Practice with 1911 sights: 

Practice with rifle sights: 


100"      =

200"      =

300"      =


8.33'     =

16.67'   =

25'        =


100 Yards

200 Yards

300 Yards

This exercise will simulate what the target will look like through the sight at 25, 50, 75 yards, etc., allowing you to become accustomed to judging the distance of your target by looking through your DW Battlesight. Remember, how closely you hold the sight to your eye will cause a slight variation in how much of the target is visible through the circle, so practice is important!

Why is this red silhouette target

on the back of your business cards?

We're so glad you asked! The target on the back of our business cards is a practice tool for using the DW Battlesight's range finding ability. We are aware that most people have never tried to shoot a target at 125, 100, or even 50 yards with a 1911. Our sight's range finding capability is based on the shooter's knowledge of how much of the target is visible inside the circle at each distance interval. Therefore, this requires practice and experience. Using a DW Battlesight in real life, the shooter can see 5" of the target at 25 yards, which increases by 5" for every additional 25 yards. For example, at 75 yards, you see 15" of the target, and at 150 yards, you see 30" of the target.  To really understand this, you need to know what an adult looks like in your sight at each of these ranges. The business card target is specially sized to allow you to practice viewing these distances from almost anywhere! Simply stand the card upright (a groove cut into a bar of soap makes a great holder) and measure the following distances (in inches or feet) between the card and your front sight: 


  25 Yards

  50 Yards

  75 Yards

100 Yards

125 Yards

150 Yards

175 Yards

200 Yards


33"      =

66"      =

99"      =

132"     =

165"     =

198"     =

231"     =

264"     =


2.75'     =

5.5'       =

8.25'     =

11'        =

13.75'   =

16.5'     =

19.25'   =

22'        =



NOTE: "Front" denotes the "business end" of the gun.

In what direction do I install the sight? How do I determine FRONT and REAR?

Can I install the DW Battlesight myself?

Maybe! Installation of the dovetail sight is a matter of "tap-out, tap-in", however, we HIGHLY recommend you enlist the help of a qualified gunsmith. All sights are intentionally designed .003" to .005" larger to ensure a tight fit, and WILL require a minor amount of adjustment in order to fit properly. Please take caution when attempting this by yourself.



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Measure the distance from the BACK of the rear sight to the

BACK of the front sight. Most 1911's have a sight radius of 6.25".

How do I determine the sight radius?

For example:

Most 1911's have a sight radius of 6.25". Shooting at 25 yards, imagine your error is 2". Multiply 6.25" by 2", then divide that by the distance in inches (25 yards = 900 inches). The equation should look like this:


6.25 x 2 = 12.5

12.5/900 = 0.0138

Therefore, your sight height error would be approximately .014. If you are shooting 2" low at 25 yards and your sight is currently .200" tall, you will have better results with a .185" tall front sight. If you are shooting high, you will need a taller sight. Our goal is to provide you with a sight that will be as close as possible to what you need.

Sight radius x Error (in inches)

Distance (in inches)

How do I account for an elevation problem when determining the height of my sight?

Use this formula to calculate the correct sight height that you will need: 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I measure the height of my sight?

Using a caliper, simply measure the current height of your front sight from the top of the SLIDE to the top of the SIGHT: 

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