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Get the Most from Your Ruger 10/22 Rifle
The little “rimfire that could” can do a lot more with these simple upgrades.
by Rob Reaser

There’s no question that Ruger’s 10/22 carbine is the most popular and acclaimed .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle in the country. And for good reason. Its simple blowback bolt design leaves little room for malfunctions; it is remarkably accurate despite its “bolt-on” barreled action and given its short stature and light weight, it is the perfect range plinker and small-game hunting rifle.

Out of the box, the 10/22 is a winner. You can easily upgrade its performance and appearance to make it even more endearing to everyone; from serious shooters to hunters and even preppers.

If you’re looking to enhance your 10/22’s performance, or simply want to customize America’s bread-and-butter rimfire rifle to suit your own tastes, here are a few ways to go about it.

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Optics

Nothing unleashes the 10/22’s inherent accuracy and fun quotient like a quality optic. Which optic you choose, however, depends largely on your intended use. Dedicated bench shooters obviously favor a high-magnification scope to zero in on their 50-yard cards. Such optics, though, are a bit unwieldy and impractical for plinking and hunting. For the latter, it’s hard to beat the standard fixed 4X rifle scope. With most small-game hunting requiring shots under 50 yards (and usually only in the 20- to 30-yard range), a 4X scope such as TRUGLO’s 4×32 Compact Scope (TG8504BR) is right on target. The 4X magnification offers quick sight picture acquisition for erratically moving game animals yet provides enough “optical reach” for accurate bullet placement on small targets. This is the scope we use on our Plain Jane 10/22 for hunting squirrels or when running trap lines.

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For something a little on the uncommon side that also amps up the fun factor, consider a reflex sight. We recently modified one of our 10/22s with an M4-type fluted barrel and an old-school military style wood stock. Keeping the sighting system tracking with the tactical theme, we wanted a fast-action optic. The solution—the TRUGLO Multi-Reticle/Dual Color Open Red•Dot. Mount the rifle to your shoulder and you get a clear sight picture without losing your situational awareness (such as what can occur when sighting down an optic tube). Aside from the broad vision offered by this sight, we like the fact that it comes with four different reticle designs (to better match our target), red or green illumination (to accommodate the environment), and illumination level adjustment (to match the ambient light).

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Fiber Optic Sights

Of course, one of the charms of a light carbine rifle such as the 10/22 is shooting with open sights—particularly when it comes to plinking. Open sights offer a challenge that is mitigated when using precision optics. To get the most out of open-sight shooting when lighting and environmental conditions are less than ideal, fiber optic sights are the solution.

 

10-22-reaser-blog-dTRUGLO offers a front and rear fiber optic sight set that is compatible with the 10/22 (with the exception of the Ruger Takedown® model). The Rimfire Rifle Fiber-Optic Sight Set includes CNC-machined front and rear sight bases with a 0.060-inch diameter front red fiber optic element and two 0.035-inch diameter green fiber optic elements. They’re ideal for low light or bright light shooting conditions, and easily replace the existing factory sights.

 

Replacement Stock

Let’s face it…most 10/22 OE stocks are about as exciting as a Model T at a Ferrari convention. Not only do they lack in the aesthetics department, their one-size-fits-all profile doesn’t necessarily provide the ergonomics needed to maximize the rifle’s accuracy potential.

 

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There are many companies making aftermarket stocks for the 10/22. Choose your flavor, but try to make sure the stock actually fits you. Length-of-pull (the distance between the flat of the trigger hook and the back of the buttstock) is the most critical element. Too short or too long and you will always be adjusting your head position for the proper eye relief, and that’s a recipe for poor shooting form. Ditto for the drop-of-comb (the distance between the line-of-sight and the stock’s comb, where your cheek rests).

Our best stock upgrade was a laminated hardwood stock with a skeletonized buttstock (for light weight), pistol grip (for straighter trigger pull), and a free-float forend (to eliminate barrel torque). Whichever way you go, however, just make sure that the stock fits you.

Trigger Upgrade

One of the most accurizing elements of any firearm modification is a performance trigger. No matter how good your optic, how precise your barreled action machining, or the consistency of your ammunition, a rough, unrefined trigger can send everything south in a hurry.

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Fortunately, trigger swaps are super simple in a 10/22, and if you’re not comfortable doing it, any qualified gunsmith can perform the work in no time flat. The downside to aftermarket trigger systems is that they cost almost as much as the rifle itself. For most plinking or hunting applications, a high-performance trigger is not necessary. Competitive shooters, on the other hand, should consider a trigger upgrade a must-have.

 

Precision Barrel

The 10/22’s factory barrel is good. A precision-manufactured aftermarket barrel is even better—especially if competitive shooting is in your plans.

 

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One of the things that’s so great about the 10/22 is that swapping out the stock barrel could not be more simple. After removing the stock and barrel band (easy), removing the trigger assembly (pop out three retaining pins and you’re done), and removing the bolt and charging handle (also easy), you’ll see that the barrel is secured to the receiver by two screws and a V-block. Remove the screws and V-block and the barrel can be pulled apart from the receiver. Installing a new barrel is just the reverse of the removal process.

The Ruger 10/22 carbine is a favorite among shooters and small game hunters for several reasons—accuracy, weight, and reliability are key among them. What the 10/22 offers that so many rifles in its class do not is the ability to easily customize it to fit your specific needs and shooting style. So, if your 10/22 has been gathering dust, maybe it’s time to pull it out, shake it off, and treat it to some of the modifications we just mentioned. Who knows…you may rediscover the excitement and low-cost fun of rimfire shooting!

Sighting-In for 3-Gun
By Rob Reaser

conaway The country’s hottest practical shooting competition continues to grow. If you are looking to get in on the fun, TRUGLO® offers one-stop shopping for all your pistol, shotgun, and AR sighting needs.

If you do it, you already know. If you don’t, you’ll find out as soon as try it…3-gun competitions are a blast. Not only do 3-gun matches scratch that itch we all have to get out on the range, but participation in this popular and ever-growing sport has real-world benefits the likes of which you just can’t get from static range shooting. The practice of engaging multiple courses of fire with your three primary defensive weapons—pistol, shotgun, and semi-automatic rifle—allows you to hone your self-defense skills. What’s more, the trio of weapons you may use on a 3-gun course can be the same ones you employ for your daily personal and home defense.

Getting into 3-gun shooting is simple. All you need is a pistol in 9mm or larger chamber, a pump or semi-auto shotgun in .20- or .12-gauge, and, for most divisions, a .223 chamber semi-auto rifle, the most popular of which is the AR-15 platform. From there, it’s a matter of refining your weapons to suit your needs while staying within the rules for the division in which you want to participate. If you have questions, there are many resources to help you get started, including your local participating gun range or shooting club. The 3-gun fraternity is a friendly lot, and experienced shooters enjoy every opportunity to help new shooters get involved in the sport.

