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Old 09-26-2013, 9:08 PM
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Default What kinds of weapon sights do you like on your handguns?

In short, my favorite 1911 just lost its right eye as far as rear sights are concerned.

I think I need to replace the sights now with new ones since the tritium is also getting rather dim.

What sights do officers prefer and what makes them preferred?

TIA for the info. I want to put a decent set back on mine.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:17 AM
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Plain black rear and a front night sight. That was my old work set up.

For competition (USPSA) I like plain black rear and fiber optic front.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:19 AM
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I put Tru Glo TFO fiber optic/tritium sights on my XDSC 9mm that I have used as my ccw for the last 9+yrs. Nice bright sights in the day from the FO and the tritium for the night. They have not come loose, nor dimmed since the day they were installed from what I can tell.

I'm 63, so my eyesight isn't 20/10 anymore and the thin black sights just don't do it for me. I realize you are younger and probably have better sight than I do, but I highly recommend the TFOs.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:51 PM
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For work: Trijicon 3-dot style night sights. On a 1911, take a look at the set with the Novak rear.

As to why: the 3-dot pattern has been burned into my brain over way too many years of use. Is it better or worse than another format, that's up to your tastes. I don't want to worry about re-programming my mental sight picture and having a hesitation (becasue the sights don't look right) during an O.S. moment. Trijicon: they are rugged and have worked for me across multiple platforms over several decades.
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Old 09-27-2013, 2:17 PM
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Plain black rear and a front night sight. That was my old work set up.

For competition (USPSA) I like plain black rear and fiber optic front.
This is what I used too...although I can get along with just the fiber optic or brass/gold bead on the front blade.

You have to remember that night sights are really only effective at dusk or when the target is in light and you are in the dark. That is the only time you'll be able to identify your target and not be able to clearly see your sights. They are also really useful for finding your gun in the dark if you happen to lay it down.

The plain black rear coupled with a front dot is faster to align because the rear dots distract the eye by drawing your attention to them...I usually just paint them over if the gun comes with them. When aligning your sights at speed, you really shouldn't be looking at the rear sight blade at all...you should be looking through the rear notch,

The other combo I've used was a front dot coupled with a rear horizontal bar under the rear notch. It makes it a bit easier to locate the rear notch as you bring the gun up
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Old 09-27-2013, 2:29 PM
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I have switched most of my guns over to the XS Big Dot. I buy my handguns for fighting and IDPA style competition matches. To me, the XS sights are point and shoot.

I can't touch the sights on my Dept. gun
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Old 10-01-2013, 2:55 PM
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My department issued Sig has plain old three dot green tritium sights. Don't think I can change it either.
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Old 10-01-2013, 4:51 PM
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If your using a weapon mounted light, night sights are not as important. I like the Warren/Sevigny sights, they are sturdy and provide a good sight pic.
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My department issued Sig has plain old three dot green tritium sights. Don't think I can change it either.
that is how ours came too...I just blacked out the rear dots
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Old 10-01-2013, 6:16 PM
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I was issued a pistol with night sights, 3 dots. It works fine for me. I had green front and orange rear on my personal pistol.
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I use Trijicon Night Sights for my duty weapon. Nothing compares IMO.
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that is how ours came too...I just blacked out the rear dots
All my handguns with removable sights have Trijicon night sights because that is what my duty pistols must have. I'd like to get some range time by doing as you have done and blacking out the rear dots (on my own firearm, of course). Would black nail polish work to cover the rear dots but yet clean off with solvent if I don't like it? I know I could put tape over it but I'd rather have something more resilient/not so ghetto.
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I use flat model paint, I think it is easier to remove than nail polish
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I use flat model paint, I think it is easier to remove than nail polish
Okay, thanks, I'll try that. I don't want to use something that (if I remove it because I don't like it) will mar my night sights.
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Trijicon Night Sights...
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Old 10-07-2013, 5:45 AM
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Plain black rear and a front night sight. That was my old work set up.
I use the same set up. Check out the 10-8 performance rear sight. Did wonders for these old eyes.
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I like my heads up display made by Raytheon.
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Old 10-22-2013, 8:21 PM
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In my humble opinion, it really depends on what you use your weapon for. My CCW weapons Glock 19 / Glock 26 ..XS big dots/thay are gun fighting sights. Quick point and shoot..My Glock 17 ,I use for IDPA And home protection , I use Trijicon night sights. That's just me. Also have Big Dot on my security shotgun , and 45Deg big dots for my 16 inch AR..Red dot on top. Again, my personal humble opinion. Maybe some guys with more firearms experience would disagree..
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Old 11-01-2013, 4:03 PM
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I use a 1911, night sites in the back, green fiber optic in front
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Old 11-02-2013, 1:05 AM
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If your using a weapon mounted light, night sights are not as important. I like the Warren/Sevigny sights, they are sturdy and provide a good sight pic.
I do not think that I will ever use a weapon mounted light. At least not on the weapon, maybe held up and away from me though.

