What night sights? Why?

What night sights? Why?

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    What night sights? Why?

    I have a Springfield XD .40 I would like to put night sight on it. I was wondering what everyone else would recommend? And why do you recommend it? I have look at a few I just don't know the ins and outs of them. Thanks for all the responds ahead of time.
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    The most durable are Trijicons. These or Mepro's for any kind of serious carry gun.

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    I have Tru Glow fiber optic night sights ( TFO ) on mine and love them. They are the only night sights that glow 24/7 thereby handling the transition from light to dark. Glowing bright no matter what the lighting conditions may be. Other night sights look OK during daylight hours, just like regular sights. TFO glow brightly in daylight. During low light but not dark like dusk or dawn most night sights are like regular sights, basically you can not see them at all while TFO glow brightly. In the dark most all night sights are great they all glow brightly, same as TFO so no major advantage there IMO. Except that TFO come in multi colors making it easier to get a sight picture, some others do as well. Once you have used them you won't want any other sights. That said a quick search will bring up at least half a dozen threads on night sights for you to look at
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    By far the most common are '3-dot' sights. Obviously named because they have a tritium 'dot' on the front sight and a tritium dot on each side of the notch of the rear sight. The two most popular are Trijicon and Meprolight. Both are good, Mep's are usually significantly cheaper.

    Next are two dot sights that have a tritium dot on the front sight and a single tritium dot below the notch on the rear sight. Heinie makes these. I have a set and really like them. Heinie claims that this arrangement is faster than 3-dot sights. I tend to agree but haven't done any tests to determine that or even if it matters.

    Another choice is XS Big Dots. A relatively huge front sight and a very shallow V for a rear sight. I have a set of these on my G17, or rather had. I did very well with them initially, and slowly deteriorated the more I used them. I think I'm just too engrained on blade and notch sights.

    Right now I have Trijicons on my G17 carry gun. I like the way the rear sight works without set screws. The down side of that is Trijicon says not to use the sights on any other gun once they've been installed on another. The reason given is that the rear sight is made adaptable to tolerances in dovetail cuts. If the rear dovetail cut is on the tight end of the manufacturing tolerance the sight can adapt to that cut, but if it is removed and installed on a gun with the sight cut on the loose end of the manufacturing tolerance, the sights can't adapt to the larger sight cut.

    As I understand it, Trijicon makes ALL tritium inserts for all night sights.
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    Meprolight and Trijicon.

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    I recently had Meprolights put on my 1911 and they work just fine. Nice glow in the dark and lower light, and they show up as white dots during the day. Paid right around $100 plus $15 to have them installed at my gun shop (I don't have the tool to put them on).
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    I am a nay sayer as I find night sights work well in low light but not in the dark. If your sole purpose is night shooting I would opt for a very good flashlight instead. Regards, Richard

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    My .02 cents

    I just had Trijicon nights installed on my Glocks and am VERY happy with them. I wouldn't hesitate recommending them.
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    Meps and Trij are common and trusted...I have both on different guns.
    Given the choice (both are good) I'd take the Trijicons...side by side, I say they are a bit better...certainly worth the $$ for what they provide in a darkened house.

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    I like the idea behind TruGlo TFO's but the problems they have had scared me away from them.

    I went with the trusted tried and true Trijicon (AmeriGlo) green front yellow rear three dot sights.

    Meprolites are also very good as well and TruGlo also makes just plain tritium night sights without the fiber optic light pipe that tends to fall off the gun after a few weeks or months of use.

    I dont t hink night sights are necessary but they do make locating your pistol in the dark a lot quicker. They do work in low light and they look like regular white dots in the daytime so their can be no harm having them installed.
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    I'm going to go with Meprolights on my G19 when I get around to it. I have Trijicons on all the rest of my Glocks. Meps were on my previous G30 and I like them, plus, they are a bit cheaper than the Trijicons.
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    What night sights?
    Trijicons

    Why?
    They're the only ones to use vials (vials can be changed when they dim, others you replace the whole sight) and they have the longest half-life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    I like the idea behind TruGlo TFO's but the problems they have had scared me away from them.
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    I think that whatever problems they had have been resolved. At least mine have been fine for over a year. My first set I got solvent on them and they went dim. TruGlo replaced them no questions asked. I have them on all my guns including the shottie
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    i have nite sights on one gun right now they are glock meprolite they are ok my eyes aren't what they used to be so the next one's i get will be express sights .
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    I have meps on my G19 and Kimber, plus a few guns I used to have, and have been happy with all of them.
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