S&w model 60, ns

S&w model 60, ns

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    S&w model 60, ns

    Just picked up a .357 model 60 which says"trijicon" on the front sight, but doesn't do much-- if anything-- in the dark. Are these really night sights; is my "new" previously owned gun faulty in this department, or what? Thanks, gun lovers!
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    I read somewhere the tritium used in night sights has a half-life of 12 years. Quite possibly yours may be older than that and have dimmed just from age.
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    What he said. Those sights don't glow forever.
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    yes they get old and don't work as well as new.
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    after 12.32 years the sight should be half as bright as it was when new. Trijicon brand tritium rear sights usually have the year of manufacture printed on them, although this wears off over time. i don't think their front sights are so marked. my 229's Trijicons are about 15 years old and are still glowing, if faintly.

    it's also possible that the vial containing the tritium gas has broken, which kills the glowing ability completely. this is less likely with Trijicon brand night sights because of their construction, but it can still happen. i'd guess a new Trijicon front sight to be in the $40-$50 range plus installation.
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    Regarding the 12 Year Half Life.

    In 12 years...actually I think it's 12.5 years it should be half as bright as when it it left Trijicon. Call Trijicon. Possibly they can cut you a break on a new front. The little tube may not have been filled completely.
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