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I'm thinking about changing the sights on my various handguns to night sights across the board. This is especially necessary because my vision is not quite as good as it once was. I have a set of tru-glos on a G19 and I have factory Sig night sights on another of my handguns but I am not particularly thrilled with either.

I am leaning toward getting XS sights for all but I'm not sure if I want to go big dot or standard dot. I was thinking about taking two similar handguns and having a set of one put on one and a set of the others put on the other but I'm not sure of that either.

So now the question, do any of you have experience with both sizes of the XS sights? If so, which did you prefer? Are there any other, perhaps better, night sights out there? I'm open for suggestions.
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#2
If i might suggest, try using just a front night sight.

I have used night sights for 20 years on dozens of guns, IMO, a single front night sight has a lot of advantages. It is much easier to line up in the dark when youre half asleep.

And obviously, its much cheaper.

Also, if you are moving in the dark with your weapon holstered, the glowing rear night sights wont give you away. Probably not much concern for a typical citizen, but could be of concern to a OCer, armed guard, cop or soldier.
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#3
I prefer Trijicon night sights. Had them on my Glock and they are on my Sig. When I get my 1911 it will have a set of Trijicon Novak nights on it. I like 3 dot sight systems better than any others so my opinion is skewed in that direction.

I was interested in the XS Big Dot until I shot a friends gun equipped with it. To me the Big Dot is too big. I didn't shoot in low light with it but in daylight the front sight just takes up too much of the sight picture. In self defense situations I don't see that being to bad as per if the dot is on the target you're gonna hit it but at the range I found it to be annoying.
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#4
Personally, I like the Heinie Straight Eights. They are easy to see and I seem to get the sights lined up just a bit quicker stacking two dots instead of trying to line up three.
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Thanks for the input guys.

spartakis252 - That is precisely why I was looking at the standard dot instead of the big dot. Three dot sights just don't work as well for me anymore. I'm thinking that it's going to be either XS or maybe Heinie Straight Eight sights. HuhShrug
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billamj;33023 Wrote:Thanks for the input guys.

spartakis252 - That is precisely why I was looking at the standard dot instead of the big dot. Three dot sights just don't work as well for me anymore. I'm thinking that it's going to be either XS or maybe Heinie Straight Eight sights. HuhShrug

If you can find one of the earlier Taurus PT1911s, they came standard with the Straight Eights. First gun I handled with them was a S&W 1911. My XDm will get them as soon as I remember I want them and have the money at the same time lol
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billamj;33023 Wrote:Thanks for the input guys.

spartakis252 - That is precisely why I was looking at the standard dot instead of the big dot. Three dot sights just don't work as well for me anymore. I'm thinking that it's going to be either XS or maybe Heinie Straight Eight sights. HuhShrug

Well I have no experience with either the small XS or the Heinie Straight Eights, but just looking at the pics on their websites, I probably would choose the Heinie.

But since you are looking for what would work for you, I'd actually say check out the XS first. If you are having troubles with sight acquisition they would probably be better.

Do you have a Gander Mountain or Cabela's near you? If so, stop by and check out the Beretta Tomcat or bobcat(don't remember which but it's something like that), it comes standard with the XS big dot. That may help you get somewhat of an idea of what they are like. I don't know of any other guns off the top of my head that come with either XS or Heinie.
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http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDe...1278686466 Take a look at some of the ones dawson has , pretty good varity.
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#9
I like Tru-Glo TFO. The fiber optics keep them glowing bright green in daylight and the tritium keeps them glowing bright green at night. Some night sights I've seen look grey or washed out in bright light. These are brilliant green no matter what the lighting is doing.
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A lot of people like Ameriglo, plus they're out of Berwyn PA (SEPA). Support the local guys. http://www.ameriglo.net/sights
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