I am posting this with the best of intentions but as I haven’t seen a ghost ring for a pistol in ages, I am hoping to foster some discussion about the merits of the concept. However, I am fully aware that this could go off the rails unless we choose to be constructive and discuss the pros and cons.
Last night I ran across the Rear Aperture Pistol Sight or RAPS for GLOCK pistols being offered by White Raven Communications. Admittedly, I haven’t used it. On one hand, I’m intrigued with the concept considering the current rage of putting MIni Red dot Sights on pistols. Let’s face it, pistol recoil beats the heck out of the MRDS so maybe there’s something to the RAPS. On the other hand, I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to focus on my front sight. Is the RAPS a true ghost ring and if so, will the ring “ghost”?
According to White Raven Communications, RAPS was specifically designed for the following:
Beginner pistol shooters – Provides improved sight picture and sight alignment
Advanced pistol shooters – Fast and intuitive sight alignment, sight picture, and target awareness
Home Defense – Ease of use when under duress
Low Light Situations – Large rear aperture enables quick pickup of front sight
Easy Installation – Nearly anyone with just a few tools can remove factory sights and install the RAPS.
But, they do note that the RAPS isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair.
This sight should not be used for competitive shooting where finite accuracy is required. This sight is for close range, self defense, and home defense at ranges out to 10 to 15 meters. Due to the design and the large rear aperture, extreme accuracy is hard to achieve at ranges of 25 meters and beyond.
So what do you think? Has anyone used RAPS or another ghost ring sight on a pistol?