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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:26 PM   #1
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Sight black

I'm looking for something, possibly spray-on or brush-on, that matte blackens the sights similar to using the smudge pots on the range. I find that my eyes now need all the help they can get, which means trying to eliminate as much glare as possible off of the sights.

Anybody have any ideas?

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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #2
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Flat black paint? I always just used a Zippo.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:36 PM   #3
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You can use a carbide lamp to blacken the front sight. An acetylene torch should work also.

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I'm looking for something, possibly spray-on or brush-on, that matte blackens the sights similar to using the smudge pots on the range. I find that my eyes now need all the help they can get, which means trying to eliminate as much glare as possible off of the sights.

Anybody have any ideas?
I used to use a 'carbide' sight blacker way back in my Shiouette days but now just use a black permanant marker and have pretty much given up on fixed sights and need optics now

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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:49 PM   #5
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Birchwood Casey makes a spray on 'sight black'. Google it up. It cleans off easily when your done.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #7
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I also use Birchwood Casey sight black and I like it. My only complaint is I've only seen it in a full size can I wish they would make it in a smaller can space is a premium in my range bag.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 09:45 PM   #8
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I have a home made sight black lamp. I use a fired 30.06 with a little cotton mop wick soaked in oil. A .45ACP shell makes a perfect fitting cap. Fits in the range bag.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 10:12 PM   #9
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An old military training film (Marine Corps I believe) shows recruits blackening the front and rear sights with an oil lamp that was kept burning at the entrance of the rifle range.

I encountered the problem of sunlight reflecting off the inside of the rear aperture on my last range visit. I was at the range at the crack of dawn and the sun eventually got in just the right position to reflect off the inside of sight. I'd read about this before, but that was the first time I'd ever encountered it.

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I have a home made sight black lamp. I use a fired 30.06 with a little cotton mop wick soaked in oil. A .45ACP shell makes a perfect fitting cap. Fits in the range bag.
I was going to keep a candle in my range bag for this purpose, but since I keep a .30-06 shell in the bag anyway, I'm going to turn the shell into a combo tool (bolt disassembly/sight blackening). I got plenty of .45ACP cases laying around, too. Thanks for the tip.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 03:20 AM   #10
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The Birchwood Casey stuff is handy but it does not provide the dark black of a carbide lamp.
I use a Ray-Vin super smoker that uses carbide. Nice and small and fits easily in the range kit.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 06:17 AM   #11
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I saw a guy take a plastic spoon (like the cheap little spoons you get in McDonald's meals) and light it with a lighter. It gave off a thick black smoke that worked very nicely to blacken the front sight on his M1A.

I've done it a time or to myself. Worked great.

Blow the flame out when you're done, let it cool off, put it back in your bag for the next time.

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I saw a guy take a plastic spoon (like the cheap little spoons you get in McDonald's meals) and light it with a lighter. It gave off a thick black smoke that worked very nicely to blacken the front sight on his M1A.

I've done it a time or to myself. Worked great.

Blow the flame out when you're done, let it cool off, put it back in your bag for the next time.
I have done this too. it does work. Cheap too

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Back in the "old days" we used a 35mm aluminum film can as a carbide torch to blacken our sights. All that was needed was a hole in the lid, a few carbide pebbles, and some spit. It worked great, but got very hot, very fast, which was a little hard on the fingers.

Now I use a RAY-VIN carbide lamp, but I also use Birchwood Casey's sight black when I'm in a hurry. Carbide works best. Care must be taken when using spray on black as it can build up. If too much or multipul coats are used it can cause a change in zeros.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 11:31 AM   #14
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This is what I use; Birchwood Casey Sight Black 8.25 Ounce Aerosol cost about $8.00 dollars. I've used this in the Marine Corps on Open sights. Happy Shooting

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Old January 10th, 2017, 11:48 AM   #15
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I have used the Birchwood Casey spray-on sight blackener and never was completely satisfied with it. It always looked more gray than black. A small dedicated carbide lamp is the way to go.

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