Night sights or Tac light???

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by sleeper, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. sleeper

    sleeper New Member

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    Struggling to make the decision between upgrading my stock glock polymer sights or adding a TLR-4 Tac light. This is my primary handgun for both nightstand use and range. It may possibly be used for winter carry in the future thanks.
     
  2. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Tactical lights illuminate at both ends. Do you really want to give away your position?
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    But Tac lites help to ID who you are aimed at in dark places.

    And I would hate to see the sights good, and not see my wife who is getting a drink of water.
     
  4. Doc3402

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    Understood, but if it's your house, you control the lighting. There is no reason you can't illuminate the path to your bedroom with night lights without giving away your position within the bedroom.

    If you are waking out of a dead sleep, you probably don't want the light anyway. Your pupils are as wide open as they will ever get outside an optometrists office. Your target ID skills in low light should be fine, but if you have any question go ahead and try it with a dry run. Just make sure you give it enough time for your pupils to dilate.
     
  5. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    This is a America. The land where you can have tritium night sights, 200+ Lumens and a Laser.

    I like the tritium. What's not to like about something that glows in the dark. Just keep the barrel towards the target and the glow isn't visible down range.

    I like having 200+ Lumens available, coyotes, raccoons and other varmints must be identified.

    I like the laser. Sometimes you need to point and shoot. (great for racoons hiding under a log)
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    One of the first rules before going in is to kill all power and phone.
    And a hall night light is useless without power of some kind.
     
  7. sleeper

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    Dan-fl, I doubt anyone is gonna go through all the trouble to cut the power and phone to break into my occupied house in the middle of the night....however if they do they will be tripping over so many toys and baby gates I'll know exactly where they are, or I'll just shoot at their flashlight.
     
  8. sleeper

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    P.S. Decided on a set of truglo TFO's the look great so far and hopefully will be the best of both worlds as they are advertised to be.
     
  9. Doc3402

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    I didn't say don't have a flashlight handy. My problem is with a weapon mounted tactical light. You can hold a flashlight off to the side, you can roll it across the floor, or you can even leave it on the nightstand to illuminate things. With a laser or tactical light on the weapon all you are doing is telling them where to shoot.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    BOTH! They serve different purposes. One allows you to aim the gun, the other allows you to ID the potential target
     
  11. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I like the tritium myself, I have both Novak and Heine on my 1911's, I will be putting a big dot on my snubbie revolver soon. Day or night, these sights just help my old eyes acquire the target much better. Do both, add a laser,, which I am still not comfortable using,, I need more training,, and your Glock should be pretty trick.
     
  12. John_Deer

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    We have emergency lighting that runs on rechargeable batteries. You can pick up any of the nightlights and use it as a flashlight. I got enough nightlights to cover a 2,500 sq ft house for under $150 at lowes. The lights can be set to work as a conventional nightlight or only come on when the power fails. I have the lights in the hallway, kitchen and near the doors set to work as nightlights. The rest only come on when the power fails.

    I would only get night sights for the pistol. Flashlights mounted on a pistol are almost as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
     
  13. seancslaughter

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    The guy who broke into my house turned off my main breaker and unplugged my phone lines on the outside of my house before he thru a brick through my French doors


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  14. sleeper

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    Sounds like he was pretty sneaky right up to the part where he threw a brick through a glass door. I guess you can never predict the behavior of a criminal. I pray I never face this situation, I only hope I would react in a way that would protect me and mine.
     
  15. Quentin

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    My Glock 23 has 10-8 night sights and a Streamlight TLR-1S. I bought the light for dual use on the Glock and my AR using a Mossie Midnight Mount (the version with a Glock rail interface). In my opinion you need night sights and the attached light isn't bad either. The TLR-1S is lightweight and handy. It's quick to swap to the AR if needed.
     
  16. Mule659

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    I'm not really a big night sight guy. The only reason I have them is if they come on my weapon when it's purchased. If anything I would just put one on the front. It seems to me like a lot of night sights run together as a big blob when you pull them up on target. I did have a set of TFO's on a Glock 17. They weren't bad at all...but they were two different colors. To me a good flashlight is much more important. All that being said...my work gun has night sights, a weapon mounted light, and I have two flashlights on my belt. Every situation is different...why not be prepared as possible?


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  17. bradam

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    I have a TLR-4 on my Glock and it does give me away when I raid the fridge but I do feel safe.:D
     
  18. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    If you have to arm yourself to raid the fridge, it sounds to me like you need to toss some of those leftovers. Forget Zombies. We might be looking at Attack of the Mutant Turkey.
     
  19. j4454

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    It's has always been my mindset if you can't see your target what does it matter if you can see your sights? On my gun I have both though.


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  20. DeltaF

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    Both.


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