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  1. Personally, I think the unnatural grip, arm, and shoulder position caused by your adoption of the right-hand/left eye dominant, 'Quell Method' of aiming and shooting a pistol has a lot to do with your sight misalignment problem. I've been a pistol shooter for more than 60 years; and I've been teaching pistol shooting for the past 25 years, all, with outstanding success. I don't have to see you shoot. I already know that you're gripping the pistol incorrectly. My suggestion would be for you to watch Robert Vogel's, 'How To Grip A Pistol' YouTube video. Vogel does an excellent job of demonstrating what all of the other senior pistol competitor/trainers are currently teaching. I don't care whether it's called the, 'Fist-Fire' method; or the, 'Reverse Chapman' stance; or the, 'Leatham Grip'. It's all the same thing - The very best way to grip a pistol so far invented by anyone! Once you get your grip correct you'll be able to focus on managing recoil through your elbows, and all the way back to your shoulder points. The way I visualize this sort of pistol presentation is to imagine that my pistol is being held in a, 'triangulated support framework' that is formed by: (1) A proper grip on the pistol with the heels of your hands splayed outward at the bottom and away from each other, (2) locked wrists with flexible (but slightly tensed) elbows, and (3) minimal tension in the upper torso. (Something I suspect you're having a problem with now.) When I'm shooting well I'm moving too fast, and the front sight is bouncing so quickly that, quite honestly, I doubt I'd be able to say how far right, or left the front sight is being recaptured in the rear notch? You are, clearly, firing off the entire front and rear sight combination; and I strongly suspect that you're also, placing equal emphasis on both sights. For postal target shooting (especially with one hand) I wouldn't point this out to you; but for fast paced combat pistol shooting, while firing multiple rounds, you should be PRIMARILY working with the top of your front sight - Which, evidently, you are not focusing on because if you were (1) the description you provide wouldn't be an, 'in the notch' description, and (2) you'd have already caught yourself, 'in flagrante' pulling the muzzle to the left. (If your eyes didn't tell you then the holes in your target would!) Get your grip straightened out. Splay the heels of your hands away from each other; and, thereby, gain more lateral control over your muzzle's horizontal right/left motion. NOW, start working with the top of your front sight by encouraging the muzzle to move strictly up and down, up and down, up and down, between shots. Use your elbows to form a, 'working tension' between them and the backstrap of your pistol. I'm sorry; but I can't help you with the tension caused by you craning your neck. It's a handicap that you're, somehow, just going to have to learn to live with. Regular dry-firing, and repetitive practice of George Harris', 'Wall Drill' should help to minimize the tendency to pull your muzzle to the left. (Make sure you're pulling the trigger straight back, too!) However, the only perfect answer is for you to learn how to manage a pistol with your left-hand; AND, in my years of experience teaching people how to do these things, I've yet to meet a crosseyed-dominant pistol shooter who is willing to shoot with his opposite hand for any length of time. I remember one fellow, who trained with me for a while, and was able to continue working a pistol with his support hand for about 3 months before he suddenly became uncomfortable and reverted back to being just another crosseyed-dominant pistol shooter. (Regardless of the many comments to the contrary that I've read on IGF's, shooting with a crossed eye and hand isn't about simply, 'feeling good about yourself', or being comfortable with, 'what works for you'. Crosseyed-dominant pistol shooting creates an additional handicap for the shooter to have to overcome, and requires much more flexibility from him in order to, repeatedly, hit the target well.)
  2. Well, ....... there's always the all polymer construction Magpul and ETS aftermarket Glock magazines. (Except for the spring, of course.) The steel underframe and feed lips inside the factory magazines will be a lot more durable, though. I would think that anything any environmental influence that would damage a magazine would also damage all of the other steel parts of a Glock. (Which is, 'Why' I use FrogLube in and outside of all my Glocks - Puts a deep, super durable polish on them and protects against contact with fresh water for up to 2 or 3 months at a time. All ya got 'a do is wipe the pistol dry after you come in out of the rain.)
  3. OK, you've got The Heritage Guild in Easton PA. This is a state-of-the-art indoor range. (I-78, Exit #75, Morgan Hill Road. Left to first left onto Hilton Street.) Then there's also a large number of State Game Land public shooting ranges in and around the Lehigh Valley. (Read the rules, regulations, and fees applicable to the public ranges. You just can't go there and shoot.)
  4. I live in the Poconos! Monroe County to be more specific. When it comes to guns and all of our Second Amendment Rights, Pennsylvania sure beats the Communist/Socialist State of New Jersey where I've spent most of my life. Got out when the State Legislature started banning, 'evil black rifles'. That was almost 25 years ago, now; and, know what? Today there's actually more crime in New Jersey than back when I decided I'd had enough and decided to move across the Delaware in order to leave Jersey's draconian gun laws behind me!
