Well, after hitting the pheasants, quail, ducks and geese, and a few more rounds at the range I've come to the conclusion that the sights are useless on this gun. So I removed them. The first two hunting trips were a bit frustrating, because I never got to the range first. I kept shooting under the birds. That vent rib is just too high for sights to be effective. The rib itself is now my sight referrence. Nothing but dead birds and clay now. 21 out of 25 on the skeet (28 in. barrel); and 25 of 25 on the trap. Recoil not an issue until I age a bit more. 3 1/2 inchers didn't feel any different than a 3" 870.