DIY Contrast Sights for the Ruger LCP

DIY Contrast Sights for the Ruger LCP

Have you ever picked up a handgun and struggled to see a clear sight picture? You squint, you actively practice changing your focal point, you blink a lot trying to get something that appears dark and blurry to be crisp and clear. That happened to me when I first took up my Ruger LCP to the range. I love how lightweight the LCP is, and I think it is a great gun for concealed carry. However, as I struggled to focus on the front sight on that cloudy day, target practice was inaccurate (which Townsend Whelen would have no use for) and therefore no fun.

My Ruger LCP (unloaded with no magazine) demonstrating this DIY solution to get contrasting sights

Luckily, there is a quick way to help alleviate this problem. Looking at options for sights online, I discovered that a green-red contrast was a popular color choice to distinguish front from rear sight. My version of the LCP has fixed sights, which makes it "rugged and reliable" - I will not have to worry about the sights moving on me. The sights will be exactly where they should be, all the time. For an everyday carry gun, I like this feature. But it does eliminate the option to upgrade the sights for increased contrast. 

Being a DIY kind of gal, I figured there had to be another way to achieve the functional benefits of red-green sights on my own. I happen to have lots of nail polish in bright colors, including teal and pink. Close enough to red and green for me to be convinced to try it out! 

My DIY red-green contrast sights for my EDC: The Ruger LCP 

I prepped the sights for their "manicure" by wiping them with a microfiber cloth. I didn't clean them with any chemicals because I wanted to test this out and I didn't want to risk the polish not sticking. I carefully swiped the polish on the sights - teal on the rear and pink on the front. I removed any excess using my nails and a napkin. An alternative to the free-hand method I used would be to wrap a piece of tape on the edges of the sight, which I recreated for illustration only (but it should work...).

How to tape off a Ruger LCP for a sight "manicure" to increase contrast (the bottom of the sight could also be taped off for better lines)

The result is a clearer sight picture and likely faster sight picture acquisition - "likely" because regrettably I did not time myself before and after. As an engineer I can't bring myself to state a conclusion without data. But I sure do like this solution! I find it incredibly easy now to get a clear sight picture, which means focusing on the front sight. In terms of durability, this solution has lasted in a Flashbang holster worn 2 days/week (since I can't carry at work) for over 1.5 years. Hope this helps some others get better sight picture on their pocket pistols! 

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