Choosing Night Sights

Choosing Night Sights

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    Choosing Night Sights

    Okay, Gang,

    I need help. Still pretty new to shooting, but doing lots of reading, learning, listening, practicing. I am leaning (heavily) toward getting night sights in case (Murphy lives at my house) I should ever need my EDC in the dark/at night.

    How do I go about figuring out the 'best' night sights for my S&W M&P 9 compact?

    I have heard a few of the names tossed around. Have looked at some websites trying to figure out who has them for the M&P and who doesn't. I'm not TOTALLY confused (yet).

    I figured y'all could help me get the rest of the way (either to totally confused or making a good decision).
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    Well for starters, where have you looked and what have you found?

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    All I've found is Trijicon:

    SA37
    Novak M&P, 3 Dot green front & rear night sight set
    $129.00

    SA37O
    Novak M&P, 3 Dot green front & orange rear night sight set
    $129.00

    SA37Y
    Novak M&P, 3 Dot green front & yellow rear night sight set
    $129.00

    Meprolight doesn't have any listed, nor dies Heinie, Sure Sight is out, XS doen't have any listed, nor does TruGlo...

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    I prefer Trijicon NS, but Meprolights are excellent too...and cheaper...are any available for the M&P?
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    Arizona Gunrunners has M&P nightsights made by Meprolight listed:

    ML11766 MeproLight: TD fixed set M&P full size and compact
    Stock# Smith and Wesson Sights $68.00

    http://www.arizonagunrunners.com/Pro...eprolight.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl View Post
    Arizona Gunrunners has M&P nightsights made by Meprolight listed:

    ML11766 MeproLight: TD fixed set M&P full size and compact
    Stock# Smith and Wesson Sights $68.00

    http://www.arizonagunrunners.com/Pro...eprolight.html
    Ahhhh, they are not on Mepro's website....UPDATE YOUR WEBSITES PEOPLE!!!!

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    But....NOVAK does make sights for the M&P

    Ding, ding, ding, I think we have a winner!

    http://www.novaksights.com/genuine%2...s&w%20m&p.html

    Personally, without being able to get Heinie Straight Eights, I'd go with some standard Novaks in one of three configs.

    1: Tritium front, ghost rear
    2: Tritium front, standard rear
    3: Three dot tritium

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    Warren Tactical is making their "Sevigny Carry" sights with tritium inserts....and they are also available for the M&P. Those are excellent sights. I like them due to the "U" notch which well for my tired eyes.

    http://www.warrentacticalseries.com/sights.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl View Post
    Warren Tactical is making their "Sevigny Carry" sights with tritium inserts....and they are also available for the M&P. Those are excellent sights. I like them due to the "U" notch which well for my tired eyes.



    http://www.warrentacticalseries.com/sights.htm
    Those look pretty slick, never heard of them before.

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    I'm looking at redoing my pistols with sites from these guys!

    Life time warranties on the Tritium... they go dim, the company replaces them! And the prices are nice!

    http://www.mmcsight.com/index.htm

    multiple colors and styles available as well!

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    I usually recommend to my ccw students who are novices that they consider a front sight of another color than the rear sight. In a really low light situation under stress, it's sometimes pretty easy to mistake your front sight for one of the rear sights and see your shots go wild. This can be alleviated by slightly raising the front sight so as to form a triangle, but it's tough to remember under stress, unless you've trained it into "muscle memory." The alternative is the front sight being yellow or red or orange. Works great. My P226 Blackwater has the front sight in red. That draws my eye to the front sight and as we all know that is a good thing.
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    I'm recently a convert to XS 24/7 Big Dots. If I'm not mistaken, they will have a set for the M&P shortly. (I was sent a set to test run by the company) There is no bias in my opinion of them since they were free of charge to me.

    I like the Heinie Straight Eights and I Like Novaks (tritium) but the XS Big Dots are hands down a much easier target acquisition system, during the day or low light. At night, total darkness, you'll only see the tritium so there's not much difference, in my opinion, than any other sight system. However, your deadly threat encounter will most likely involve some ambient light, whether a hand held light or weapon mounted light, or other artificial light sources, including the moon and road side lights, or house lights. This allows the Big dot to be seen without the need for total darkness engagement with the weapon.

    Just remember, tritium night sights are not going to illuminate your target only your sight plane when the muzzle is presented to the target, assuming you can visually see the target. In most cases, you'll have some artificial or natural light source to determine your deadly threat. I use a weapon mounted light, although sparingly, if I'm searching the premisis for an intruder. Once the light is illuminated to your target your sights are clearly visible without the need for tritium. Some have written that night sights are a must and some have some have seen them as just a marketing gimmick. Personally I've grown fond of them and I do see the slight advantage to establishing a proper sight plane during low light or dark conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Those look pretty slick, never heard of them before.
    I think they are excellent sights....I had the honor of meeting the creator/designer of the sights, Mr. Warren at SHOT Show 2006....he gave me his business card which stated "FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION" (head or chief....don't recall which) firearms instructor, "Hostage Rescue Team." If that alone isn't a solid reason to get these sights, I don't know what is.
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    Call meprolight and see they don't have some of their models listed.

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    Thanks, guys, for all the great info and links.

    It helps a lot.
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