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Finer iron sights for mk III Hunter

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Well, I've been shooting my Mk III Hunter at pretty much every venue I can find, from steel challenge to indoor bullseye to IDPA (I get a lot of funny looks when I show up to that with a .22 :D). I have decided that, as nice as the fiber optic/v-sight is for steel challenge, it pretty much sucks for precision.

I was shooting a Glock 36 (BIG difference, going from a long barreled .22 to a short barreled .45) after IDPA a couple days ago, and absolutely loved the sights. Once I rana mag through it and got used to the gun, I literally put all 7 rounds into a single hole about 1 1/4" wide. I can't group that well with the ruger, even off a bench.

So, i've decided that it's the sights. What are my options for finer sights, preferably something akin to the Glock stock sights? And how hard is it to remove the standard sights that come on the Mk III Hunter? Thanks for the help. And no, as of now I'm not going to go with a red dot.
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As far as ruger OEM stuff:
No paint-
http://shopruger.com/A03612-MKIII-Target-Front-Sight/productinfo/61019/
http://shopruger.com/MR05901-MK-I-II-MK-III-Target-Sq-Notch-Rear-Sight-Blade/productinfo/61037/
With paint-
http://shopruger.com/A03611-MK-III-Standard-Front-Sight/productinfo/61018/
http://shopruger.com/Double-Action-Revolver-Steel-Rear-Sight-Blade/productinfo/90036/

LPA also makes assemblies that entirely replace the rear sight, instead of just the blade:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/399854/lpa-tpu-rear-sight-ruger-mark-ii-steel-blue-3-dot

There are numerous non-OEMs that make front sights if you do even a cursory search for "ruger mark front sight".

I'd also recommend trying to buy from midway or brownell or wherever, Ruger's shipping fees are a little steep.
 

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ThatLPA sight is closer to what I want. Just swapping the front sight for a blade might help a bit, but I'm still stuck with the v-notch in the back that is anything but fine. But ****, for $61 I guess I could just as easily buy a red dot. That kinda sucks, lol. But thanks for the info!
 

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It would pay to match the rear notch and front blade for widths. You want to still see a sliver of light on either side of the front blade in the rear notch to accurately gauge center. If you leave too wide a notch at the rear with a thin front the results won't be any better. Same if you go with a narrow rear notch that doesn't leave the sliver of light along the sides of the notch with the front blade. The two need to be matched to work well.

Just a thought but shooting my new Mosin Nagant rifle recently I found that the round bottom "U" shaped rear notch seemed to really aid me with centering the front pin. The rounded base of the notch seemed to cause the slivers of light to look shorter and longer side to side when the pin wasn't properly centered. I need to play with it more but I suspect this may be a nice trick.
 

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Just a thought but it would pay to match the rear notch and front blade for widths. You want to still see a sliver of light on either side of the front blade in the rear notch to accurately gauge center. If you leave too wide a notch at the rear with a thin front the results won't be any better. Same if you go with a narrow rear notch that doesn't leave the sliver of light along the sides of the notch with the front blade. The two need to be matched to work well.

Just a thought but shooting my new Mosin Nagant rifle recently I found that the round bottom "U" shaped rear notch seemed to really aid me with centering the front pin. The rounded base of the notch seemed to cause the slivers of light to look shorter and longer side to side when the pin wasn't properly centered. I need to play with it more but I suspect this may be a nice trick.
I'm very used to open sights; I grew up on muzzleloaders and shoot them all the time, so I'm pretty good with iron sights. But I've never seen the rounded bottom sight before. I might have to check that out.

As far as the interchangeable rear sight blade, I'm liking that idea! $3 is a whole lot nicer than $63, to get the same result. And if it the notch is too wide or narrow, I can pretty easily fill the gap the file it out, or just widen it as needed. And for $3 I can afford to play with one and screw it up if need be.
 

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I almost wish someone would make a peep sight for a pistol.
I always shoot guns with peep sights better than anything else, and am a huge fan of the old style Lyman sights.
Well.... technically a rear ring sight on a handgun would be a ghost ring instead of a peep sight. The rear sight is far too much away from the eye to use in the same way as a rifle peep sight. So sadly it won't give us guys with the sketchy eyesight the same boost in sharpness that a small aperature close to the eye will give.

One thing about rear sight blades is that they aren't all that fancy to make up. Most are simply punched from sheet metal and have a few notches. So to make up some with different width notches or even a ghost ring style often isn't that big of a metal working project. And from what I'm seeing of the Ruger style blades it shouldn't be that hard to make some suitable replacements. At least useable enough that you can find out if you like one style or the other or something new and unavailable for cheap other than a bit of time simple tools and some scrap metal.
 

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I didn't like the sights on my MKIII Target 5.5, and was asking pretty much the same question on here a few months back.

A helpful member on here PM'd me that he had a spare set of these:
http://shopruger.com/A03611-MK-III-Standard-Front-Sight/productinfo/61018/
http://shopruger.com/A06001-MK-III-Standard-Rear-Sight-Fixed/productinfo/61048/
left over from his 22/45 TB that he didn't want, and i could have them for the price of shipping.

Easy install on my mkIII, and i'm MUCH happier with the pistol now.
 

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I didn't like the sights on my MKIII Target 5.5, and was asking pretty much the same question on here a few months back.

A helpful member on here PM'd me that he had a spare set of these:
http://shopruger.com/A03611-MK-III-Standard-Front-Sight/productinfo/61018/
http://shopruger.com/A06001-MK-III-Standard-Rear-Sight-Fixed/productinfo/61048/
left over from his 22/45 TB that he didn't want, and i could have them for the price of shipping.

Easy install on my mkIII, and i'm MUCH happier with the pistol now.
Fairly cheap too. I take it they just crew right into the the existing holes? Nothing needed?
 

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I would kill to have the sights on my dad's Single Six hunter on my Mark II or Mark III, but they don't attach the same way.

They have tremendous sights with a v-sight in back and a gold bead front sight.

So much better than the ones on my autos.
 
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