OPINION-DISCUSSION: Back Packing Handguns

Among shooting friends and colleagues, there are those that fall into two main categories, in regards to shoot'ng irons for hiking and backpacking:  Those that carry as light as one can, given the amount of water, food, emergency clothing, etc., that one may need, and those that prefer a substantial round, one that would speak with the most authority, should the need arise.  Those authority speakers tend to be heavier and more work to carry, though they do seem to be the choice of some very dedicated gun packers.  

I, for one, am in the lighter the better category.  Heck, I’m even considering a Ruger .22 Lite, when our sight system comes out for The Ruger Lite next week. However, to date, my usual backpacking choices are either one of two well considered possibilities. The first and lightest is a “Wyatt Deep Cover, Gunsmoke” -- a highly customized S&W J-frame 38 +p -- into which I add a favorite custom load, involving a 150 grain wadcutter that journeys a little over 800 fps in a 2” barrel.  It’s inexpensive practice and very accurate. The other is an M&P Shield 40 with, of course, the Advantage Tactical Sight and Firefly option.  I load bargain basement 180 grain flat point ball ammo.  Most are accurate enough, and the hardball flat point offers good penetration, along with a punch.  

As a side note, both handguns ride in an Andrews Custom Leather “Carjack Holster” (386-462-0576). The Carjack is a shirt cover, completely horizontal to the ground cross-draw that is positioned just in front of the navel.  With that method of carry, the weight is evenly distributed.  It’s a blessing on a long hike, because you don’t get back aches from the unevenly distributed weight to one side of the body. In addition, it allows easy access from any sitting or standing position, for a quick draw.

Richard (ATS)


In most writings on self-defense and tactical firearm use, hearing protection rarely gets the ink space it deserves. The links in this post are to articles that offer opinions concerning information and considerations for recreational and non-recreational firearm usage, from a hearing health point of view. The author’s position, in the article Gun “Silencers” Don’t Make Them Anywhere Near Silent, is that suppressors do not work the way they should. His argument may be largely correct; however, if you devote the time to correctly setting up your suppressed defensive firearm, many of the author’s stated negatives may be avoided. If one uses a pistol with sufficient barrel length, a good suppressor, and a sub-sonic round, sound may be relegated to the less than harmful realm, even indoors. Personally, I use a generation three (not four) Glock 17, Silencerco’s Osprey suppressor, and the Remington 9mm 147 grain High Terminal Performance Sub-Sonic -- a very good dedicated suppressor round. Other ingredients are a KKM threaded barrel and, of course, our Advantage Tactical Firefly Sight. Outdoors, slide movement is all you hear on the Glock 17, while indoors you might hear a manageable pop.

Again, the issues are having a good suppressor and a firearm recoil spring that will cycle standard sub-sonic rounds. The Glock 17 gen three cycles well sub-sonic rounds, though the double spring system of a generation four may not, as will not a favorite Sig Sauer 2022 9mm. Those pistols, with unaltered recoil springs, will cycle a stouter 147 grain 9mm, though the louder report is counter intuitive to what we’d like to achieve.

To all of our customers, protect your hearing and have a plan to protect your hearing in all firearm situations. Favoring less complicated access to suppressors is positive for public health. There seems to be a correlation between a longer and healthier life and being more socially interactive. There is also a tendency for those suffering from hearing loss to be less socially engaging with friends and even family members. Good hearing, as opposed to diminished hearing, means better health. Here are two great articles to check out on this.

1. http://www.todayifoundout.com/…/gun-silencers-dont-make-th…/

2. http://www.asha.org/…/…/Recreational-Firearm-Noise-Exposure/

Richard (ATS)

My favorite subject - Sleeper Pistols

There is nothing like finding a great pistol -- one that may have not received enough deserved kudos -- at a great price.  And so it goes for my two favorite sleepers: 

