I am so excited right now, and not only because this is my first post on my shiny new blog.  I just received my new aftermarket sights for my Browning Buckmark .22.  I went with Firesights by Williams, but first, why replace the stock sights anyway?

The Browning was my first gun and its stock sights, while not terribly easy to use, were good enough for me to learn things like:

  • How to hold the gun
  • How to stand when shooting
  • How to shoot the gun and come within a mile of what I’m aiming at

After shooting it for about 18 months, I found that my accuracy hadn’t improved over the previous two months.  I wasn’t getting noticeably better and that was frustrating the heck out of me.  It wasn’t until I tried out my new Beretta 92a1 that I realized something: three-dot sights are freaking awesome.

Wait, so I just line up the three dots? Ooooh…

The Browning’s sights were harder to use.  They were just black metal that you lined up.

The Browning’s stock front and rear sights.  Note that I put yellow nail polish on the front sights to improve the contrast when I’m aiming.  I heard that’s an old gunner’s trick and it gave me an excuse to shop at Hot Topic.

In hindsight, I’m glad I learned to shoot on the Browning with the stock sights.  They were more challenging to use and I bet they made me use better discipline while shooting.  But I’ve now outgrown them and need something more accurate.

Firesights by Williams are three-dot fiber-optic sights.  The front and rear sights have different colored strips of fiber-optic wire.

Comparing the stock front sight to the Firesights front sights.  Also, I feel like I’m using the word “sight” too much in this post.

Comparing the stock front sight to the Firesights front sights. Also, I feel like I’m using the word “sight” too much in this post.

The upshot is that the fiber-opticness make the dots glow when you’re aiming.

Look at how glowy the dots are! It’s not even that bright in here.

I just finished installing them and will give them a test drive in a few days.  I have to first ‘zero out’ the sights at the range, which will be a new experience for me.  Wish me luck!


  1. Congrats on your first official post on your blog!

  2. It would be interesting to see what your experience has been with them.

  3. I like the sights very much! The only thing that is tricky about them is that the elevation screw is a bit too short, which makes it tricky to calibrate exactly the way I want it without it coming apart on me. Once I got it just right, I just don’t touch it at all and the sights works well.

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