I vote useful. One big advantage as mentioned above is knowing exactly where your gun is in the pitch black of your bedroom.
It is. Some people think that it’s a flashlight or night sights question. Some situations a flashlight makes more sense, some night sights make more sense. I figure having the option of both you can’t go wrong. Plus, for me the trijicon sights I use are quicker to pick up during the day than the factory glock sights, so it was nothing to add the option of night sights anyway, even if their practicality is limited.True, but the two are parts of the same equation.
So in defensive situations, you beleive all sights are basically useless no matter what configuration they come in? That's basically what I hear some saying.Perhaps we can elaborate on usage. What is the scenario? Low light, aimed shooting? With the luxury of time to line up the sights? Yes, I seen an advantage.
An assailant coming at you from five yards, or a charging pitbull from across the street when you are out for an evening stroll? I just don't see how a night sight will help all that much.
I took my low-light classes at TDI, where instructor opinions on night sights varied a great deal. Ultimately, it all becomes a matter of opinion based on experience. For me, a hundred dollar flashlight is much more indispensable than a hundred dollar set of very (if any) limited-application night sights. My factory sights performed quite adequately in the scenarios we ran.I took an Advanced Low Light shooting class. The instructor told us right off that if we didn't have night sights, we were going to have trouble in the course and he was right. We got into some heavy-duty drills: No light situations, meaning pure darkness with no flashlight, moving targets in low light, moving shooter in low light, etc. I found night sights indispensable, along with a good handheld flashlight.
One interesting thing they did is turn the blowers off on the range, so we could experience gunsmoke in low light. It is downright disorienting. The more solid references you can have, like sights you can see, the better.
On the other hand, I did not find a laser or a GML all that useful.
Generally, if I can see my target well enough to shoot, I can see my sights well enough to shoot.this is true, but the night sights aren’t there to help you see the target. They are there to help you see the sights. If you can’t see your target that’s a separate issue that needs to be fixed.