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Old 05-08-2017, 06:16 PM   #1
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I want night sights

I've maid up my mind that I want to get night sights for two of my handguns, my Glock 23 Gen 4 and my S&W Shield .45 which is on its way to my FFL's shop right now. I know nothing about night sights and have noticed Trijicon is almost double price of most other manufacturers. Why is that? Are they that much better? Do they last longer, fit better? Or are they just plain overpriced and my money would be better off spent on one of the other leading brands? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:47 PM   #2
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Hate to admit this in public, but these old eyes can't focus quite like they did 50 years ago. I went to XS sights. XS Sight Systems: Fastest Sights in Any Light I chose the DXT Big Dot with the Defensive Express Tritium Rear sight. They are probably the fastest acquisitioning (is that even a word?) sights I've every used on any handgun. I originally bought them for my Glock 27 and liked them so much I put them on my Browning Hi-Power. It was almost miraculous how much groups shrunk with that one simple upgrade. They look silly and people scoff when they see them but danged if they don't work. I jokingly call them my "lollipop sights". They glow so bright at night that when I get up to get a drink of water during the night, they are easily spotted on the nightstand. At least look at them. They saved me a lot of agony when standing in front of a target............any target.
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I also have XS express sights on one of my carry BHPs. Unlike Chris, though I have the smaller, regular sized dot front sight.
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(maybe you're not old and blind like me)
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Seventy next year. But not blind thank heaven.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:46 PM   #6
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I think there are only two makers of tritium inserts. What makes for price variations is anyone's guess. I think both makers of inserts also market complete sight sets. An outfit called Tool Tech installs inserts in existing sights. I do not know if the Tool Tech installation can be performed on some sights and not others.

The front night sight which I find appealing is the style used by Novak in both the standard and the Mega size. The vial is contained in a highly daylight visible white sleeve which appears as a ring around the tritium.

I have fired a considerable quantity of ammunition at night with both all black and night sights. I know that if it is too dark to see your target; sights which glow in the dark are not much help.

Any kind of contrasting front sight does help with my speed during the day. There is no substitute for all black sights for precision in daylight with open sights. BE guys now have the advantage of being able to use optical sights in centerfire and rimfire. When forced to shoot open sights in the service pistol match those sights are black. The same is true in PPC.

If I was concerned about night sight prices I would want to test night sights vs other options at night. You may find no real night edge from night sights.
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Adding to the above, Trijicon is high end and hold up well. Generally speaking, they are the market leader. Meprolight is equal in quality or a very close second great too. That said, any of the name brands are pretty much equal. It really comes down to personal preference, the arrangement (dots, bars, etc.) you want and what you will pay.
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:07 PM   #8
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I don't think night sights are an advantage for those losing vision. They are helpful in the dark, but if you have vision issues, it is most likely the ring around the tritium vial that will aid you seeing the sights in normal light rather than the tritium vial, unless specifically in the dark, and then you probably can't see your target anyway, as it is too dark.

This article may be helpful

https://revolverscience.com/2016/04/...vens-glock-35/
Per Tom Givens ...
Quote:
...in the 60 plus defensive shootings his students have been involved in, the lighting (or lack of lighting) was a factor in the outcome in exactly ZERO cases.
If you've just got to have them, I'd probably look for one that has a big ring or square around the tritium vial like some of the models from Ameriglo

https://ameriglo.com/collections/glock

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JTQ.

I really appreciate you posting the quote above. When I tell this story some may see how it applies.

It has been a long time since I learned of this account. The handguns involved were revolvers if that says anything.

Two municipal police officers confronted an unruly bar patron armed with a knife inside the bar. At some point the officers found it necessary to stop the knife holder from being a threat to them and the other patrons. One officer fired six rounds. The other fired twice. Ballistics indicated the shots fired from the empty revolver did not strike the decedent.
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I ended up getting the Truglo TFO night sights. I think I will like them. Today was the first time I had the chance to use them. I had the set put on my new Shield .45 which I hadn't shot yet until today. Since I shot at an indoor range I don't think it really made a single bit of difference to be honest. I know I didn't shoot my new gun real well,but, that was not the fault of the gun or the sights, it was my own fault. I'm sixty, I have rheumatoid arthritis and my hands shake a little and it affects my shooting a little bit. Not so much that I can't hit a smaller target to where it would be a kill shot if the target were a human, but, I'm not shooting 2" groupings by any means either. But, back to the truglo tfo nights sights, like I said I think I'm going to like them, they are very bright!
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