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.
The Browning’s sights were harder to use. They were just black metal that you lined up.
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.
The upshot is that the fiber-opticness make the dots glow when you’re aiming.
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!