  5. Monroe County, here! Rarely go to a public (Game Commission) range anymore, though. (Too many strangers, too many novices, and the public firing lines just got to be too dangerous!) Nowadays I confine my AR/AK shooting to a 100 yard range at one private club in Northhampton County, and another 300 yard range at another private club in Carbon County.
  6. We've had several homes go up, 'with quite a bang', here, in the Allentown area. The explosions occurred because of old, leaking, and faulty fittings on neighborhood gas lines. If the Brentwood explosion were gas-related then the town and gas company would be guilty of serious criminal neglect if they knew of any such cause and failed to notify the public. I very much doubt it was gas line related - UNLESS the deceased homeowner were doing something with his own gas line like attempting to circumvent the flow meter, or some such. Did he smoke?
  7. The proposed M855 ban was just another really dirty political trick; right up there with closing America's only lead smelting and manufacturing plant! It's obvious, I know; but aren't bullets supposed to be dangerous, anyway? Personally, I've never feared an honest, law abiding man with a gun AND ANY KIND OF BULLETS in my entire life - Ever! I'm, also, firmly convinced that if only one small group of men have guns, while most men do not, then the larger group without any viable means of self-protection is destined to suffer both political disadvantage and social abuse. Why? Because there aren't any examples to the contrary, anywhere in the past 5,000 years of recorded human history. The mind of man just doesn't work that way! Absolute power absolutely corrupts - Period.
  8. Well, here goes my virginity! I almost don’t know where to begin? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to simply give your slide and that new set of sights to a competent gunsmith (or an armorer) and let him install the sights for you! Lessons I’ve learned from installing Glock sights for the past 12 years: 1. Most people don’t have a clue. 2. Guys who use #271, ‘Red Loctite’ all live in the present moment. When the time comes to remove that sight from the gun they’re going to need a vertical milling machine! That permanently fixed sight’s going to have to be drilled, snapped, or ground off the gun. 3. #242, ’Blue Loctite’ is, in my experience, more than strong enough for most pistol sight applications. It’s still plenty tough to get off; but, it responds well enough to either heating and forcefully pushing, or to having the end of the lock screw simply twisted off with a pair of Vise-grips. (The rear sight's always the biggest problem!) 4. In recent years I’ve started to use #222, ‘Purple Loctite’. So far, so good! It holds well; and allows the sights to be removed from the gun with only a minimum of effort. IN ANY CASE: I see no good reason for anyone to use anything stronger than #242, ‘Blue Loctite’ on handgun sights. ‘Red is forever!’ I doubt very much that, ultimately, a pistol owner is going to be happy with it. 5. Tritium, ‘night sights’ are NOT, ‘night sights’. They’re LOW LIGHT SIGHTS, instead. In this regard I’ve been told by gunmen who would know that a slightly duller (orange or yellow) front sight is much more reliable to use while, ‘marking’ or trying to track a target in genuine nighttime, dark or mottled, light conditions. After I, myself, got a wakeup call a number of years ago I will not use any of those ridiculously bright, green, front sights like I used to use, ‘way back when’. Don’t believe me? All ya got ‘a do is lose your first moving target behind one of those brilliantly glowing bright green orbs; and you’ll instantly know what I’m talking about. (If you live you can even go onto an internet gun forum at some later date, and tell everybody what you’ve learned!) 6. The proper way to install a tritium rear sight is to use one of those $100 dollar + sight pushers. Banging away on a set of tritium vials is not something you want to do with an expensive set of, ‘night sights’. Different brands of rear sights install in different ways. Some have to be, ever so slightly, filed-to-fit. Others have to be inserted using, ‘AR assembly protocol’; (from the left side of the slide) and there are others that need to be shimmed. To answer your questions: Yes, you should always install a rear sight AFTER the front sight has been installed. (A caliper is recommend to check mutual side depths.) When the rear sight is pressed into place it should be centered. You aren’t going to know whether or not that sight needs to be moved until after you’ve used the gun. If the rear sight does require adjustment it’s going to be very slight. You'll need some sort of marking pen; and, then, is the time to use purple or blue Loctite inside the dovetail. Read the manufacturer’s installation instructions, carefully. Some rear sights are designed to go into the dovetail exactly once. (So, what you don’t want to do is back one of them all the way out while you’re puttering around.) Speaking for myself I think that windage and elevation adjustments on a combat pistol’s rear sight are about as useful as, ‘thingamajigs’ on a bull! Know your pistol and where it shoots. Hold high, or hold low; but, leave windage and elevation sight adjustments to more anal-retentive combat pistol shooters. The front sight won’t have any, ‘wiggle room’ after you’ve locked it down. (The blue or purple Loctite, correctly, goes on the female part of the thread. Allow the pistol to dry for a full 24 hours before using it.) Either Glockmeister or glockparts.com sells the rest of the RIGHT tools you'll need in order to properly install a set of, ‘night sights’. Most guys who own only one or two Glocks (NOT me!) often find it best to have a gunsmith, or an armorer with a sight pusher tool, AND experience simply do the job for them.
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