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I am in the process of looking for new sights for my fullsize 9 and I have been doing alot of searching on this forum. I have been tossing around the idea of getting night sights for it and have been reading that alot of people like a front only night sight. The question that I have is in the dark, how can you see a black rear sight? With my SigPro I have a 1 dot front and 2 dot rear, so I can see both in the dark to be able to aim properly.



I am sure it is possible, but just do not understand it.



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At the ranges you would use a pistol in the dark, the front sight is all many consider necessary. With proper training and practice, good hits with front (night) sight only are possible at 12 yards and possibly beyond. The Novak night sight for the front only is about $55 direct from Novaks.



You haven't mentioned the intentioned use. With proper shopping, the Streamlight TLR-1 is available for about the price of many night sight sets and provides both target illumination/identification and sight visibilty. This would be the superior choice for home defense.
 

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I am mainly going to use it for carry. I do not like the factory sights, so I want to get new ones and thought about getting night sights.
 

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Some folks like front night sight only (me included) while others like the front and rear tritium inserts. It's primarily a personal preference thing. I have played with with three dots, figure eights and express sights (I do work at XS Sights-you will see this again in a moment-and yes, I am biased towards our products), but I have not played with a bar dot or a box dot configuration rear. Even in the best of circumstances, I find them too busy for my taste.



As to why I do not use a rear night sight: I don't like the extra illumination on the rear. First and foremost, if your rear tritium inserts are not installed correctly, or your front sight insert is a bit older than the inserts in the front, then the rear sight is brighter than the front sight. This is not a good thing. The way that our eyes work, they do not see beyond a light source very well. The brighter the light source, the harder it is to see beyond it. If the front sight is brighter, your eyes will be drawn to it. If the rear sight is brighter, then you will have difficulty seeing the front sight. You can use different colored inserts (such as yellow or orange inserts from Trijicon) to alleviate this. Green is the brightest color tritium available (green is also a color that they human eye picks up very well). This also prevents you from mis aligning the sights.



The second reason I prefer a front night sight only is simplicity. It is visually confusing to me (yes, I am simple minded in case you were wondering) to have both front and rear night sights. I have taken a couple of classes oriented towards defensive shooting in lowlight (SureFire level one trainer/operator course and the Tac Pro Shooting Center Pistol Fight at Night class) using both front and rear tritium and front only tritium sights. I have found that the green glow on the rear sight (even a very dim one) is distracting to me. In the case of our express sights, if there is even a small amount of supplemental light (1/4 moon or more, street lights, LED keychain light, candle, etc.), if I can see the target, then I can see the sights well enough to make hits at 25+ yards. Of course, the white line is very bright by itself and is extremely easy to see.



As I said, it's all a matter of personal preference. If you have a friend that has front and rear night sights, see if you can borrow his/her handgun and look at them. Play with them in good light, twilight and full dark at varying distances. See if you can find out what works for you.



Joe
 
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