The most important pistol of the past three decades is undoubtedly the Glock 17. In the category of plastic weapons, it became the market leader and standard setter. Although this is not obvious from the standard square designs, we are now in the fourth generation of the Glocks. Most enthusiasts would agree that the Austrian pistols are near perfect the way they are, but there is one aspect where they often require a small upgrade, the sights.
The standard Glock sights are not necessarily ideal. The wiped out front does not provide enough field of vision, and the small white box rear sight isn’t anything to write home about, either. They are not visible enough in the dark, and the brighter rear sight takes away the user’s concentration when they are trying to do quick acquisition. The solution is often changing the sights and putting up something that allows the user quicker and more accurate aiming, even in low light or nighttime conditions.
Of all the enhancements someone could install on his or her handgun, night sights rank high on the popularity list. Trijicon produces night sets for numerous different models, including the legendary Glock. They work with all Glock models, including the newer 42 and 43.
The sight’s most important feature is the tritium phosphor lamp that offers outstanding illumination in low light or nighttime situations. The color differentiation is created with photoluminescent paint, and the design helps evenly distribute the light while protecting the sight.
Aluminum cylinders, barely adding any weight to an already light gun, guard the lamp itself. These sights can benefit not just hobby shooters, but those, who like to carry every day and like to be prepared for anything. The rear sight can help the user pinpoint the target not covered by the front sight.
Trijicon chose a black ringed design for the rear dual lamps, making it visible, but not so much that it would take away the focus from the front sight. The aluminum housing of the sights got a silicone rubber cushion, and the rear sight design makes one hand racking more efficient.
The Trijicon Night Sight Sets are ideal for any Glock enthusiasts, from the new collectors to the hardcore weapon experts. The main strength of any night sight must be the high visibility it can provide, and the Trijicon Night Sight Sets deliver on that front.
TFO Handgun Sight Set
The Truglo TFO handgun sight was built with tritium, a radioactive hydrogen isotope, offering the user the glow that makes the sight effective in low light or darkness. The tritium in this sight is inserted into a plastic fiber-optic rod.
The fiber-optic gathers the light – be it ambient or the available – and sends it toward the tips. These sets are long because of the fiber-optic, but the design is nicely protected and unlikely to break unless the holster is too tight.
Those, who would worry about the tritium itself can rest easy, the material is tightly enclosed on both sides, and isn’t dangerous in any way. The set includes an Allen wrench for the rear sight.
While the fiber-optic housing is not metal, the sight itself is, which makes the design a lot sturdier. It is snag-resistant, and the concealed fiber makes it impossible for the target to see it. This is a very important aspect for people, who wish to be able to protect themselves against potential threats.
The Truglo TFO Handgun Sight Set allows efficient use at all levels, from the absolute beginners to the experienced gun owners. The tritium is visible even after years of use, making the set an excellent long-term investment for those who need a quality, non-stock handgun sight.
The Truglo TG13GL1A Brite-Site TFX sights are an upgraded version of the company’s previous fiber-optic models. The X in the TFX means extreme, implying a heavy-duty accessory.
The sight uses the same concept, the fiber-optic gathers and magnifies the available light during the day, and the tritium takes over the heavy lifting during the night. The TFX glows stronger than of the company’s previous night sights, and there is another major difference.
In some cases with some other designs, when a solvent gets on the fiber-optic it may damage the tube, take away some of the brightness. Gunpowder residue or dirt are also dangerous. The TFX has a better, improved version of the tubes, hermetically sealed and protected from the elements.
This makes the tube impervious not just to solvent, but any other residue that could find its way onto the surface or inside. While this rarely happened with the TFO, it is virtually impossible with the TFX sights. This adds to the longevity of the TRUGLO TG13GL1A Brite-Site TFX.
The other upgrade is the front sight, which now features a white circle around the green glow instead of the previous, smaller green dot that did not have any additional color. The new design draws the user’s eyes better, quicker, making aiming and target acquisition easier.
It still gathers available light during the day very efficiently, and the same goes for the glowing feature in low light situations and during the night. The third important change they did was to make the slots a little more protected.
It is virtually impossible to break them, unless someone uses a tight holster and for some reason draw his or her weapon a lot. In addition to that, the rear sight became a little shorter, so it doesn’t catch anything. This is another factor, which could be important for beginners, but also beneficial for the more experienced gun owners.
The Trijicon Night Sight Sets feature a high visibility front, photoluminescent paint, and the “U” rear sight could be ideal for many Glock enthusiasts. It leads the user’s eyes to the front sight, helping efficient target acquisition.
The Truglo TFO Handgun Sight Set offers, even more, features, the snag-resistant design is a welcomed addition, and the fact that it fits all Glock models is important. The sight offers great visibility, and the patented TFO feature takes low light and nighttime aiming to a new level.
Coming from the same brand, the TRUGLO TG13GL1A Brite-Site TFX offers all of these advantages with a tweaked main feature, the TFX glow. The patented solution makes the sights stand out even more. It is one of the most efficient night sights on the market, providing refined details in a heavy-duty design.