The Sig Sauer 2022 and the sleepiest of the sleepers, the Smith & Wesson SD. Sig Sauer 2022:  I’ve written about this one before.  It’s been around awhile and has withstood many exploits.  The French have put it through paces in their testing and some say it has even been torture tested beyond the venerable Glock 17.  Bruce Gray of Gray Guns, the well-known custom gun builder and the first to be recommended by Sig Sauer for customizations of their firearms, says it’s his preferred carry pistol.  In a conversation with him a while back, he admitted he could carry any pistol but prefers the 2022. 
Though I am a 357 sig fan, I am a little uneasy with most polymers pistols in this caliber. They do not seem to do well with the 357 sig round over time.  I called Sig about their 40 cal 2022 with a 357 sig barrel.  They assured me that their 2022 357’s do very well and have not failed.  I quick call to Bruce also confirmed this.  He did suggest that I change out the recoil spring every 2,000 rounds or so.  So, if you don’t mind a DA/SA trigger style, you can get this great working pistol for under $500.  Think of it as the AK-47 of polymer pistols, in that they are a hardy piece.  The price was certainly right when got my 2022’s for $425 and $450.  When hiking in black bear and cougar country, I’ll sure be tot’ng a Sig 2022 in 357 sig.   Besides, it’s just as accurate as any of my high-end Sigs.  In addition, if you want to slick up the trigger and action on your 2022, give Bruce of Gray Guns a call.  They’ve got a 2022 package that makes a great pistol an even greater pistol.
Smith & Wesson SD -- the sleepiest of the sleepers; what a pistol!  I find the SD, right out of the box, easier to shoot than it’s M&P big brother.  I had a SD 9mm and just recently purchased a used, though unblemished, SD 40 for $250.  It takes the same sights as the M&P, so I attired my new SD with our Advantage Tactical Sight (orange rear and green firefly front), and took it out for a spin.  Recoil was very mild in this light pistol and my first off-hand group at 25 yards measured 3”.  I then did a few speed runs on steel and USPSA targets.  I promptly rang all the steel and put all shots in the “A” zone.  How about that for a $250 gun?  A couple of buddies also bought one as a “truck gun”.  I don’t know; it is a $250 gun, but it shoots and performs so well that it has more value to me than a mere ‘truck gun”.  On the other hand, I’ve got a hiccupping high-dollar 1911; maybe that one could be my truck gun, as long as I kept 7-shot mags stuffed with hardball only. 

Richard (ATS)


This is one of the projects that we at ATS have been working on. It’s our co-witness, sub and carbine sight. We are zeroing in on the front to rear sight height ratio, so as to cover elevation adjustments from .223 to larger calibers, when using our shim system. This is tricky, because there is little uniformity between different picatinny rails, in terms of their individual geometry and how they are attached to the firearm. In addition, different calibers -- 223 and 30-06, for example -- may have very different elevation requirements.

However, it’s all starting to come together. In the end, we’ll have a top mounted ATS for rifles and carbines that will go on AR’s as a co-witness, AK’s, and sub-machine guns. What do you all think?

Richard (ATS)

What is the greatest threat to the 2nd amendment?

This is just my opinion, however; talking to others in the firearm industry, shooting club members and administrators, etc., perhaps the main/greatest threat is not ill conceived anti-gun laws introduced by municipal and state governments.  It may be the loss of a generation of shooters that would protect our shooting institutions and, by association, our 2nd amendment.
In a cursory survey of a few shooting clubs and their memberships, the average age of the membership is mid-40’s.  Should this trend continue, there could be fewer younger firearm enthusiasts, in great enough numbers, to carry on our country’s shooting heritage.  Once we loose a generation that cares, the threat to the 2nd amendment and our shooting tradition would become very serious, to say the least.
Our shooting tradition and heritage is no longer a “good old boys” endeavor.  We -- everyone involved in the shooting world -- must take an interest in fostering newer generations of shooters.  We need to find ways to include and promote fun, healthy, informative, and rewarding shooting experiences to women and families.  

Richard (ATS)


For our Advantage Tactical Sight customers and others with an M&P Shield who may not have seen this. Apparently, there has been a recall on some Shields. Check out the video and decide whether yours has been impacted. The S&W M&P Shield is a fantastic pistol in every way, so be safe and get it checked out asap.

Below is a picture of a Shield with the Advantage Tactical Sight. Ours checked out good. There was no problem. Use the attached video to rule out safety issues with yours.

