I don't like night sights

I don't like night sights

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    I don't like night sights

    A recent gun purchase with night sights was shooting a smidge right. I didn't want to send the gun back to the manufacturer, as I'm impatient and I like to try to do things myself, so attempted to drift the front sight myself. I failed, as the front sight was tighter than a tick. In the process I broke the adhesive and the vial came loose.

    I purchased a replacement, and had a smith install it. In the process - you guessed it - the adhesive broke and the vial came loose. It looked fine installed, but after 200 rounds the vial was pushed back into the sight from recoil.

    The good news is the gun is now zeroed. Yes, I could complain to the smith that did the install, and maybe I'd get a new sight....and then I'd go through the replacement process all over again. So I said screw it. I took some JB weld, plugged the hole and let it dry. Next day I painted the JB Weld white. I noticed the white dot is a lot easier to pick up than the rear night sights. I'm thinking I'll just paint over the rear night sights, too. I'm a guy that likes symmetry.

    The half life of tritium is 12.3 years, meaning in 12.3 years the sights will have dimmed 50%. I like this gun (Colt Defender Combat Elite 9mm, to go along with the .45 version) and I'll have it the rest of my life. Seems silly to have the dang sights replaced in 12 - 15 years. White paint is a lot cheaper, too.

    I've never been impressed with night sights, and after this episode I'm a "no thanks" on them. Guess I'll never be an "operator," but I can live with that.
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    DayGlo-orange paint works well for me. In dim light they still stand out. In the dark I can't see them, but I can't see the target either, soooo...
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    What I do, that is, if I do a self installation, is leave the rear sight stock, and put on a front-night sight.

    All i I want to see is that front sight anyway, unless I am shooting for groups. But I do find it useful.
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    I use a sight pusher, much easier to make slight changes and less likely to damage tritium vials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I use a sight pusher, much easier to make slight changes and less likely to damage tritium vials.
    Got to get me one of those.
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    Sounds like you might take a hiatus from home gunsmithing too!
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    I've done enough low light shooting to know I won't own a gun without night sights. To each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Got to get me one of those.
    Get a good one and make sure you can return it. I bought one that was not cheap and was supposed to be "universal." Turned out there was no way to use it on the gun I had. I have taken to just getting a gunsmith to install dovetail night sights. I think would need to be replacing sights on half dozen guns to make a really good pusher worth the expense.

    Back to night sights, I took an "Advanced Low Light" course that was one of the best shooting courses I've taken. We started in low light, but progressed to "no light." Think that scene near the end of "Silence of the Lambs." The RSO had to wear NVGs. The instructor told us at the beginning if we didn't have night sights, we were going to have a real problem in the course. Fortunately I did, but those that didn't were asking the instructor to borrow one of his guns halfway through.

    What I learned was that fighting at night, your two big advantages are a front night sight and a medium-power handheld flashlight. Lasers, gun mounted lights, super bright flashlights, etc. turned out to be superfluous or even a hindrance in that class. Just MHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I use a sight pusher, much easier to make slight changes and less likely to damage tritium vials.
    Same here. As with my vehicles, I let no one touch my stuff. @PEF , perhaps you've been lurking lately, but it's good to see you here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I use high gloss fingernail polish.
    On a few of my guns, I've done the same. Easy to touch up, as a bottle lasts "forever"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Got to get me one of those.
    I got mine on AmazonSmile, not very expensive. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=sight+p...b_sb_ss_i_3_12
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    I dont like night sight either. I much rather have fiber optics for day and low light situations. Think about it in a life and death situation where your heart rate, Adrenalin and nerves are going a million miles a minute I really dont think most people will be able to get a very good sight picture especially with night sights. It will be more like just getting the front sight on target as fast as possible and squeezing of several rounds in quick succession. I think night sights are way over rated and way to expensive.

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    I've been known to take Glow-On and paint my front sights on the couple weapons that do not have factory night sights. I don't find the night sights particularly harder to see than regular ones in daylight but I do find regular sights a fair bit harder to see in dim light. Bad gun smithing skills by someone you paid is not a great reason to condemn night sights IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I use a sight pusher, much easier to make slight changes and less likely to damage tritium vials.
    Tried it. So did the smith. Had to resort to a vise, a big hammer, and an aluminum punch. Colt puts them in tight.
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