The entire embodiment of the HexSite® Sighting Systems (hereafter designated as “HexSite®” for brevity) is integrated to aid the shooter in sighting.
What does this mean? Simply, that when the many stand-alone attributes of the HexSite® are merged, each application contributes to the whole of the goal. And what is a shooter’s goal? Possibly, the preservation of his or her or another’s life.
Individual elements of the HexSite®:
Hexagonal aperture. Looking at a sight inevitably lessens a shooter’s concentration on the target. It is physiologically impossible to focus simultaneously on a near and far object. The HexSite® provides the most sympathetic and energizing geometrical form to the human eye -- the hexagon. Using binocular vision (both eyes open), the shooter focuses on the target through this aperture. Because the human brain converts the hexagonal angles of the HexSite® into 16 reference points, the eye’s focus is involuntarily drawn to the precise center of the aperture without conscious effort. As Daniel S. Lambert, PAC, points out in his article “Optimum Sight Utilization”, because this “implied-line” principle engages when looking through the HexSite®, this eliminates any necessity of looking at the sight. This advantage would not be true of a round ghost sight, which has no reference points to aid the eye in centering.
In both the Lambert article, under “General Orientation”, and Dave Anderson, in an article entitled “Better Shooting” (written in two segments – “TheEyes Have It” and “Two Eyes Good ”), the virtues of using binocular vision (both eyes open) in shooting are fully explored and extolled. They, and our own studies, confirm that squinting of one eye costs a shooter not 50%, but 70% of his visual acuity. Expensive, right?
Sight Size. A hexagon’s structural support
makes it the strongest of all geometrical forms, making the integrated
Composite* over-molded metal construction of the HexSite® exceptionally
robust. And this geometrical support allows us to reduce its optical
presence below that of all other iron sights, affording the shooter a
full combat field of fire without sacrificing structural integrity.
Another plus -- we have found no instances of a handgun with a HexSite®
not fitting well into its existing holster.
*Over Molded Metal Core Components with HexZite-22™, a Glass Filled Metal Replacement Engineering Casting Polymer
Rear Concavity on HexSite®. Fact -- (1) The human eye focuses on whatever subject is of highest value (high value white, low value black). (2) Allsighting is done by value contrast (colors are of no import because, under stress, only the retinal rods of the eye function – see Lambert article and “Vision and Shooting” by Edward C. Godnig, O.D., FCOVD) (3) The rear concavity shadow of the HexSite® creates its own lowest value on the light scale (black), achieving contrast with the higher value of the target (white). Result – maximum focus on the target. (see Attributes Sheet). This concept works in the most-minimal-light environmentin which the target can be seen. If a shooter cannot see the target, he should not be shooting with any kind of sight; i.e., trinium is of no aid in identifying a target.
HemisHex™. Machined into the center of the top of the front sight, a HemisHex™ is the lower half of a hexagon. On a conventional front sight blade, ambient light causes a glint to appear on the sight’s side surface, onto which the eye centers, marring refinement of long-range pistol shots. The HemisHex™ transforms the liability of the “sun-glint principle” into a benefit, because ambient light makes an eye-catching glint on one of its three faces, at top center of the sight, on the same plane as the top of the sight. This is what the eye centers, thus enhancing long-range pistol refinement. If no ambient light is available, resulting in no glint in the HemisHex™, the top of the front sight plane maintains a conventional “0” index, and there is no false “0”. The traditional myth that graphics on the rear face of the front sight surface are beneficial is logically unsound. Such graphics always are located below the plane of the top of the sight and, whether or not light-emitting, inevitably give the shooter a false “0”.
DoubleHex™. This application is utilized on long-sight-radius weapons, such as shotguns, dangerous game rifles, scout guns, sub guns, carbines, rifles including
M-16 family weapons, and light machine guns. DoubleHex™ consists of two HexSites™, one mounted at the muzzle, and one at the traditional mid-range sight location (about 12-16 inches from the pupil). The front HexSite® precisely centers the target by exploiting the same implied-line concept as the rear HexSite® pistol sight. With two HexSites™ involved, the created appearance is that the inside of the rear (mid-range) hexagon surrounds the outside of the front hexagon, with several thousandths-of-an-inch of space, or light, between the two surfaces. Target engagement and alignment is quick, accurate and precise. With both eyes open, the implied-line concept provides positive visual target perception, and, of course, full-field visual awareness is totally present, employing the occluded-eye concept.
Of exceptional value to law-enforcement or military use of shotguns is the fact that, when using shot shells that are confirmed to hold a consistent pattern, the outside perimeter of the mid-range HexSite® is so calibrated as to equate the cone of the shot dispersion. This automatically gives the shooter the shot coverage area, allowing him to adjust the hold-off required in certain tactical situations, without having to calibrate the precise distance. This greatly reduces the risk of collateral damage – a known liability when using the shotgun. Fact – we have been able, on demand, to repetitively strike six-inch steel plates (head shots) that are in the proximity of or even partially concealed behind no-shot (hostage) targets. This was accomplished in engagement times of one-to-two-second per shot, target range at 25 to 35 yards, using Federal .00 12-gaugebuckshot. NO HITS on innocents.
HexSite® is the only shotgun sighting system that offers the shooter slug accuracy on head shots at 75 yards, and calibrates the shot pattern automatically from 10 yards (nine-inch pattern) to 75 yards.
Overall, we believe HexSite® Sighting Systems advances a positive and practical application appropriate to military and law enforcement tactical shooting agendas.