Video: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/08/daniel-zimmerman/smith-wesson-recalls-mp-shields/

Embracing Anti Gun People

         Almost anywhere you go, you’re going to encounter anti-gun types from all walks of life.  Believe me, there are as many anti-gunners on the right as there are on the left.  I have many acquaintances on all sides of the political spectrum, from real lefty “pinkos” to the most opposite extreme one could imagine.  People with an aversion to firearms and shooting are no different than anyone else burdened with irrational fears.  It is a prejudice bed rocked in lack of knowledge, fear, and false information. 
          As many of you know, my first profession, before I got into the gun sight making business, was as a psychotherapist.  So, I like to help people; it’s in my blood.  Rather than argue the meaning of the 2nd amendment or confronting the logic of anti-gun belief systems head on, I do something different:

I calmly listen and try to understand why a particular person is so disinclined toward firearms.  I don’t, in any way, take an adversarial position.  I just let them talk it all out.  At some point, I usually ask if he or she has ever fired a weapon or, maybe I should say, a “handgun or rifle”, because the word “weapon” could be unnerving to some.  The answer to my question is almost always that they haven’t, but they would like to.  At that point, I inquire if they’d like to go shooting sometime, just to experience, first hand, an activity about which they possess such intense feelings.  Most everyone confirms my invitation, with very excited and anticipatory facial expressions.  Why this 180° turn-about, I can’t really say, though this is could be a subject worthy of much speculation.  The point is, they want to go.

 At the outdoor (it should always be outdoors for newbies) range I try to make the experience as pleasant and fun as possible.  I bring out .22’s and nothing over 9mm or .38.  I’ve found that creating a penny arcade atmosphere with tin cans to shoot, steel that falls, and combat targets that really look like bad guys, is the way to go.  Other than detailed safety instructions, I watch over them, as they shoot tin cans, steel that falls, bad guy targets, and attempt to shoot tighter groups on paper.  I try not to be too fussy, at this point anyway, about shooting technique, as I just want these guys and gals to have a positive experience and enjoy themselves.  The shooting session is usually followed by lunch at a restaurant known for good food and a relaxed atmosphere. 
          Through this first shooting session and lunch afterword, everyone is smiling and relaxed.  To the person, everyone admits to having had a good time as well as experiencing a sense of accomplishment.  Armed with new knowledge and some degree of mastery, fear and the negativity it earlier generated has dwindled.
          I’ve done this now many times and always with a positive result.  Most say they would like to go out again.  All seem to be more rational about their firearm opinions and about 1/3 have actually purchased their own gun.  If you argue with and browbeat someone whose position on an issue is largely emotional, that person will just become more entrenched in their emotion based beliefs.  You cannot win an argument with anyone using logic and facts, if that person’s belief system is strongly emotion based.  At first, the only way to make progress with those with emotion based belief systems is to help them change how they feel about a particular subject which, in this case, is about firearms.  When feelings are no longer so negative, people are more open to logic, facts, and new information.  I believe this is the way to make inroads with anti-gunners, if you have the will and patience to do it.



If you don’t have a suppressor on your home defense piece, to some degree this may help.

I certainly must give credit to the Hogue family, of Hogue Inc., for kick-starting this idea: 

Years ago and long before the ATS was a twinkle in my eye, I was involved in action revolver shooting through ICORE (international confederation of revolver enthusiasts).  Most of our big matches were held at the Hogue Range in Morro Bay, CA.  One year, at the IRC (international revolver championships), it just so happened that fellow shooters and members of the Hogue family, always being creative and cutting edge, introduced the concept of shooting 38 short colts in our mostly S&W 357’s and 38’s.

Forever wanting to unearth any scheme that could improve my shooting scores, I proceeded to acquire a S&W Model 27 8 3/8” barrel.  I then had the barrel fitted to an 8-shot S&W 627.  I now had an 8-shot revolver with a very long barrel with which I could shoot 38 short colts.  

After some experimentation, I settled on Starline 38 short colt brass and 2.4 grains of Clays behind a Bear Creek 158 (really 160) grain bullet.  The chrono showed it definitely made power factor -- around 125,000.  That smidgen amount of Clays completely burned in the 8 3/8” barrel, producing zero muzzle blast, while the main powder charge in the cylinder and the blast between the cylinder and the barrel, was less than everyone’s else’s.  All together, the sound was so much (kind of a “pooofy”) less than other handgun cartridges that some, tongue-in-cheek, inquired if Crossman was doing my reloading.  With all the free bore, accuracy would prove to be ok out to 25 yards and not so good beyond.

