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Have been wanting to add an inlaid fiber optic sight on a few choice frames I have, and after doing a bit of research and Amazon product reviews, settled on this brand as everyone raved about how bright they were.......so purchased some 0.029 sized in Green, and am not disappointed at all.

These are indeed bright and very nice fiber optics.....got 5 ea. 12" fibers for right at $20 shipped.

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Cool! Looking forward to seeing what frames you put them on and how well they work.
I bought the biggest size Amazon had, being 0.029", but wish I had known you could get larger sizes directly from their site ......what I got is pretty small, but is also very bright so it "appears " bigger than it is, if that makes any sense ?

They came on a white colored background card, so wondering if you painted the groove to be inlaid in white also, if that would have the same effect ?

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Cool! Looking forward to seeing what frames you put them on and how well they work.
I bought the biggest size Amazon had, being 0.029", but wish I had known you could get larger sizes directly from their site ......what I got is pretty small, but is also very bright so it "appears " bigger than it is, if that makes any sense ?

They came on a white colored background card, so wondering if you painted the groove to be inlaid in white also, if that would have the same effect ?

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Only seems logical that any light you can get to reflect through it would be beneficial. Although, I do have a front sight like that on an air pistol and it is held in place and otherwise surrounded by black plastic. It works well and is pretty bright.
 

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Perfect for diminishing eyesight at extended arm length. That's why I really like fiber optic sights. Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup:
. lol [mention]Pebble Shooter [/mention] , it's not the arm length stuff I can't see anymore, it's the 10 Meter stuff.

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Hi Darrell,

Ye've promtit me tae 'hink aboot this!

If ye imagine fibre oaptic (multi strand) cable wi' outer plastic cladding.. the colour o' the cladding can be grey, black or whatever & it disnae seem tae affect the licht on single strand f.o. o'er oany given length.

Ma interpretation o' this is the licht entering yin f.o. end is transmitted tae the ither en' -at a speed- withoot licht loss. Initially A' hud thoucht that licht wis absorbed also by exposed strand lengths bit apparently it's en' tae en' only that ye need tae worry aboot!

In the couple o sights that A've made so faur, A've singed the en's wi a flame tae haud thame in the tube.. creating a larger diameter dome en' either side. A' thoucht that wi' this greater surface area ye should also get a brighter pin-pint sight but I'm noo thinkin that this isnae the case..

1. If ye singe/burn ower much it does dull the f.o. en' a bit which will inhibit licht entry. 2. It micht be bettir jist supergluin' this'n'place as 3. A'm also noo 'hinkin that this f.o. material wid be better cut using a scalpel or razor blade producin' a clean 90掳 en' face.. sumthins *tellin' me this is importint fur licht tranmission. (*Ma' fishin pal has his ain telecom's business & yaises this f.o. stuff, A'm shair he's mentioned this b4 tae me..A'll get this confirmed when A' see 'im.)

Hope this helps..
 

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Sling I use the fiber optics on the corner of my Homemade slingshots as well. The background is not relevant to the brightness Of the fiber optics, as the length of the fiber-optic that will strengthen or weaken the brightness. When you look at that fully fiber optic in the package It is super bright, when you cut it down to 20 Millimeters they will be much less bright Because there's less fiber optic to soak up the light in transfer to the end. If you want The corner to be bigger All you need to do is hit the end with a little bit of heat and it will mushroom out and you will get a larger end to show the light. It doesn't take much at all to mushroom the end of the fiber-optic you don't even need to hit the fiber-optic into the flame of a lighter get it close for a millisecond And it was mushroom. One word of caution,a mushroomed end it's going to be much more delicate Than A straight piece of Fiber optic . I Have to mushroom the end of mine Just a little bit because I use .75 mm And it Helps to have it mushrooms bit. Make sure you coat The very end with a little bit of epoxy If your mushroom so that it doesn't break off the end and lose your corner. Happened to me a few times because I Was a little bit too weak on the epoxy right on the corner.

