Sights or Lasers on your CCW. How important are they to You..?

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    Sights or Lasers on your CCW. How important are they to You..?

    I've been hitting the Range with my AMT Back Up 45 for quite sometime now. I really dig this Piece. It has quickly become my favorite CCW. As most of you know, the AMT Back Ups were manufactured without traditional front and rear sights, but the Slides were trenched. My range time has exclusively consisted of using the point-shooting technique. I've gotten to the point that I can easily and consistently hit COM at 20 feet using the Point Shooting technique from the draw at hip height. That's good enough for the girls that I go out with. :)

    That being said, I was wondering how important traditional sights are to you? Do you believe that the sights on your CCW will be utilized in an unavoidable deadly show of force confrontation, self-defensive situation? Wish we had that Crystal Ball, don't we??

    Would you ever purchase and/or carry a sightless CCW?

    Please participate and share you thoughts and opinions on this topic and know in advance that your commentary will be welcomed and appreciated.

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    I wouldn't carry a gun without sights, and if it's going to be carried in low-light conditions, I like Crimson Trace laser grips too.

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    When it comes to handguns, which are all generally weak (compared to long guns), we all have heard that "shot placement" is vitally important.

    While any hit on an attacker is bad for them and good for you, only hits to the vitals really count (for a determined attacker), and even then, results can be iffy. I do not doubt anyone's ability to make hits "somewhere" on the BG using point shooting, but accurate hits to the vitals are another matter.

    What I observed at the low light pistol class that I took last year was that I was able to get repeated hits, under stress, in the vitals of the target - using a CT laser-equipped LCP. The other students (when they hit the target at all) had shots that were all over the place - despite using service-sized pistols.

    I'm a firm believer in lasers, yes. But they are not a cure-all. The need for sights decreases with distance. Given that we do not have a crystal ball, I would have to say that I would probably not buy a handgun with no sights. The sights on my LCP are barely there, but that is mitigated by the laser - and some judicious use of red florescent paint on the front sight nub.

    At some point, I'm probably going to get some Tru Glo TFO sights for my Glock 30. I like 'em on my G26.
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    The AMT is smaller than anything I carry, all of which are sight and laser-equipped.
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    I was totally against lasers until my wife got her lcr with CT grips. She is right eye dominate and has glaucoma it that eye with very limited vision. The laser is a God send for her accuracy and I kind of like it to. All my hand guns have trits on them and I am proficient in low light with them. Would I rely solely on laser NO but they do have their place. If you are forced into an awkward position the laser would be a great advantage.

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    If you're hitting what you're looking at with it I wouldn't be too overly concerned.
    If you really love the gun and it's a keeper - you can always have a set of higher visibility aftermarket sights installed on your slide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RH45 View Post
    I wouldn't carry a gun without sights, and if it's going to be carried in low-light conditions, I like Crimson Trace laser grips too.
    What he said. My EDC is the S&WM&P357Sig with Crimson Trace Laser Grip.

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    I only have CT laser grips on my S&W 642. Not sure if I would put them on any of my others... but I love them on my little j-frame.

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    Speaking of that crystal ball. Is it utterly unlikely that you will need to shoot BEYOND that 20 feet? Maybe yes, maybe no. Sights give you the option. Lasers do have their place but, I have a close relationship with Murphy and do not like to rely on any more equipment than absolutely necessary.

    I might buy a handgun without sights for a purely "get off me" task in mind, otherwise, give me a good set of night sights and I will be happy.
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    I prefer a gun with good sights but having an LCP I've become accustomed to shooting a gun that basically has little to no sights. I also like lasers and have them on my LC9 and SR9c. I don't on the LCP because it is a get off me gun not intended for shooting longer distances. Though I like my two CT lasers, I have no current plans to get more.
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    I have night sights on all my EDC guns and only one laser on a bodyguard (came with it) the body guard is my bug prefer sights don't want the extra weight or the hassle of trying to find a switch in a stessful situation
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