I really think it is important to have night sights on a gun if it is meant for concealed carry, not to mention home defense as well. They allow you to aim your gun with confidence even in very dark places such as an unlit bedroom or in a parking lot after nightfall.
The Tritium Night Sights from TRUGLO are currently available for the Glock 42/43, double-stack Glocks, Sig pistols, Kimber pistols, Springfield XD’s, Smith & Wesson M&P’s, 1911’s, Ruger LC pistols, and Ruger SR pistols. I bought these sights for my Ruger LC9s Pro but that shouldn’t matter too much for this review. To start off, let me make it clear that these sights, just like all tritium sights, produce their own light. They are not photoluminescent so they don’t need to be exposed to light to work, nor are they battery powered. Tritium is a gas and a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that is radioluminescent and based on what I can find on Wikipedia.com, tritium poses no health risk. These sights in particular feature vials of tritium that are wrapped in a white material to provide better visibility in day light. The rest of the sight is made of steel that has a coating that TRUGLO calls “fortress finish”. As far as I can tell, this finish is worth its salt. When I installed the sights, I used a hammer and a punch (Which you aren’t supposed to do) and the spot where the punch struck the sights, the steel was deformed but the finish was still one with the underlying metal.
Now, I’ll comment on the visibility of these sights. When it comes to shooting these guns in areas with ample lighting, they have slightly less contrast than the factory 3-dot sights that came on my gun. Though, they are still very usable. When it comes to using them in low light areas or in rooms that are completely dark, they prove to be essential. It was quite awesome for me when I first got to use them. They easily allow you to align your sights despite the rest of your gun being shrouded in darkness. The tritium glows brighter the darker the area is and they glow with a mild green color. Every night, I place my C.C.W. on my nightstand next to my bed with the sights in view so I can always see where it is. I really like that. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I can see the tritium glowing plain as day.
To end, I’ll mention the installation process. If your factory sights have set screws in them you will first need to remove them. Then, you can just use a punch to drive the sights out in either direction. Next, you will want to apply a little lube in the dovetail slot where the sights go. With some lube applied, you can now drive your new TRUGLO tritium sights into position. Do not use a hammer and a punch as this may crack the vials and allow the tritium to sleep out. TRUGLO states that you need to use a sight press to install these sights Anything else will void your warranty. A bench vise can work just the same if you don’t wish to buy a sight press. Some sanding may be required in order to get the sights to go in. My sights were a bit of a struggle but I did manage to get them in.
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