Although 3-gun equipment rules are in place, they are fairly simple—especially when compared to some competitive shooting associations. One area where the rules are fairly straightforward involves sights and optics; depending on the division in which you chose to participate, no magnified optics are allowed or one magnified optic is allowed in your 3-gun set.

For those of you who are ready to give 3-gun competition a try, these three products will get your gear ready for the buzzer.

TFX Pro Pistol Sights

If you’ve done any serious pistol shooting, you know that your original equipment front and rear sights do not provide an ideal sight picture in all lighting conditions. The TRUGLO TFX™ Pro tritium/fiber optic day/night sights, however, work in all lighting conditions, such as you

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will often find on a 3-gun course. The advantage the TFX™ Pro sights have over conventional open sights, fiber optic-only sights, or tritium-only sights is that they combine Swiss tritium and fiber optics with a contrasting color front sight ring. This combination provides optimal sight picture acquisition whether you’re shooting with a high-noon sun overhead or you are on a woodland course darkened by storm clouds. What’s more, the tritium/fiber optic elements are encased in almost indestructible, hermetically sealed capsules that won’t be compromised by oils and cleaning solvents. Another advantage these sights have for the 3-gun shooter is their radiused, snag-proof design, which allows you to draw and holster your pistol smoothly and quickly.

TRU•BEAD Turkey Universal Sights

You’re probably thinking, “A turkey sight for a tactical shotgun?” Well, listen up. Three-gun courses are increasingly diversifying their courses of fire, and this includes the shotgun courses. In a shotgun course, you may encounter everything from close-quarter target “hosing” with #6s or 75-yard slug targets. As a result, you need an equally diverse sighting system. An ideal middle-ground sight is the TRUGLO TRU•BEAD™ Turkey Universal. You can use the orange fiber optic front sight to focus on your close-range targets. When it’s time to send a chunk of lead far downrange, the contrasting color rear sights will give you precise targeting. Of course, the rear sights are adjustable for elevation and windage, so you’ll know the steel is in trouble as soon as you hit the stage.

To Magnify or Not to Magnify

That is the question you must answer before deciding in which division you want to shoot. The Limited division, which is popular for those just entering the 3-gun world, does not allow any magnified optics. If this is your chosen path, you’ll want to consider using a fast-acquisition red dot, such as the TRUGLO TRU•TEC™ 30mm Red Dot. This sight provides a wide field of view and unlimited eye relief for the fast-paced 3-gun environment while the 2 MOA reticle ensures precise targeting for those way-out-there shots.

TRUGLO TRU-BRITE 30 Series 1x6x24mm

The TRUGLO TRU•BRITE 30 Series 1x6x24mm takes you from no magnification for quick short-range work, all the way to 6x for those critical distance shots.

If you want to jump right into the highly competitive Tactical division, you will be allowed one magnifying optic in your arsenal. This, naturally, would be best served on your rifle. While some competitors combine canted open sights with a higher power scope to cover both short and long distance targets, fixed power or variable power scopes (1-4X and 1-6X) are commonly used for both. The scope is set at its low setting for engaging close targets, then the shooter cranks up the magnification to engage the 200- and 300-yard plus targets. For this, the TRUGLO TRU•BRITE™ 30 Series is your huckleberry. The TRU•BRITE™ 30 Series can be purchased with either 1-4X or 1-6X magnification and includes two pre-calibrated BDC turrets (one for .223 caliber/55grain and one for .308 caliber/168 grain) so you can be confident of your shot placement. Another feature that makes this scope optimal for 3-gun shooting is the ergonomic magnification adjustment ring, which minimizes fumbling and grip slip when you need to quickly transition between magnification settings.

Try It Out!

Three-gun competition is great fun, and it is a terrific opportunity for developing real-world defensive shooting skills. There are firearms clubs and associations around the country which host three-gun matches throughout the year. The National Shooting Sports Foundation maintains a listing of shooting ranges in the U.S., many of which host 3-gun competitions. Contact your local ranges for more info. You can also check out 3-Gun Nation for additional shooting opportunities in your area. In the meantime, check out this NSSF introductory video to 3-gun competition.

Tune Up for Long-Range Shooting
By Rob Reaser

DSC_3686_Wide “Long-distance” is a relative term in the hunting world, but whether 50 yards or 500 yards is stretching it out for you, here are some tips that will help extend your lethal zone.

Ask ten hunters what they consider to be a long-distance shot on a game animal and you’ll probably get as many different answers. The correct answer is measured not in distance, but in shooter skill and equipment. A long-distance, pushing-the-envelope shot for me is around 250 yards. When shooting in a hunting situation, that’s about as far as I can confidently make a kill shot. I simply cannot keep my rifle still enough to shoot any farther than that and know that the kill will be ethically quick. For other hunters, 300 yards may be their maximum ethical shooting distance, or perhaps 400 yards. Go much beyond that, unless you are shooting a highly specialized rifle and scope combination and have years of practice doping wind and calculating bullet drop, and most shooters are dancing in the “pull-and-pray” zone.

So, maximum shooting distances for ethically hunting game is relative to the skill and confidence level of the hunter. The thing is, it doesn’t matter whether you want to make clean shots at game animals that are 50 yards or 300 yards away, the principles of shooting accuracy are all the same. If you follow these shooting fundamentals, you’ll learn your maximum shooting distance, be confident that the shot you take will be true, and possibly push your personal “long-distance shot” a bit farther than you thought possible.

Equipment Basics
Is one rifle setup better than another? No question about it. That said, we all are going to shoot what we like and the best we can afford…be that a particular brand, model, chamber, cartridge, optic, or accessory. The important thing is that your equipment fit your body and shooting style, that everything is properly set up, and that you find the load that shoots best from your particular barrel and stick with it.

A common problem many hunters have that can adversely affect accuracy is not having a comfortable fit when they shoulder their rifle. The length of pull may be too long or too short, which can force you to shoot in an unnatural position, or the scope may be mounted too far forward or backward to achieve proper eye relief, which can also cause you to shoot in an unnatural position. Remember when you were a kid and wanted a particular pair of sneakers but the store didn’t have the right size? You convinced yourself and your parents that the ill-fitting shoes would be fine because, darn it, you wanted those shoes! Later, of course, you paid the price. Don’t be that kid again! If your rifle needs to be adjusted, there are aftermarket solution, such as installing a longer butt pad or getting a gunsmith to trim some stock length. The point is to make sure your rifle fits and the scope is properly set up, because failing to do so will only frustrate your efforts to maximize your shooting distance.

