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Front sight inserts
Feb 3rd, 2005 at 9:00pm
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Front sight inserts that are beveled-- as are most plastic inserts--which is the proper way to install--with the bevel towards the eye or away from the eye.   
     This is a stupid question to ask at my age --but I have never known which is proper.       leadball
  
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Re: Front sight inserts
Reply #1 - Feb 3rd, 2005 at 10:05pm
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I put the bevel towards my eye. Can't explain why, I just do.

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Re: Front sight inserts
Reply #2 - Feb 4th, 2005 at 9:21am
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I always thought that the bevel went away from the eye to give the sharpest edge. To me the edge looked better when faced away but that may just be me. To tell the truth I never knew either so I stuck it in both ways and went with what looked better to me.

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Reply #3 - Feb 4th, 2005 at 9:46am
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Leadball,

  The only beveled plastic front sights I'm familiar are on my FWB air rifle and the outside of the ring is stepped to fit in a similar recess in the tunnel so it can only be put in one way. With that said the bevel is toward the muzzle. That would put the sharp edge toward the shooter.

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Re: Front sight inserts
Reply #4 - Feb 4th, 2005 at 4:49pm
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The sharp edge should be toward the eye. Pete's particular inserts will not allow him to do it wrong  Grin. the whole idea is to have as much contrast as possible between the "edge" and what is beyond - that means "sharp edge next to the eye".

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Reply #5 - Feb 4th, 2005 at 9:14pm
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dale53 & gang;  Thanks for the reply to my question.
                      PS--what is the purpose of the recess --maybe to provide more light to the target.   leadball
  
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Re: Front sight inserts
Reply #6 - Feb 5th, 2005 at 12:38am
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Leadball;
If what you mean by "recess". the bevel:
The plastic insert has the thickness necessary to maintain strength in the insert ( really thin would be too fragile for decent life). However, being relatively thick, would create a problem if the hole was bored straight through. Light would reflect into the interior of the hole and reduce contrast between the insert and the aiming bull. The beveled edge creates an extremely thin ring visually to get the maximum contrast between the insert and the aiming bull. This, of course, increases the precision of aim possible and hopefully leads to higher scores.

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