Fiber Optics or Tritium?


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WNC Seabee
December 25, 2009, 08:13 PM
I'm looking for feedback on fiber optic vs. tritium sights. Who has experience with both? The subject gun is a 4" GP100 that will see mostly field use while fishing/backpacking. So, some night time use may apply while out overnight.

I'm thinking of either the Williams Fire Sight (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productnumber=325201) or the XS Big Dot (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productnumber=650185)

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David E
December 25, 2009, 08:42 PM
I'd get the fiber optic, myself.

dkk73
December 25, 2009, 08:50 PM
How about a TruGlo hybrid tritium-fiber optic?
http://www.truglo.com/IW_Products.m4p.pvx?;PRODUCTS_NO_TREE?cat=30500?company=TGI

I had these on a small gun and they were quite bright (largish, but bright). Probably a nice choice for the GP100 I'd guess...

HTH,
David

WNC Seabee
December 25, 2009, 08:57 PM
How about a TruGlo hybrid tritium-fiber optic?

Unfortunately, they're not available for the GP or I'd have a set on the way!

Jim Watson
December 25, 2009, 09:56 PM
XS Big Dot is imprecise unless you put in a LOT of practice with it.
I'd get a fibre optic front and leave the rear plain. In fact, I DO use a fibre optic front and plain rear, on sporting guns. I am not confident about keeping the insert in place on a duty gun, even with a dab of superglue at each post.

orionengnr
December 25, 2009, 10:41 PM
Tru-Glo TFO.
If they don't make one for the SP, contact them and ask them to rectify that oversight. If the demand is sufficient, I am sure the supply will follow.

I have the TFO on a 3" Kimber 1911 and will be buying additional sets for other carry guns as funds permit. The TFO is, (IMHO) the perfect non-compromise between daytime fiber optics and night time trititium sights.

rogertc1
December 26, 2009, 07:29 AM
TRITIUM will start to dim after 10 years. Which isn't a very long time.

Shawn Dodson
December 27, 2009, 12:37 AM
XS Big Dot is imprecise unless you put in a LOT of practice with it. It's not that hard if you follow the manufacturers directions for obtaining proper sight alignment and sight picture:

http://www.xssights.com/pix/sightimages.gif

I've chased bad guys into the forest at night when I was working K9 and it can be very dark. If the OP desires a sight system that can be reliably used at night then I suggest tritium. If the revolver were merely for daylight use in the field I'd suggest a fiber optic sight if one can be found.

Cheers!

BP44
December 28, 2009, 08:10 PM
I have to give the XS Bigdots a Big plus, I recently picked up A glock 34 that has them and they are very easy to use in the dark. As a previous poster had noted they take a bit of practice to get used to shooting accurately but under stress/dark/fast shooting times they work well.

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