Speaking of scopes, there are so many on the market today that picking the right one can be an exercise in frustration. I’ve seen people drop a month’s worth of wages on a high-power, multi-function, BDC reticle scope designed for 600-yard-plus shots knowing full well that it will never be used for more than dropping a whitetail at 100 yards max. I’ve also seen people try to use their 3X fixed scope for western hunting and expect to drop a mule deer at 300 yards. Not that it couldn’t be done, but it couldn’t be done by these hunters. The point is, you need a scope that fits your likely hunting conditions.

If your primary tactic is hunting whitetail in woods and fields where 50- to 100-yard shots are the norm, a scope such as TRUGLO’s new TRU•BRITE™ 30 Hunter is ideal. With a 1-4X magnification, wide-view 24mm objective, and fully coated lenses for optimal light transmission, this scope works great for rapid target acquisition in tight quarters, yet will easily deliver the kill shot out to the average maximum 200-yard range of most hunters.

TRU-BRITE XTREME Rifle Scope

TRU•BRITE Xtreme Rifle Scope is available in 3-9x, 3-12x, and 4-16x

For those whose long-range endeavors including dropping western game at ranges up to and beyond 300 yards, a scope such as the TRU•BRITE™ Extreme IR Rifle scope is a good candidate. This scope offers several features favored by those who have developed the skill and confidence to make those outside shots, including illuminated Dual•Color Bullet Drop Compensating or standard duplex reticles in red, green, and black, large 44mm or 50mm objective lenses for a wide field-of-view and brightness in low-light conditions, and magnification options covering 3-9X, 3-12X, and 4-16X.

Shooting Basics
Okay, we’re not actually going to cover all of the shooting basics here because most of you already have those well in hand. What we want to zero in on are a few facets of shooting basics that many hunters tend to forget…especially when they are in the field.

First is trigger pull. Precise, consistent shooting accuracy demands precise and consistent trigger pull. There are two techniques to keep in mind when pulling the trigger. One is to position your body, grip, and trigger finger so that you are pulling straight back with the pad of your index finger. This is another example of where proper gun fit comes in. If you aren’t pulling the trigger straight back with the end of your index finger, it means you are pulling the trigger to the side and running the risk of pulling it all out of alignment as the shot breaks. This condition is particularly noticeable when shooting a pistol, but it also has a detrimental effect when shooting rifles as well. Always pull straight back on the trigger in a slow, steady pull. The second technique is to follow through the trigger pull after the shot breaks. Simply put, keep pulling straight back on the trigger after the shot goes off. If you immediately let up on the trigger after the break (for example, to cycle the bolt for a follow-up shot), you risk disturbing the rifle alignment before the bullet leaves the barrel. Following up on the shot also keeps you in place to better see what is happening downrange. Did you hit or miss? Did the animal drop or is it running for cover? Stay calm, follow up the trigger pull, and observe.

Staying calm is also a key part of long-distance shooting accuracy during the shot cycle—particularly breathing control. In order to maintain a steady target lock and execute a well-placed shot when high magnification and adrenaline wreak havoc on platform stability, timing the shot with your breathing cycle is critical. Your body and sight alignment is most stable at the bottom of your breathing cycle (exhale). When you’re ready to make the shot, the goal is to lengthen the bottom of your breathing cycle (not hold your breath!) and break the shot midway through that extension. Focusing on your breathing cycle will help you calm down when things get tense.

Practice Basics
Now that you have your equipment and shooting fundamentals in check, it’s time to put them to practice.

It’s an old saw that bears repeating, but bench performance doesn’t necessarily translate to performance in the field. You may be able to stay in the ten ring at 200 yards from the bench, but it’s tough to do that when you’re stretched across a boulder or leaning your rifle against a tree. Fortunately, practicing under realistic field conditions (or as close to them as you can get) will serve you well when that trophy is standing on the ragged edge of your comfort zone.

Once you have your rifle zeroed, you should spend your practice sessions shooting from various positions away from the bench. Bring your hunting pack to the range, throw it on the ground and practice shooting prone at various distances. Do the same while sitting, shooting freehand, shooting with sling support, and shooting while propped against a vertical support. You may be surprised that your effective maximum shooting distance changes significantly with each shooting position. The same is true if you use shooting sticks or a monopod. Until you actually practice with these supports, you’ll never know your limits or be able to improve your accuracy at longer distances.

A side benefit of practicing for long-distance shots is the improved accuracy you’ll gain when shooting at closer distances. If you are also a bowhunter, you know that when you practice regularly at 50 or 60 yards, those 20- to 30-yard shots are as easy as buttering bread. The same is true when shooting a rifle. The difference is that you must be cognizant of changes in bullet trajectory and parallax changes due to scope magnification. That is one of the advantages of having a scope with a BDC reticle, which is available with TRUGLO’s TRU•BRITE™ Extreme IR Rifle scope. You can calibrate the scope to most centerfire cartridges on the market today, giving you precise and confident shot placement out to 600 yards.

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Make life easier on yourself and maximize your range time by using high-visibility targets such as the TRU•SEE Splatter targets by TRUGLO. Their bright green impact rings allow you to see your point-of-impact at long distances much better than conventional paper targets. Using TRU•SEE™ Splatter targets will significantly reduce your zeroing time, and keep you from having to wait for the “all clear” every time you need to check your target.

As you can see, a lot goes into extending your effective (ethically lethal) shooting distance. Refine your setup to suit your needs, then practice the basics both on the bench and off. Then, whether that trophy is 20 yards or 200 yards away, you can shoulder your rifle with confidence.

Home Defense Solutions
When you need rapid sight picture acquisition in a high-stress, low-light home defense environment, TRUGLO delivers.

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While defense professionals are quick to state their preferences as to what type of firearm is optimal for home protection, the reality is that most of use what we are comfortable with, be it a shotgun, pistol, or AR-15 style rifle. Some of us maintain ready access to all three.

Yet no matter which type of firearm you choose to protect your home, there are a couple of common denominators that should be factored in—stress and low-light conditions. Sure, you may be able to drill the 10-ring at the range with your weapon of choice, but will that proficiency translate once the fight-or-flight mode kicks in, your cone of vision narrows, and you’re trying to line up on an intruder in the middle of the night?

The fact is, not all firearm setups translate well across multiple uses or conditions. This is especially true when it comes to sight picture acquisition. In a defense situation, such as a 2 a.m. home invasion, you need to cut through the mental chaos and quickly engage the threat regardless of the firearm in your hands. The good news is, TRUGLO offers several options to help you do just that—whether your go-to is a shotgun, handgun, or rifle.

