I have been planning to update the sights on my Glock(s) since I purchased my first G19 several years ago. To this day they still have the cheap plastic sights from the factory. Picking new sights has been harder than picking a firearms platform was. Night sights, fiber optic, three dot, blacked out rear, straight 8s; the options are as varied as the expert opinions on which one is best.
Up until this point I was leaning towards fiber optic sights. Those “in the know” have been recommending fiber optic sights. The idea is that night sights are limited to very specific circumstances that are unlikely to be encountered by armed civilians. These are the expert opinions I was listening to and now I think they are wrong.
I was taking out the trash when I heard a noise in the bushes. I knew it was only a raccoon but it gave me an idea. That part of the backyard is dimly lit but not totally dark; very similar to the conditions under which most violent encounters occur. Why not see which sights work best under those conditions?
The white painted sight on the j-frame disappeared in the dim light. Same with the stock sights on the Glock 43. The fiber optic sight on the Ruger LCR was visible when the light hit them just right but I really don’t think I would be able to count on that during what would likely be the worst day of my life. On the other hand, the night sights on my SIG P250 showed up quite nicely. They were visible in the darkest shadows as well as the brighter portions of the yard. All in all, they were the best option in the various lighting conditions.
So, one decision is made. The front sight, at minimum, will be a night sight. Now, I need to decide on TruGlo fiber optic sights with tritium inserts, big dot tritium sights or just plain old tritium. Plus, I still need to decide on rear sights…
At least it is a step in the right direction.
What sights do you prefer?