After the initial test of the Sig 1911 Tac Ops, I realized fairly quickly that I wanted to replace the rear sight. The factory Novak rear sight from Sig was too narrow for my taste and didn’t allow the amount of light around the front post that I prefer. I like the idea of having some night aiming reference on the gun, so I wanted to leave the front sight with its tritium post. I eventually settled on the 10-8 Performance U-Notch Rear sight for 1911 style pistols. The 10-8 rear notch gives a much deeper and wider rear sight channel than the factory Novak, even with the very wide tritium front sight post on the Sig 1911 Tac Ops. At 10 and 15 yards, the new sighting arrangement was much quicker than the factory sights on the Sig. The front sight now stands out from the rear sight with plenty of light on either side of it.
I’ve recently gone away from fiber optic front sights on my competition guns in favor of simple blacked out front sights and blacked out rear sights. The Sig 1911 Tac Ops is definitely a carry/duty type of pistol, and while the front sight retains its tritium insert, in daylight the sight image is closer to that of a blacked out front than a white dot.
The picture at right gives an iPhone camera’s view of the new sighting arrangement. Obviously, your eyes would want to focus on the front sight, but that gives an idea of how deep and wide the rear sight notch is on the 10-8 Performance rear sight. I ran the Sig 1911 Tac Ops with this sight system for the latter half of my Basic IDPA Class yesterday, and I was very pleased with the speed that I was able to acquire the sights for close range and distance shooting. The U-shaped notch does a great job of allowing that all important light around the front sight, which in turn enables faster first shots and easier sight tracking.
Tomorrow, we’ll use the new sighting system in some low light drills, as well as testing the accuracy at 20 and 25 yards. Additionally, I’ll be running the Sig 1911 Tac Ops in a Pistol-Training.Com class this weekend, which you’ll see in an upcoming issue of Combat Handguns. And of course, the Sig 1911 Tac Ops will feature prominently into Down Zero TV as well!