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NIght sights

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by boyscout, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. boyscout

    boyscout Member

    I have trijicon night sights on my glock. Ater a few years they get to dim to see. Is this normal? I'm going to get new sights and I think I'll go to something different. Any good suggestions?
  2. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    Trijicon green and yellow lamps have a half-life of 12 years. This means after 12 years they will be half as bright as when they were new. If you have had your sights for about this long, then yes, it's normal. If not, then you might have a warranty claim with Trijicon.

    I believe, but am not certain, that the orange lamps have a half-life of 10 years.

    Trijicon also supplies a lot of aftermarket night sight manufacturers with their tubes.
  3. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    You can try Mepro Lights through Kimber.
  4. Texas Bob

    Texas Bob Well-Known Member

    E-mail trijicon and tell them about your sites. If they are "in" warrenty they'll replace the lamps no charge. If the warrenty is up you can still send them your slide and for a modest fee($12-15) per lamp they will reinstall new lamps and send it back to you. Usually cheaper than buying new sites.:)
  5. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Well-Known Member

    From what I understand, none of the night sight manufacturers actually build the tritium vials themselves.

    They are purchased from industrial supplier.
    And that there are only a handfull of companies that actually manufacture them.
  6. tomkatz

    tomkatz Well-Known Member

    a friend who is a dealer told me the projected life can be misleading due to the fact that some sights can lay around for a while before they are sold, and some time goes by between the time the vials are activated and then actually made into specific sights...tom
  7. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Well-Known Member

    Trijicon usually have the year the night sight is made painted on the sight.:)
  8. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I just installed my 5th set of Trijicon sights. On the other 4 guns, the ages are 8-11 years old and still going strong.
  9. Orion

    Orion Well-Known Member

    You can always try and get some sort of relief from the manufacturer but I'm guessing that age has been the major factor in the dimness of those sights.
  10. NEon

    NEon Well-Known Member

    Was into the night sight thing, now just like the front post lit. Still have a couple of snake eyes though.
  11. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    Seems to me Trij NS usually have dates stamped and usually highlighted in white on the sights indicating when they were manufactured. If you see that it is less than 12 years since the date of manufacture (check their website to make sure, then call them and arrange for a warranty adjustment).
  12. happy old sailor

    happy old sailor Well-Known Member

    try cleaning them with a Q tip and Windex or alcohol. mine collect gunkand get dim. Trijicons on my G19 are 98's and look much birghter when clean. still very useable.
  13. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Try the fiber-optic sights. They are about 1/5th the price and much brighter - unless you're in absolute darkness. But then, you couldn't what you were shooting at anyway.

  14. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr Well-Known Member

    TriJicons have worked best for me. The yellow don't last nearly as well as the green. Another thing to watch for the the manufacture date, some retailers may sell sights a few years old.

    I personally don't care for Meprolights or PT's, but am willing to change my mind if they improve.
  15. Glockorama

    Glockorama Well-Known Member

    Whatever you do don't get PT night nights, they are very dim new and only get dimmer. :mad:
  16. happy old sailor

    happy old sailor Well-Known Member

    good point keith. as i have no plans to be in total darkness without some kind of light, will leave the trijicons on the glocks.

    however, have seriously considered fiber optics for daylight shooting, targets, plinking stuff. my aged eyes need some help. i am now using red dots, but, they are enormous and holsters for carry are more of a bag. ok for hunting, but

    if you know of a source for fiber optics that swap out on handguns, please pass it on. all i can find are for long guns.
  17. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Happy Old Sailor.

    Sorry for the delay in responding!

    You can get a number of fiberoptic handgun sights through Brownells. The thing to be carefull of is that they tend to list the height to the top of the post, rather than to the center of the dot which is actually your new aiming point.

    As far as I'm concerned, these are every bit as good as the red dot sights, but without all the weight and electronics - and expense!

    We were talking about these up in the "Front Sight" thread in this same forum.
  18. happy old sailor

    happy old sailor Well-Known Member

    ty Keith, and will abide by your caution on sight heights.

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