SHOT Show 2017 is over. Multiple innovative products debuted and while an integrally silenced pistol is cool, it’s still cost prohibitive and highly impractical due to size. However, one piece of firearms innovation caught my eye this year and I just had to get my hands on it to evaluate. Now whether that test would work out in my favor was unknown, but I was willing to take a chance and test the only innovation in handgun sights other than a red dot style sight. Enter the Meprolight FT Bullseye. An innovative rear sight only system that was originally developed by the smaller, lesser known company Tactical Aiming Solutions out of Israel. The Makogroup then acquired the design and took the fiber optic only sight back to the drawing board to add tritium. This turned the daylight only TAS system into the viable night sight seen in the pictures. At $168, its less than half of an RMR but nearly double the average notch and post sight system.
I initially installed it on my SIRT laser trainer to start getting some dry fire practice with the sight system. I found the dot tough to find initially, but that changed after the first 5 minutes of training with it. My eyes adjusted and I started finding the dot centered in the sight system with little effort. I found it very repeatable in daylight and low light tests. With a shot timer I tested my draw to first shot time with the Glock’s stock sights, that I’m very accustomed to, and the FT Bullseye. The times favored the FT Bullseye by a few hundredths of a second. Not a huge quantifiable result but it confirmed my suspicions.
I then installed it on my Glock 26. This is my EDC gun. I knew I would be able to discern any advantage or deficiency while using the smaller platform. I found the sight incredibly simple to install. It took one tap to push the sight into the dovetail and I was then able to adjust the sight with my fingers before tightening the two tension set screws that hold it in place. The results are below. I found it very easy to maintain accuracy at 7-15 yards. Slow fire was nearly boring. Fast fire saw the pattern open up slightly but required very little effort to maintain “A” zone hits. After pushing the target out to 25 yards the limitations of the system started revealing itself. Slow fire still maintained well placed head shots. However, slightly faster target engagement revealed the same opening pattern described earlier and net 3-4 misses at 25 yards.
Overall I am pleasantly surprised by the ease of use of the system. I found it more than adequate for an EDC combat pistol. I would hesitate to recommend them to anyone attempting to beat the rules in a competition setting, such as IDPA or USPSA, because small steel at 25 yards or better may give you an absolute fit trying to engage them quickly. I would readily recommend the sight for every day carry use where the end user does not want to move to an RMR style sight. The Meprolight FT Bullseye has found a permanent home on my Glock 26.