Are night sights worth it?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by valechris33, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. valechris33

    valechris33 New Member

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    Simply put, Are night sights worth getting?
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    depends on what your needs are. personally i like them and have them on a couple of firearms. only you can justify whether they are worth the difference in price and would aid your shooting ability or if they would suit your particualr needs.
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I will not carry a gun that doesn't have them. A dark alleyway at knife point is no time to learn you can't make out your sights.
     
  4. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    Yeah but at that distance your muscle memory should be established enough sighting shouldn't be nessasary
     
  5. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Average SD distances really make using any sights not the most sound thinking. At 7-10 yds you should be able to bring your weapon up and hit your target without needing to take the time to sight it like you would for targets. That being said I can live with or without night sights on a SD pistol. Now if you want to make sure you can shoot past normal SD distances they can become a valuable asset. I usually will make sights easier to see but night sights are not a must for me. But I do have very good night time/ low light vision. That is not the case for everyone.
     
  6. valechris33

    valechris33 New Member

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    Thanks. I think they look cool. But I cant think of any self defense situation where sights, much less night sights would be advantageous.
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have XS Express Big-Dot night sights on all of my SD and HD weapons. www.xssights.com

    In my opinion, they would be a bargain at twice the price!:)
     
  8. Flatman6

    Flatman6 New Member

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    If all they can be is an advantage and there isn't any negative impact to having them, then why wouldn't you get them?
     
  9. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Interesting question, not too different than the use of a laser on a handgun. I was looking for a set to replace regular sights on my new CC weapon. The prices are a bit steep on true night sights, the cheap ones do not work that well.

    But the truth be told, all night sights need to be charged before use and since they will sit in a dark holster tucked under a coat or shirt, you will need a flashlight to charge them before use.

    Then if you have a flashlight in one hand and the gun in the other, why would you need night sights?

    Jim
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  10. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    I think you answered your own question and I agree.
     
  11. Flatman6

    Flatman6 New Member

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    Tritium night sights do not need to be charged at all. They are filled with a small amount of a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that reacts with a coating inside the capsule. You could leave them in a light proof box for months, even years, and they would still be luminescent. We aren't talking about glow in the dark crayons here.
     
  12. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    All my Glocks have Meprolights and lately my Shield just got TruGlo on it. As the other member said, ask yourself do you need it? As for me, having it is an advantage for the user, so why not having it.
     
  13. j4454

    j4454 New Member

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    Good point, If you can't see you sights how can you see your target? Muscle memory should take over. Night sights may help you find your gun in the dark lol. That being said I like tru glo; they glo night or day.
     
  14. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Like any other tool, you don't need them till you need them.
     
  15. rifleman77

    rifleman77 New Member

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    All my pistols have night sights. I actually look to make sure they already have them before I buy a new one now. I'm a hunter and out in the woods in low light. As for self defense they aren't for no light situations. In pitch black you can see your sights great too bad you can't see your target. You should invest more in a flashlight (mounted or handheld) first. Nights sights are better for quick acquisition or if you had to fire in a situation where you couldn't get a full draw. You can still see where the gun is pointing from any angle.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have night sights on my Sig. While I like them, I'm not sure I'll need them in a life or death situation.
     
  17. cotex

    cotex New Member

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    Night sights are like good headings once you have them there's no going back. Can I get a " hell ya" night sights on ally pistols
     
  18. tshoot91

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  19. cotex

    cotex New Member

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    Bought new replacements for the glock30 and wow you don't notice they begin to fade after like fifteen years or so, matched up with another gun. It is awesome new sight are very bright.
     
  20. Mosin

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    I used to be a night sight convert but then someone much greater than I explained it this way to me.

    If you're using night sights (tritium), and running a flashlight on the weapon, or in home defense, plan to use a flashlight to illuminate the target, then the night sights appear black, against the beam.
    If you're using a flashlight, then get a fiber optic front sight which will grab that ambient light and illuminate with a flashlight much better than a night sight will.

    He actually recommended a fiber optic front sight, with blacked out rear sights, for quicker target acquisition in low to dark lighting. It's quicker since you're going off the front sight dot and not lining up a 3 dot front and rear setup, which isn't really necessary for home defense and self defense distances...