As with many people, my night vision appears to vary with the color of sights, size of sights. And, yes, with bright flashes, subsequently picking out tiny and dim specs of light (on night sights) can be rough for many people.
I've gotten night sights on a couple of sidearms, previously. My choice is based on which color combinations seem to work best for me in dark. As I am getting older, I'm recognizing that larger/bolder sights seem to be more-visible under those same conditions. About the best analogy to muzzle flash that I can produce is a flashlight on strobe, and even with that I'm able to still pick out larger/brighter sights. (Keep in mind, you know basically where your hands are, that they're squared in front of your face, at arms length, so it's not that hard to know [basically] where your gun is pointing. What I'm thinking here is the basic isosceles stance, crush grip methods in Ayoob's Stressfire.)
You should definitely play around with sights of varying colors, sizes/intensities. They're not all the same, for all people. You might well find that larger, brighter sights of certain colors are best, given your eyesight.
XS Big Dot if you want BIG. Large front dot (smaller one also available) with a straight line in rear (imagine dotting the 'i' with the front dot over the rear vertical line). I like mine very much, although I chose to use just the front sight and standard Glock rear.
I'm not smart enough to be able to tell someone what they should or shouldn't get.Everyone is different.I have a set of trijicon night sights on my GL19,and they work fine for me.That said,a friend of mine has the meprolight's on his,and likes those.Each to their own.
I have adjustable Meprolights on my G-19 in white. I have used them in low light at the range indoors and they are fine. A couple of months ago I did one of my Quarterly Drills on a 360 degree range out of doors with no moon or outside lighting, just a dim glow over the horizon. I had to use a flashlight to insure safety where I was shooting. Fired off two rounds with no issues as there was barely a little red glow from the barrel. I tested Cor-Bon DPX +P and Winchester Ranger T +P+. No flash just a small red glow from the end of the barrel. I was impressed and could still see the 3 dots.
Just my experience... Mixing colors is sometimes a bad thing. For example I installed Meprolight sights on a SA XD40. I thought that a green front with orange rear sounded like the thing to do. Well I was badly mistaken. The lower color region sights, such as orange, is nearly impossible to see. Yes, they glow but so dimly it is mostly useless. In retrospect all green or red-green would have been a much better choice.
To add insult to injury I read later on that orange sights do not glow too brightly to begin with. I can't afford to change so I am stuck with what I have - like it or not.
My local GS installs Trijicons while you wait for a good price, so all my Glocks have them except the G23 that came with Glock factory night sights (Meprolights I believe).
Both are good, but the Meps are brighter.....Trijicons are warranted for 10 years...not sure about the Glock factory night sights.
I have the green Tru-Glow sights on my Glock 19, Trijicon HD'S on my 1911's, and XS Big Dot on my SP101.
Without question, the green Tru-Glows are the brightest and easiest to see under ALL lighting conditions for my eyes. For IDPA and HD, my vote goes to Tru-Glow's. Actually, for HD you can't beat a laser sight IMO.
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