Fiber Optic or Standard... That is the question

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    Fiber Optic or Standard... That is the question

    I'm thinking about getting a S&W 340PD (the Scandium framed .357 Mag) for deep concealment and those days when I'm just not dressed to carry a larger gun or those days I'd like to pocket carry.

    But now it has come down to sights.

    Should I get the fiber optic or the standard front sight version? They cost the same so that isn't an issue.

    What would you choose and why?

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    I use tru-glo on my handguns....

    They remind me of the C-More on my old racegun. As I get older (46 on the 27th) these old eyes just can't focus on the black sights like I used to....
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    At my age you need Fiber.
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    While I am a fan of fiber optic sights, I've shot a couple hundred rounds through a 340pd with the standard ramp and I don't see a need for anything else. I'm sure the hi-viz sights are durable, but not as durable as the standard red ramp. I voted standard as it's inline with my KISS philosophy.

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    I have a 340 sc with standard sights they are a little hard to see. However I think they are a better option for pocker carry just more durable i guess. besides aiming with a j frame is a moot point anything within 10 yrds in a self defence situation is point shooting for me. Which is how I practice with the 340 I think I have become pretty good with it.
    On a side note I don't think the recoil is that bad. but I have heard horror stories from some people have you tried one? A 12oz .357 is the perfect deep concealment weapon for me. So I wish you luck and so you know I could not be happier with mine.

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    Can you mount fiber optics to work with the notch, no rear sight blade S&W 642 and still keep a good POI?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    At my age you need Fiber.
    At our age(s), (I'm assuming)...everything we touch or eat should have 'fiber'...

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    I'd have to go with the standard ramp.

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    The FO is nice, but they break. That and it appears as that there's a slight ledge created by the FO. I'd stick with a ramped sight for pocket carry.

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    For the same price, I would go with the fiber. But that's just me. JD also had a good point though.

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    On my SW442 I have the CT laser grips (LG 405). They are GREAT! Not only do they provide extra cushioning over the stock grips (padded backstrap) but you get the added benefit of a laser sight. You might want to give them a look.

    I was never into them until I read an article about them, now I'm hooked! They use a simple watch type of battery. It's supposed to last several years.

    Here's a cheap place to buy from. I got mine at a local gun show though. They are adjustable for elevation/windage.

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    My 642 doesn't have the famous red ramp front blade. The total black blade gets lost in the trough rear. I'll second the LaserGrips, they can be a real help!
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    I have shot several S&W revolvers at my local range and the regular ramp sight works just fine for me. Plenty easy to see even in dim indoor lighting. I have used and liked Tru-Glo's fiber optics, but the HiViz I had on my Ruger P345 seemed kind of...cheap, and I am not sure it added all that much.

    Standard sight for me, please.
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    I think standard is better than fiber optic because the standard sight is ramped and would not hang up or snag clothing when drawing from your pocket. Probably not a problem if you are holstering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    My 642 doesn't have the famous red ramp front blade. The total black blade gets lost in the trough rear. I'll second the LaserGrips, they can be a real help!
    My SW442 came with the same sights as yours. Impossible to see them.

    EDITED TO ADD: When I asked the guy at the guns how how far the laser grips point, he pointed it at the far wall of the place. It's Market Hall for the people near Dallas. It's a 214,000 sq ft building & his booth was probably 1/3 of the way down. We were able to see it immediately, it was very clear from that far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    At our age(s), (I'm assuming)...everything we touch or eat should have 'fiber'...
    Man, that's precious!!

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    On a serious note:

    FO sights give you a lot better sight picture. I'll assume this would be a great benefit even with the poor sights on these small J-frames.

    I am told that the Dawson FO sights are a lot more sturdy, have more metal around them to protect them from breaking.

    I would be concerned and need to test out the FO sights first to make sure it won't snag on a holster or pocket that you anticipate using.

    All this said, my J-frame (642) has the CT LG-405 on it. I think it is a better solution for a "belly gun". I would not put laser sights on any other of my guns. I plan on putting the Dawson FOs on my Glocks and 1911 for starters.

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