Glow in the dark or phosphorus sights

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DEE50, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Just wondering what these methods are like for a gun such as the ruger lcp. Does it help at all?

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  3. I wouldn't bother on something like that. It's pretty much a close range point and shoot defensive gun.

  4. IMO, not worth the time since they have to be exposed to a light source prior to be used.
  5. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    There is no light source in my pocket to charge the sights. Useless.
  6. Sights use tritium gas, an isotope of hydrogen. Little glass vial in sight is coated with phosphor. Rays from tritium excite the phosphor. Phosphor glows. Pretty long half life (forget how long).

    Good system for night sights, among a bizillion other uses.
  7. Jason D

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    I think half life it like 12 years.

    Beretta used to sell guns with sights that would glow when charged under a light.
    I think I have three different ones from them that do that. It's a worthless addition unless you can charge them before you need them. They will glow brighter than night sights for a short time.

    The problem being that you never know when the time will come when you will need to use a gun. Better to be safe and just bite the bullet and go with real night sights
  8. Added phosphorus to the Elsie front sight for ****s and giggles. Does appear to give more depth in your sight line, though with that type gun you're (hopefully) not going to be shooting anything far away.
  9. My CZ P01 came with the glow in the dark nightsites on it. Nice sites, but kinda useless as far as nightsites go. unless you are open carrying with a holster that lets light shine on all three dots, and I highly doubt they would stay charged all night. I never tested them.
  10. What kind of phosphorous? My thoughts was that if I pocket carried some light might penetrate on a sunny day and that in moderate lighting it could help some... I donno
  11. Not sure, but I wouldn't bet on that.
  12. For anyone interested, this member of the Beretta forum shows a process for DIY glow in the dark sights.

    I think I'd rather order night sights, but if you're in to home solutions, he seemed to like the results.

  13. Don't remember the product name, but I used a neon green color. Its use would be more along the lines of better sight picture if I decided to use on a range day. While laying out whatever you plan on shooting, I would pull out the Elsie to charge the phosphorus. Not enough light would penetrate while carrying concealed.
  14. What if you kept it near light just before a night walk?
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan

    They are ok, but not a substitute for real night sights.
  16. Whats involved in the installation of night sights on a ruger lcp? Is the front sight pinned in?
  17. Bruce M

    I am more comfortable with a tritium sight.
  18. While I will never stand in the way of a person with a dream, I took some knowledge away from reading the Seecamp owners manual, donkey's years ago.

    In explaining the lack of sights on the Seecamp, the manual said, in basically these words "if you need to use sights, you are using the wrong gun".
  19. wjv


    NiteSiters on a LCP

    I put them on mostly because I wanted "White Bar/Dot" styled sights that looked semi professional, but didn't want to pay an extra $100 just to get aftermarket sights with white dots on them. The fact that they also glow if exposed to light is a plus, but wasn't my primary goal.

    I bought 2 packs of NiteSiters in two different sizes, and have put them on a couple different guns. (~$15 total) I do keep a UV flashlight by the bed so I can charge the sights without blinding myself, If I choose to do so.

  20. wjv


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