Defensive Shotgun Sights

If you rely on a shotgun for home defense, it’s likely an 18-inch pump you purchased specifically for this purpose. Good choice. You have a weapon that is easy to operate under stress, easy to maneuver in the tight confines of a home, and has the “umph” to get the job done. The only thing lacking, most likely, is a proper front sight.

TG131SG - TFO Tactical ShotgunThe TRUGLO TFO™ Shotgun Front Sight is the optimal upgrade for your tactical shotgun. Utilizing TRUGLO’s patented tritium/fiber optic technology, this sight is visible in all lighting conditions. The tritium glows in the dark with no need for batteries. In low-light conditions, where the tritium competes with ambient light, the fiber optic element provides the illumination. This is great when you are transitioning between lighting conditions, such as you have in a home environment. Another benefit of the TFO™ Shotgun Front Sight is that the robust housing conceals the tritium/fiber optic element from the target.

For those who have designated an older hunting-style shotgun as their home defender, you can still improve its defense capabilities for low-light conditions. The Home Defense Fiber Optic Universal Shotgun Sight is designed for quick and easy installation on plain-barrel (no rib) shotguns. This sight simply snaps over the barrel right behind the factory bead. It’s a simple solution for any “backup” defensive shotgun.

As a side note for those of you who have a Remington shotgun with dovetail sight mounts, TRUGLO recently introduced the TFX™ Pro Remington Shotgun Sights. This sight also uses the tritium/fiber optic combo for “all light” visibility, but includes a white front focus ring surrounding the tritium/fiber optic element (housed in a chemical and shock-resistant capsule for maximum durability).

Handgun Options

For their convenience, high-capacity, and close-quarter effectiveness, it’s little wonder that handguns are the most popular choice for in-home defense. Yet even in optimal lighting conditions, acquiring a proper sight picture with a handgun can be difficult under stress for those who have not spent a lot of quality time on the range. This is where a high-visibility sight such as the TRUGLO TFX™ or TFO™ series can help. The TFX™ line of pistol sights has become increasingly popular with law enforcement professionals.

TG13GL1PCThis year, TRUGLO has expanded the line with the new TFX™ Pro. The TFX™ Pro comes with same front and rear tritium/fiber optic elements, chemical and shock-resistant capsule, and CNC-machined steel housing as the original TFX™ sight system, but instead of a white front sight FOCUS•LOCK Ring, the TFX™ Pro features a high-visibility contrasting orange ring that further enhances low-light sight picture acquisition.

Another popular sighting option for defensive handgun owners is the TRU•POINT™ Laser/Light Combo. This is an ideal upgrade for home defense because it puts a bright, 200 lumen flashlight right on your pistol. There is no need to fumble for a flashlight when it’s right there on your gun. What’s more, an adjustable laser sight (switchable between green or red light) is integrated into the flashlight, providing you another sighting option. The TRU•POINT™ Laser/Light Combo secures to any pistol chassis with a standard Picatinny or Weaver-style rail.

Spot-On for ARs

While the ballistics of an AR-15 platform rifle don’t make it the ideal defensive weapon in a home or in close urban environments, its extended range and high-volume firing capability make it a desirable “homestead” defensive weapon—especially for those who live beyond the suburbs.

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TRU•TEC 30mm is a perfect optic to top your AR-15, in the field or in the home.

For the dual applications of defense and sport shooting, a red dot sighting system is ideally suited to the AR-15/MSR platform. For this, TRUGLO offers two new systems: the TRU•TEC™ 20mm and the TRU•TEC™ 30mm RED•DOT sights.

We say these sights are dual-purpose because a red dot-style sight is optimal for close-quarter defense situations. A magnified optic is a poor choice for close-range defense, and traditional A2-style open sights are challenging in low-light conditions. The TRU•TEC™ RED•DOT sights, on the other hand, provide excellent long-range accuracy for target shooting or hunting, as well as close-quarter sight picture acquisition and low-light visibility in a homestead defense environment. It’s the best of both worlds.

Both the 20mm and 30mm TRU•TEC™ RED•DOT sights feature a 2 MOA reticle, with digital push-button controls and multiple brightness settings to match the light conditions. Unlimited eye relief means its easy to get on target when you’re under stress and, of course, both mount to standard Picatinny or Weaver-style rails.

TG7650G - Mounted ShotgunAs you can see, an effective home defense firearm is more than the “spare” rifle, pistol, or shotgun you leave under the bed and hope you never have to use. To better serve you when stress is high and lighting conditions are anything but optimal, you need a sighting system built for the job. Fortunately, no matter which weapon platform you prefer, TRUGLO has the tools you need to get on target in any situation.

Choosing the Best Predator Hunting Setup, Long & Short Range
By Doug Howlett

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The coyote first appeared as a quick flash of fur, darting along the skyline between two rocks on the opposite ridge. Through a small cut in the slope, the dog darted between shadow and light before topping out on a small outcropping, looking for the source of the terrified rabbit squeals. The rangefinder told me it was 162 yards out—a chip shot for a Westerner raised behind the stock of flat-shooting rifles in wide open spaces and, but a stretch for an Eastern hunter more accustomed to dense forests and close-quarters shots on game. The red dot atop the AR settled neatly on the shoulder of the beast as it tensed to move forward. It never got the chance as rabbit squeals gave way to the sharp report of a single 5.56 round.

Predators_Down_ImageWhether you’re a denizen of those open Western spaces or living stacked atop other humans along an Atlantic seaboard city, odds are there’s some fantastic predator hunting available nearby. Coyote populations are now exploding from one coast to the other and all manner of other furred critters are edging into new areas, couple that with the fact that gaining hunting access for predators is easier to get from landowners than hunting deer or turkeys and typically offers year-round hunting opportunities, it is no wonder predator hunting is the fastest growing hunting today.

Calls and camo, even motion decoys, will all work about the same whether you’re hunting open space or dense forests, but your gun setup may be vastly different depending on the anticipated distances to be shot and the type of terrain to be hunted. For wide open land where shots may be stretched out to 200, 300 and even 400 yards a flat-shooting, accurate rifle equipped with a precision optic or red dot and bipod to steady your aim is critical. Top performing calibers include bolt-actions in .17 HMR, .204 Ruger, .22-230 Rem., .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and even the venerable .308 Win. For AR-style semi-auto choices, .223 (5.56mm), 6.5 Grendel and even the 6.8 SPC II will do nicely, as will those chambered in .204 Ruger and .17 HMR.