I have no doubt that without ear protection this load in the long barrel would still be an ear ringer.  However, I also believe the above stated set-up would be less noisy than other standard loaded center fire cartridges and, in a pinch (without a suppressor), would be less painful.  Years before I had my suppressed Sig Sauer 2022, this was my bedside home defense.  Also, with the 8 3/8” barrel, it doubled as a great shillelagh.




Monthly Riddle #2:  The names of the 1st five with the correct answer and reasoning will be in a drawing for an ATS sight of choice.  Correct responders will have a 1 IN FIVE CHANCE TO WIN.  We will announce the end of the contest when the we have received five correct responses.  The winner’s ATS sight of choice will be reported on FB.  


George is old fashioned, very conscientious, and rather thrifty.  He still mows his lawn with the power mower he obtained in the early 70’s, you know, one of those earlier mowers where the motor turns the blades, though you still have to push it.  He really loved and babied that mower and has never wanted a new one.

For the last few years or so, George has noticed that the gas mileage on his old mower has been getting steadily worse.  He decides to have the motor overhauled.  When he gets it back, he discovers there has been no change in the mower’s gas mileage, despite having been just overhauled. 

The general repairman that did the overhaul is not a specialist in motors and is not a car mechanic.  He did reevaluate everything he did for George, made a few changes, and gave the mower back to George.  George then mowed his lawn again and soon discovered that there has been no change in his poor gas mileage.  This situation was repeated several times, to the frustration and dissatisfaction of both George and the repairman.

Please help George, especially you handy types, understand the problem George is having with his mower.  


I do get this question quite often from law enforcement, especially when a department is trying to decide whether to let each officer choose a preferred color combo or find one specific color combo that would work for most.  Our Advantage Tactical Sight system was designed around the concept that most, especially men, saw colors differently. 
With that in mind, so the concept goes, one should choose a color combo most visible to him or her in variety of lighting.  However,  there is one color combination that seems  to work for many users.
For tactical considerations, many, including me, see red rear with white front very well in a variety of lighting situations.  This combination is quite visible in lower lighting environments, yet gives a clear sight picture in normal lighting.  The only problem I’ve had with this combo is in action shooting competitions.  When shooting at freshly painted white plates on a sunny day, where the plates are at 15 yards and beyond, our white front sight insert could blend with the white of the plate.  When the plate is closer or the day is cloudy, this is not a problem.  However, for a non-firefly color combo, I believe this is one of the best tactical color combination considerations, as long as your target does not look like a white plate on a bright sun shiny day.  The reason why I believe so strongly in this color combo is because almost everyone can see it well, regardless of individual color preference. 
For a good Firefly color combo, there are several that seem popular: 
            - Yellow Firefly with a red rear sight insert; 
            - Yellow Firefly with an orange rear sight insert;
            - Green Firefly with an orange rear sight insert
            - Green Firefly with a green rear sight insert,

That last one really works well for those who prefer a mono-chrome presentation.  Once you acclimate to seeing a solid colored pyramid, it’s very fast and precise.  Of the monochrome, the green\ green is the most popular.  Also, white/white and, to some degree, yellow/yellow seems to work well.  



A group of friends recently met with another friend who was just getting into shooting.  Our friend had just purchased a ranch home in a semi-rural area of New Mexico and was looking for guidance in appropriate firearm selection, befitting his new environment. Everyone, except the new person, was in the gun business in some way.  The following question arose, as a result of our discussion:  If you were new to shooting, wanted to acquire a well-rounded, yet thoughtful, set of shooting appliances, what would be good choices?  This friend was interested in shooting for practical reasons, but was not really a “gun guy” per se.  This is what emerged from our discussion:

We all felt that for a variety of purposes, the acquisition of three long guns and three handguns would be adequate for a variety of shooting interests, especially if one lived in an area somewhat distant from relevant civilization.  This list comprised of a shotgun that could be used for both hunting and defensive purposes; a rifle that could also be used for both hunting and defense, and a .22 rifle for hunting, plinking and practice.  The handgun inventory included a full size center-fire handgun, a compact center fire handgun, and a .22 handgun.

