Meprolight FT Bullseye: Who Needs an Optic?

Meprolight is known for world-class sights and optics. Founded in 1990 as the primary red dot, sighting system, and battle optic supplier to the Israel Defense Force (IDF), Meprolight’s employees bring that experience to the military, law enforcement, and commercial markets. Quality is always there.

The FT Bullseye Front Sight is no different. I recently got the opportunity to test the FT Bullseye on my Sig Sauer P365XL. I was not disappointed. After five months of carrying and shooting the FT Bullseye-equipped gun, I can safely say that I’m hooked.

Meprolight FT Bullseye Front Sight
(meprolight.com)

Meprolight FT Bullseye Front Sight Features

Here’s the feature list from the Meprolight website:

  • Green dot surrounded by an outer green ring
  • Daytime and nighttime brightness
  • Battery-free
  • Built for heavy recoil
  • Drop and shock proof
  • Rapid, intuitive aiming
  • No rear sight needed
  • Smallest reflex style optical sight in the world based on a patented optical illumination
  • Fits most existing holsters
Meprolight FT Bullseye Front Sight bright and low light conditions
The FT Bullseye is highly visible in bright and low light conditions. (meprolight.com)

I can vouch for all that, except the heavy recoil part, considering my P365XL is rather pleasant to shoot. But considering the compatibility list (see below), Meprolight’s excellent reputation, and my experience with the product, I have no reason to doubt that.

Nor did I intentionally drop my pistol onto the sight. It’s my everyday carry gun and I’m not gonna purposely beat it up. I can say, however, that the FT Bullseye is well made. It appears to be made of high-quality, lightweight aluminum. No plastic here.

Meprolight FT Bullseye Front Sight darkness
It even glows in the dark. Not that you’d actually use it like that, but this photo shows the dot and ring combo very well.

Lots to Like

I’m still skeptical about optics on my handguns. Sorry, but I just am. I know that many folks love them, and they seem to work great. But holster options can be limited, and some have trouble picking up the dot. Plus, you have to think about batteries and the fact that electronics can fail. Not likely, but I’ve seen it happen.

The FT Bullseye, for me, offers a better option. The fiber optic tritium dot is always on. No batteries, no electronics. It’s just there, and it’s as bright as any electronic dot sight I own. Another advantage is the low height over bore versus a mounted optic. The FT Bullseye is the same height as a standard front iron sight. It’s easy to pick up without extra training.

Meprolight designed the FT Bullseye with American shooters in mind. Most of us have been taught to focus on the pistol’s front sight, and this sight optimizes that training. I’ll admit to sometimes forgetting that maxim and looking at my target. It just happens sometimes, and my shooting suffers because of it. But the FT Bullseye draws my eyes to it and makes me much more consistent.

The low profile means it probably fits in the holster you already have. It fits all of mine with no issues and the snag-free design does not hinder my draw stroke at all.

FT Bullseye front sight profiles
The low profile means low height over bore and compatibility with most existing holsters.

One thing I decided to do was keep my rear sights. The FT Bullseye does not require rear sights and I shot fine without them. The outer ring framing the dot lines the gun up perfectly. But I just like it a little better having those rear sights on the gun. That’s just a personal preference. But the FT Bullseye works great either way.

No rear sights
The FT Bullseye does not require rear sights, but you can choose to leave them on as I did. (meprolight.com)

One (Small) Downside

The Meprolight website says the FT Bullseye is easy to install. Well…yes and no. The process isn’t difficult, assuming you have the proper tools. I don’t happen to own a sight pusher, so I had to have a gunsmith install it.

That isn’t a huge deal but make certain you hang around while he does it or allow a little time when you pick it up. Mine required a couple of slight adjustments. But even though that was a slight inconvenience and it cost a little money it was totally worth it.

FT Bullseye front sight
The bright green dot is easily picked up and draws the shooter’s eyes. I had to aim it at the house to get proper focus for this photo.

FT Bullseye Front Sight Compatibility

The FT Bullseye Front Sight is compatible with the following handguns:

  • Glock Standard, MOS, and Concealed
  • Sig Sauer P320, P226, and P365 (except the SAS model)
  • CZ P10
  • Heckler & Koch 45, VP9, SFP9, and P30
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Full Size, Compact, Sub-Compact and M&P Shield, Shield Plus, and 2.0

Note: The FT Bullseye Front Sight has a different compatibility list than the FT Bullseye Rear Sight, which is an entirely different product.

Final Thoughts

To be blunt, I love this sight. It’s highly visible, accurate, and enforces my front-sight focus. Once it’s adjusted properly, there’s no need to zero and no chance of losing zero, as with a traditional optic. The fiber optic tritium is always on and highly visible in bright light and low light conditions. You can even see it in the dark, not that you’d use it in that situation.

FT Bullseye dot and ring
Another look at the dot and ring combo.

There’s no noticeable weight increase and the sight doesn’t require a specially cut holster. The only negative was that I couldn’t install it myself, but that may not apply to you. And seriously, if that’s all I have to complain about, I think I’m doing pretty well.

The FT Bullseye will be on my P365XL for as long as I own it, meaning forever since I tend to become emotionally attached to my firearms. I’m also confident that several other guns will soon sport Meprolight sights. It’s really that good.

So, do yourself a favor and check out the Meprolight FT Bullseye. It just so happens that GunMag Warehouse stocks these excellent sights, so you don’t have to go far to find them. Happy shooting, y’all.

William "Bucky" Lawson is a self-described "typical Appalachian-American gun enthusiast". He is a military historian specializing in World War II and has written a few things, as he says, "here and there". A featured contributor for Strategy & Tactics, he likes dogs, range time, and a good cigar - preferably with an Old Fashioned that has an extra orange slice.

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