I hear you… you paid good money for that pistol and don’t see anything obviously wrong with the stock sights it came with. Well, maybe wrong isn’t the right word… Let’s just say there is room for improvement - perhaps a lot! ;-)
One of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can have done to a stock pistol is to upgrade the sights.
Why is that important? To shoot well, you need to see what you need to see and the sights are what make that happen for you. This is especially important when you are considering a pistol for self-defense. You can make a decent hit with any sights, given enough time and some familiarity with them. In a self-defense scenario, though, it is rare to have plenty of time.
So, what should you look for? What makes for a good set of sights? Let’s dig in!
A common misconception regarding street crime is that it is random. While that is true for a small percentage of crimes, usually the victim is targeted for specific reasons.
There is a deliberate, if unconscious, process to a criminal selecting a target known as the attack cycle and understanding how it works can help you stay safe.
I first became aware of the attack cycle as a formalized concept in an article in Shooting Illustrated magazine article by Steve Tarini. I had long thought of this in terms of fewer steps and Steve’s breakdown offered a few opportunities I had not considered.
In a nutshell, an attacker will follow a set series of steps when carrying out an attack: