You can always just remove the sights completely.
I made my first optic mount a few years ago to see how I liked it. Took it off the gun and never installed the rear sight. Did lots of training with that set up out to 20 yards
Maybe rare in certain areas, but not here on the Cape.
I have over 140 (so far, they can pop up any time from about May 1 to June 21 around here) within a 1/4 mile of my house. Last year the count was 228.
Another spot in Mashpee, I counted 60 in one day last year along a 1 1/2 mile hike.
LG has had a ton of compressors go just after warranty. (Some still covered)
After three years of replacing them, they were having about a 30% failure rate. They now do a software update with the compressor replacement.
It’s probable they are trying to get ahead of the game.
We typically try for as many species as possible. I got a nice pick in August last year from one of my go-to ponds for multi species. Sent it in even though I already had a pick. Ended up winning the gold for the year.