Night Sights or Not???.

Night Sights or Not???.

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    Night Sights or Not???.

    Just bought a beautiful Springfield XDS .45 ACP with a 3.3" barrel and standard sites. This will be my primary EDC now. I had grown accustomed to my night sites on my Glock G35 Gen 4 and love the way they are ALWAYS lit up no matter what time I wake and glance over at the night stand.

    So, I would like to get some installed on my new XDS. While talking to a very close friend who is also an LEO to schedule the install he said something that makes complete sense to me. First of all, he agreed to do the work for me and also feels night sites are preferable. However, what he said made me think and feel a lot better about the standard sites for the time being.

    We all know that a SD situation at in which I draw and fire will likely be at a distance of less then 7 feet. The chance of me even being able to utilize night sites is highly unlikely given the close proximity and urgency to fire.

    What are your thoughts wise forum members?


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    If a primary reason for getting sights like you had before is because they worked very well for you I would say go for it.

    If another reason is because like me (61) I have trouble with clear sights AND clear target all lined up at same time I would say go for it.
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    With that logic you could argue we shouldn't have sights on our guns at all. But I don't plan for the most likely situation, I plan for the worst case scenario. Thus I'll keep sights on top of the slide.

    As far as night sights- in reality if there's enough light to identify the target you should be able to see the sights outside of some specific situations. Thus I'm pretty indifferent. Some guns I own have them, others do not. If you like them, get them.
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    I don't have night sights on all my guns, but I have them on my primary EDC, which is a Kimber Custom TLE II, and I love them. I also have them on the new Sig P238 I purchased yesterday and that was one of the features I really liked about the gun. For one thing, I'd rather have them and not need them than not have them and need them sometime! An old cliché, but true. Also, as I've aged and the eyes have lost some of their acuity, I find it easier to line up 3 bright dots than to precisely line up a black post in a u-shaped notch, all level on top and with equal amounts of space on either side! That's the reason I had to give of IHMSA silhouette shooting several years ago. Couldn't see the belly line of the rams at 200 meters any longer.
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    Your front sight is the most important reference point in aiming that individual usually has. A front night-sight speeds up the process of sight accusation in low light/dim/darkened environment. My preference is a 10-8 front night-sight and a plain "U" notch rear-sight. Averages are what they are and may not be the distance that you've specified which is a nettlesome aspect.

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    I dont have them on our guns and Echo4 makes a good point that usually if there is enough light to see to shoot you can pick up the sights. Usually.

    That said they wont hurt anything and in specific instances could be a big help. I dont sweat not having them but if someone were to give me a set or I had extra cash above other gun related things Im working on right now I probably would get them as my eye sight is not what it used to be.
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    In discussions of things that gun owners needlessly spend money on, my usual #1 answer is holsters. My #2 answer is night sights. The number of times they will be less useful than standard sights is greater than the number of times you might benefit from them. I don't prefer them on any of my guns.

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    I prefer night sights on most firearms that I would carry, even my SP101 has a front night sight. It's better to have them and not need them...
    Night sights, even just that front sight can be a real aid in low/no light situations for that point shooting experience.
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    I've always had night sights on my carry pistols when I bought them, or I had them added. If you've ever drawn your weapon in less than ideal situations (little to no light) and tried to line up your sights, you'd agree that they're not just "nice to have" and certainly not a waste of money. Most law enforcement officers I'd wager have night sights on their guns, and it's because they're extremely useful in acquiring that sight picture. Granted your night vision will be shot after the first round, but I'd rather hit what I'm aiming at with the first shot wouldn't you? Bottom line - if you can't see your front sight, you're just guessing where that rounds going.
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    At the now defunct Chapman Academy (RIP) we shot a night exercise in which you were sitting in a pick-up with the lights on.When the whistle blew you jumped out of the truck and fired at Metal poppers about a yard in front of the truck. Do that and you will NEVER be without night sights.
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    As I read through the posts I see lots of reasons to have night sights and not one reason not to have them (other than cost). So what's to think about?
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    I would rather have contrast sights.

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    I just got truglo TFO's. wow, a nice easy to see glow in the dark. You know best since u are familiar w/ night sights already.

    why wouldn't you get them? They are only going to help you be on target whether you are consciously using them or not in a close range hurried situation. Your vision would be picking them up regardless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis40x View Post
    Your front sight is the most important reference point in aiming that individual usually has. A front night-sight speeds up the process of sight accusation in low light/dim/darkened environment. My preference is a 10-8 front night-sight and a plain "U" notch rear-sight. Averages are what they are and may not be the distance that you've specified which is a nettlesome aspect.

    Sight accusation is what I do when I have a bad few rounds at the range!

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