DW Battlesight For Pistols and Rifles.

A Mr Dwight Williams and a Mr. Ken Lloyd have developed a 1911, Glock and rifle front sight called the DW Battlesight. They claim it allows accurate shooting over 125 yards with a pistol. The sight blade has a hole (well, actually a cone) machined through the middle that in theory allows the shooter to aim more accurately because the target is no longer obscured by the front sight. I was always taught to adjust target sights so that the front blade sat just underneath the target and did not obscure it, so I am not sure how this is better.




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The front aperture can also be used for rudimentary range finding.


The sight can be purchased from DWBattlefield.com for about $59 depending on the configuration.


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  • abowden

    seems like it could be useful, it would have to be tested though, to see if it makes any real difference.

  • Shwiggie

    Or you could get a fiber optic sight and knock out the insert. Boom. Same thing.

    • You can see how tall they are! Of course this one is setup for a suppressor. I hope the rest are shorter.

      • LRB

        not sure about the cone thing, but they look good for high rise suppressor sights and I would give them a try for that application.

      • DW Battlesight

        Thank you so much for the exposure on your blogsite. Our sight is made of steel, and after testing, realized it had to be “beefed up” for battlefield operations. This sight has been shot by numerous organizations in law enforcement/government and everyone has a positive reaction after a brief instruction as to its use. This morning, it was tested on a rifle with a peep and effectively shot to 500 yards without a miss. The kill area was 9 or better. The white dot on rear sights is completely null and voided when lining up the shot. Our website explains proper technique for lining up the shot using the DW Battlesight, and we welcome questions from anyone needing further assistance. Range finding is also a strong component to our sight. Thanks again for the comments. Stay safe and shoot straight! Dwight W.

    • Chadd

      Lol, yeah. Then again, that would normally(from what I’ve seen anyways) leave you with a thin, plastic front sight that would probably break/deform on rough holstering.
      Hopefully these are pretty sturdy front sights because it seems like a decent idea for people like me who were taught to overlap the target with the front sight.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Hi-Viz sights are all-metal, even without the insert. There would be no issues purchasing a hi-viz and just knocking out the insert to use as a hollow-sight like this. They’re plenty sturdy. Source: I literally just installed two hi-viz sights, one on a Ruger MKII and one on a Ruger GP100.

        • Chadd

          Awesome, thanks for the heads up 🙂

    • Mike Knox

      People have been doing that for years already..

  • SentMKG

    I personally love appature sights so naturally I find these sights intriguing. Granted they are not appature sights true but its close enough to it to interest me.

    • The price certainly is competitive.

      • SentMKG

        That was something that kind of made me think it would be fun to get a pair and play around with. Not a bad price at all.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like it might be a good idea. I’d actually like to try this…the only downside is that a traditional tritium front sight would still be better at night.

  • AD

    I can see this being useful; for shooting at 25 yards, or whatever distance you’ve set the sights for, you put the target over the sights as usual. But should you need to shoot at longer ranges, where bullet drop means the point of impact would normally be obscured behind the sights, you can now look through the sights at the target.

    • Soless

      The hold over would be much greater at 100 yards especially from a .45. Looking through the front sight would be useless.

  • Zius Patagus

    And if the target is black so is the front sight. Might have some value as a rifle sight shooting KD so you can hold center of target.

  • David Knuth

    I was taught, and all of my guns have come sighted to, put the top of the sight over the center of the target. Never below.

    • Rick Randall

      That’s the difference beween real world shooting, and shooting bullseye at a specific, and unchanging distance, with a specifially sized, and unchanging target.
      If you’re going to shoot nice round NRA 50 foot targets at 50 feet all day, then the “lollypop” hold (or even “lollypop with daylight” – leave the thinnest slice of white under the target circle) is best. If you are going to be shooting at different distances, different sized targets, targets that are not exact circles, or under stress or speed, go for a center hold.

  • Max

    I’ll stick with my traditional three-dots iron sights.

  • LukeH15

    If they were $25 cheaper I would try one.

  • cordp

    Dwight allowed me to shoot one of his 1911 pistols equipped with this sight. After a brief instruction on the use of the sight, my groups at 125 yards were half the size with the sight that they were without. It allows you to see a distant small target through the front sight instead of it being covered up by the blade. Seeing and shooting is believing. i bought one for my Glock and I’m waiting for one for a S&W 44 mag hunting pistol. It’ll be nice to double my comfortable range with these guns and have a quick way of ranging deer for a shot with the 44.