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Night sights with tritium and fiber optic

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by JellyJar, Jul 7, 2016.

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  1. JellyJar

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    I have had a set of tru-glo TFO sights on a Glock for about a year.

    And just put another set on my sons new XD 40 a couple of weeks ago.

    They are great!!

    The XS Express may be good for speed, but certainly not for accuracy.

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  3. shooter1

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    Had a set of the TFOs on a Glock 17. They might be ok for a carry gun, but way too much going on in the sight picture for a competition gun. I have no plans to buy another set.
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  4. Bobson

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    Tim from Military Arms Channel swears by em. He has a couple recent videos about his EDC and talks about them there.

    Here's the video: https://youtu.be/0vJlJ--zBY4

    Guess my answer to your question is no - no personal experience with em lol. Sorry. :eek:
     
  5. jmorris

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    I have some trijicon optics that use both, good stuff.
     
  6. Chuck R.

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    I've installed a couple sets for guys here at work, they look well made.

    Personally I'm not a fan, I prefer something along the lines of the Trijicon HDs. For speed I really like a plain black rear sight and a FO front. The FO front and rear sights are far too busy for me to use quickly.

    I like the HDs because in daylight they replicate a plain black rear due to the absence of outlines on the rear vials, but show up in low-light when needed. The front orange or green ring is "ginormous" and really jumps out at me, so I pick up the front sight that much quicker. In fact the HD orange fronts are brighetr in daylight than my Dawson Precision FO fronts.

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    Another vote for TruGlo. We put a set of their newer TFX sights on a G43 and love them. Am considering putting them on all my handguns. The front sight is soooooo easy to pick up, either day or night.

    About the only complaint I have is that the front sight is quite long, which will reduce your sight radius shortly. But I'd say on most handguns the tiny bit of precision you might lose to sight radius is made up for by great sights you can pick up quickly. Our performance w/ the G43 improved over stock sights in all lighting.

    A little too early to say for sure (for me), but I think the tritium/fo combo is a real winner.
     
  8. X-Rap

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    I'm working towards TFO's on anything I might carry that will receive them. Have them on a number of Glocks.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
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    I have a Glock 17 with the tru-glo tfo and love them shooting outside in the sun or in the range with the lights down. I'll be getting more for the rest of them soon.
     
  10. Tacoma

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    I purchased my first set of Truglo TFO's about 8 years ago. I have purchased and installed 5 or 6 sets more since. I still have two Glocks and two M&Ps wearing them. For me, they are perfect. Bright as heck in teh daytime and better than std tritium in the dark. They also work well in those in between light situations where std tritium sights tend to dose definition.
    Do not hesitate. You will not be disappointed.
     
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    I've got a set on my Glock 34. They are fast on target, but the front site covers up an area larger than my group. For precision work, I'd get something else. For a lead injector they are fine.

    I should have put them on a carry gun, and put Heine straight 8s on the G34.
     
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    I guess I'm going against the general consensus, but I don't like them. I have a set of Truglo TFO sights on an M&P Shield. They are very bright outdoors in any lighting condition, but indoors in dim light it seems to me that the fiber optic tube blocks too much light from the tritium and they don't show up very well. Indoors low light condition is the reason I want tritium sights on my gun.

    I have XS Bigdot 24/7 sights on a Kimber, and I like them a lot. A square notch rear sight with a post front sight may be more accurate, but for me it takes too much time to find the front sight in the notch. The shallow v on the XS sights is a lot faster for me.
     
  13. jmr40

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    The sights in the link are tritium, not fiber optic. I've not seen them together in one sight.

    I've used fiber optic sights on hunting guns used in low light and they certainly help pick up the sights in low light conditions where standard sights would be impossible to see. But in very low light or none at all they are useless. I would much rather have tritium sights on a personal defense firearm that might have to be used in very poor light.
     
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    Try something like above. Don't mix night sights with FO. Even if it means owning 2 pistols.

    And XS sights are garbage. I gave mine away for free. Terrible at longer ranges.

    Truglos are kinda clunky. The front sight is a mile long. Kiss your decent sight radius bye bye.
     
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    I used the TFO sights on my Glock 21 and 17 and they failed.
     
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    Not combined.

    I had some Williams Gunsight fiber optic (Fire) sights installed on my S&W M&P 9 and really did not like them at all. They are not well suited for low-light situations. Replaced them very quickly with Trijicon tritium sights which work very well in any lighting condition.
     
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    I thought about buying a set of Truglo's for one of my SIGs but decided not to. I agree that they are just too damned big and it just seems that the enormously long front sight would be more prone to snagging.

    I decided to get a set of SIGs Xray sights instead, similar to Trijicon HDs. Combines tritium vials with a ring of photoluminescent paint around the tritium vial on the front sight. Not quite the same as a combined tritium/fiberoptic sight but the same idea.
     
  19. luzyfuerza

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    The TFX sights are much more durable than the TFOs. The big white ring around the front vial really speeds sight acquisition for me. I have TFXs on each of my XD45s and on my XD9.
     
  20. Old Guy

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    That is true, and why they were produced, but I thought they were a replacement for sights that had a tendency to lose the front insert if used roughly, not a new model, for more cost.

    There is a limit to the warranty time that the $12.50 cost to replace the inserts is available, it is 12 years. After 12 year the full cost of replacement sights is levied!

    In the case of a Glock 26 and Glock 19, and a very old Glock 17, 1985? that I brought down from Canada, they were OLD! So had a Buddy drop them off in Smyrna, Glock replaced every part that needed it, including the frame on the 17, it was cracked! Go Glock. All at no cost.

    I thought I would try the Glock steel night sights on the G19, just plain white, not bad for $60.00. Not sure what sights were on it, but they were dead.

    I parceled up the slides of the G26, and G17, sent them off to TruGlo, but was told they are older than 12 years? Yes I said. So full cost was required!

    Negotiations were entered in to! Emails/phone calls galore, always pleasant, but finally I agreed to, and paid $20.00 per slide! For the old style.
    As I had only ever had one front insert self eject (on a couple of year old IDPA match Glock 19) the $12.50 cost got both front and back replaced, no worries.

    These 80 year old eyes see the TruGlo well, dark, half dark, or Florida Sun Light. And 20 yard 6" plates in the odd steel stage, are doable.

    From the draw, concealed, on a full sized cardboard IDPA target, piece of cake. Flash sight picture, as all ways both eyes open, great sights.

    But I am not paying the extra cost for what was supposed to be an upgrade!

    Be a long time for the sneaky 12 year rule comes in to play! At 92 maybe not a problem?
     
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