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Night Sights: Question. Advantage Of Different Colors

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by CDR_Glock, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock

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    I have Meprolight Night Sights on my Glock 23 and 27, in green. I was considering getting contrast on my Glock 30 by getting a combination color, Green/Orange. What are the advantages/disadvantages?
     
  2. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist The Original® Lifetime Member

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    That's what I use... :thumbsup: I like the contrast. Easier for me to form a sight picture in low light, not that it would matter much in a fight.
     


  3. RayB

    RayB Retired Member

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    The only downside is that some colors, such as orange or red, have a shorter lamp life than green. Yellow and green are supposed to have a similar lamp life. :headscratch:

    As to the sight picture, I really like the two color approach! :thumbsup:

    --Ray
     
  4. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    There is no advantage. Disadvantage is that the other colors are not as bright at green.

    Now in total darkness contrasting colors may be easier to align, but one should not be shooting in total darkness because one cannot see or identify the target.
     
  5. I got my Kimber /w Green Green. I thought I'd try 1 each of the other combos on my 2 Glocks. Danny is right. The best sight combo IMO is green green. IMO the brightness is more important than the color difference.

    The Mepro orange sight don't have as long a life as the others and the warranty says that.

    My .02
     
  6. RayB

    RayB Retired Member

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    We all see what we see... :wow:

    The human eye-brain could be said to be a unique perspective. For example, while white and black are spectroscopic opposites, most people see yellow/black, bright green/black and bright orange/black, as having the more striking contrast. That's an eye-brain thing. :freak:

    Of the tritium lamps out there, green does appear to be the brightest to the human eye-brain, which is why the green lamp should go on the front sight, in a two-color set up. :headscratch:

    Also regarding relative brightness, keep in mind that in the case of Meprolight and the Glock OEM Night Sights, the front lamp appears brighter than the rear lamps do--by design--even in an all-green set up.. :shocked:

    While I've never felt handicapped by the all-green set up, my fifty-five year old diabetic eyes see the green/yellow set up just as well, and the gun's orientation is even more obvious to me. :fred:

    I am, of course, talking low light here, not total darkness, which would render aiming by sights impossible… All things considered, I see no downside to green/yellow lamps. :dunno:

    --Ray