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TRUGLO TACTICAL 30MM IR RIFLE SCOPE

Where shots are expected to be long, outfit your rifle with a quality variable optic such as the TRUGLO® TRU-BRITE™ XTREME IR Rifle scope. The TRU-BRITE™ XTREME offers several benefits to long-range shooters starting with the availability of several magnification ranges to choose from. There are four models: two 3-9×44 options (one long and one short), a 3-12×44 and for maximum magnification, a 4-16×50 model. The BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle allows shooters to accommodate for bullet drop at various ranges and adjust their aim for targets as far out as 600 yards. The Dual•Color illuminated reticle allows for a choice of a red or green colored brightness for easy sighting and rapid target acquisition in low light and can be used in black without illumination in bright light if preferred. Lastly, this optic won’t break the bank, priced at under $250. If an AR-style rifle is your firearm of choice, TRUGLO also makes the 3-9×42 TACTICAL 30MM IR RIFLE SCOPE with a BDC reticle calibrated to match most .223 or .308 loads.

A steady rest is absolutely critical for delivering shots with pinpoint accuracy so outfit your gun with a quality bipod such as TRUGLO®’S new TAC•POD™ adjustable bipod, which mounts easily to a sling swivel or Picatinny rail so you are not lugging around a separate pair of shooting sticks in your hands. The TAC•POD™ comes in fixed or pivoting models extendable between 6 inches and 9 inches and 9 inches and 13 inches.

For closer range shooting in the typically thick cover of the Eastern or Southern United States, an easily maneuverable AR or even a shotgun is the go-to firearm choice. A good scattergun loaded with 00 buckshot is absolutely devastating on coyote-sized predators at 50 yards or less. For these loads, go with a full or modified choke or even better try the Titan Adjustable Choke Tube, a screw-in choke tube compatible with most of the major shotgun manufacturers and adjustable from cylinder to XX Full with a simple twist.

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TRUGLO® TRU•TEC Precision Red•Dot Optic with laser

Shots at these ranges often happen fast as hard-charging critters close in for the attack so a quality non-magnified red-dot with a wide field of view and adjustable brightness reticle is unequivocally the way to go. TRUGLO® offers a host of red dot options with key choices for the predator hunter the TRU•BRITE™ Dual Color Single Reticle (there is also a multi-reticle version) or the Multi-Reticle/Dual Color Open Red-Dot.  Lastly, for the ultimate short- to mid-range optic option for a tactical

rifle, opt for TRUGLO®’s new TRU•TEC™ 30mm Red-Dot Sight w/ Integrated Laser, an adjustable red dot sight that offers shooters the option of either a red or green laser for dual utility and super quick and accurate target acquisition.

Whatever type of terrain you hunt, be sure your firearm is set up right for the job. Then it is simply up to you to call those predators into the gun.

 

Two Simple Upgrades Will Improve Your Waterfowl Hunting Success This Season
by Rob Reaser

_DSC0025Experienced waterfowlers know there are many variables and nuances that contribute to success.Everything from shot loads and gun fitment to barrel length and action type can influence the outcome, depending on the hunting conditions and the species you are after. If you are looking to gain an edge this year, here are a couple of quick and easy shotgun upgrades that can help.

Choking Down
We all know that selecting the proper choke for your shooting needs and shotgun/load combination is a major factor in delivering a lethal pellet swarm to your target. The problem is, waterfowl hunting is something of a moving target (ignore the pun, please). The distance to your target, speed of your target, shot size, and other factors can demand different chokes for your gun. Forty-yard flyovers may beg for a full or extra-full choke while decoy shots could be better suited for light-modified or improved cylinder. In addition, the choke you used at first light may not be the best to use two hours later, when the birds change their patterns. That is why the ability to match your shotgun’s choke to meet varying conditions is essential.

The downside, though, to changing out choke tubes is that you must carry extra chokes with you (along with a choke wrench to make the swap)…and hope you have time to swap them in-between fly-ins…and that you’re not standing waist-deep in the marsh…and that you don’t accidently drop the choke into some sticky, gritty mud… You get the idea.

A simple answer to the waterfowl choke dilemma is the adjustable choke—one that allows you to go from wide open to super tight with a simple twist of the wrist. The adjustable choke is not a new concept, of course, but it has come a long from a gunsmith-required permanent installation to a do-it-yourself screw-in upgrade.

Like most things, adjustable chokes are not created equal. Some are heavy enough to send a shotgun’s balance into the ditch, while others are so wide and “bulbous” as to distract the eye and interfere with your sight picture.

TG1000-TG1002-TG1004-TG1005-TG1006-TG1007The TITAN adjustable choke tube by TRUGLO® is a unique adjustable choke tube that addresses all the shortcomings of the old-style adjustable chokes, and advances the breed a few more steps down the evolutionary path.

To start, it features lightweight, durable Titanium, so it not only stands up to heavy use, but most shooters will not notice any change in their shotgun’s balance. Part of the lightweight equation is due to the TITAN’s slim profile. That svelte figure also means that, unlike the older-style adjustable chokes, the TITAN is not an obnoxious blob on the end of your barrel. In fact, after spending a little quality time with it on the range, you’ll soon forget it’s there.

Installation of the TITAN is as easy as removing the factory installed choke and screwing in the TITAN. Again, unlike the popular adjustable chokes of old, the TITAN will align true to the barrel’s bore because 1) it uses the OE barrel threads and 2) it features a precision-machined eight-spline collet for choke adjustment and ensuring axial alignment with the barrel.

In addition to its top-shelf material construction and precision machining, the TITAN offers the broadest choke adjustment range on the market today: Cylinder, Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Light Modified, Modified, Improved Modified, Full, Xtra Full, and XX Full (an industry exclusive setting that happens to be a free bonus setting for those of us who turkey hunt as well). All settings are laser-engraved on the choke, and you switch between pattern settings by turning the collar approximately one-quarter turn. Detents in the choke provide audible and tactile “clicks” for each setting.

David Oliver is a friend and serious wingshooter who has been using the TITAN adjustable choke tube for years.

“I use the TITAN,” David says, “from dove season all the way through late goose season with great success. The TITAN choke—I like to describe it as the only choke needed when doing any kind of bird hunting. During waterfowl season, you usually have gloves on and you’re in water, so changing a tube can be difficult and it can easily be lost. The TITAN can be adjusted in the field or in the blind quickly, adjusting for how birds are flying. Different times of the year can determine how birds fly, and the TITAN adjusts for all of it with a quick twist of the choke.”

Even if you do not need to make continual adjustments throughout the day for bird flying patterns, the adjustability can come in handy. For example, if you have the choke set for a wide pattern for close decoy work and need to make a finishing shot on a bird in the water, you can dial in to one of the full choke settings to make a clean head or neck shot.

