Larry Vickers on Sights for Handguns and Carbines

U.S.A.-( Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, and firearms community advisor for CCW Safe, talks about his thoughts on sights for handguns and carbines.

In a gunfight, expect to have your focus on the bad guy, you’re most likely not going to be looking at your sights, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t see them, or be looking through them.

In Larry’s opinion, you need somethign that is going to jump out at you, and for that reason, he likes the HD sights by Ameriglo or Trijicon. HD sights have a bright green/yellow option, or a orange or red and green option. Fiber optic sights are great in sunlight, but in low light or night scenarios, they may not work for you. All black sights as well, in low light, they may be useless to you.

Again, those who have been involved in shootings will know that they probably never remember looking at their sights, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t look through them for target alignment.

In reference to carbines, without a doubt, Larry thinks you should use a red dot, and of course he is parital to Aimpoint.

About Larry Vickers

Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. Larry is the firearms and training community advisor for CCW Safe.

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Buy a sig with a romeo 1 ,for an $200 you get a great pistol with reflex sights.


Vortex sparc 2. Its around $200 with mount. I have one and love it. Plus vortex warranty can’t be beat.


I disagree Larry. If you are in no/low light if you cannot see the front sight post you cannot identify the threat. If you are being attacked in no/low light you have identified the threat and it’s close enough so that precise shot placement is no longer needed (you must resort to point shooting). Target irons are black for a reason, so that you can balance the light between the rear sight and the front sight blade or post: colored vials and fiber make it difficult to make precise shots during the day because they tend to draw the ring… Read more »

American Patriot

You really can’t go wrong with a Vortex or Sig, (with life time warranty) in fact the FBI Contracted the Sig Romeo red dots. I have an EO-Tech 512 and completely satisfied

BillyBob Texas

Can I get some that don’t cost more – or even half as much – as the weapon they are being mounted on? Serious question. I don’t need the Maserati version to impress anyone – just one that works and is affordable. THX.

James Rumann

Try primary arms. They have some nice aimpoint “knockoffs” for fraction of the cost for rail equivalent rifles. Bushnell amd burris have some good red dots also. For pistols night sights with tritium ar worth the money. Though if you have light on a pistol the fiber optic sites are good.


Totally agree with BillyBob!