Looking forward to seeing What you come up with I do have video of what mine look like in the Micarta giveaway video that I did .

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Sling I use the fiber optics on the corner of my Homemade slingshots as well. The background is not relevant to the brightness Of the fiber optics, as the length of the fiber-optic that will strengthen or weaken the brightness. When you look at that fully fiber optic in the package It is super bright, when you cut it down to 20 Millimeters they will be much less bright Because there's less fiber optic to soak up the light in transfer to the end. If you want The corner to be bigger All you need to do is hit the end with a little bit of heat and it will mushroom out and you will get a larger end to show the light. It doesn't take much at all to mushroom the end of the fiber-optic you don't even need to hit the fiber-optic into the flame of a lighter get it close for a millisecond And it was mushroom. One word of caution,a mushroomed end it's going to be much more delicate Than A straight piece of Fiber optic . I Have to mushroom the end of mine Just a little bit because I use .75 mm And it Helps to have it mushrooms bit. Make sure you coat The very end with a little bit of epoxy If your mushroom so that it doesn't break off the end and lose your corner. Happened to me a few times because I Was a little bit too weak on the epoxy right on the corner.

Looking forward to seeing What you come up with I do have video of what mine look like in the Micarta giveaway video that I did .

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Good info, tks Vince .....I figured the length might come into play as well.

This company has much larger diameter than offered on Amazon, so thinking of getting some.

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I would suggest giving what you have a try first Put a dab of Super Glue where you wanted to be And let that dry and just shoot it With the current fiber optic you have before Epoxying in place. I went with much thicker fiber optic when I started, More on the range of what you have and found with these tiny targets we are shooting it was too big and completely covering up The target . Making a round Corner instead of a sharp corner . I now use the thinner .75 mm fiber optic because it makes a sharp corner and I can set That fiber optic directly in the middle of a 30 mm spinner And still see The spinner I'm trying to hit. Just my way of shooting And it works for me but something to think about. I have a some thick stuff that I don't use it all anymore Because it Doesn't allow me to put that fiber-optic directly on Center Without covering the whole Target.

Food for thought .

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I actually talked to a rep from this company about what I was using them for, and asked for suggestions on how to mount....and he said do not use CA or epoxy as both can eat up or deteriorate their fibers....said to use a small bed of clear silicone instead....food for thought.

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That is good to know about eating away the fiber-optic . Never had an issue with that Still going strong months later and very bright , But Yours may not be the same as mine I got mine from slingshooting.com Can buy it 4 inch sections . I suppose you have enough of it that you could take a 1in chunk put some epoxy on it and see if the light changes Quality. I am positive you'll figure it out And it'll work awesome.

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I actually talked to a rep from this company about what I was using them for, and asked for suggestions on how to mount....and he said do not use CA or epoxy as both can eat up or deteriorate their fibers....said to use a small bed of clear silicone instead....food for thought.

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That's interestin! There's always retaining inside brass tube & gluing this as a back up. If ye need a wee piece tae experiment wi' let me ken.
 

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I actually talked to a rep from this company about what I was using them for, and asked for suggestions on how to mount....and he said do not use CA or epoxy as both can eat up or deteriorate their fibers....said to use a small bed of clear silicone instead....food for thought.

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That's interestin! There's always retaining inside brass tube & gluing this as a back up. If ye need a wee piece tae experiment wi' let me ken.
If you put the fibers up inside a tube, you cut off all the light coming in the top of them to make the end of the fibers glow

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Nice Darrell. We had a similar idea! I just got some Truglo in 0.6 and 0.78 from Amazon the other day for the same reason. Now to figure out what frame to test it on, and then working on it.
Been trying to figure out the best way to make the groove in the fork tip to accept the fiber, and would love to hear your ideas ?

I was in the basement today working on a certain someone's flute, and one of the thin metal rods that hold the insulation up in between the floor joists fell down, which gave me an idea.
I might be able to heat one up cherry red with a torch, and lay it right on the fork tip
To burn in the channel for the fiber.

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