View Poll Results: What type of sights do you prefer on a handgun?

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  • Stock white dot fixed

    21 11.11%
  • Stock white dot adjustible

    20 10.58%
  • Night Sights

    121 64.02%
  • Black Sights

    9 4.76%
  • Fiber Optics

    17 8.99%
  • XS Sights

    1 0.53%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright View Post
    Smith & Wesson persisted in putting a red insert in their front sight blades. You are supposed to see a thin black strip above the red, but I never could. I could never hold as precise elevation with these red inserts, so had them removed from my guns. The all-black Ruger sights worked best. The white outline sights never gave me as sharp a sight pictue as plain black. Even early morning or late evening, I still prefer black.
    Some of us prefer those red insert and white outline sights. I know I do.

    I can't justify the extra money for night sights when I can see them just fine when I illuminate my target with my Maglite. As handy as they may be.

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    Night sights

    Tritium.
    Not a lot of lighting situations where they help, but in that narrow band, where plain black sights disappear but you can still identify your target, they are fantastic.
    In a gunfight, you don't need to use your sights, unless you are one of those finicky people who actually wants to hit what you are shooting at.

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    For combat shooting (IPSC style) I prefer white dot on front sight only. Three dots slow me down while my old eyes and mind try to figure out which is the front one. If you are holding correctly and see the front sight on target its good to go.

    For precision I prefer all black.

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    I'm not big on night sights because they can give your position away. I'll take a flashlight anyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy View Post
    I'm not big on night sights because they can give your position away. I'll take a flashlight anyday.
    You must be silent like a ninja and have night vision equipment, to boot .

    Pistols in the hands of law-abiding citizens are reactive weapons, generally used in compressed time frames against unexpected attacks. If you're worried about "giving away your position," one of a couple of things must have happened.

    1. You're hunkered down a defensive position with your pistol. Your pistol should be pointed at the door or other access point, where you expect the intruder to appear. No chance of giving away your position here with night sights, since they will be pointed away from the access point and toward your own eyes.

    2. You're stalking through your house seeking a fight with an intruder. Aside from being borderline suicidal, if you have time to go on the offensive looking for a bad guy you should have a long gun - preferably with dot sight - and not some dinky pistol (with or without night sights).

    3. You're stalking a bad guy in complete, total darkness armed with a pistol. If it's not totally dark, he can see you anyway. If it is totally dark, you can't move without bumping into something, giving away your position. Or you can use a flashlight and "flicker and move" - which also gives away your position.

    The idea of avoiding night sights for fear of giving up some ephemeral tactical advantage seems silly unless you're a real-deal spec ops guy. And I note that most of those guys have night sights on their pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco View Post
    You must be silent like a ninja and have night vision equipment, to boot .
    Never heard of a fat ninja before. The reason I said that is because I was at the outdoor range with my son when it got dark to shoot some tracers and I was around 20 feet behind him and saw his sights very clear and I don't see well in the dark any more after my 50th b-day. You can't turn them off like a flash light.

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    I gues I'll vote white dot adjustable because that's the sight type I use, but you forgot about other modifications like Bright Sights, which I use on the stock 3-dot. It's not luminescent by any means, but it makes a huge difference in sight visibility.

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    I have Lasermax in my G19 & G26, but I just ordered a set of Trijicons.

    I'm not sure which Glock they're going on, probably the 26. I also just ordered a pack of Nitesiters, How can you go wrong for $10. My indoor range is a litte on the dark side.

    I also have a Taurus .38 Special Ultra Lite with a Crimson Trace laser. I'm hoping I can attach a Nitesiter to the front sight. My Taurus Judge has a red fiber front sight, which is fine if there is some available light, but since it carries mostly .410's, it's for point and shoot not aim and shoot!

    These old eyes need all the help they can get.

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    The problem with the Big Dot sight is that it can create a "snag risk" depending on what type of holster you use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAS T MAG View Post
    My Taurus Judge has a red fiber front sight, which is fine if there is some available light, but since it carries mostly .410's, it's for point and shoot not aim and shoot!
    What kind of pattern does it throw at a predictable HD distance?
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    To me there is nothing more comforting then the soft glow of the night sights on my night stand. I have a fiber optic on my Mossy 12ga. and that would be my "Room clearing" weapon and it has a flash light mounted on the pump arm and that combo works great. As far as giving my position away... eh with the lay out of my house if he is behind me he is hunkered down behind my bed so I almost want him to see me coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    What kind of pattern does it throw at a predictable HD distance?
    My mom has a judge that she loads with .410 and honestly it would only be effective out to about 7 yards...She keeps it in her car and Loads it .410, .45 long colt.

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    Night sites, they are a necessity.....

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    Please also see the "Night Sights" thread...

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    Since the question was what sight we 'prefer,' On a custom gov't 1911, the sight picture I'd prefer

    Bo-Mar Combat BMCS rear sight with tritium bar, slide cut in rear slide set forward
    Truglo TFO front sight, glock style front sight slide cut
    30 LPI serrations on top of slide
    30 LPI checkering on back of slide

    Brand new tritium vials please

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    Greetings.
    I love my night sights!
    Take care

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    Night Sights

    I have standard adjustable on my G19, white front dot. For real night shooting get a laser site. You can click it on when you want it, otherwise be unseen. Have not yet bought the laser but plan to get a Lasermax which replaces the guide rod and does not change the form of the pistol. Daytime use the white dot is fine even with old eyes, Remember, front site, front site, front site!

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    Night sights work better in low light than they do in total darkness. For total darkness give me a good flashlight. Regards, Richard

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    Big White Dots I don't need nite sites because of all my wifes nite lites

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    all of my pistols have Trijicon (green F/yellow R).

    i black out the white circles on the rear sights for daylight shooting(its irrelevant in lowlight).

    ...thats my favorite set-up.

    a NS on the front is a must,but i would prefer a non-illuminated sight on the rear over 3 green dots...green/yellow is the best imo though.

    i also have SF X300 on all of my pistols with rails(which includes my carry gun,M&P) and often carry a G2L(handheld).

    the only way i can see NS giving away your position is if the threat is between 4-8 o'clock(in other words,behind you!),in which case i probably have the pistol tucked in the ready anyway...ntm he already has the drop on you and you're probably sol.

    also i find it isnt just about being able to manage to see your sights in low-light,but how quickly you can pick them up.i can acquire a sight picture much faster in low-light with my NS set-up.

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    I just ordered some Warren Tactical Night sights. Tritium front and single lamp tritium in the rear

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