Finally, you can safely use the TITAN with Tungsten, steel, or other popular loads such as HEVI-Shot®. Use steel shot only with choke settings ranging from Cylinder up to Modified.

 

Light at the End of the…Barrel

TG948UR-TG948UG-TG948AR-TG948BR-TG948CR-TG948DR-TG948ER-TG948AG-TG948BG-TG948CG-TG948DG-TG948EGAfter patterning your various loads with the TITAN choke tube, it is all about getting on target. In the spirit of one-stop-shopping, TRUGLO® delivers with an assortment of super-bright fiber-optic front-end shotgun sights to replace your factory bead.

When talk shifts to high-visibility front sights for wingshooting, there will always be some who predictably pull out the old saw of “if you do it right, you properly shoulder the gun and align down the barrel, you don’t use your sight.” Well, the reality is that some folks are natural-born, instinctive shooting Jedi; The rest of us…not so much. We need that clear and obvious front sight to achieve a proper sight picture, to track our target with both eyes open and heads down, and to do so in all lighting conditions. This is where TRUGLO’s Dual•Color series of fiber-optic front sights comes into play.

TG949DAs the name implies, the Dual•Color sight series features two fiber-optic elements: a central red element and an outer green element. This two-color concept is ideal for wingshooters because of the varying backgrounds and lighting conditions we hunt in, and because our eyes react differently to certain colors. When shooting against a light sky, for instance, the red fiber-optic element stands out most clearly. In lower light conditions, or when swinging against a background of dark trees, the green outer element is easily visible. This two-in-one configuration becomes a huge benefit when you are in a situation where tracking birds can shift quickly between light and dark.

TRUGLO® makes three different Dual•Color sights that speak directly to the needs of bird hunters: the GLO•DOT™ Universal Dual•Color, the TRU•BEAD™ Universal Dual•Color, and the FAT•BEAD™ Dual•Color. The key difference between the three sights is their length.

The longest of the Dual•Color series is the GLO•DOT™. This sight is especially beneficial for those who need some extra help in aligning themselves with their shotgun—in other words, properly mounting your shotgun, looking straight down the barrel, and keeping your head down. These are some of the main principles of consistent and accurate shooting, and the longer length and “tubular” design of the GLO•DOT™ passively forces the shooter to settle into and maintain that proper alignment.

At the other end of the Dual•Color series is the FAT•BEAD™ sight. This is the shortest of the three sights. It is more for those who have established good shooting form and simply prefer a compact front sight that is brighter and slightly larger than the factory bead sight.

In the middle we find the TRU•BEAD™ sight. Think of this as the bridge between the GLO•DOT™ and the FAT•BEAD™. It delivers some of the alignment assistance of the GLO•DOT™ but with a footprint somewhat longer than the FAT•BEAD™.

Whichever style you need or prefer, all of the Dual•Color series sights will improve quick target acquisition over conventional bead sights. In addition to boosting visibility in all lighting conditions, the Dual•Color sights by TRUGLO® help you to keep both eyes open because your dominant eye will more easily pick-up the front sight. With that comes the ability to maintain peripheral vision and depth perception so you can keep your muzzle correctly oriented while tracking birds.

All of the Dual•Color sights feature durable CNC-machined metal housings and are described on the packaging as having a “universal” fit on most shotgun ribs. Installation hardware is included where required.

 

As waterfowl hunters, we invest heavily in guns, gear, and ammo (not to mention cold and wet body parts!). Fortunately, two things that will significantly improve our success rate—an adjustable choke tube and a fiber-optic sight—may provide the best cost/benefit ratio of all.

TRUGLO® TFX Goes on the Beat
by Rob Reaser

Law enforcement officers and departments around the country are making the switch to TRUGLO® patented TFX™ sights. Shouldn’t you?

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“The Leicester Police Department had the opportunity to replace their duty weapon sights recently with TRUGLO TFX sights, and after several trips to the firearms range for qualification and evaluation of the TFX sights, the Leicester Police Alliance found the quality and sight acquisition of [the] TRUGLO TFX very impressive.” — Paul S. Doray, President, Local 168 and Timothy M. Fontaine, Vice President, Local 168, Firearms Instructor, Department Armorer, Leicester Police Department, Massachusetts

“We have seen a significant increase in the officers that have qualified quicker after changing to the TRUGLO TFX sight.” — Major Robert Sowell, Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia

It used to be said by many shooting enthusiasts and self-defense practitioners that, “If it’s good enough for the military, it’s good enough for me.” DOD initiatives have certainly influenced the commercial marketplace, but some police departments—from municipality to state level—have now become the early adopters of technology designed to help officers do their jobs more effectively and safely. A case in point is the TRUGLO® patented TFX™ Series handgun sight system.

Across the nation, many law enforcement professionals have added tritium sights or fiber-optic sights to their duty weapons to help with sight alignment in day or low-light conditions. The problems with these legacy sights are two-fold. First, neither sight system works exceptionally well across the full dark-to-bright light spectrum. Second, many of these sights cannot withstand the harsh use of a duty weapon.

When TRUGLO set about to develop the company’s newest generation of handgun sights, they addressed the shortcomings of conventional tritium and fiber-optic sights. The result was the patented TFX—a sight system that delivers a 24/7 optimal sight picture in every light condition, can stand up to the abuse of daily duty, and is impervious to the kind of chemicals and solutions that tend to cause many competitive sight systems to deteriorate and fail.

Is it any wonder, then, that the TFX is becoming the go-to handgun upgrade for so many law enforcement departments around the country? Here’s why…

Quality

The TFX sight system boasts “severe-duty” construction of all components. The CNC-machined steel sight housings offer maximum protection of the integral Swiss tritium and fiber-optic elements. Both elements are encased in rugged, chemical-resistant, and hermetically sealed capsules. Lubricants, solvents, and even ultra-sonic cleaning will not damage them or cause the capsules to separate from their housings. In short, the TFX sights were meant to stand up to the rigors of everyday carry, training, and qualifying common to duty pistols.

Works In ALL Lighting Conditions

Law enforcement and defense professionals don’t get to choose the conditions in which they must deploy their weapons.  So the optimal duty weapon should have a sighting system that delivers in every lighting condition—from bright sunlight to pitch dark and every level in-between – 24/7. That’s exactly what the TFX does.

