differences between tritum night sites and fiberoptic tritium?

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    differences between tritum night sites and fiberoptic tritium?

    pros and cons please

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    The TruGlo TFO's I have jump out for capture in very low ambient light. Much more so than my plain tritiums. Just my opinion. I'd say that's the main advantage - low light capture.

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    I'm with R&G, assuming I understand your question. The TFOs use the fiberoptic during the day to gather light and stand out. In low light conditions the tritium shines through and is very visible.

    Obviously, the TFOs are more expensive than the plain fiberoptics but about the same as regular night sights IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyW View Post
    I'm with R&G, assuming I understand your question. The TFOs use the fiberoptic during the day to gather light and stand out. In low light conditions the tritium shines through and is very visible.

    Obviously, the TFOs are more expensive than the plain fiberoptics but about the same as regular night sights IMO.
    Agreed much more expensive, in low light the TG sights would be a definite asset, and in no light the Tritium.
    I do not have the combo's but I do have a set of each on different guns, and they both have their +'s the Combo could be a real life saver under the right conditions and that is what your CCW is really about Saving your A$$ when the SHTF, N usually under less than ideal conditions. If I were doing it again I would go for the geeky new combo sights in a NY minute.
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    I guess i was asking about the combo the tfo vs the plain tritium I thought trijicons go for about 80 bucks and the TFO for the xd about the same amount From what you are saying the tfo cover a range of situations where as the tritiums are pure night sights?

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    The 3 dot tritium sights aren't just for nighttime use only, they still function as a standard sight when there is ambient light around. With that said, the TFO sights illuminate in darkness, like the trijicion sights - but are MUCH more visible in normal and low light situations, making them better suited for use at dawn and dusk - or in a building under emergency lighting, or whatever. You might also want to look at the Sure Sight.

    They're currently sold out, but you can pre-order.
    http://www.suresight.com/pre-order1.htm

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    the truglo tritium and fibre optic are the way to go

    i want to swap all my regular nite sites to those when the tritium dies

    i used a set on a glock and loved them but the dpet said NO to them on my duty gun

    try brommeland i know he has them

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    jchoo point taken I was referring to the illumination not the sites themselves. I am uncertain about the suresight seems like a radical departure....and either you love them or hate them from my research. I would hate to put them on and then have to take them off. I wish some around here had them to see what they were all about.

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    I have TruGlo TFO's on my Glocks and trijicons and ameriglows on my handguns that TFO's are not available.

    TFO's give the same visual indicator, day or night. Green dots. No transition from day to night, no inbetween differences. Simple and reliable.

    The Tritium vials with a white ring "painted" around the vial gives at least two different visuals. either 3 white rings, or 3 green dots, or possibly a combination of the two during transitional times. That adds to the confusion and the time to sight a firearm.

    Plus the tritium inserts, I have had some of the white ring wear away. Then it is to get the white goop to re-apply. So I now have maintenance w/ my trijicons and ameriglows.

    With TruGlo TFO's it is install and forget. Consistent visual, no real maintenance and great nighttime visuals.

    I just do not understand why TruGlo does not expand their TFO's to all/most major handguns. They would be printing money. They are that good.

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    great report we are lucky there is one availible for our guns. With the TFO's is there any disadvantages with drawing the gun from the holster the sights look to be a higher profile? Or is that my imagination. Any sure sight users here? A more difficult decesion is which gun to put it on first the xd 45c or the xd 9 sc

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    I considered TFO sights when I bought my new Glock. I ended up going with Trijicons because the front of the TFO rear sight was rounded enough that it would make using the sight for one-handed slide manipulation more difficult.

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    I have not felt any disadvantage with the TFO's regarding drawing the gun fom the holster.

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    The Tru-Glo TFOs are around $100. So a bit more but worth it IMO. They make them in G/G and G/Y, which are harder to find.
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    okay guys you have sold me best place to buy them?

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    The TFO's (The combo-tritium fiber optics) are a little more expensive. I recently bought a Glock 19 with them & I can definitely say they're better than regular tritium sights. I had a bid dot tritium front sight & ghost ring rear sight on my old G-21. It worked well, because the big dot allowed me to see the front sight during the day better & a little better in low light.

    The TFO's are just plain better. In broad daylight or in a lighted room, the fiber optics gathers up the light & they're very easy to see. In low light they have an advantage & they seem to give off a large lighted dot in the dark.

    If you're going to get them, I'd recommend getting different colors for the front & rear as I don't think they're anymore expensive. I didn't have a choice on mine as I bought my gun from someone, but he's an instructor & knows what he's doing. Mine have the green front & yellow rear.

    From what I understand, the tritium capsule is back behind the fiber optic, so it kind of protects the tritium from getting broken. That's never happened to me, but it's a plus.

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