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North Pass sets sights on paintball with HiViz

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The HiViz paintgun sight represents the entry of North Pass into the paintball market.

North Pass has been manufacturing firearm sights for many years, and recently adapted their light pipe technology for paintguns.

A light pipe is a cylinder of translucent plastic which takes ambient light in on all of its sides and re-directs it to brightly illuminate its ends. The result is a short plastic rod produces a bright orange or green "neon" dot for a sight.

The HiViz is basically a pointing aid. With a snap-on mount that wraps around the paintgun barrel, the HiViz places a light pipe dot near the muzzle. Used alone, the bright dot helps keep muzzle position in mind. Used with another part of the paintgun acting as a rear sight, the HiViz dot is easy to see and quick to align. We found that on a Rainmaker, the left or right sight rails, with their center groves align perfectly with the HiViz, the same goes for the centered rail on Autocockers. On other paintguns, like the Automag RT, key points such as where the power feed meets the body make for good rear sight components. While the mount for the HiViz snaps on easily, and can be moved with little effort, it doesn't move easily on its own, or from bumping on the field (in our experience, once you adjust it where you want it - it stays put).

The HiViz comes in 2 sizes, APG-S for .710 to .840 inch barrels and model APG-L for .840 to 1 inch barrels. Included with each sight are 4 light pipes. They come in Orange and Green colors and .135" and .175" dot sizes, to set up the HiViz sight to your own personal tastes. Choosing the right color depends in part on where you play, picking out which will contrast with the background the best. Take a look through your goggles as well. If you have tinted lenses or inserts, you may or may not see the orange or green clearly.

HiViz sights are available to dealers through most major paintball distributors, which is impressive for the short time they have been on the market. North Pass has taken an aggressive marketing approach, with a lot of team sponsorship visible at the 1997 NPPL World Cup.

North Pass can be reached by phone at (303) 682-4315 or by fax at (303) 678-7109.


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