The sights didn't look too bad in the gunshop but my eyes are having trouble picking them up at the range. What is out there that could help me see the sights better? I want to keep the WWII sights on but would like some advice.
Unfortunately the 1911 isn't one of those guns that can be easily modified sight-wise by the owner... you'll need a gunsmith to install your front sight, at least.
You can install sights that are very similiar to the mil-spec, but of much higher profile and easier to see. Still, Midi's right... might as well put on Novaks and have the best. Not cheap, but worth every cent.
do you wear glasses like I do? Your eyedoctor can fix you up with a shooting prescription that may help. You want to have a sharp focus on the front sight and the target and rear sight may be just a little blurred. That is the correct way and the way I do it. Check this web site for the correct sight picture and all the other things to improve marksmanship.
Having finally bought one, I chose the HiViz sight option. Taller sights with a wider notch on the rear and nice, visible white dots. The original GI sights are very hard to see... the front is just a wisp of a blade and the rear notch is very narrow. It's hard to see both the sights AND what you're looking at through them. So far, it seems very accurate so I'm not in a rush to have the slide milled for a Bomar rear.... yet...