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Old 01-09-2009, 04:13 PM
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I know these sights are intended for the PPC game which if I understand correctly is shot at 7,25, and 50 yards. I don't shoot this and probably never will, but I wondered how useful these sights would be for other applications such as informal IHMSA shooting (I've seen similar setups on the front sights of S&W's for this purpose), hunting, and plain old plinking. My first question is what other ranges can these sights be set for; is 25, 50 and 75 yards possible for example or is there not that much range of adjustment? Second question is can these be quickly adjusted by hand? It appears so but I was sure if that was the case or if a dime or screwdriver was required. My thought here was if one was hunting could you keep it on a 25 yd setting and switch to a longer range setting if you happened to see something further out and had time to make a change. Thought I would pose this question here as I know several of you fine gents have PPC guns. Thanks for your insights.
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I know these sights are intended for the PPC game which if I understand correctly is shot at 7,25, and 50 yards. I don't shoot this and probably never will, but I wondered how useful these sights would be for other applications such as informal IHMSA shooting (I've seen similar setups on the front sights of S&W's for this purpose), hunting, and plain old plinking. My first question is what other ranges can these sights be set for; is 25, 50 and 75 yards possible for example or is there not that much range of adjustment? Second question is can these be quickly adjusted by hand? It appears so but I was sure if that was the case or if a dime or screwdriver was required. My thought here was if one was hunting could you keep it on a 25 yd setting and switch to a longer range setting if you happened to see something further out and had time to make a change. Thought I would pose this question here as I know several of you fine gents have PPC guns. Thanks for your insights.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:26 PM
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Each setting has a allen screw adjustment, the range of each setting would vary on the length of the sight radis. It does take a screwdriver to switch settings. I don't see a real advantage in one as far as kill zone hits within handgun ranges goes.
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:09 PM
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New aristocrat sights have a little knob to turn with your fingers to change settings. They made the head of the screw into a knob.

Great sights for hitting the same spot, dead center, at the same distance. Not so advantageous if you are trying to shoot long and short distances under time. Taking your eye of targets, finding the setting knob, changing it, and then getting back on target may be to costly if you are shooting for a faster time type of scoring. In the PPC game you have already set the sights for the distance, shoot till your done, and then go to the next yard line.

Ribs add weight which helps with recoil and muzzle flip. Aristocrat gives a great target sight picture. But not so great for combat sight to get a quicker sight picture.

You have three settings of known distances. You can set these to hit where you want at different yard distances via the fine set screws. There are no markings on these fine set screws, you just adjust til hits are where you want them. If you are hunting, you only have the three known distance settings. There is no way to know how much is too much or too little of adjustment on those fine set screws in the field. Could it help .. maybe or maybe not.
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