When I tell folks I have XS 24/7 Sights on my carry guns I often here a comment something like, “Yeah, those sights are fast but no good at longer ranges and are not suited for competition.” I assume this comes from the preconceived notion that because these sights are big and not of the conventional notch and post configuration, they won’t work at long range.
First off, a self defense handgun is not a long range weapon. Secondly, a self defense handgun is not a competition handgun. A self defense handgun is one you use to survive a deadly, close quarters encounter with close quarters being something inside 25 yards and very likely much, much closer.
Additionally, I’ve not found a problem hitting torso size targets out to 50 yards with the XS Sights. It’s 52 yards from my porch to my steel targets. About every other day I step out there with my Gaboon or a GP 100 and whack the steel four or five times using the big – close range only – XS Sights.
XS Sights emulate the express style sights popular on stopping rifles used for dangerous game. And, if you are attacked by some fiendish villain the situation will be one best described as dangerous. Sights on a pistol you intend to employ in a hurry need to be big and easy to see.
I think my friend Dave Biggers at XS Sights says it best, “Friends don’t let friends carry target sights.”