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Night Sight Color for Aging Eyes

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by Scott30, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Scott30


    Dec 8, 2006
    Central VA
    I am looking at the Ameriglo I Dot Pro night sights and am wondering whether the green/green or yellow/green combo are the easiest to pick up at night. I know that green is brighter to the eye but the contrast in colors might make it less confusing in darkness as to what is front and rear.

    Anyone with experience care to chime in?
  2. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    I use Mepros, with a green front and orange rear. Very easy to use, IMO.

  3. incorrigible


    Feb 10, 2013
    I'm 50+ with bad eyes. I got the Truglo TFO night sights (Fiber optic also) and I find they help me a lot.

    Edit: Green front and back.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013
  4. oliverclotheshoff


    Mar 26, 2013
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  5. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Nov 27, 2011
    I put Ameriglo iDot pros on my 19 and really like them. Single dot outlined in orange on the front sight , single dot on centered rear sight. Wasn't looking for night sights, just fast acquisition day sights. They were less the most other sights, do what I want during the day, the night sight is a bonus.

    With 60 year old eyes the far sight is sharp, near night blurred. easy to use.

    There are so many sight options available, peoples eyes and preferences are different. I spent a year haunting the LGS and everybody at the range trying sights, plus the wisdom og GT. Suggest you do the same to avoid an expensive mistake.
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  6. jmb79


    Sep 27, 2001
    My father, aged 75, shoots his G17 like a champ. As he eyesight started to degrade, he switched to an XS Big Dot front sight and a 10-8 Performance .158" rear sight. The wide opening on the rear sight is a perfect match for the Big Dot up front. He is now shooting better than he did 10 years ago.
  7. Firecop203


    Aug 23, 2004
    I like a big bright orange dot on the front. I stick with the white outline stock Glock rear. My goal is fast acquisition and hits, not precision.
  8. basicblues


    Jan 14, 2013
    I've got one pistol set up with a single front fiber optic sight with a totally blacked out rear sight. Not all my guns are set up in such manner but I do think it helps focus more on just the front sight.
  9. wacopolumbo


    Jul 19, 2003
    Yorktown, VA
    I use the Ameriglo Proglo (square one) on the front sight. Very easy to pick up. Then I use regular night sights on the rears. You have me thinking of going with yellow ameriglo rears now though. That would be a great set up. Proglo orange out line green tritium up front with yello tritium rears...
  10. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    I use green/green and here's why. I used to buy yellow/green thinking the contrast would help, but really it doesn't. There really is no confusion as to which is front or rear, or in the case of a three dot setup, which is the middle simply because if you're holding the pistol like you normally do, you'll never have an issue. In other words, you have to be holding it obviously wrong in order to have the sights not properly lined up, and you'll know it too, it isn't easy to hold it that wrong. Yellow or orange fade a LOT faster than green as well so the service life will be shorter.
  11. LuckyG


    Sep 14, 2011
    Depends on what your vision problem is. Some are nearsighted, some are farsighted, some just need reading glasses. Along with those variables, some have verying degrees of glaucoma, some have cataracts. You can't just take another old guys recommendations. Oh, and some are color blind or have compromised color recognition with certain colors. See your eye doctor and experiment with some stuff yourself. You can use the opinions on the forum for ideas, but you can't get a definitive answer to your question from "I like x" posts. No offense to anybody her, but those are the facts.

    I'm 70 years old and have been shooting for 50 years. For myself, I'm near sighted, wear bifocals and have mild glaucoma. If I use three dot nights sights I see SIX dots in very low light conditions. All of my sights are plain black rear. With night sights, I prefer them on the front only. In dim light at normal civilian defensive distances, I'm just sticking the front sight on the target anyway.

    With plain rear sights, I don't think it makes any difference what the color is, since the front sight is just a general reference point. If you are staring intently on your super bright colored front sight instead of the barely visible attacker, you have more of a problem than which color to use.

    I think in some cases, there is too much emphasis on equipment rather than technique. For defensive purposes, you should have established the ability to properly index the gun in fast defensive drills. Use of a flash sight picture is the goal. Precision shooting skill is OK too, but the odds are the flash sight picture or just indexing skill is what you will use in low light.

    My defensive shooting group will occasionally shoot in near pitch blackness. At seven yards you can get good hits, even without night sights - if you have good indexing. After the first shot you can't see the glow of the sight anyway and are silhoutting the sights on the target. If your range allows it, try it sometime.

    I don't claim to be an expert on this, but I can say what my own experiences have been. Take it or leave it.
  12. I have aging eyes and the Big Dot 24/7 on my 23 and 27 has worked great day or night. with a couple of new guns I'm looking around to see if thats what I want. for just defense I think they are the best but I would like something that would work a little better on the range also. I'll watch this thread.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  13. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    Try the ameriglo hackathorn green, they are very good.
    They have become my favorite sight.
    The wide all black rear and large brite front sight , is very
    Easy to pick up.
  14. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Indiana
    Green for the front, it is the brightest color
    Yellow for the rear
  15. I seen a set of Trijicon HD with an orange front sight on a gun at a gun shop today that looked great. I'll probably try them on my new sig.