Need help with night sights!!!


January 11, 2006, 11:21 PM
I need to decide what kind of sights to put on my carry/competition gun.

Please vote on the poll and then tell me what you think the pros and cons of each type of sight are.

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January 11, 2006, 11:35 PM
Meprolight Tru-Dots
has worked real well for me

January 11, 2006, 11:46 PM
I like the MeproLights because they also work well in the daytime with the white ring around the Tritium.

January 11, 2006, 11:53 PM
mepros are better in daylight.

January 12, 2006, 12:08 AM
I have a set of the green front / yellow back sights on my XD-40 4" and my wife has the same on her XD-40 subcompact.

In addition to the low light glow, the dots were bigger than the ones on the standard sights. Makes target acquisition faster and easier, to me at least.

January 12, 2006, 01:09 AM
Another vote for Mepros.

In addition to the good daylight visibility, the Mepros are low profile and snag free. I have a Springfield with Bo-Mar type adjustable night sights that have very sharp edges that will cut my hand when I do failure drills; my hand slides across the sights during a quick racking of the slide. I don't have that problem with the Mepros. The other brands may also be snag free, I don't know, but the Mepros are slick.

One drawback to the Mepros is that they are normally sold in a matching color set. The front and rear are the same color. I'd like to try a different color front sight just to see if it makes a differnce in acquisition.

January 12, 2006, 09:08 AM
Thanx for your replies guys, I appreciate it.

January 12, 2006, 09:21 AM
I have no doubt that the Meprolight sights are excellent, I just don't have much first hand experience with them, so I voted for the Trijicon 3-dot sights. The only specialized sights that I experimented with are the ghost peep sights for the Glock, they worked well, but I didn't like the way that they looked on the gun. They turned my ugly gun into a really butt-ugly one.


January 12, 2006, 10:25 AM
If you are going to shoot competition too the straight eights are really the only choice. On the others the front sight is so wide it covers WAY too much target for placement on partial targets or headshots. Get the 'race cut' Heinies.

January 12, 2006, 11:21 AM
I have Mepros on my Glock and it has been said Mepros are brighter.
However I think you could flip a coin between Mepros and Trijicons and be well served by either.

January 12, 2006, 11:21 AM
Meprolight Tru-Dots

I only wish the front dot was red instead of green, that way they'd be idiot proof at night.

I plan on putting a set on a Colt Commander when I get it and change the color and swapping the front or rear site off of my Kimber to achieve this.

January 12, 2006, 11:34 AM
I like my trijicons and the XS sights, but for competition , they might be too course and big for precision shooting.

January 12, 2006, 11:54 AM
I voted for other and you named both the ones I use/like. Novak and XS Big Dot. Both of those use Trijicon tubes, so you get really bright, really durable night sights.

I actually want to try a Novak rear with the notch widened to use the XS Big Dot front sight. That said, both my Paras have Novak's and both my HK USPs have Big Dots. Love them both!

EDIT: almost forgot... I like the TFO sights that have tritium and fiber optics... bright green all the time. :) Haven't seen them in person, but the concept seems sound and Sig is putting a TFO front sight on its Equinox pistol.

January 12, 2006, 12:14 PM
TruGlo TFO's if they make them for your gun.

January 12, 2006, 12:29 PM

January 12, 2006, 01:21 PM
The only reason I wouldn't get Mepro's are because they're not an American owned company. Trijicons are made right in my own backyard. In Wixom Michigan.

Almost all federal and military contracts are with trijicon as well.
I'm sure they're both equally good, but I try to keep our guys working. Not the Israelis...

My $0.02

January 12, 2006, 10:03 PM
I will bring it up again, for competitive use the standard tritium sights are WAY too wide. A tight shot at 20 or 25 yards will end up a 'poke and hope'.

I have Meps on a G22 that I have shot USPSA and IDPA with, while they are great night sights they flat out suck for competition. The front sight is .145" wide, do the math and see how much target they cover at 25 yards. After widening the rear notch out almost into the vials they are a lot better, and a TON faster but still not anywhere near ideal.

Night sights are just that, sights optimized for low light conditions.

If you want to focus primarily on low light defensive use the Meps are the brightest and very tough, they would be a great choice.

If you want to focus primarily on competition and have a gun that is still a solid choice for defensive use the best sights I have seen are the Heinie 'race cut' sights. Add tritium and they make good night sights, they are the one sight system I have seen that is a decent compromise between speed, precision, and low light capability.

For all out competition a Bo-Mar on the rear and a .070-.090" wide front with fiber optic optional is hands down the way to go.

Ala Dan
January 12, 2006, 10:06 PM
+1 for Meprolight Tru-Dot's:D

These old eyes can see them, even in daylight~!:cool:

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