Sighting in a new carry gun

Sighting in a new carry gun

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    Sighting in a new carry gun

    Purchased a new handgun today. Not going to say what brand so there will be no brand wars (hopefully). As a subcompact it will be a carry gun, not so much a range gun. Not to say I will not take it to the range as I did the day it was purchased. Put 50 rounds of SD ammo and about 35 of FMJ through and am happy with the gun.

    This handgun has adjustable rear sights. I benched rested and sighted in at 7 yards, nice tight group. Unfortunately I was rushed for time and so instead of bench resting longer distance I shot standing at 15 yards. The grouping was comparable to my usual at that range.

    My questions are: what distance does one sight in a carry gun? Is there a recommended distance? Will it really matter?


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    I don't have adjustable sights on my carry guns, so I can't advise you.

    I'd guess it's a personal thing. But, c'mon; ya ain't gonna tell us whatcha got?
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    Don't think it matters much. At short range you won't really need the sights, and at long range you'll be able to leave instead of fight. 10-15yds is about the farthest I can imagine needing while still be close enough to justify shooting. But if you wanted to sight it in at longer range it shouldn't hurt anything when you need it at closer ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owgem View Post
    Purchased a new handgun today. Not going to say what brand so there will be no brand wars (hopefully). As a subcompact it will be a carry gun, not so much a range gun. Not to say I will not take it to the range as I did the day it was purchased.
    - The members on this site are very helpful. You won't get much in the way of brand wars. If you do post your brand of gun, you may actually get tips and tricks you might not have known about.

    Quote Originally Posted by owgem View Post
    My questions are: what distance does one sight in a carry gun? Is there a recommended distance? Will it really matter?
    - I'm with the others in that most gunfights will be very close. That being said, I usually sight my sights or Crimson Trace laser to 25'. The laser is still accurate at 50'.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. Yeah I guess sighting in at about 7 yards should do it. And since it is a subcompact I should not expect it to do well at anything considered long range.

    tokerblue makes a good point with brand revealed I may get some good use tips. So OK, it's a Glock 26.

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    If you able to hit where your aiming at 7-10 yrads you should be good to go.

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    Given the velocity of the 9mm and its relatively minimal mid range trajectory, I think that any variation in sighting in from 25 yds in would be imperceptible to all but the most precision shooters. OMO

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    My maximum distance is 7 yards. Defensively, I can't see the need to be shooting any farther, however, at 25 yards the Kimber is still hitting COM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by owgem View Post
    Yeah I guess sighting in at about 7 yards should do it. And since it is a subcompact I should not expect it to do well at anything considered long range.

    tokerblue makes a good point with brand revealed I may get some good use tips. So OK, it's a Glock 26.
    - Glock makes great guns. I don't think you'll find anyone that disputes that. There are people that don't like the feel of a polymer gun and the grip angle, but it's otherwise hard to find fault with them.

    That being said, I have a Glock 19 with fixed sights and I don't have any problems with good groupings at 25' or 50'. You may not have to adjust the sights at all.

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    10 to 20 feet for me.
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    personally with a Glock, i feel it is more of a utilitarian gun than an accurate range gun anyway, unless you get one with a match grade competition barrel and a whole bunch of other stuff, so about 15-25 ft is acceptable for me
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    Since this is a new carry gun, I'd advise to go to a gunsmith and dump the adjustable sights for a fixed sight. Why? Because Mr Murphy (of Murphy's Law fame) has been known to adjust adjustable sights when you aren't looking--leading you to spend more time re-adjusting your sights to that your POA=POI vs spending time practicing and training (at the same time, wasting ammo). Adjustable sights also have a tendency to move themselves when they get caught up on cover garments, seatbelts, or get battered around wearing your gun daily.

    Adjustable sights are useful for competitive shooters who train for precision (and shoot under conditions that allows them to do so)...

    Bottomline: Dump the adjustable sights...they won't do you any better than a fixed sight and the fixed sights are one less thing to break/worry about.
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