After much consideration and trying out some of our hardware, our friend settled on a Remington 870, a Marlin 336 in 30-30 caliber, and a Browning Bl-22, for the long guns.  For the handguns he decided on a S&W 686+ with a 6” barrel, a used S&W 66 with a 2 1/2” barrel, and Ruger Single Six with both .22 and .22 mag cylinders. You may have noticed that none of these firearms utilized detachable magazines.  Our good friend is a CPA by profession and seems to analyze all considerations carefully.  He concluded that, though he liked some of our autos that he tried, a firearm that requires a detached magazine is only as good as the magazine itself.  Aging eyesight also necessitated alternative sight considerations, other than the factory sights appending his new purchases.

The Remington was an older, used one with a 30” full-choke barrel.  He ordered an 18” barrel from the Vang Comp people.  They offer barrels with reworked forcing cones that allow buck shot patterns to remain tight at greater distances.  He decided against porting the 18” 870 barrel, so that we could attach our ATS shotgun sight system, without needing to relieve the mount over the ports.  He then bought two four-power Weaver scopes for his 30-30 and .22.  I found two of the few remaining S&W revolver sight sets that we once made (and we’ll make them again someday) and installed those on his S&W revolvers. He’s a good friend and my former CPA, and I wanted him to be happy with his choices.  Lastly, he actually put a mount on his Single Six and attached an Adco red dot.  The plan now is to get much practice and experience with his cuddly little arsenal (that’s what he called it). Oh yeah, he did add a Limbsaver pad to his 870, for full load buckshot and slugs.  


1) Three men are in prison:  One is blind, one has one eye, and the third is perfectly sighted.  All three occupy the same cell.

2) The warden enters their cell and tells them that he has five Advantage Tactical Sight hats. Three ATS logos on the front of the hat have a yellow front sight, and other two have a red front sight.

3) He tells each that he’ll randomly place one hat on the heads of each.

4)  He further announces that if anyone of them can guess the front sight color on one’s own head, without removing the hat to look at it, that person may go free.  He tells each that only one person may go free.  He tells each that he gets one guess and if he guesses wrong, he’ll never be set free.   Note:  There are no mirrors or reflections in the prison cell.

5)  a.  The perfectly sighted man says, “I don’t know”.

     b.  The one-eyed man says, “I don’t know”.

     c.  The blind man says, “I know”

6) What color is the ATS front sight on the blind man’s hat and how does he know?

7) Submit the correct color and your reasoning to:  rnasef@comcast.net.  The reasoning must accompany the correct color guess.  The names of the first five with the correct color and explanation will be put into a hat for a drawing for an ATS sight of choice.  The answer to this riddle and winner will be announced on Facebook, on June, 19.  You’ve got one week to solve and explain it.  Good luck to all!



If your fancy is a the power factor of full bore 45 and, at the same time, you are concerned about fast follow up shots, then the 45 gap (Glock auto pistol) is the way to go.  It’s quick for follow up shots, extremely accurate, and a breeze to reload, too.  The pic is mine with the ATS + Firefly. 

The 45 gap never did win the popularity contest with it’s nemesis, the 45 acp.  That’s because the 45 acp has always been an institution all by itself, an institution that will never be unseated by anything.  However, the 45 gap cartridge, I believe, is superior to the 45 acp, from a strictly academic point of view, for a number of reasons: 

You can achieve the same power factor with less powder, less muzzle flash and less perceived recoil than the acp.  In addition, it’s as accurate as the acp.   A 45 gap with a 165,000 power factor (USPSA major caliber) has less perceived recoil than a standard 115 grain round, fired from a Glock 17.  That is quite amazing because, to achieve that same power factor with the 115 grain 9mm, you’d have send the 115 grainer out of the muzzle at over 1,400 fps.  With just 4.3 grains of Hodgdon Titegroup powder under a Montana Gold 200 grain fmj fp, I was able to get 827 fps from my Glock 37. The recoil was so mild that I thought something was wrong, but the chrono does not lie.  With the 45 gap, you can have the same accuracy and the same power factor as the 45 acp, but with quicker follow-up shots.  Count me in as cult follower of the 45 gap.


