XS Big Dot- at night

XS Big Dot- at night

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    XS Big Dot- at night

    Im looking for some night sites for my G22. Im leaning toward the XS because I like the combat sight picture. Ive read all the reviews and no one seems to mention how these perform at night. Is the tritium bright and can you still "dot the I" without seeing the rear sight. The rear has no tritium...correct? Any comments are appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    Im looking for some night sites for my G22. Im leaning toward the XS because I like the combat sight picture. Ive read all the reviews and no one seems to mention how these perform at night. Is the tritium bright and can you still "dot the I" without seeing the rear sight. The rear has no tritium...correct? Any comments are appreciated.
    Yes, you still dot the 'i' and the tritium is bright.

    They work fine in low light, provided you are willing to do the work to get good with them...but like anything else, it's not the gun or the gear, it's you.
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    I agree with MitchellCT.

    I have a set installed on my Ruger SR9c last August. They are certainly for defensive purposes only. It does take some work to get used to them.

    Just like...How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice....
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    The rear sight IS tritium, so it glows also. I have these sights on my Para Ordnance Warthawg and I am quite pleased with them.

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    They work great in low light and are very bright in a dark room. Dont worry about the viles, they are made by Trijicon.

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    i have them on my 23, 27, and .357 j-frame and they work great. for target shooting most don't do well but as far as a SD sight you won't find a better or faster sight at SD distances.

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    I have these on my Glock 22 and M&P9c. I love them. The Glock comes with the rear night sight, the M&P did not( why, who knows). These are excellent at night. The Glock is very simple to install and they give you the special tools to do it. The m&p was a pain to install. It takes a range session to get used to them.

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    I think the rear sight is called 24/7 Express if it has tritium. Saw a reseller that did not have 24/7 rear for the M&P (significantly cheaper). Might be able to get 24/7 rear for M&P on the official XS Sights web page.

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    XS makes different big dot sets.

    Express big dot sight sets = front sight only has a tritium vial, with just painted white line rear.
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    "24/7" express big dot sets = front and rear sights both have tritium vials. The front has a tritium dot the rear has a tritium vertical line.
    Yes they are nice and bright and you do dot the i.

    I have the 24/7 Big dots on my G26 and like them a lot. It is a carry gun, and they are a great sight for self defense.
    If your G22 is for carry and defense then they should be a great sight for you, If you like to use your full size gun for the target shooting/competition and shoot small groups/make long range shots, etc. then you may not like them as much as a more traditional type of night sight. You got to know how you use your G22.
    I would not use them on anything except my carry guns. JMHO.

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    We need a bigger dot for 12 oz. cans for those of us who aren't interested in target shooting.


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    Cool

    Here's what the Big Dot Dot the "I" sights look like on my G-23. I also have them on my G-19. They are quick to pick up for my old eyes and a great combat sight for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomer1 View Post
    I agree with MitchellCT.

    I have a set installed on my Ruger SR9c last August. They are certainly for defensive purposes only. It does take some work to get used to them.

    Just like...How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice....
    Defensive purposes only, eh?

    If you want to accept limitations like "These sights are for close in work only..." go ahead.

    I've done fine out at 50 yards on 9 inch swingers with them.

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    So I take it these sights would not be the best choice for a GSSF match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    So I take it these sights would not be the best choice for a GSSF match.
    If you are too lazy to learn them and want to accept other people's limitations - sure.

    Look. I know this is a difficult concept, but the sights are not the limitation you believe they are.

    Are they a sight oriented for low light, close in defensive shooting? Yes.
    Are they limited to that? No.
    Can you make them work for long distance shots with proper trigger control and practice? Yes.

    Are you willing to do the work?

    You tell me...

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    I have them. They are wonderful.

    Check out this video if you have doubt.

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