I have Tru Glo TFOs on most of my pistols, night sights on others that they don't make TFOs for. I've found that paints don't hold up well to use and especially cleaning. I use acrylic to make inserts instead. It's available at Brownells, but the same stuff is available at beauty supply stores. It's the same chemical used for fake fingernails and its durable and simple to use. You can color it easily too.
Just like anything else, it's personal. If you think they work to your advantage, by all means use them and enjoy. Better yet, test it if you can. When I started shooting competitively, I thought a fiber optic front sight helped me and it probably did at the time. Now I don't like them, find them distracting and inconsistent depending on the conditions, and just shoot black. Just my $0.02
A gen'-uuu-wine gold post inserted into a square front pistol sight blade is better (in ALL light conditions) than most modern shooters realize. It was the "night sight" answer long before tritium & fiber optics became popular. SDM Fabricating in Medina, Ohio are, IMHO, the current top-dog supplier. I'm a BIG fan!
There's also a school of thought among the very "well-trained & knowledgable" (with whom I am only most casually acquainted) that tritium sights present an unacceptable risk of unintended detection. That's why you seldom see "night sights" installed on pistols intended for Special Operations (MEU/SOC, BUD/S, etc.). :scratchchin:
Plain sights also show up "pretty clearly"...against moonlight. OldVet's point is that if you don't have enough light to make-out your target, being able to see your sights still isn't much of an advantage. Sure, you know how your muzzle is oriented...but only in a black, target-less void.
Ah I see, yeah I guess it just comes down to preference then. Even if you can still see regular sights I still find tritium sights a tad bit easier to focus in on in a low light type situation, especially if you've just woken up from a strange noise. Chalk it up to person preference though!
Carry what you are comfortable with and can shoot well.
Most of us are not operators and for some fancy sights are merely fashion accessories.
A Big white dot on the front of my pistol helps me get on target faster, the same with a red painted ramp on my revolvers. If glowing nights sights work best for you use them. If you want them because they look cool, that's okay too unless you can shoot better with something else
I have a set of tritium trijicon sights on my glock 23, they are not as bright as I would like and in some lighting and target situation, it is difficult to focus on the front post. So when I got my glock 19, I out a set of XS big dot sights on it and love them, all lighting and target colors are easy to focus on the front post. I would like to see the standard dot sights by xs, since out past 50 ft, my 5.5 inch targets disappear behind the sight.
Overall, the XS big dots are great and I have no issues with accuracy, just learn how to press the trigger
I prefer the XS standard dot size.
Also, I find it more difficult to see when I first wake up in the middle of the night. Perhaps not as much of an issue for the younger folks. :-)
And of course low light incidents can happen anywhere and anytime. The inside of a building can get very dark very fast.