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Old 03-01-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Just got my first P99C, have shot SIGS and GLOCKS for quite some time. Question: Does Walther use the "combat" sight picture? Meaning the front sight on top of the bullseye (obscuring it from view)? Thanks.
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I aim with the bullseye sitting atop the front sight.
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The one that Walther recommends, IIRC, is illustrated in the factory manual.
Let me go take a look.

Yes, OK, on Page 12, under the heading of Aiming in the booklet that was supplied with a Manurhin PPK/S (the handiest one I could put find), it says the following:

In dim light, the white markings enable the sights to be quickly and accurately aligned.

In bright light, the dark outlines of the front and rear sights contrast sharply. Note that the sights should be at even height (a) across the top, with an equal amount of light (b) showing on either side of the front sight.[/I]

The (a) and (b) refer to a picture/diagram indicating that standard, picket-fence alignment of the sights will produce the appropriate results. Seeing as how everyone's eyes are slightly different, of course, there's also something to be said about determining what works best for you and your gun and then reliably repeating that process.
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OK, just so I'm clear, here is an image of three different sight pictures:



I was referring to #3 which is the combat sight picture. Does anyone have a cite for how Walther ships them from the factory. I realize that there are additional height front sights which would alter the elevation, my question is what is their standard set up as delivered from the factory. Thanks.
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The answer should be #2. It's certainly not #1 (that's a misunderstanding of the term "6 o'clock"). In practice there is no difference between #2 and #3 unless you're very good. And in that case, take a few shots and tell us whether your gun shoots like #2 or #3. And then, as you said, Walther provides other front sites so you can adjust it.
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Well, XKL, that certainly conflicts with just about everything I've ever been taught on the subject. Number 1 is what most people I know use.
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Well, XKL, that certainly conflicts with just about everything I've ever been taught on the subject. Number 1 is what most people I know use.
I am closer to #3. I don't know of anyone except bullseye shooters that use #1.
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If you look at the manual that comes with the gun, it will at least clear up Walther's recommendations about the way the sights are aligned.
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I always made #2

Seriously, though, #2.
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OK, just so I'm clear, here is an image of three different sight pictures:



I was referring to #3 which is the combat sight picture. Does anyone have a cite for how Walther ships them from the factory. I realize that there are additional height front sights which would alter the elevation, my question is what is their standard set up as delivered from the factory. Thanks.
If you want to know how the gun is set up as delivered from the factory, why not just shoot it and see? It only takes a couple of rounds to figure out how it's zeroed.

If it's that important, you can always make a xerox copy of the factory target and shoot it at 25 meters, which is the usual zeroing distance used by Walther.

As for what picture you should adjust the sights for, I'm in agreement with U.E. Why would you want to obscure the target? I want to clearly see what I am shooting at. It's simply a matter of knowing your gun and instinctively knowing how high the POI will be at a given distance.

As for picture No. 3, for me that's a non-starter. The dots are there just as a visual aid, not an aiming point. What will you do against backlighting when you can't see them?

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