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So I picked up my Ruger SR40C this week after having my local smith install some XS 24/7 Bigdots on it. For those who may be unfamiliar with these sights, they are designed as purely a combat sight. They are meant to be quick to acquire, easily visible in all light conditions, and just generally awesome. So far they fit this bill quite well.

Initial impressions:
These sights are heavy. When I took them out of the package I was surprised at just how heavy they were. Substantial is a good descriptor. The rear has a very thick base, and the front blade is quite wide. The white ring is very crisp and clean with no blemished edges. The tritium had a nice bright glow and was easily seen in low light. In the dark, they provide a glowing green ball that nestles on top a glowing green line. In low light, the tritium glows brightly, giving you a nice contrasting sight to use.

After installation:
The sights look like they belong on my ruger. I highly recommend gunsmith installation. My smith said that they were a hair over-sized and required a little bit of fitting to install. Personally this is my preference as he was able to pressure fit them into the sight dove tails, negating the need for any locktite. On the gun the sights look great. They fit the look very well, and follow the easy point of aim of my ruger. One thing to keep in my mind, is that the front sight is quite a bit taller than a normal sight, and may not fit, or may interfere, with some holsters. I use a SHTF Gear and a Foxx Holsters little foxx and it works just fine in these, but these also have a sight channel molded into them so I have had no no issues.
 

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Taurahe,

Nice review and photos.

I use the Big Dot Express sights on my Glock 19 and 23 and they are quick to access at defensive ranges from 15 yards and in with the point of impact within the dot.

For distances past 25 yards the the point of impact is the top of the dot. They are great for these old eyes of mine and have allowed me to qualify yearly for my HR-218 (Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004) well past my 60th birthday.

Monocular XS Big Dot Express Sights
click image to enlarge....

Regards,

FlaRon :urla9ub:
 

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Great choice. I think you'll enjoy them a lot. I have them on my Kahr PM9 and it's so easy to get on target fast. I've heard the Rugers are good guns, but every time I see one I smirk at the factory sights....way too small/skinny for my personal liking.

I used my Kahr PM9 about 30% of the time during my TDI Handgun 1-3 course a couple of years ago and was ringing the steel with the XS sights right along with everybody else!

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I have them on all my guns. Great sights. Installation was fairly simple. And if you are very farsighted like I am, they truly help with target acquisition.
 

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I have stock sights on my Glock 22, and they are meh. I shot a 1911 with the sights that have the 2 dots in the rear and the 1 dot up front. Much better. Ive always wanted to try these XS Big Dot on my Glock.

Think I might take the plunge eventually.
 

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I dont care for three dot sights on my defense pistols...i always want to spend to much time lining them up. I took the chance and will hopefully be able to hit the range soon to try them out

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I vote for Big Dots also!

I have old eyes and also wear trifocals.

After installing the Big Dots I colored them for even better contrast against all colors of target material.

I can pick them up very quickly on both the midrange and distance portions of my trifocal lenses.

They are certainly not super-accurate target sights, but they are excellent defensive sights.





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Hey Bob O,

Those look really nice, did you do that, or did you have it done?
If so, what was the procedure?
 

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I use Big Dot Express sights on my "social" guns. I have installed them all myself with no problems at all and they have held their position through thousands of round. I have them on:

CZ 2075 RAMI
Sig Sauer P290
A pair of Rem 870 shotguns


CZ-82


 

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Taurahe can you update us when you go shoot, I really wish I could try a set before I buy a set..
I will let you know this afternoon :)
 

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Hey Bob O,

Those look really nice, did you do that, or did you have it done?
If so, what was the procedure?

For the front sight I used acrylic craft paint. Is is really inexpensive (less than $1 a bottle) and it will do your front sight thousands of times. Although once will probably be enough. I did mine almost a year ago and it hasn't worn one bit yet. You can get it at any craft store such as A.C. Moore, Michael's, Ben Franklin, etc. Most any brand will work just fine. This is the type of paint I'm talking about...
DecoArt - Product Information.

It tried the paint on the rear sight, but couldn't get it smooth and bright enough. So I ordered a roll of this tape...
Tape Brothers Fluorescent Green 1" x 10 yards Premium Cast Vinyl Tape

Again, it's been on for almost a year and has virtually zero wear. And one roll will do hundreds of sights.

BTW, I wasn't sure which kind of tape would be best, so I talked to a guy at Tape Brothers. I told him what my purpose was and he suggested the tape above. He said he uses it on his rifle sights.

Bobo
 

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Shooting Update:

Stopped by the range for a few minutes just to try them out. They work fantastic at 10 yds or less I can easily empty a mag under controlled fire into the COM kill zone with room to spare. It is literally put the ball on their just and pull. Longer distances were a little bit slower, but not bad. You use the top ofth e sight for longer distances so it was different. I am confident out to around 20 meters tops, but I would never shoot that far unless I had dire need. for SD purposes the big dots are spot on the money
 
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Who ever you get to do them make sure they understand that you do not want nicks or scratches on the gun. My xds can back with a scratch which they said was because of the difficulty. I was not happy. Had I known this was going to happen, I would have did them myself. They offered no compensation. Really like the sights though.
 

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Big Dots ROCK! :yup:
 

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Had a set of Big Dots on a Glock 23 and really liked them. I found with practice they could be very accurate beyond 15 yards. Here was my problem with them. My duty issued sidearm at the time was a Beretta 96 with 3 dot Trijicons. After getting used to the Big Dots, it took me too long to align the sights on my duty weapon. So for safety sake, I went back to a 3 dot set up for my off duty/cc weapons. Otherwise, I'd have them or a similar sight on all my Glocks.
 

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So I picked up my Ruger SR40C this week after having my local smith install some XS 24/7 Bigdots on it. For those who may be unfamiliar with these sights, they are designed as purely a combat sight. They are meant to be quick to acquire, easily visible in all light conditions, and just generally awesome. So far they fit this bill quite well.

Initial impressions:
These sights are heavy. When I took them out of the package I was surprised at just how heavy they were. Substantial is a good descriptor. The rear has a very thick base, and the front blade is quite wide. The white ring is very crisp and clean with no blemished edges. The tritium had a nice bright glow and was easily seen in low light. In the dark, they provide a glowing green ball that nestles on top a glowing green line. In low light, the tritium glows brightly, giving you a nice contrasting sight to use.

After installation:
The sights look like they belong on my ruger. I highly recommend gunsmith installation. My smith said that they were a hair over-sized and required a little bit of fitting to install. Personally this is my preference as he was able to pressure fit them into the sight dove tails, negating the need for any locktite. On the gun the sights look great. They fit the look very well, and follow the easy point of aim of my ruger. One thing to keep in my mind, is that the front sight is quite a bit taller than a normal sight, and may not fit, or may interfere, with some holsters. I use a SHTF Gear and a Foxx Holsters little foxx and it works just fine in these, but these also have a sight channel molded into them so I have had no no issues.
Wow! Those look great on that Ruger Taurahe. My old eyes can appreciate those big ole' sights, thanks for posting.
 
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