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Night sights

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by sabbyz, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. sabbyz

    sabbyz Member

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    I am wondering whether or not night sights are worth the investment. I have a 4" GP-100 with stock sights. Any pros or cons would be helpful. Thanks
     
  2. Nate C.

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    I vote yes.
     
  3. AlexM105

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    I think most here will say yes, at least for a home defense weapon.
     
  4. average_shooter

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    I figure aftermarket night sights are about, say $100, they last about 10-12 years, so figure about a $10 per year investment. I don't think that's too bad to be able to positively see the sights in low-light conditions.

    I noticed at the store the other day that Glocks with factory night sights were $70 more than standard sights, so that would come out to about $7 per year investment, just as an example.
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    I like them and plan to upgrade my defensive handguns over time to use them. (It is going to take longer than anticipated. :()
     
  6. Ben86

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    They are helpful, but keep in mind, only if you can see your target. So they don't help if its pitch black.

    I'd invest in a good weapon mounted light before night sights.
     
  7. Ridgerunner665

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    YES...tritium sights are worth it.

    I don't care for weapon mounted lights...they make a concealed carry pistol too bulky. I do carry a light though.
     
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    I like night sights. fiber optic sites are a decent poor mans alternative. As long as theres enough light for you to see your target the fiber optics will have a bit of a glow.
     
  9. HIcarry

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    I vote for the nightsights.

    TruGlo makes a fiber optic/tritium combo, but I've not personally seen it. Seems like a good idea, but one supposed drawback is the fragility of the fiber optic sights as a bad idea on a SD weapon. Again, I've not used them, so hopefully somebody who has can comment about them.
     
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    I dont actually own a pistol with night sights on it but i have handled a few (in the light) and liked them. I imagine then would be very helpful in low light condition
     
  11. Armueller2001

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    I prefer the light/laser combo for a home defense gun

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  12. sabbyz

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    Thanks for the information. Am considering Meprolight True Dot Sights. Any other suggestions? Why?
     
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    Pretty hard to beat Trijicon for night sights. I had Mepro's on a couple of guns and they went dim after just a couple years, where my Trijicon's have stayed bright for many years.
     
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    Just a reminder, that when you have night sights, the dots, front and back are a dullish, milky white and not the bright crisp white of a non illuminated sight.

    This means that in very bright light there is a tendency to wash out and in twilight conditions, when the sight illumination is not brighter than the background they can appear to fade.

    Not that there is anything wrong with them, I have them on my pistols, just be aware.

    In my case I outline, not obscure, the sights with a small amount of bright white,high gloss, high temperature paint.
     
  15. MDW GUNS

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    Trijecon are the best, while I use myself often Meprolight because they have two colors (like green in front and yellow in the back).
    Should you put it on your GP100?
    It depends what you are using this gun for.
    If for home defense yes.
    Target shooting no!
     
  16. M2 Carbine

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    I vote maybe.:D

    I've got night sights on several guns because the sights came with the gun.

    There's been a number of laser and laser/light threads, so I don't want to revive that discussion.
    All I'll say is I have 10+ (good) lasers and laser/lights and practice low light/dark shooting several times a week. In speed and accuracy night sights don't come close to a good laser like a Crimson Trace or good laser/light like the Streamlight TLR-2.

    So IMO, because of much actual live fire night practice (home range), I believe night sights are better than nothing but they don't come close to a laser for use in low light and darkness.

    But, in darkness, if the choice is between having night sights and plain iron sights I'll take the night sights.
     
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