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.
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!
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...).
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!