Most would be hard pressed to find documented cases of darkened environment gun-fights that occurred more than a few feet away.  The great majority of truly darkened tactical encounters occur at arms and not much beyond.  Those that would expend the time to align three dimly lit dots, at that distance from the bad guy, would be in jeopardy of losing that encounter.  Other than for entertainment, it doesn’t seem that anyone shoots in the dark at distance.  By distance, I mean 5 yards and beyond.  Also, it might be prudent to remember that should you be able to barely see a close though darkened target, well enough to align night sights, that target can also see you.  The fantasy that one’s night sights make one invisible to a bad guy, who may be looking in your direction, is just a fantasy.

For most, in very low light to dark tactical distances, point and retention shooting may be the best option, as long as one retained those shooting skills with dedicated practice.  Take some time off from point shooting or shooting from retention, and one’s speed and accuracy will likely suffer.  In comes the Advantage Tactical Firefly Night Sight: 

The Firefly night sight was conceptualized to facilitate point shooting, even and especially, in the absence of sustained point shooting practice.  The Firefly, from a dimensional point of view, is the easiest and quickest glowing and non-glowing (too) front sight to see in the industry.  Out to five yards or so, just cover the target with either  a glowing Firefly front sight or a non-glowing one, should you be under more ambient light favorable conditions.  The idea is to acclimate to covering the target with the most efficient glowing and non-glowing front sight in the industry and fire.  For the most part, this takes the guesswork out of non-sighted point shooting. It is a more consistent and reliable procedure.


This is what purrs on the floor beside my bed every night.  It’s a Sig Sauer 2022 9mm with a Silcerco Osprey suppressor.  It’s quiet enough to shoot outdoors without ear damage, though I have yet to try it at an indoor range without ear protection, because shooters in the adjoining booths are shooting unsuppressed and I certainly don’t need to do any more harm to my already shooting compromised ears. 

I’ve found that either the Remington Golden Saber 147 grain, or the Winchester 147 SXT work best with my Osprey.  Other 9mm 147 gainers, though they worked great without the suppressor, did not always cycle the slide with the suppressor installed.  To have used them, I would have had to go to a lighter recoil spring.  When you shoot with a suppressor, the recoil feels more like a .22, than a 9mm.

So, in conclusion, going through the red tape and expense of getting a suppressor certainly beats hearing loss.  Most do have a plan to grab ear muffs, should the need arise, though good intentions may not always be convenient for quickly unfolding circumstances.  If you ever have to fire a pistol indoors without hearing protection, the hearing aids you’ll need will be about two to three times the price of getting set up with a good suppressor. 



This is the Ruger 22/45 Lite.  As you can see, it is sporting Advantage Tactical Sights.  It just so happens that when the factory sights are removed, our shotgun base fits neatly over the frame and barrel, just enough to obscure the factory sight cuts.  We then drilled our shotgun base, according to the optical sight hole pattern on the Ruger.  That’s all there was to it.  We didn't even have to relieve the port, as there has been no problems with spent brass encountering the mount. 

With this concept, one can now shoot iron sights, remove the mount, and switch to optics.  When going back to the ATS, the zero should be the same.  This is the answer to those who want to shoot .22 steel competitions in the limited category.  It also makes for a nice light pistol for a back pack trip.  I also believe that the Ruger Lite hole pattern is the same as Tactical Solutions hole pattern for their barrel, though the Ruger would take what is called a 648 screw, while the Tactical Solutions barrel would take a 640 screw. 

So, what do you think? Would any of you like to see us produce this?  We've got two working prototypes and they both work great.  Please voice your opinion, as we wouldn't do it, should the demand not be great enough.



          I don’t believe the evidence convincingly supports the real world tactical superiority of sights that can be seen in the dark.  Magazine advertisements and fantasized night sight friendly scenarios aside, the evidence is not there.  When one considers the parameters of most tactical situations which are: 1) unplanned situations unfold in the blink of an eye; 2) they happen at very close range; 3) they involve very few rounds; 4) they happen in less than optimal lighting (not darkness); 5) all participants are likely to be moving.

