PT night sights arrived (pics)

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by ScottW, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. ScottW

    ScottW New Member

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    I took advantage of the group buy and got some PT nights installed on my M9. I went with the 2 Dot Bar configuration. Turnaround time was nine days including time in transit, and total cost was $81.

    Side profiles:
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    The rear sight has defined edges to it, but I don't believe they'll snag on clothing.

    Camera focused on rear sight:
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    Camera focused (more or less) on front sight:
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    That was with the camera fairly close. At arm's length, the front sight fills the notch in the rear sight much more.

    Here's what they look like in low light. This is really two pics photochopped together so both front & rear sights appear roughly in focus:
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    This was more like arm's length away; notice how there's less space around the front sight. I think one of the reasons it took me a while to get used to the original trap sights was that they had quite a bit of daylight around the front triangle. I *think* the PTs will help with my shooting precision.

    Here they are in as dark an environment as I could reasonably get in my apartment:
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    The previous pics are fairly close up. This one is resized to be more like actual size sight picture, assuming you use a screen resolution of 72 dpi. If you sit so your monitor is as far away from your eyes as your gun is when you shoot, this should be close to actual size:
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    Miscellaneous observations... one of the two orange tritium vials appears to be inserted a bit farther into the body of the rear sight than the other. I don't think it will be a distraction at the range, and it is completely imperceptible in the dark. Also, it will be interesting to see if it shoots POA=POI because the front sight appears to be installed just a tiny bit off center. A quick & dirty measurement with dial calipers indicates this to be in the range of .015" (less than 0.5 mm). But I'll have to wait to see how they shoot. Hoping to make a range trip this weekend!
     
  2. Guest

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    ScottW,

    Thanks for the pictures, you did a great job and it really shows how good they look. I can't wait to hear how they shoot for you.

    Hell, I can't wait to get mine back myself! Mine is just over 10 days...

    Jeff
     

  3. ministerofdeath

    ministerofdeath New Member

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    Nice

    Have to admit those beat my night sights I purchased form USASteyr a year ago. My night sights are green front and back and no steady bar.

    Great pics....sounds like you guys got a great deal.
     
  4. madecov

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    Very nice.
    PT does have some very interesting configurations, it would be cool if they could duplicate the factory trap sights.

    Keep us up to date on POA/POI at the range.
     
  5. ScottW

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    Will do. I spent too much time wrenching on my truck and watching the Seahawks win this weekend 8) so I didn't make it to the range. :cry: Hopefully next weekend.
     
  6. Guest

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    Guys I would like to know how I can get this deal on night sights? thanks
     
  7. Auburn

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    Finally made it to the range today and the sights worked great. My first 10 shots at 10 yards using a standing 2-handed isosceles position produced about a 1.75" group. While that may not set any records, it's better than I was doing with the trap sights. IMO this can be attributed largely to the PTs having less daylight around the front sight than the traps. I'm getting much less horizontal spread in my groupings.

    On my next target I shot 30 rounds at 10 yards and tore one ragged hole. The center of said hole was about 1/2" to 5/8" to the right of the X. This is no doubt because my front sight is just a few hairs off center. When I moved my next target back to 15 yards, I honestly couldn't quite hold my groupings tight enough (standing 2-handed) to tell any POA/POI difference, but they all landed in the 7-ring or better and I didn't notice any significant skewing to the right. Bottom line... this is a night stand and potential carry pistol, and at realistic defensive shooting distances this will definitely git 'er done. If I was shooting in competition, I might drift that front sight over those few thousandths to absolutely dead-center it, but right now I don't feel the need to mess with it.

    Towards the end of my range session I set up a man-shaped silhouette at 10 yards and enjoyed some Mozambique drills. This is where you appreciate the bar in the rear sight. If you basically ignore the two side dots and focus on getting the front dot and the rear bar aligned, it allows for quick and surprisingly accurate follow-up shots. Overall, I think this sight configuration is fairly versatile, giving good accuracy in both slow and rapid fire situations. I'm quite happy with my purchase. 8)