Times when red dot sights, also known as reflex or holographic sights were big and expensive are in the past. Do you know that they were used on fighter aircraft in limited numbers during World War I and widely used during World War II?
Optic and red dot sights are not that expensive as it was before. They are compact and inexpensive. That is why they are widely used on rifles, shotguns and even handguns nowadays.
But iron sights are still used by Marines, Army and competitive shooters. So why are they used, and what iron sights are preferred for your AR-15 rifle?
Iron sights are much more difficult to break. They can be used during rain, snow and even when wet or dirty. They can take a lot of abuse and still work and enable the shooter to aim and hit a target.
Do you like to hunt turkeys or other types of fowl? If so, then try to add the Dead Ringer Beard Buster Sight to your shotgun. This sight attachment will make it easier to see your target in dark or dim environments. This is a circular sight that gets attached to the rear and high front sight which replaces the factory sight of the shotgun. The front sight is designed to be universal since it can fit vent rib shotguns that are 3/8, 1/4, or 5/16. The Beard Buster is compatible with almost all the popular shotgun brands, including Remington, Beretta, Winchester, Ruger, Mossberg, Weatherby, and more.
The XS Sights DX Standard Dot is a front sight which you can add to your Remington or Benelli M2 or Benelli Supernova vent-ribbed shotgun. In addition, you will get a set of three rear sights which have white vertical stripes. Each rear sight has a different height, so choose the best one that accommodates your specific needs. The purpose of the rear sight is so you can align your weapon with the target more precisely. With both sights attached to your vent-ribbed shotgun, you can accurately aim at your target and hit it successfully.
It makes life of a new shooter easier. Some shooters find it difficult to aim with front sight only. Most of the shotguns have on the front sight and rear sight looks like a very intresting addition. But it will require gunsmithing. You need to have a dove tail to install rear sight on your ventilated rib barrel.
Some of you may have seen your grandfather or older shooters lick their finger and touch the bead sight on their shotgun. Why was this done? There are many explanations and Hollywood has created some of the reasons but the one that makes the most sense is that the moisture puts a little shine on the sight. Some might say they do not need a shine and may need the sight blackened with a smudge pot as some used to do. It simply proves that everyone has his or her own techniques and style. The soot from the smudge was flat black and did not give off any reflection. In other words absolutely no glare. If the color of the front bead is the same as your target you may have a hard time distinguishing the two so on occasion you may need a contrast for better accuracy.
Thanks to my friend Igor Lytvynenko for this article.
There are a lot of interesting articles in this blog, but there is not much information about the famous Benelli M2 shotgun. I want to fix this and share my experiences of using this beauty throughout several shooting seasons. I have used the Benelli M2 during 25 matches in Ukraine and abroad, so I have the knowledge to tell you about it.
But first, let me put a little disclaimer out there. This article is not for newbies and I won’t start describing how to prepare the Benelli M2 for practical shooting right out of the box. I am not going to describe upgrades, bells and whistles. Instead, I will describe the important elements of fine tuning, the problems I’ve found and the ways to fix them. Some of the issues are very typical and obvious but I will describe them anyway. Some of the issues are very interesting as well.
Organized “Home Defense” training last week ended. There were 9 participants and one of them had very interesting homemade front sight protection on his Remington 870. I have never seen anything like that before. It protects the front sight from bumps which are very common when a shotgun is heavily used during hunting, competitions or training exercises.
Remington 870 shotgun owners depend on having quality sights on their barrels. For the Remington 870, you will want to get Tritium sights for your weapon. These particular sights glow in the dark which makes them perfect for all kinds of outdoor environments where you might have limited lighting. These sights are also very sturdy and made of the highest quality material. Ameriglo sights are also neat glow in the dark sights which come in a variety of colors such as yellow and green. So if you are a nighttime hunter, then these glow in the dark sights will be right up your alley. Just be careful what you are shooting at because this glow does not cast a light like a flashlight does. You will still have to be able to see your target. These sights just make sure you know which direction your barrel is pointed at when you aim in the dark.
Thanks to Tommy Geraci, one of the blog readers for making this review!
UNIVERSAL “GHOST RING” FIRESIGHT SET
Next up for review are the W.G.S. Co. Universal Ghost Ring Firesights. These sights offer a large amount of flexibility since they incorporate a universal design they can work on just about any vent rib shotgun with no gunsmithing required. They are made out of aircraft grade aluminum and manufactured through a CNC process. The color combination of a red front sight and a green ghost ring rear sight really compliment each other well and only help increase a shooters target acquisition. The Universal Ghost Ring Firesights attach to a vent rib barrel via the placement holes with a combination of two latches per sight that are held in place with a set of screws that are provided.
Thanks to Tommy Geraci, one of the blog readers for making this review!
ACE IN THE HOLE
Williams Gun Sight Co. has a variety of sights for shotgun, rifle and handgun platforms. I will begin this review with the W.G.S. Co. Ace In The Hole fiber optic ghost ring with an integrated 1913 picatinny rail for the Remington 870 shotgun. The Ace In The Hole is designed for drilled and tapped receivers. This ensures a rock solid fit which further helps to maintain a constant zero. Gunsmithing is required to drill and tap the receiver unless the Remington 870 has already been drilled and tapped. Ensure that the screws included will work with a previously drilled and tapped receiver by calling Williams Gun Sight Co. and asking them directly.
There are many ways to go about mounting a red dot scope onto a Remington 870 shotgun. Some of these ways are expensive, while others require more time and energy at a cheaper price. The most common way is to use saddle mounts by replacing the trigger pins with bolts for the mounts. However, the most reliable method of mounting a red dot scope is drilling and tapping the receiver first and then installing the rail. You will need a drill and skills in gunsmithing in order to do this properly. That is why it may be better for beginners or average users to just use saddle mounts with bolts that replace the trigger pins. This method is much simpler and faster to install. Once the mount is placed on top, you just screw the red dot scope into it or snap it in depending on the model.