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S&W 686 I need new sights

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by mjbskwim, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I have a nice 686 I got this summer and it does shoot very well. Nice and accurate.
    When I take plenty of time so I can see the sights,lol Black on black don't work well with old eyes
    I'm going to look around some ,but I like to see what this community has to say for their favorites first.
    These are adjustable of course.
    Don't need to be fiber optic but those are fine too.I could do the nail polish but would rather find a nice replacement set instead
    Thanks
    Mike
     
  2. glockman99

    glockman99 Hoquiam, WA. Active Member

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    I use Williams Firesights on my Ruger GP100...Excellent sights!

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  3. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you're going to change sights because you're having a hard time seeing them, I'd say you are wasting your money if you don't do something like this. These things lite up like they are on fire. (pun intended)
     
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  4. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    On a revolver, I like brass or gold front sights and a black rear sight. The gold really reflects a lot of light back to you, and looks right on a revolver. I just don't like how fiber optic sights look (appearance not sight picture).
     
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  5. twa2471

    twa2471 Vermont Active Member

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    I kinda like the Gold or orange insert standard front myself, but fiber optics sights don't work well for me other than for a carry gun. Most of my guns are longer barrels and I tend to shoot out to 50-60 yards and further sometimes with them and the fiber optics I find cover smaller targets at those ranges. I've done allot of hand gun hunting and taken 14 deer with a model 57 S&W with 8 3/8 barrel and scope I've had for 40 years. And smoked more chucks than I can shake a stick at. I love handgun hunting.

    And the GP-100 Ive got like clockman99's just has the orange insert in the narrower sight instead,,great for open sight woods hunting at 50 -60 yards +,,I've smoked allot of wood chucks and yotties with my GP I'll tell ya! Mine shoots awesome!

    If I remember right though it took quite some time to break in the barrel for it to be consistent.
    It seems that every Ruger firearm I've ever had that's stainless have all taken along time to break in. Anybody else ever noticed that with the Ruger SS guns? Must be they use a hard alloy or something??

    I know My M77 bull barrel 308 took at least 2-300 rounds down the pipe to finally get one hole accuracy with it,well the little bit of a bedding job probably didn't hurt much either!! But still hard to break in barrels on Rugers IMO! I was damn near was ready to ship it down the road!! But it finally settled in.
     
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  6. 66PonyCar

    66PonyCar Tigard, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Williams Firesights is what I put on my Ruger GP-100 and I love them.
     
  7. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I'd say put a factory white outline rear blade on and have a good gunsmith install a red ramp in the front. It'll look factory, not like some goofy aftermarket junk.
     
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  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The LGS where I bought this had a brand new one there with those on it. But when I looked at S&W they didn't have them for my gun.
    I might try nail polish first but that doesn't give me the white outline in back. I guess if I tape it off,lol
     
  9. Norwestr55

    Norwestr55 Monmouth OR Deplorable Silver Supporter

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    Another vote for Firesights. I hadn't paid any attention to them until I saw a set on a Single Six a couple years ago. Holy crap! Immediately ordered a set for my Buckmark and I've got a set coming now for my 45/70. They're amazing.
     
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  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    So I fasted about this,for about a half hour,lol and my googleFu was sharpened:s0029:
    Funny how you can look for parts at midway for a specific gun and some thing just don't come up
    I searched for 'rear blade for S&W' and found what I was looking for.
    Then 'front sights for S&W' and viola:s0139:,there was the HI-VIS. I like the looks of them better than the Williams fire sights.About the same money
    52 bucks for both. Now I better find that spanner wrench to remove and install them:s0056:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/23...ver-with-pinned-front-sight-steel-fiber-optic
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/17...line-blade-windage-nut-screw-and-instructions
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I went looking for the spanner wrench that Larry Potterfield uses in his video to take the rear blade off. You think I could find it in their gunsmith tools? Heck no:confused:
    Then I go to Brownells. And the same thingo_O
    So I yahoo search it. What do you suppose it shows? Brownells,takes you right to it;)
     
  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The old trick is to smoke them. If they's plastico, probably be careful.
    good luck