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I generally always have a flashlight with me. When I use a flashlight, it tends to drown out my night sights, and all I get is an outline of the sight. I prefer a straight black/serrated rear with a wide square notch and a red, green, or if I can find it, blue fiber optic front. In the low-light, the fiber optic front picks up the light from my flashlight and lights up fairly well...
Fiber optic inserts are too fragile IMHO.
For a target gun they're great as long as you have backup inserts, but for defense, I wouldnt trust them.
Also, unless you have a flashlight on hand and ready, the fiber optic sights wont do jack didly for you.
From watches, to acogs, to pistol sights, I'm a big fan of tritium.
I have trijicon sights on all carry pistols except for my revolvers.
They are a fiber optic sight, that has a tritium insert, which the fiber optics gather light from to illuminate at night. I just installed a set on my G23, and I am very impressed! Night sights are nice at night, and during the day they work as a standard set of sights... whereas the fiberoptics of the TFO will glow in the daylight, and are propably even brighter at night as well.
I prefer tritium night sights. I have not seen any fiber optic sight that I consider to be durable enough to trust with my life. I also don't like how overpowering the light given off by fiber optic rods is in bright-light conditions. The fact that their brightness changes depending on how much light strikes them also bothers me. Try moving around in the woods from light areas to dark while trying to pick up targets in varying light. If you are in a bright spot and the target is in a shadowed one the sights are overpowering and make it very difficult to see the target. FWIW: My eyes are *extremely* sensitive to light so this may be a bigger problem for me than the average shooter.
Anybody who is going to rely on night sights would do well to test fire their weapon in the dark with the ammo they are going to carry. They may find that looking down the barrel to use the sights will cause them to be blinded by the muzzle flash, particularly when using Magnum or +P loads in guns with short barrels. All of that unburned powder gets blown out of the barrel and ignited, and it can be like a flashbulb going off in the dark.
I wasn't raggin on you. I'm actually surprised they are so cheap across the board now. When I was using NS, they were Heinie Straight Eights. I went through a bunch of different setups (including Dawson FO) and in the end came back to Heinie Slant Pros because they are $42.00 easy to find for my two gun models (G17 & Sig P228) and after 10 years of messing with a sight picture and falling into the NS hype, I finally concluded they were not worth the $$$ and SP sacrifice.
I was just trying to save face on the $75.00 savings part also. The first thing to go on a Glock is the sights. Although I hear the new ones have a metal FP. I still don't like the U-Dot config they come with though.