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Which Night Sights and why

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by CZ223, Sep 23, 2007.

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  1. CZ223

    CZ223 Member

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    I now have 3 Glock compacts and two of them wear Trijicon night sights. The other has the factory Glock sight which I dont like anyway and it is not a night sight. I have decided that I must remedy this situation by getting a set of night sights for the other gun. Right now it is the one I use the least because of its lack of night sights. I like the Trijicons but I think I would prefer the front sight to be a different color than the rear dots. This would make missalignment a whole lot less likely. I have looked at the XS sights but I don't think I want to spend quite that much and they would be different from the other two guns. Mepro light offers different color combos and are not that expensive. Do you guys have these and like them. Are there other brands I should consider. The other drawback to the trijicons is that they don't show up very well in bright sunlight. Does anyoneon offer a Dayglow/tritium combo?
     
  2. Hauptmann

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    Trijicons are the best. They may cost a little more, but they have the best track record of any of the other night sight brands. I can take 20 year old Sigs out of my agency armory and the original Trijicons on them are still glowing enough for use. The Mepros are probably second in line, but most of the Mepros I've seen are only usable for about 10 years. Then again, as you stated the Mepros are a little better for day time shooting with their large white sclera. However, over 80% of handgun shootings take place in very low light conditions.

    Get a soapy tooth brush and scrub your Trijicons a little, that will whiten them up a bit for day shooting.
     
  3. The Lone Haranguer

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    You can get night sights with yellow or red (and possibly other colors) rear dots. All front night sights I am aware of are green, this being the easiest color for the human eye to see at night.

    I believe TruGlo makes at least a front sight like this. I rather like this idea. The fiber optic should be able to pick up some light from, e.g., the backwash from streetlights, if it is not dark enough for the night sights to show up and contrast.
     
  4. NCHornet

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    Google "PT Sights" I really think I will try them the next time I need a set of night sights. I really want to see the blue and orange colors and see if there are really as bright as they say they are.
     
  5. gandog56

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    Meprolights..because you can buy adjustable ones?
     
  6. Ala Dan

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    Tru-Glo TFO's ;)

    The brightest night sight's out there.
     
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    XS Sight Systems (formerly AO sights) 'Big Dot' is the fastest, most accurate combat sights I have ever used. Had a set on a Kimber Ultra Carry and loved 'em. I see they make a set for the Kel-Tec P-11. I'll have to find out if they'll work on my PF-9.
     
  8. Creature

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    Reconsider. Seriously. I have always been a three-dot night sight guy. I installed XS night sights ("standard dot" though...not the "big dot") on my P226 about a year ago and I am now a devout XS devotee.
     
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    I've had Trijicon and I've had Mepro Tru-glo. The Mepros were much brighter than the Trijicon, which were a disappointment.
     
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    I prefer a laser. :D
     
  11. sevesteen

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    I've got TFO Tritium Fiber Optic sights on my XD subcompact. Bright under almost all lighting conditions--Exception some bright indoor areas where most of the light is coming from the sides rather than overhead. They reduce the sight radius a bit, so if you are target shooting with a 3" barrel, they won't help. The decrease in accuracy is more than compensated for by the acquisition speed of the bright, bright sight picture in the type of shooting they are designed for.
     
  12. 10-Ring

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    I prefer the Trijicons. I've owned 4 sets & they've all been very good performser! ;)
     
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    Definitely Truglo TFOs. In almost any light, they look nearly the same. A green dot and 2 yellow ones. Or all green if you get standard color.
     
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    heres soemthing i never hear anyone mention....

    everyone always wants BRIGHT night sights
    but bright sites at night will ruin your night vision and can distract you from the target.
    I have novaks on my 1911s and trijicons on my walthers and both are visible in dim light, but also gentle enough on the eyes not to blind you
     
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    Hey Creature, I just called XS to find out about PF-9 sights, and the guy told me they just came out with Big Dots for the AK! I'm there, dude!
     
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    NCHornet said:
    I have a set of PT Sights on my Kimber.....green front sight, red rear sights. To sum them up.......they suck.

    These were new in 2006. My Glock wears Trijicons from 2003. The PT sights are very, very dim compared to the Trijicons....and Im comparing the green front PT sight to the Trijicons. The red rear is even dimmer....about as bright as the original night sights on my Smith and Wesson 6906 made in 1989.

    I do NOT recommend them.

    In fact, I dont recommend the different colors.....if you think your going to have alignment issues just put a green front night sight on and leave the back sight plain.
     
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    Ah, but my Sig has BOTH!
     
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    I like Meprolight best for hard use but am experimenting with Truglo TFO's on my XD. Not sure how well they will hold up yet.
     
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    Gold Beads.

    Long history of being proven in real world applications.
    Useful in all lighting situations.
    Tough.
    Don't dim out.
    Easy to maintain.
     
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    Uh... I'm guessing those Novaks are the only night sights you've ever seen. Night sights that are bright enough to affect your night vision would also be radioactive enough to give you cancer.
     
  21. CWL

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    I have 3 sets, 2 on HKs and 1 on a 1911, they've all gone dim.

    My 2 sets of Meprosites are still incredibly bright.
     
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    doubletapped
     
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    I've gotta say that, in my own experience, I've not yet seen the night sights that are bright enough to "ruin my night vision and distract me from the target" ... and I have been required by my employment over the past many years to have night and low-light pistol quals on a regular basis ...

    Gold beads? Can't see 'em in the pitch dark.

    And I thought that Novak's incorporated Trijicons on their sights (at least some of my Springfield 1911s' sights say so) ...

    I have mostly Trijicons, and I like 'em just fine, though the Meprolights on my Kimbers seem to have dots that are just a tad bigger and perhaps a smidge brighter.

    As noted before, those would be the Tru-Glo TFOs, and they might be the best combination yet for all possible situations. And the XS sights are pretty functional, too.

    I'd say: look around. Experiment. Whatever works best for you might not be someone else's favorite night sights. And everyone's vision varies, too, so we all have differing needs.
     
  24. Ala Dan

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    Att; Old Dog My Friend-

    Yes, the Tru-Glo TFO tritium sights glow brightly (and easily seen) during
    daylight hours; but also do double duty as excellent night sights during the
    hours of darkness~! :scrutiny:;):cool::D
     
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    Clipper, post pic when you get them!
     
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