Proof I'm either really old school or a cheapskate

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    Proof I'm either really old school or a cheapskate

    As you 1911 guys know, the older models have less than wonderful sights . So, having squinted at targets and not seeing them all that great I decided to go back a few decades. SO, I put white lacquer on the front sights.. Works fine on a black background. Anything lighter, it disappears . Hmm.. then it hit me ( Don't you wish something would? )

    Red LATINA nail polish! Perfect for El 0.38 Super, verdad ? So, trotted to Walgreen's , looked at their selections and found two really great colors. Just so happened two Honduran girls were there so I asked them which they found the most striking. It is. So, a coat of that over the white and I get a very bright front sight, easy to see , easy to focus on. As silly as it seems, the finish is hard, and doesn't scratch easily.

    Improvised? Yep. Cheap? Yes, yes I am . Does it work? Yep. Downside, an urge for Arroz con pollo....
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    Did similar with our LCPs...red fluorescent model paint over a base of white nail polish.
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    Es muy bueno
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    Lol. I went with Hot Pink for the front sight of my single six. Worked like a charm.
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    I guess it will depend on how many rounds are fired before the nail polish falls off!
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    Way to go! You now have a "red dot sight" for the price of a bottle of nail polish. (sorta) Way cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Did similar with our LCPs...red fluorescent model paint over a base of white nail polish.
    Did you use an acrylic or the testors enamel? The effect I got with the nail polish was very much like a red fibre optic sight .
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    When I was a kid, squirrel hunting in the dense hardwoods of Eastern Ky, I sometimes found that the black front iron couldn't be seen in early morning , late evening hunting.

    So I would take white nail polish and put it on the round bead of the sight on my old Winchester 190.
    Soon afterwards, I made a dot on each side of the rear blade.
    I didn't realize what I had at the time, but I wish I would have copyrighted the idea back in 1972.
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    I used white stencil paint on Sam's .45s. Worked great 40 + years ago. Yeah, there's a whole industry out there now, huh?
    Nail polish is a lacquer so it tends to stay there awhile. The purists get all goosey but , you know, it works for me. I carry these things so I want to make sure I can see something .
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    Gatorbait, what I find amusing is I was just thinking of doing the same thing to my sp101 front sight yesterday. I was talking to the wife about how the black front sight doesn't allow for quick sight pick up for me. I told her I could replace it but then got to thinking I might just paint it with her or one of my girls nail polish. My 16yo has some bright orange maybe I should try.
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    I have blaze orange nail polish on my LCP's front sight, and two white dashes on my rear sights...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric357 View Post
    Gatorbait, what I find amusing is I was just thinking of doing the same thing to my sp101 front sight yesterday. I was talking to the wife about how the black front sight doesn't allow for quick sight pick up for me. I told her I could replace it but then got to thinking I might just paint it with her or one of my girls nail polish. My 16yo has some bright orange maybe I should try.
    I'd bet it'll work just fine . Let it dry and cure about an hour or so and you should be good to go.

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    What I do on my Blackhawks are put flat white on the front sight. Let dry, and put fluorescent orange over that.
    Let dry, take a razor and trim edges.
    Finish off with clear coat to protect it. This is very durable and I've had it on my sights for many years in and out of holsters with no do overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ritepath View Post
    I have blaze orange nail polish on my LCP's front sight, and two white dashes on my rear sights...
    I'll be that looks great and works like a champ...

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