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What's all the hype with night sights?

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by truetopath, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    If you have YOUNG eyes and only shoot outside during day light hours - you don't need night sites.

    For all other situations they are worth the extra $.

    When I turned 50 I started to notice I don't see as well at night - a little extra glow on my sites is a good thing.

    The lighting at the indoor range I shoot at is not that bright - night sites help.
  2. AgentM79

    AgentM79 Platinum Member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Night sights are certainly worth the money invested, in that they enable you to have a sighting reference in complete darkness and low-light situations. They will never be a hinderence to your shooting.

    In regards to the OP's question, the Glock OEM polymer sights actually DO offer a very decent overall sight picture. The goalpost/dot is easy to pick-up, and the white inlays ARE visible in dim light. The "goalpost" outline in the rear sight works well for me, and I use Glock's OEM steel version of this sight, with a Hi-Viz red front, on one of my G17's. If you (the OP) prefer the white outline rear sight, consider (for durability purposes) getting the steel Glock OEM white outline rear, and a Glock OEM tritium front. That way, you have the best of both worlds.

    I'd pass on the TruGlo TFO sights. The damned front pipe always shoots loose sooner or later. These aren't professional quality. Glock OEM tritium sights offer a corrosion resistant finish, and are inexpensive compared to other brands. Trijicon still offers the best quality, though. You get what you pay for. So, I recommed Glock OEM or Trijicon.

  3. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I can do with or without for now, but it sure is nice to have that option available for any added advantage over an attacker.

    HD nightstand has TFOs and Crimson Trace laser pointer, just for that extra degree of accuracy.

    While reading through this thread, I was thinking about the car I drive--it's a 6-speed manual transmission. Why do you need an automatic transmission? Or big rims? Or tinted windows? Air conditioning?...

    If the person carrying their Glock will find themselves with the upper hand against zombies and bad guys because they have night sights installed, then more power to 'em.

    Just for the record, all of the weapons in my carry rotation have night sights :)
  4. Sgt.K

    Sgt.K They Just Work!

    Jan 11, 2000
    Kentucky, USA
    +1 and better to have and not need... .
  5. mcflyfyter


    Sep 10, 2011
    I'm sorry, but that is a very silly question. If you only "EDC" during daylight hours, and never enter buildings without lots of skylights, then no, you don't need them.
  6. kodiakpb


    Jan 12, 2012
    Another reason some change the sights is because they don't like the distraction the stock rear produces with that giant white goal post. They also may want a little more light surrounding the front post. So a quality set of aftermarket sights solves that issue, being night sights becomes an added benny.
  7. m814


    Dec 31, 2007
    I have a hard time understanding some of these comments. I look at the comments and it reminds me of things so off the wall it resembles arguments with the anti-gun media. I can't even comprehend how someone would not see the benefits of night sights on a carry gun. Range guns are different, their job is to fire under controlled circumstances.
    For the last twenty years I have had night sights on all of my serious carry pieces. This came about in the early 90's when I needed to shoot a coyote that had no fear and was about 15 yards from me. It was right at dusk, the period where eyes haven't adjusted yet. I drew my Browning HP with factory sights and attempted to get a sight picture on the dark animal. With the grayish lighting, black sights, and dark gray/black coyote standing there looking at me, I could not pick up the dang sights. In the moment it took me to decide whether or not I had an acceptable sight picture, he turned and ran off. The next week, I sold the HP, had Trijicons put on both Glock 19s, and the only pistols I have now without tritium sights are either collectible or .22LR. I typically will not carry a pistol without Tritium sights. Now, I prefer the front sight to be brightest or only dot, and actually run a marker over the rear on Trijicons due to the brightness.

    These sights are not designed to allow you to shoot when you can't see your hands in front of your face. They are not some miracle target identification laser beam that works magic. What they do is allow you to pick up your sights on a target of any color under any low light condition when you can still see your target. And YES, they are very much worth the 50-100 dollars they cost to me.
    Last edited: May 29, 2012
  8. Lindenwood


    Oct 27, 2011
    After getting my Big Dots and experimenting in various light intensities, I realized there are MANY situations in which it is light enough to recognize friend from foe, but still WAY too dark to see non-lit sights.

    I EDc a flashlight and keep one next to the gun, but there is obviously a realistic chance that I won't be able to immediately get to both every time.
  9. truetopath


    Nov 26, 2011
    Thanks for all the insight all, it's good to hear the different viewpoints.
  10. truetopath


    Nov 26, 2011
    Update: Well I went and ordered night sights yesterday and should get them Wednesday to install. I'm looking forward to shooting with them. Thanks for all the input.
  11. "Cold Dead Hands" !

    "Cold Dead Hands" !

    Feb 19, 2009
    Night sights are great, as long as you can also shoot them very accurately in daylight.
    Problem is find that perfect all around sight.
    I'm currently experimenting with XS Big Dots.
    Their good all around sights, but their is many more to try yet.