TFX GunIn bright light, such as a clear and sunny day, the TFX’s white focusing ring stands out clearly and the added benefit of the fiber-optic element allows for quick front and rear sight alignment. Under heavy overcast or muted indoor light, the fiber-optic elements continue to gather ambient light to provide clear visibility of both front and rear sights. When little or no light is present, the Swiss tritium elements provide the necessary illumination, which the fiber-optic elements gather and direct to the shooter. By combining the white focusing ring, fiber-optics, and tritium all in one sight system, law enforcement officers can enter into any environment and be confident they can quickly acquire a proper sight picture should they need to draw their weapon.

 

Rapid Sight Picture Acquisition

As those who carry a gun to work every day will tell you, being able to quickly acquire a sight picture is a huge deal in a high stress situation. A hesitation in aligning your sights with the target can be the difference between going home at the end of a shift or not.

TG13GL1AMuch goes into efficiently hitting a target, such as stance, draw, grip, and presentation, yet accuracy still depends on being able to align your sights to the intended point of impact. Bright and clearly visible front and rear sights allow you to do just that. The advantage police officers who have made the switch to the TFX sights are discovering is that they can more rapidly obtain their sight picture in ALL conditions when compared to standard “white dot” sights, fiber-optic-only sights, or tritium-only sights.

Improved Performance Under Stress

The TFX system’s ability to provide a faster sight picture is why many law enforcement departments across the country have noted reduced qualification times and improved qualifying scores for officers who have upgraded their duty weapons with TFX sights. Understandably, enhanced performance during stressful qualifications not only keeps officers “in the game,” it translates directly to improved performance once stress factors climb exponentially in the field.

When those whose job and life depend on the performance and durability of their equipment, it’s a good idea for the rest of us to take note of the equipment they use. Who knows? We may soon be saying, “If it’s good enough for Law Enforcement, it’s good enough for me!”

Optimizing your Muzzleloader Sights
Brad Fenson

Muzzloader_wideAs a youngster anxious to get involved in hunting and shooting, my mentors encouraged me to use open sights. Their rationale was simple; learn the basics of lining up a target and it will become a natural and easy way to acquire a target, no matter what you use as a sight or scope. They also warned that someday I may only have open sights as an option, whether regulated in a specific hunting season, or borrowing a firearm. That early advice has never steered me wrong and I believe I shoot well today, using any type of sights, because of my early training.

When it comes to optics for your firearm, you get what you pay for. Having lived through some lean years – going to school and trying to take advantage of hunting seasons – on a limited budget, I soon found out that open sights are an economical option – and the best option, when budgets are tight. And, there are hunting seasons allowing open sights only, meaning you can extend your opportunities and chances to take a trophy. If you can’t afford great optics you’re better off with great open sights.

There are jurisdictions where muzzleloader hunters must use open sights. The TRUGLO® MUZZLE•BRITE™ XTREME UNIVERSAL SERIES sights are a great example of open sights, providing all the advantages needed to harvest game successfully and with repeatable results. The first thing I noticed about the sight was how they shine in low-light conditions. There is no problem acquiring a target and knowing exactly where your bullet’s point of impact will be.

A number of considerations are often overlooked for open sights, which include reduced weight, and the fact that they never fog up. They are ultra-durable and allow you to acquire targets at close and long range without any adjustments. With no batteries required, they are the most compact option when looking at sights. Most of all, they are reliable.

TRUGLO® MUZZLE•BRITE™ Sights Update the World of Muzzloading with 24/7 TFO Brightness

If economics are a factor, the MUZZLE•BRITE™ XTREME UNIVERSAL SERIES sights have a universal mounting system to work with all muzzleloaders, and are priced at $51 to $64, depending on model. The sights are CNC-machined and fully adjustable for elevation and windage, allowing you to zero at 100 yards. The front sight has a diameter of .040 inches, and the rear sight diameter is .029 inches.

The basics of open sights require us to see three spaced objects clearly. They work by aligning the front sight in the notch of the rear sight and then placing this combination on a distant target. If you were hunting a deer and are sighted at 100 yards, you can hold directly from zero to about 125 yards. A little practice at the range will soon teach you to naturally hold a bit high to compensate for bullet drop. Shooters have the choice of placing the rear and front sight combo higher or by simply moving the front sight upward as natural adjustments for the bullet drop. Changing the position of the front sight in the rear notch is often all that is required to make slight elevation adjustments, which is where the term “holding finer” comes from.

Historically, open sights were painted and often difficult to see clearly, but TRUGLO’s modern technology and fiber-optics in bright red and green, offer the easiest open sight for a clear view. They outshine traditional options like peep sights, enabling any shooter to quickly align the front and rear sights. Placing the bright red dot from the front sight between the two green dots on each side of the rear sight notch comes quick and natural, and they make a significant difference when sighting on a moving target, allowing the shooter to clearly see that the sights are aligned as you follow your game or try to maintain a lead. I’ve experienced issues in the past using a scope and losing the black crosshair against a moose or black bear in low light. Fiber-optic sights ensure you see everything clearly.

If you’ve never tried open sights it’s time to give them a try. Going back to the basics, combined with modern technologies and brightness, could prove to make you a better shooter.

Reason to Carry
by Rich Grassi

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I was recently asked to give the top ten reasons to carry a concealed handgun. The concept surprised me, but I quickly defaulted to my family, myself and my community. I couldn’t come up with ten reasons unless I started with the names of the people for whom I care deeply.

I’m sure it wasn’t meant that way. I have to conclude that the question was serious. The sole reason I could articulate was “to meet the sudden emergency of a life-threatening attack.” The answer is along the lines of “in case I get a flat tire” when asked why do you carry a spare tire – or “in case of fire” if asked why do you have a fire extinguisher.

I carry a pistol to stop “immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.”

I carry a pistol to stop a fight – specifically stopping the “immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.” That’s the circumstance that justifies homicide. I learned that from about our best guy in the instruction of deadly force, Massad Ayoob.

That answers the “carry a handgun” component but perhaps not the “concealed” part. For defense, the best surprise is no surprise. For dealing with the sudden threat – a robbery perhaps – the best thing I have going is surprise. I carry concealed so the first inkling the violent criminal actor gets that something is wrong will be the sudden appearance of the concealed defense handgun.

I carry concealed because “if he can’t see it, he won’t know it’s there.” He would have to formulate an attack on the holstered handgun after he found out it was present – as in a physical struggle. If you carry the handgun indiscreetly, the gun grab assault can be planned sooner and from a distance.

I carry concealed because—well—it’s polite. I don’t want to “frighten the horses.” There are people who are simply and unreasonably fearful of armed persons. They scare easily – and who needs that? There are also the clowns who want to “SWAT” those who carry indiscreetly; they call the police with a complaint that you are a dangerous armed person in the hopes the police will attack you. It’s not smart and it’s something that could yield a charge of obstruction, false reporting and likely other violations in some states.

