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Night sights

This is a discussion on Night sights within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; My Springfield Champion came with Novak tritium sights on it, and I'm looking to get Trijicons for my P-01. The sight picture on the Novaks ...

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    My Springfield Champion came with Novak tritium sights on it, and I'm looking to get Trijicons for my P-01. The sight picture on the Novaks in the daytime is black on black, so I'm going to paint the front blade white (excluding the tritium capsule, of course). I like the Trijicons because of the white ring around the tritium capsules; pretty close to the 3-dot sight picture I'm used to, and a lot easier to see in daytime.
    I consider them very important for a carry weapon. As Chris said, though, I may not have time to use them, but if I need to make a longer shot, or have time to aim more precisely, it's good to know I have sights that will help me do that.

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    I put TruGlo TFOs on my Glock 23. They are very visible by day and night. To be honest I haven't been able to shoot using them at night but have taken them outside in the dark. Maybe this weekend.
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    I like the ring around my night sight too. My Champion appears to have a metal insert ring. not sure , since the ring is so small. But it definitely helps pick em up during day time shooting.
    as for black out shooting, I feel a light source is needed for target ID. I have done w/ out night sights on my USP for many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC135
    Like Bud, I prefer Trijicon or people that use their tubes.

    Justin, not to be nosey, but where did you get that 87% 5' number from??

    I believe it was from Mike Janich's "Martial Marksmanship" video.
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    I had some Meprolight sights installed on my H&K 2 weeks ago.

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    I have TruGlo trijicon fiber optic sights on my Glock 30 and they are great.

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    I don't have any night sites on any of my guns at this time but I do like them.Instead I always have my Surefire in my pocket when it is dark.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    I have Trijicons on my GLOCK 26. I installed them myself when I quickly realized the factory plastic sights are horrible. The trijicons are great and have improved my accuracy quite a bit.

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    Night sights are standered on all of our patrol guns.

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    I've recently installed night sights on a carry gun but am not personally convinced of their usefulness in a carry situation. In a self-defense scenario where I am carrying I am shooting fast and running for cover, not lining up my sights. I know that in high stress defense situations using sights is a fine motor skill that I will toss out in favor of point shooting. I prefer laser grips for both point shooting ability and long range shots if necessary. For a nightstand gun, however, I think night sights are great if only to let you find your gun in the dark.

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    I have TruGlo TFO's (TRITIUM/FIBER OPTIC) sights on my G23 & i love them. They are not only fiber-optic (so they are real bright in the day) but have Tritium which are guarented to glow all the time for many years without being "charged" they just always glow & are real bright in the dark. You cant miss them, which provides quick acquisition..

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    I have used Trijicon, Mepro, and now the XS Big Dot Tritium. They are all good as far as I'm concerned. I like the vertical alignment of the Big Dot and find them to be the fastest to aquire a flash sight picture.

    I think if you are in a cave with absolute darkness, those who claim they will illuminate the shooter may have a valid point. Practically, though, if there is any amount of ambient light, I find that to be unlikely. Unless the BG is behind you looking over your shoulder, and in that case, I think your tactics may be in question as to leaving your back open to anyplace you haven't covered and cleared first.

    Light mounted weapons with tactical lights have a place but you don't just slap one on your pistol and call it "good to go." You need to train with them and understand how to tactically employ their use, if you want to avoid the obvious pitfalls that they have.

    I use one on my glock and will get one of the mini ones for my XDsc. Our swat team trains with them extensively and we are always striving to use them in tactically sound ways and methods.

    They are excellent in not only identifying the target you are shooting but also in being able to spot or identify a weapon in the targets possession prior to engaging the threat.

    Now regarding these so called gadgets and the like. I say, everything has a place and there's a place for everything.

    Will each aspect or thingamabob of my weapon be utilized if I shoot someone? Probably not. But I want to have as much to my advantage and at my disposal for use if needed.

    Statistics dictate that most shootings happen at night or in reduces light conditions. We train for that constantly on the team that I belong to.

    Statistics also show that most the time, if an aimed shot can be taken, it is better than an unaimed shot. So, I have sights that I can see easily in all conditions, including low light scenarios.

    Will I necessarily utilize my sights? I don't know! I will if I can, but statistics also show that a large number, if not a majority of shootings take place from "contact distance" out to 7 feet. In those down and dirty situations, I would be foolish to try and aquire my sights.

    Still, lawful citizens with ccw permits can and do find themselves engaging frequently out to distances of 20-30 feet or more and in those cases, I want a quick flash sight picture.

    As far as weapons go, with the boom of ccw laws sweeping the nation, the gun market has also boomed with nice, reliable, hi-capacity compact guns of major caliber suitable for ccw.

    I feel that any nice hi-capacity compact gun in a major caliber would be a good 1st choice for ccw.

    After that, there are always good reasons for tiny hideout guns and micro-compacts, even in the lesser calibers for use as BUG's or for primary carry in extremely discreet circumstances. And for those who like Full Size, Full Power All The Time... Great! No problems here! I do the same on occasions quite frequently.

    For those who see absolutely no reason for night sights at all, or light mounted flashlights what so ever... That's cool... I think maybe, you haven't seen or thought of all the scenario's where they do have value, but that's cool. To each their own. I respect that.
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    My two Kimbers have Meps...they work well...
    My Glock-36 has Trij's...
    They all work well, but if I put the Meps next to the Trij's...the Trij's appear to be a little more pronounced...slightly brighter.

    Night sights are great for 60 y/o eyes in dim light...actually the sights/white dots work well in the daylight, too!


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    I've got a set of Tru-glo TFO nightsights sitting in a drawer just waiting on the G19 to come home, thanks Gary! Hopefully next Monday it'll be coming home. I also like Novak's low mount nightsights.

    Practicality? I'm all for anything that helps me shoot better and faster - and the goblins come out more at night. You very well may end up point shooting in a self defense situation but if you DO need to use your sights it sure does help to be able to see them clearly.

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    In a self-defense scenario where I am carrying I am shooting fast and running for cover, not lining up my sights.
    This is when the single dot in front comes into it's own.
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