does anyone here not use night sights on their ccw?

does anyone here not use night sights on their ccw?

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    does anyone here not use night sights on their ccw?

    ive been doing alot of thinking about what sights to get for my 1911 and ive reached an impasse,namely, whether to go tritium or fiber optic. i can say that my thinking so far is telling my i could get far more use out of the fiber optic than the night sights but theres always that once in a lifetime chance i would need night sights and not have them. so im looking for input from all of you on which way would you go. thanks everyone
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    I have night sights on most of mine (J-frame doesn't have night sights).

    Have you looked a Truglo TFOs? They have tritium and fiber optics.
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    I have gone away from night sights on most of my firearms. In reality if there is enough light to identify your target you can probably see the sights. If you can't see the sights it is likely too dark to properly identify the target. Not true in every situation, but in most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I have night sights on most of mine (J-frame doesn't have night sights).

    Have you looked a Truglo TFOs? They have tritium and fiber optics.
    YES ^^^^^To the above ^^^^^^

    And adding: I use standard tritium but if I got a new gun I might get the combo units. I put thick dots of Glo-on paint on my S&W 686 so if I remember to leave it under a bright light for an hour or so before going to bed it also has "night sights". Haven't done that with the j frame though.
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    nah, i just paint the irons. if it's so dark that i can't see the sights then i have no business shooting. i had a couple guns with tritium sights but i don't like the way they look during the day and at night the rear sights are distracting because they appear bigger and brighter then the front.

    some companies do offer just the front dot or a large bright front dot with a smaller/dimmer or different color rear.
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    My Glock 19 has Trijicons, my 19L has a DeltaPoint, and my two M&P's (my most recent edc's) have factory sights with the front sights re-colored with white glossy fingernail polish. Since I carry a flashlight, there really is no need for night sights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo_Four View Post
    I have gone away from night sights on most of my firearms. In reality if there is enough light to identify your target you can probably see the sights. If you can't see the sights it is likely too dark to properly identify the target. Not true in every situation, but in most.
    I agree. Once considered night sights almost mandatory, but no longer. I do, however, put CT lasers on all my carry sidearms.
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    This probably won't help you much, but, fwiw , I have TFO's on my Glock and really like them.

    But my Colt 1911 has Novak fiber optics and I like them also.

    But I really like the sight picture of the TFO sights a little more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    This probably won't help you much, but, fwiw , I have TFO's on my Glock and really like them.

    But my Colt 1911 has Novak fiber optics and I like them also.

    But I really like the sight picture of the TFO sights a little more.
    would you mind posting a pic of that colt? thats the exact setup i was looking at except i was thinking about going adjustable lo-mount sights on my para
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    No night sights on any of my guns although I may consider it at some point.

    Muzzle flash should light things up nicely...

    Seriously, at low light, defensive distances, I will probably be point shooting anyway. At least initially.
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    One of my guns came factory equipped with night sights. I guess they're okay, but they really don't inspire me enough to have them installed on any more of my guns.
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    I have one pistol with night sights. I added the glow on paint to others , but rely on a white light to ID a target before shooting anyway.
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    Agreed on the flashlights; I figure my Surefire (or whatever bright light I happen to have on my person) will provide a good sight picture. I don't have illuminated sights on any of my handguns. If that's a mistake, though, I'd be glad to be corrected - it's a very good question.
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    After the first shot them there night sights won't be that helpful. I wonder how many people have shot their handguns in the dark.

    When people first get firearms they think about lasers and it's tempting. Then you realize that waiting on a laser, being distracted by one is not a good thing.

    In the event of a real ambush, highly chaotic shooting in self-defense, you don't need to worry about getting an accurate shot, you just want to be sure you're not shooting an innocent person (family member sneaking back in the house, for example).

    Night sights won't help you distinguish between family members and the true BG.

    And having stuff on your gun won't be of any help, and neither will drawing your firearm quickly.

    Having thought about this a lot, I've concluded that there are really two important things about using a handgun:
    1) Only shoot to stop the threat in the gravest extreme
    2) Have your firearm with you

    The other two things are:
    1) Try to partner up
    2) Don't shoot the wrong person
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    Theory is, if you have time to aim you have time to avoid the situation, meaning in court, you lose!!!!!!!1

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