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Handgun Front Sight: Gold Bead v. Fiber Optic

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberPosts: 5,733 Senior Member
I'm about to send off my S&W 625-2 .45 ACP to Caleb for a much needed action job and squaring of the cylinder face. I also intend to have him install a new front sight to replace the standard black one. However, I am torn between a classic gold bead or a fiber optic front sight. Looking at various websites the cost is very close, so I would like to see what y'all think.

The gun will see casual use, potential field carry here and there, but will not be a daily carry or a frequently used competition rig. I'm leaning towards gold bead, but the utility of the fiber optic sight is also appealing.

Which Front Sight? 14 votes

Gold/Brass Bead
21% 3 votes
Fiber Optic
78% 11 votes
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,977 Senior Member
    Durability = Bead
    Visibility = Fiber Optic
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Your 100% on the gold bead :jester: well for now anyway.......LOL

    I've just always liked gold beads and haven't had the best results with fiber optic ones.

    Can he also install a U notch rear sight ?
    I figure it's your money and I like that combination.

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  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,247 Senior Member
    FO unless aesthetics are a concern.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,731 Senior Member
    FO sights are awful on a classic pistol. Look artificial, which they are.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    FO sights are awful on a classic pistol. Look artificial, which they are.

    Agree....like putting a picatinny rail in a 1903.

    I HATE gold bead sights; in those guns I have that those were present, I usually modified them to be either plain blades, or in conjunction with the rear sight blade, made them square-cut sights. Between G.B. or F.O., I'd always go for the latter (Unless considering the original premise).
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,731 Senior Member
    Red ramp front sight.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Get both with instuctions on how to change them.
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    FO. Just get one that YOU can change the tubes.
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    Fiber Optic. Not even a close call. My 625JM came with the gold bead installed, which looks nice and is functional, but I can acquire sight picture much more easily with FO, making follow-up shots faster. In sunlight or low light, I could see FO better. The front post is quick and easy to change (plunger spring), so I did it in less than a minute.
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,450 Senior Member
    I'm with Zee. My GP100 has a FO insert in a square post for target work I use a standard sight picture but it sure is nice to see that giant green sight if I need to find it in a hurry. For what it's worth, if it breaks I will replace it with a gold head front sight.
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  • Bill M.Bill M. Member Posts: 65 Member
    For me, the gold bead works fine After I paint it flat black.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,251 Senior Member
    To paraphrase the Rolling Stones:

    I see a front sight and I want it to turn black
    No colors anymore; I want them to turn black
    I see them in the sun with their indistinct halos
    I do not have a clue just where their bullet goes
    WWJMBD?

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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    If it's a later 625 with changeable front blades, just get both.
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  • HogginHoggin Member Posts: 413 Member
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    All the way
    :applause:

    Love doing the "impossible" with a handgun!
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    Weatherby wrote: »
    Your 100% on the gold bead :jester: well for now anyway.......LOL

    I've just always liked gold beads and haven't had the best results with fiber optic ones.

    Can he also install a U notch rear sight ?
    I figure it's your money and I like that combination.

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  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,370 Senior Member
    This morning, I replaced the standard black front sight on my Ruger Mark IV Target with a fiber optic one. As I get older, I need all the visibility I can get. It is as simple as that.

    But, brass beads look "cooler."
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    Red ramp front sight.

    I'm with you on that Gene. The ONLY sight for a classic S&W revolver is the red ramp with white outline rear. High visibility, not fragile, and to me anyone would be hard pressed to find a better combination. Gold beads and FO....pass.

    Not the best picture as it won't focus on both.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    I'm with you on that Gene. The ONLY sight for a classic S&W revolver is the red ramp with white outline rear. High visibility, not fragile, and to me anyone would be hard pressed to find a better combination. Gold beads and FO....pass.

    That makes three of us............robin
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,088 Senior Member
    Let's see.... It's my understanding that one of the reasons for the gold bead was to increase the visibility of the front site, prior to the advent of fiber optic technology.

    So, fiber optic front sites are a logical next step in the evolution of an easier to see front site.

    Unless it's a classic, I vote FO.
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