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badlabs

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Night sights - I need some.
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:15:59 AM »

I can't see my sights anymore. Age is the culprit. Even with glasses, what passes for the front and rear sights on my handguns are but a fuzzy blur. White sights don't work unless I'm shooting in daylight.

I've adapted, somewhat, by using the back of my gun as my sight but in an indoor range, it's near impossible to tell whether I am right, left or centered on the target, even with the range lighting.

So, who among you folks knows the skinny on brands like Trijicon, Mepro, Truglo and/or any other types of glow-in-the-dark sights that are all the rage. I've read many reviews of the various brands and was disappointed to hear of so many people having less than satisfactory opinions of them. I read of instances with one brand of which the front blade insert falls out of its fixture.

I tried this paint-on brand "BrightSights" described as "High visibility gun sight coatings" professional gun sight kit. It comes in 5 different coatings; red, white, bright green, bright orange and bright yellow. It includes a small bottle of cleaner that doubles as a remover if you don't succeed in getting it right the first time.

The caveat is that it isn't paint, it's a coating that is applied as a glob on the end of a toothpick or small brush. I found that even though I mixed the coating thoroughly, When it is painted onto the top of the blade of a front sight plane, I had to apply several coats to the sight in order for it to be opaque enough to see the color. It also built up rapidly and required at least 24 hours to set.

It works well enough if the dot is recessed like some sights are but as far as painting it on - not great.
Thanks in advance for your insights, advice and opinions.

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« Last Edit: June 15, 2016, 04:34:21 AM by badlabs »
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Re: Night sights - I need some.
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2016, 12:44:35 PM »

Without wearing my glasses I talk to Kitchen appliances, like refrigerators, and get upset when they don't answer.

Trijicon and Meprolite night sights do me little good.  The three dots blur into one bar.  The front blur may be on the right, left or centered.  I can't tell. 

Truglo fluorescents, while being rather fragile, are kinda neat.  The blur is bigger and colorful.  The three blurs also become a bar but the different colors help.

My solution was to install only the front night sight on my 'nightstand handguns'.  Using the 'front sight blur-target-bang' style of shooting I can hit the center ring at 20 feet while glassesless.
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Re: Night sights - I need some.
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2016, 05:24:31 PM »

Thabks for your insight, Popeye (no pun intended). I figure 'compromise' may be the reality of the aging process. I use a Springfield XDM 9mm as my in-house and bed/bureau gun with a Crimson Trace death dot laser. !9 + 1 rounds seems adequate for in-home defense. I have it adjusted to hit center mass at about 30 feet which seems reasonable to me.

Lots of dim light practice at the indoor range helps. Letting instinct take over works with practice.

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Re: Night sights - I need some.
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 01:10:14 AM »

There was a good article on this over a year ago, but as best I can recommend is when you go for glasses to address this issue, you need to dedicate a pair that allows clear focus at arms length to see the front sight clearly. Then put the clear front sight into the center of the fuzzy target.

It not all that fun getting "more mature", is it?
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