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Fiber optic vs. Night Sights

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Zombie-hunter1, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Zombie-hunter1

    Zombie-hunter1 Vancouver Member

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    Wanted to know everyones opinion on this subject. Fiber Optic vs. Night Sights. Which one do you prefer, and why.
     
  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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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...
     
  3. Hammer_Man

    Hammer_Man Hillsboro Member

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    Why not go with the best of both worlds and get fiber optic night sights? I had a set from Tru Glo on my Glock 22, and they worked great!
     
  4. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    Fiber Optic with a flashlight ...
     
  5. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    go with both... Truglo TFOs(tritium fiber optic)!

    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.
     
  7. Mr.510

    Mr.510 Belfair Washington Member

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    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. :cool:
     
  8. Dell_dude

    Dell_dude Vancouver, WA Member

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    Tritium night sights for me.

    Fiber optic is a bit too fragile for a go to gun IMO.

    Now if it was just strictly a competition gun or something, I might use them there.
     
  9. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  10. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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  11. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    Standard black sights and a flashlight. Spend the extra $100.00 you save on a CT laser, class or ammo.

    There is like a .5% chance they will help you make the hit and that is presented less than .2% of all circumstances. Yes, those are actual FBI/DEA/ATF statistics!
     
  12. Dell_dude

    Dell_dude Vancouver, WA Member

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    Except that you won't actually save $100.

    A set of black steel sights from Warren Tactical is $57.

    A set of AmeriGlo night sights is $75.

    You're not going to get very far with training or ammo on $18. In fact, the $18 won't even buy a decent flash light. :p

    For the purpose of this example, I used a Glock 17. Both prices above include shipping.

    /just sayin'
     
  13. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    You picked the cheapest NS out there I think? LOL
    How about we agree on an average of $30.00 savings across the board.

    Fiber optics are too fragile, NS only shine in a minuscule of situations and most of those are offensive not defensive.

    NS do more harm to your daylight/flashlight sight picture than they do good to your varied light/no-flashlight SP.

    Oh, and if you have a nice standard set of sights on the gun already, we are talking a $75.00 savings aren't we? :)
     
  14. Dell_dude

    Dell_dude Vancouver, WA Member

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    Actually, MeproLights are even cheaper. Probably about $60 shipped.

    Possibly, but I don't consider the craptastic plastic sights on Glocks to be "good standard" sights. They're placeholders for when you've bought real sights.

    I use that as an example since they are very prevalent out there, including wide adoption by all manner of LE agencies and some .mil.

    Use of Glock as an example, does NOT however imply or state that it is the be all, end all of hand gunnery. ;)
     
  15. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    Dell_Dude,
    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.

    Now a laser..... that's worth adding IMO. :)
     
  16. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    Fiber optic sights are fragile? Really?? How could you possibly break a Truglo TFO sight, to the extent that it no longer functional??
     
  17. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    bump.

    I wanna hear how a fiber optic is fragile? :huh:
     
  18. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    The TFO sight is both fiber and trit.
    Trit vials break, FO posts are not as strong as solid blades but most are strong enough to not matter.

    The FO designs are all over the map and so is their structural integrity. Google fiber optic front post and look at the ones out there.

    PS. FO melts on a hot gun.