I just picked up a new to me older model P229 with the Von Stavenhagen sights. I'm not a fan of the rear sight and would like to swap it out for a regular two white dot contrast sight. Does anyone know what size I should get to match the existing front sight or should I just get a complete new matching set? I'm not a night sight fan so that's not one of my options.
Depends on the caliber of your P229. The existing sights should be numbered. From the TGS FAQ:
I lost all my weapons in a boating, umm, accident.
Whenever I switched from VS to two-dot, I just used the same number rear sight.
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Thanks for the replies. My P229 is a 40 and I found the numbers marked on the sights. My rear is a #8 (front is a #6) so I need to find a rear #8 contrast sight.
You might post in the classifieds. I suspect you’ll find some folks who have replaced contrast sights on purchased CPO Sig’s and they’d likely sell them to you for a minor amount.
But, some of us greatly prefer the VS style. If you’re going to stay with contrast-type sights (vs illuminated), the VS sight picture can be faster and more accurate in the context of combat-style sights.
Rear dots make sense to me for illuminated sights in dark conditions. But I think they are slow and unnecessary in daylight.
I've been using white three dot contrast sights for most of my 75 years. They are my preferred sights for any gun I own. I don't find any difference in my shooting between three dot contrast sights and the VS sights. Frankly, I just don't like the looks of the VS sights. I figure when the SHTF I'm going to be more point shooting than true target acquisition, especially in the dark (that's also the reason I'm not into night sights).
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