High v. Low sights, which one???

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    High v. Low sights, which one???

    All of my Glocks have factory sights. I've recently been in the market for some night sights but they all seem to be "high" or "low". I'm not sure what that means or what the difference is. Will someone please explain this to me? Which one is closest to Glock factory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    All of my Glocks have factory sights. I've recently been in the market for some night sights but they all seem to be "high" or "low". I'm not sure what that means or what the difference is. Will someone please explain this to me? Which one is closest to Glock factory?
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    Not a Glock armorer, but I can tell you that putting on a set of Meprolites will change the point of impact slightly. It is not enough to matter, and replacing the factory sights with Mepro's is the one modification I do to my Glocks. One must remember that Mepro makes sights for specific models of Glocks, so they are not generic. Their overall configuration is supposed to be identical (or nearly so) to the Glock factory sight dimensions. There are sights out there that are designed to set higher and thus change the point of impact. You can order different sized sights from Glock as well, which change the point of impact. Personally, I would just put on a set of factory Mepro's. I have never had any complaints about the sets I have installed.
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    High and Low sights

    Not sure if Glock has a 'special' meaning, but normally, 'high' sights stand up higher (a relative term, not a specific measurement) above the plane of the top of the slide than 'low' sights.

    Historically, 'high sights' are easier to see, faster to acquire and generally give a better sight alignment and sight picture than 'low sights'. 'Low sights' tend to fit into holsters better, and are less apt to hang up on either holsters or clothing.

    To further complicate the matter, some makers offer a front sight blade in two basic forms, the 'upright' and the 'ramp'. The upright style is most associated with target applications, although most of the modern 'night sights' (incorporating a darkness-visible insert in the rear face of the front sight) are also an upright style. The ramp version is associated with defensive type sights and is exemplified by the Smith & Wesson 'Baughman Speed Ramp'. Some of the upright sights were even reverse cut, so no light would glare from the rear of the sight. This type of front sight has been known to drag a bit of leather from the interior of a holster.

    My own preference is to use the highest sights I can which will fit into and withdraw from my holster quickly.

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    I'd suggest you check with the Brownell's Catalog and possibly customer service to determine which is closest to factory size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Not a Glock armorer, but I can tell you that putting on a set of Meprolites will change the point of impact slightly. It is not enough to matter, and replacing the factory sights with Mepro's is the one modification I do to my Glocks. One must remember that Mepro makes sights for specific models of Glocks, so they are not generic. Their overall configuration is supposed to be identical (or nearly so) to the Glock factory sight dimensions. There are sights out there that are designed to set higher and thus change the point of impact. You can order different sized sights from Glock as well, which change the point of impact. Personally, I would just put on a set of factory Mepro's. I have never had any complaints about the sets I have installed.
    Attached below is a link to the different sights offered by Glock that I mentioned. Note that there is a 6.5mm and a 6.9mm version. If you wanted to make sure about the night sights you are getting you could have a set of factory Glock night sights installed.

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    Thank you very much for your replys! I was actually looking at some Meprolites. Thanks again!
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    I also believe "high sights" are sometimes needed when using suppressors, since "low sights" would be blocked by the can.

    Just something I heard, so take it with a grain of salt...

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