There are people who want to carry concealed but don’t want to put in the effort. They’ll carry something small, a ‘talisman’ to ward off evil-doers. The pistol isn’t a lucky charm. It’s a pain to have to lug it around with all the responsibility (and weight) it entails. But, if you don’t want the burden just take your chances.

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A Smith & Wesson M&P9c Pistol Wearing an Inside-The-Waistband Holster and TRUGLO® TFX™ Day/Night Sights

I did a comparative test some years back using Smith & Wesson M&P pistols – the M&P9, a service-size 17-shot 9mm, and the M&P9C, a compact 12-shot 9mm. Using similar holsters I found that, with a little effort, the full-size gun hid just as well as the smaller counterpart. I also found that the time to a first hit in the scoring rings of the IALEFI-Q target from seven yards averaged the same elapsed time from identical holsters.

This was no surprise. To really hide the full-size gun, I used an inside-the-waist holster. Carry outside the waistband was fine for casual concealment. I also found both guns shot just about the same in terms of practical accuracy. I used the Glock 30SF, a compact 10-shot .45 Auto, on the FBI Firearms Instructor Bullseye course of fire. I scored just over 92%, not enough for a gold medal but enough to gain entry into or stay in their firearms instructor course.

The bottom line is, if you’re going to carry a gun make it one worth carrying. Put the effort into dressing around the gun and practicing enough to be skillful in gun handling and accuracy.

Carry it legally. And pray you never have to use it.

 


 

Rich Grassi, founder and editor of The Tactical Wire and Ready for Anything Wire —both free-subscription email news wires, has been an outdoors writer for over 21 years. Retired from a career in local law enforcement, his experience includes law enforcement firearms instruction and as a university adjunct instructor in criminal justice.

Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues

TRUGLO® TFX™ Sights
by Rich Grassi

I often get asked to take a look at new products for the self-defense/law enforcement market. Sometimes the results are good and sometimes they’re not so good. As a police Physical Skills Trainer, Developer of the Premier Handgun/Long Gun Retention and Disarming System and Founder of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, Jim Lindell is often known to say, “Just because something’s possible doesn’t make it a good idea.”

Now, Jim is old school. And with my gray hair, one can tell I’m rapidly obsolescing – and that includes my vision. I’ve been searching for highly visible sights for defense handguns and that search has taken me in many directions over the years. Colleague Dave Spaulding pulled me in the direction of contrasting colors while Ashley Emerson pushed me toward dangerous game sights.

Currently the typical set-up is the high, fixed sight with a white dot up front and a pair of white dots on the rear – one on either side of the rear sight notch. That’s not always a good idea, but it certainly beats what we used to have.  I witnessed, during coverage of the Shooting Industry Masters side matches this year, military-standard 1911A1 sights on currently made copies of those guns…and people are shocked that anyone could have used the miserable – old – tiny sights from the WWII (and earlier) era.

TRUGLO®, innovative maker of sights for firearms, air guns, crossbows and archery, as well as optics, has been making use of fiber-optic technology for more than twenty years now. Fiber-optic sights are great, if you have light to use them. Some folks have told me that night sights are useless…

“If you can’t see the sights, you can’t identify your target.”

That’s nonsense! One of the latest of my escapades to prove said ‘nonsense’ was the inaugural Smith and Wesson IDPA Backup Gun National matches. On several stages, the targets were brightly lit, but the shooter operated in the shadows. People with night sights cleaned up on those stages. I had a loaner S&W M&P Shield with stock sights so I was shooting like I was reading Braille – couldn’t see a thing. And, you can’t see the glowing tritium of night sights in broad daylight.

 

The fiber-optic tubes are well protected. The rear sight has black “rear retention rings” around the display windows – to minimize them visually as the shooter’s focus should be on the front sight.

The fiber-optic tubes are well protected. The rear sight has black “rear retention rings” around the display windows – to minimize them visually as the shooter’s focus should be on the front sight.

TRUGLO® decided to combine the best of both worlds – tritium and fiber-optic technology. While they were doing so, they sought to make the sights duty-gear rugged in design and finish. They elected to use tritium and fiber-optic rods in both the front and rear sight. The outcome are the patented Tritium-Fiber Optic (TFO™) enabled TFX™ sights.

I was of the camp that the glowing sight should be upfront. Why complicate things? Well, have you ever reached for a gun in conditions of darkness? I’ve looked, just to ensure a gun was in its hiding place when I’m sleeping so I can have quick firearms access. The glowing dots on rear sight give me a visual confirmation of the gun’s location and orientation.

Still, how do we avoid losing the front sight dot between a pair of dots glowing closer to your eyes?  TRUGLO® solved that little problem with a pair of answers. The front TFX™ sight has the TFO™ element surrounded by a white ring – a “Focus Lock” ring. This draws the eye up front where the visual focus belongs and black “Rear Retention” rings surround the rear sight elements. This means that now you can transition from light to dark conditions or vice-versa and still see your sighs at all times because of the use of fiber-optic in light and tritium in decreased light.

2. The front sight has a “Focus Lock” white ring around the display window. This draws the shooter’s eye.

1. TRUGLO TFX sights are long – fiber-optic rods take up space – but aren’t ungainly and give the pistol a sleek look.

The hermetically sealed TFX™ capsules encase the tritium and fiber-optic elements from cleaning products including ultra-sonic cleaning processes and environmental variables, keeping your firearm easy to clean and care for.   These sights are not purely ‘sporting use’ sights but are truly ‘depend on [for] your life’ sights. Their “Fortress Finish” and 12-year limited warranty seal the deal – there is no reason to look for another sight.

 

The sight picture: The front sight is in sharp focus, nearly centered in the rear sight notch. The front sight is a little low in this shot but it’s still a “hit.”

A number of law enforcement agencies have approved the TRUGLO® TFX™ sights.  I have a set on my second-hand GLOCK 21 SF. It had night sights that were dimming and the gun needed a set of ‘eyes.’ When the armorer did the installation, he said it appeared that someone had removed material from the slide dovetail instead of the bottom of the night sight – making the TFX™ a loose fit. He did a “factory adjustment” to ensure stability. He then gave the TFX™ sights his greatest accolade. “Even I could see them!”

For TFX™ model availability for your self-defense handgun, check the TRUGLO® website.

Rich Grassi, founder and editor of The Tactical Wire and Ready for Anything Wire —both free-subscription email news wires, has been an outdoors writer for over 21 years. Retired from a career in local law enforcement, his experience includes law enforcement firearms instruction and as a university adjunct instructor in criminal justice.

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