDPA sometimes. The front sight was really hard to see. So I did the paint. Now it screams at you when you look at it. When I shoot quick shots in competition at 10-15 yards my holes in the targets are usually within an inch or 2 or each other.
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I have used bright nail polish on a couple of my firearms... they are not night sights... but it was a pretty decent improvement.

For a couple of bucks... I would suggest you try it first. I also picked up a bottle of "clear" to give them a good top coat. Worked for me...


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Or stop by the hobby store, wander over to the model airplane section, and browse their little bottles of Testor model paint.


PS- All you guys painting your front sights orange- you DO know what color jumpsuits are worn by escaped prison inmates?
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On my rifle sights I tried red and white nail polish. The red worked pretty well. I ended up getting some orange, green, yellow and hot pink acrylic fluorescent paint at Wally World. The bottles contain more paint than you would need in ten life times for sight paint. If I remember correctly the were about $2.00 a bottle. Out of those the orange and green worked the best for me. YMMV, Whatever color you use try putting a coat of white as an undercoat before you put on the final color. Oh, make sure you get all the oil residue off of the surface before you paint it. I use 90 percent rubbing alcohol myself. Also you may want to put one color on the rear and another color on the front for some contrast. Hold on to whatever paint you use. You will most likely be reapplying it periodically. I have never tried the sight paint sold by any number of retailers. Most of what I have read on the subject suggests they are not much better than what I mentioned earlier. Of course that's just my opinion.
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All you guys painting your front sights orange- you DO know what color jumpsuits are worn by escaped prison inmates?
Black and white stripes?
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I used red confetti for the Patridge front on a Colt Python.

Take the smallest single hole puncher, I think it is 1/32". Punch out a tiny round piece of bright self adhesive tape. Using small pickups, peel the backside off and attach to the front sight. You can reinforce it with a tiny dab of superglue. It looks to me more professional than a DIY paint job, and what's important it is disposable and it leaves no mess on a prized gun. I posted these pics before.
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go to Walmart and get the cheapest fingernail polish you can find. Here is a picture of some sights I painted on a black powder revolver about a year ago. Still looks good.
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