I have a black blade with a painted ramp on the Desert Eagle and I do not like it. I painted an outline on it once and I think it really improved the aiming, but then It was shot off- the paint that I applied just fell off. I was thinking of making it again, but I want it to stay on better then it was. It is a good cheap sight though, to paint the rear with orange and white and have a gold front blade.

My operator slide is with Trijicon currently. I hope I get it back soon, but they have not sent me an e-mail or phone call so hopefully they will at least replace the tritium lamps and send it back. If not, then I guess I might have options. I liked the Truglo TFOs but I also liked the Trijicon HD sights as well. I asked for those but maybe once I look at some of the sights mentioned in the thread I could get a better exposure to what people really like vs marketing. I hope the XS allow you to be precise. The one thing that I like about my Operator is that I can shoot out quarters at 25'. I aint bragging, but for ME that is an improvement over what I used to do. For once I found a pistol that was dialed in and I was accurate with and then the right rear lamp falls out...

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Old 11-02-2013, 2:29 PM
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I seem to shoot just fine with plain ol' fixed sights on my glock. Both my duty and off duty have the regular square sights they came with.
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Old 11-02-2013, 2:39 PM
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Plain black rear and a front night sight. That was my old work set up.

For competition (USPSA) I like plain black rear and fiber optic front.
Same.
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We train everyone with the standard Sig P226 3-dot Sig Lights that come on the guns. Front #6 Green, rear #8 whites. If a brother or sister wants to change later, I see Trijicons and Tru-Glows as the picks for the most part. They buy 'em, I install 'em.
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I have switched most of my guns over to the XS Big Dot. I buy my handguns for fighting and IDPA style competition matches. To me, the XS sights are point and shoot.

I can't touch the sights on my Dept. gun
I'm not a LEO, but I do like my XS Big Dots as well. Got them on my G17 and G19. Yeah, it takes a bit more practice if you want consistent, tight groups at distance, but I am more concerned with quick, accurate hits. Fits the bill for that!
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Old 11-07-2013, 1:39 PM
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Trijicon Night Sights...
I prefer the Trijicon HD Night sights (orange front). Once you go that route, it's hard to go back. That sight offers super fast sight and target acquisition.
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Old 11-08-2013, 9:24 PM
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It seems like trijicons are the winners
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It seems like trijicons are the winners
Yeah and they still have my Operator slide. It has been about 3 weeks now and I am starting to get worried. No, I will not call them yet. I just keep hoping for a box to show up so that I can put my Op back together and shoot some of my green pills that I made... I wanna test them at the range on my chrono.
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Old 11-11-2013, 6:52 AM
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It seems like trijicons are the winners
When we went to Glocks as issue guns they came with them...no complaints. After 15 years of "no 1911's" some of us were cleared - my Kimber has Trijicons.

Light are nice too but there are times you don't want the light on.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:09 PM
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It seems like trijicons are the winners
I'll stick with the Tru Glo TFOs for the reasons I mentioned in the first post; FO for the day, Tritium for the night. Best of both worlds. They look as bright as when I had them put on.
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Trijicon Hd orange front on My glock 34 and 26.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:43 AM
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I was just notified that I will have a package coming to me tomorrow from Trijicon... They never asked me anything, never called so I wonder if they did any replacing of lamps. That would be cool if they did.


UPDATE, AND they did. Trijicon rules. They did not charge me or anything so now I have three new lamps instellaed, but I think they removed the sights because now my sights were all off so I have to zero them in again. -No complaints, gives me a reason to visit the range and shoot my new PC bullets...

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