          It seems that given the above five conditions of typical tactical encounters (not military, but civilian and law enforcement), point shooting and shooting from retention on the move, in close situations, would be a more practical approach.  It doesn’t seem that any of these situations allow the time needed to align three dimly glowing dots, as comforting as those glowing dots may make one feel in various non-tactical scenarios.

          In fact, given the above, I would venture that relying on “night sights”, to the avoidance of more prudent close quarter tactics, may actually be dangerous in a couple of different ways:  1) the night sight itself may not be quick enough to employ in response to a quickly unfolding threat where all participants are on the move; 2) the reliance on the night sight may hinder the usage and practice of more practical close quarter shooting techniques.

          The following are selections from “Officer-Involved Shootings: What we don’t know Has Hurt Us”.  This report was written by Thomas J. Aveni, M.S., a member of the Police Policy Studies.  He was a training coordinator at the Smith & Wesson Academy, has served as a police officer in three different states, and has a master’s degree in forensic psychology.  He reports:

          Police hit ratios in tactical encounters:  From 0-2 yards is 38%; from 3-7 yards is 17%; from 8-15 yards is 9%; from 16-25 yards is 4%; and unknown is 2%.

          He further states:  “As poor as gunfight probability is inside of three yards, it gets progressively worse form there.  The transition from revolver to pistol has had an indiscernible influence in this area since...................”

          He further states:  “Good sight alignment is fundamental to target shooting, yet 70% of cases reviewed indicated that no sight alignment was employed.....”

            “The tendency to use sighted shooting increased as the threat distance increased. “Aiming” was described as diversely as merely using the barrel as a pointing reference, to using the front sight as a reference, to full utilization of the front and rear sights” 

          As for Night Sights, he states:  Though serious attempts have been made to pursue data pertinent to whether low light hit ratios have improved since the widespread adoption of “night sights”, such data specificity has been elusive.  However, based on what aggregate historical data is available, on might proffer that night sights have offered more promise than they’ve delivered.  However, given the infrequency in which officers recount using their sights in shootings, this may not be a revelation”.

          It seems that in the majority of, if not almost all tactical situations, there is too much happening, so fast, and with a lot of adrenaline, that no one has the time for proper sight alignment.  This goes double for low light situations which means even closer and faster unfolding scenarios.

          As for the Firefly, the intent was to have the quickest and easiest to see front sight in the industry, as well as a largest glowing front night sight in the industry.  The goal of the Firefly was, and is, to create a front sight scenario most advantageous in point shooting, under the circumstance in which most tactical situations occur.  Also, please remember the Firefly gives up nothing in accuracy, in aimed fire.

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HOW NOT TO GET BEHIND AS A NEW SHOOTER:  The letter below is from a rather large police agency -- the Calif. Dept. of Insurance, Fraud Division. In subsequent conversations with a spokesman from that agency, I learned that the new recruits, who had also experienced other sight platforms, kept asking for the Advantage Tactical Sight. They not only shot their best (accurately and quickly) with the ATS, but they learned to do so in a shorter amount of time, compared to more traditional sights.  Therefore, we guarantee that if you are new shooter, you will also shoot better and learn to do so more quickly with the Advantage Tactical Sight. The ATS is a way to get up to speed in a lesser amount of time. As an addendum, we now have the Advantage Tactical Firefly Night Sight upgrade, for those who require very low light tactical sighting

”We asked Advantage Tactical for a set for their sights to test and evaluate for a scheduled equipment upgrade of our duty pistols.  After a thorough, several month evaluation and comparison of the Advantage Tactical Sight with the products of several other sight makers, we found the Advantage Tactical Sight to be the most superior in all but one of test criteria. The Advantage Tactical Sight was the most visible in most lighting situations, including diminished ambient light, it was the fastest sight to acquire in tactical situations, the most accurate sight of the group, the easiest to teach new and/or less experienced personal to use, and the most durable.  The only drawback was the inability to see the Advantage Tactical Sight in extremely darkened situations. It is our recommendation that we complete the upgrade of our duty guns to the Advantage Tactical Sight."

R. Palmer

Assistant Lead Firearms Instructor

State of California

Department of Insurance, Fraud Division

Brooke Williams "New Shooter"

Brooke Williams "New Shooter"