XS tritum night sight report

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    XS tritum night sight report

    Okay, I lied.. I didn't get the big dots for my gun. My husband ordered the big dots for his Sig, he ordered the regular dot for me... Not a big deal.

    Let me first say that I have a new found respect for sights.

    THEY DON'T MOVE!! Even (or maybe especially) when you are TRYING to move them.

    I took them up to my shop to install them on my gun. Two and a half hours later and three strong men later, they were finally on.

    I wanted to go shooting with them, but by the time I got them on and lined up it was about five minutes to closing so I begged one of our NRA instructors (who shoots better with his eyes closed than I could shoot with my gun on a rest) to at least put a mag through the gun and see how the sights were shooting.

    The first shot was low (what can you expect from a guy shooting a gun he's never fired with brand new sights). All of the follow up shots were key-holed in the x-ring.

    The instructions recommend placing the dot on top of the line, our instructor told me to cut the dot in half as that was when he was hitting the center of the target. Good enough for me.

    He also told me not to cry myself to sleep if my grouping goes down as these are tactical sights, not target sights. It will be normal that the groups will get a little wider.

    I have to work at the range tomorrow and so I'm going to go about a half hour early and put some rounds through it myself.

    They look beautiful and DANG they are bright.

    I took them into my closet and tried some drawing. Very good. Front sight acquisition is certainly improved.

    I'll give a shooting report (and post pictures of targets) after I get back from work tomorrow night so.. stay tuned!

    Picture time....

    Rear sight...


    Front sight...


    Side...


    Top...


    You can see that the rear sight is more slanted forward (toward the muzzle) than traditional sights. I'm still up in the air as to whether this is better or not. I'll tell you tomorrow after I shoot it more.

    However, I DO like the "V" shaped slop instead of the hard lines that usually go on either side of the front sight when you are aligning the sights.

    It helps allow faster front sight acquisition as the front sight does not get blocked by the rear.

    Overall, so far, very pleased, but the real test will come tomorrow when I actually shoot it.

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    Very nice. I can see why it would give you faster sight picture and decreased precision.
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    I have considered these for ages - with my old eyes it really is maybe time I did the same.

    Has to be an advantage and the slight loss of grouping ability (which some folks report) has to be a minor loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Very nice. I can see why it would give you faster sight picture and decreased precision.
    As far as the decreased precision goes... our instructor fired 7 shots. After the first "sighting" shot, all six of the follow up shots were key-holed at seven yards... Not bad, if you ask me.

    I guess I can live with that.

    I'll probably whine about it for a week or two and then accept that this is a tactical gun and tactical practice, not a target match. (I'm very competitive with myself )

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    Not bad at all.
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    Chris, I highly recommend them.

    I am 46 and wear progressive lenses (Bi-Focals). I ordered a set of The Big Dot Tritiums on my XD9sc and have no regrets what so ever!

    It was the only logical choice for me to do. I have 3 dot tritium mepro's on my Glock and lining up 3 green dots evenly spaced rather quickly just don't fly for these middle aged eyes anymore.

    My XD9sc is a Back Up Gun and as such I am only interested in seeing that Big Front Dot as fast as I can see it in a desparate situation at close in ranges and more than likely in a low light situation.

    I make no illusions of it being anything other than what it is. All I want is to be the first one in the fight to get the hits and keep on hitting. These sights do that in spades!

    As my 3 dot mepro's fade a bit more on my Glock-23, I will replace them with the XS Big Dots in a year or two.

    For target groupings, of course there are better sights.... If you are wanting to save your life during the moment of truth as long as you hit first, you usually win. I'll gladly accept hitting the BG once in the sternum, once in the left nipple and once in the trachea if i'm the one that walks away. Know what I mean?
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    I had a big dot tritium front sight with a ghost ring rear on my old Glock-21. Sure was quick. Accuracy went down the farther out I shot, but that wasn't the point of it. If I need accuracy at distance, the AR-15 comes out.
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    If you are going to shoot Big Dots stay with the Big Dot. After becoming accustomed to them and how to use them accuracy loss is not there. I have them on my daily carry G19 and a SIG 226. With either gun I can hit half poppers at 100 yards (slow fire naturally). At close range gun fighting, they are super quick! They are also good for aging eyes, if you have a 1911 or any other gun and having trouble seeing the front sight there are options, like having a machine shop open the rear sight up to about .150 and the big dot sits right in there. I personally just use them the way they come.
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    Not sure if anyone has seen this, it is kinda hidden on XS's site. It's a video demonstrating distance shooting with the XS sights. Rather entertaining.

    http://www.xssights.com/assets/XS_Si...mo_LoRes-1.wmv

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle5 View Post
    Not sure if anyone has seen this, it is kinda hidden on XS's site. It's a video demonstrating distance shooting with the XS sights. Rather entertaining.

    http://www.xssights.com/assets/XS_Si...mo_LoRes-1.wmv
    Yes thats James Yeager at Tactical Response, James can gun that G19 and XS Sights.
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    I have them on my G27. For CQC work they are the best. They really shine in Force on Force drills when you don't use a sight picture.
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    I'll wait for Lima's report, but I think I'm sold on these sites for my
    XD40SC..

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    Eagle, I've seen that video but didn't listen closely enough to catch that he was using XS sights.. very cool. It is funny too.

    The guy can shoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    Two and a half hours later and three strong men later, they were finally on.

    Pssst! Lima! If you use a triangular file on the slope cuts, and a light stoning across the bottom of the sights to make sure there are no ridges, they go on much easier and still stay in place. (I about broke a Glock sight tool before I learned this)

    I'm a big fan of the Dot too. Actually, I think you got the better deal, with the Standard- it will give you slightly more "accuracy", until you build your speed and confidence. When I transitioned from Standard to Big dots, my first thought was, "Jeez! This thing is HUGE!". Couple of mags late, no noticible difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    Pssst! Lima! If you use a triangular file on the slope cuts, and a light stoning across the bottom of the sights to make sure there are no ridges, they go on much easier and still stay in place. (I about broke a Glock sight tool before I learned this)

    I'm a big fan of the Dot too. Actually, I think you got the better deal, with the Standard- it will give you slightly more "accuracy", until you build your speed and confidence. When I transitioned from Standard to Big dots, my first thought was, "Jeez! This thing is HUGE!". Couple of mags late, no noticible difference.
    If only you could see how much filing we did.. That's what took up most of those two and a half hours!!

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