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DIY night sights

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by rdt, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. rdt

    rdt SW Portland Active Member

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    is there a phosphorescent paint that i can use to brighten my sights?
     
  2. gunslinger1911

    gunslinger1911 WA state Member

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    glow in the dark? yes...phosphorescent or like tritium? not to my knowledge
     
  3. quaintance

    quaintance beaverton New Member

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  4. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    I have the gun sight glow from mid way. I'll tell you its not worth your time. Tritium is the only ns worth getting imo and still it doesn't last more than 3-5yrs from my experience
     
  5. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    To my knowledge, the luminescent paint must absorb light before it glows. It is not like the radioactive isotope that is in the tritium sights that does not require anything to glow.
     
  6. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    Something goes "bump" in the night, you grab your night stand gun and put it under your lamp for 5 minutes to "charge" the sights, and then go investigate? Sounds good to me. :bluelaugh:
     
  7. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    lol...

    Ya just geta streamlight TLR-3. $75 and you will be able to see just fine ;)
     
  8. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    Flashlights work to the target's advantage too...tritium sights do not.
     
  9. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    i bought some of this paint at the last gun show.. and well its pointless.. it woudl be helpful if it actually stuck to the sights..
     
  10. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    Even if it did stick, it does need exposure to light to "charge", then has a very short glow life between charges. My CZ 75's came with it and it's rubbish.
     
  11. zane

    zane Vancouver, WA Member

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    Flashlights are necessary to properly identify the target and threat level...
     
  12. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    that's a bit of a blanket statement... If you are in MY house then i don't need to properly identify you and I doubt I'd give much thought to assessing the "threat level" YMM very well V
     
  13. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I'll fix it for you.
    Like if you don't live by yourself, have a pet, etc.

    I'd say mostly the advantage is yours, you determine when the light goes on or off plus all the glare is in the target's face not yours.