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Night sights

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sonar, Oct 2, 2005.

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  1. sonar

    sonar Member

    Sep 22, 2004
    I am thinking about good night sights for p226. Would you suggest anything?
    I heard about something as sights containing fluorescent gas. I'd like to hear your competent opinion.
  2. Badbunny

    Badbunny Member

    Aug 29, 2004
    The gas isn't fluorescent, it gets it's energy from radioactive decay. It's called tritium and is a heavy isotope of hydrogen. I know of two manufacturers, meprolight and trijicon (you can google for them). Can't tell you which is better, as I have no experience with them.

    Only exposure (heh) to tritium I've had was in the army, we had tritium sights on our rifles. Or to be more exact, someone had tritium sights in the rifles a long, long time ago, by the time they got to our generation, the tritium was dead and/or the containers broken. The tritium is good for about 10-15 years.
  3. mattk

    mattk Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    I for one dont really find them essential. With the exception of Heinie Straight 8 sights, I find dots on my sights to be distracting.
    My experience(IPSC, IDPA) has shown me that night sights are useful in dust and dawn type light.
  4. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    I agree, I don't find night sights as essential either. As a matter of fact,
    the only weapon I have equipped with night sights (Meprolights)
    is my new Kimber Raptor II. I also have experience with SIGLITE night
    sights that come standard on some SIG's; and are made by Trijicon.
    Too me, the Meprolights are brighter and far easier to see in daylight
    conditions~ :D
  5. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Chesapeake, VA
    I replace the factory sights on all my Glocks with Meprolights. Not b/c I consider nighsights essential, but, for some reason, I have trouble with the Glock factory sights (I think it has something to do with the white outline notch on the rear sight). Anyway, replace them with Meps and I'm good to go. Sight acquisition is quick and repeatable. One thing I recommend against, though, is having different colored front and rear sights. I have orange rears and green fronts on my 457. In low light I have real trouble lining up the sights properly.
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