The most enjoyable aspect of being an independent writer is that I get to write about the things that matter to me. I can muse about current events, drone on about political mischief, or relay stories of my time in uniform. I also get to write about guns. I love guns. I sometimes think they love me too since one has not yet taken it upon itself to launch a bullet into me. But, I digress.
My love of the gun is multifaceted. Not only do I enjoy checking out all of the latest gear and gadgetry, I have also had the pleasure of experimenting with some interesting new takes on old technology. In particular, this would mean gun sights, good old fashioned iron atop your weapon. This T&E is a couple of months late due to some personal situations that kept me from thoroughly testing the product. But, now that I have remedied that, here is the long-awaited review of the Aimline pistol sight.
When Jason Starne and Marc Schilling of Aimline asked me to take a look at their product, I was happy to accept. I had learned about the product through Dan Mainville, whose name you may recognize from the acknowledgements page of my novel, The Fireman – Book One. The idea is simple; instead of dots or triangles or some other small shape to align in order to ensure accuracy, the markings of the Aimline sight form a horizontal line when properly aligned.
The sight package includes both a front and rear sight for your model of pistol. My test sights were in the standard white but the sight is also available in high visibility yellow as well as a black only rear sight version. The sight is currently available for Glock, Sig Sauer, and the Smith and Wesson M&P series of pistols. I managed the installation myself with simple tools and sighted them in at Midwest Gun Club in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
The first 100 rounds or so were spent just getting used to the sight itself, making sure I was getting a consistent sight picture, determining point of aim Vs point of impact, and things of that nature. Once I stopped analyzing and just started shooting, the sight’s selling points really came to life.
I began noticing that I was picking the rear sight up in my vision long before the pistol was fully raised into my normal firing position. The wide, thick band along the rear sight is easily visible in your peripheral vision. By picking up the sights earlier than normal, my alignment and sight picture seemed to become more fluid and its speed seemed to increase. By the time the 125th round was downrange, I had already decided that I loved this sight.
I have heard many experts demean the factory sights mounted on Glock pistols. Personally, I have never had a problem with them and they tend to do what they were designed to do, although they are plastic and easily damaged. But, as for pistol accuracy in my normal style of shooting, the original sights on my G19 were never an issue. I have always been of the mind that the accuracy of a pistol is much more related to the skill possessed by the person holding it than by what style of sight is mounted on it, poor design and manufacture notwithstanding. Therefore, I didn’t expect to see an improvement in my accuracy with the new Aimline sight. That being stated, I was surprised to see that my shot groups were particularly tight at my normal shooting distances of 25 and 50 feet.
As you can see in the photograph above, with the exception of a couple of fliers that were completely the fault of the shooter, the majority of the Blazer 9mm fmj ammo punched a nice, fat, single hole in the first target. These sights are as “accurate” as any I have used on my pistols. After my range time, I also spent some time trying to abuse the sights through normal wear and tear. The rear sight stands up slightly and creates a mild “cocking shoulder” effect that did work as I raked the top of the slide along my pants pockets, the lip of my holsters, and various items of furniture around the house. The black oxide finish of the sights seemed to mock my attempts to tarnish them. I would prefer a more aggressive shoulder to grab when racking the slide with one hand but it is a vast improvement over the standard Glock rear sight.
My final analysis of this product is as simple as its design theory: Get some. I am impressed with the design and have now put these sights to enough use that I know I can count on them when it matters. I will keep my eyes open for a night sight version and, if one becomes available, I will be adding a new set of sights to my pistol. If you are looking for a new idea, a simple, effective, reliable set of sights for your pistol, I recommend you give the Aimline family of sights a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. I certainly am not.
For more information, go to http://www.aimline.com