Should Night Sights Be Standard On Concealed Carry Firearms?


Our friend Robert Farago over at TTAG recently posted on the topic of night sights and concealed carry pistols and it got me thinking; Why don’t all concealed carry pistols have a stock night sight option right from the manufacturer?

For example, I have a Glock 26 that I routinely carry, which came from Glock with night sights. I love them. I really love them. But while Glock has this option, many manufacturers don’t, and the user needs to rely on aftermarket sights to get the job done if they want them to glow in the darkness.

Aftermarket night sights are often very expensive, and that turns off the option for a lot of people.

Stock aside, what’s your take on the luxury of night sights for a firearm that you carry? Surly you are sometimes out and about when the sun goes down, and it sure would be nice to have the added benefit of having a clear picture if you ever have to bring your firearm up to eye level.

Chime in below with your comments.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Bob P

    I have Trijicon Tritium sights on my XDM. They work well in dark and medium to bright lighting. The outdoor range I use is covered and shaded by surrounding trees. On cloudy days it is very difficult for my 67 year old eyes to find and remain focused on the front sight resulting in a significant loss of accuracy when compared to results from brighter days and results from indoor ranges.

    My take away are 1) my equipment wont work as desired in all lighting conditions 2) people with less than perfect eyesight may not know their sights wont serve them well in all conditions 3) manufacturers and retailers should put greater emphasis to ensure sighting meets customers needs & eyesight.

    I’m currently considering TFX and laser solutions. I know these are both expensive solutions but in the back of my mind I keep thinking if I ever need this firearm to defend myself I know what the ambient light condition will be. Would appreciate other peoples opinions / experiences.

  • ft

    I also am a “senior citizen” with decades of shooting experience. My nighttime guns or home defense guns are now all equipped with Crimson Trace Green Lasers. My newest pocket gun for day time carry is got some awesome fiber optic sights front and rear although I only put the rear on because I had to buy them as a set so I figured, what the hell, I paid for them. Now I actually like them and can see them very well, even without my glasses on. I can get on target much faster than the tiny little white dot I had with the original sights.
    As a “senior” I am fully aware that some thugs see me as an “easy target” for assault or robbery. I assure them, I won’t be that easy if they try.

  • As part of my concealed carry class, we shot in low-light conditions (after your eyes adjusted, you could just make out the target from 10 feet). We tried 3 different techniques: standard sights, standard sights with a tactical light (like you see in the movies), and night sights. My best grouping, by far, was with the night sights — I shot just as well, in the low light, with the night sights as I do with standard sights in full light.

    Needless to say, for the EDC I ended up going with, I opted for the night sights.

    • Dr Dave

      If you could “just barely make out the target” then you violated rule #4 of safe gun handling and shouldn’t have been firing at all. (the flashlight of course makes it safe but the other options do not)
      Dr D

  • glasswolf

    Nice idea, but when you think about it, night sights are pointless. If it’s too dark to see your sights without tritium, or glowing paint, it’s too dark to clearly identify the target at which youi’re shooting. If you are at bad-breath distance, the sights aren’t used, and you’re shooting from retention. If you have a flashlight or tac light, glowing sights are pointless, as the sight picture becomes a silhouette and they aren’t needed, nor can they be seen to glow. There’s really just no point at which glowing sights on a istol really benefit the shooter, and before anyone screams sour grapes, I have trijicons on all of my carry guns. I bought them long before I really gave this enough thought to understand how pointless they really are.

    • Dr Dave

      I agree as well. I think the rule #4 of the Rules of Proper Defensive Carry is the issue. Always know your target and backstop before squeezing the trigger. If I can’t see my sights I surely can’t see the target or worse the backstop and the backstop might be a little kid playing on the porch.
      I get it if we are talking about war and military applications where often times military are firing at muzzle flashes but in civilian and law enforcement scenarios we need to realize that every bullet has a lawyer attached to the tail end and with it comes the ever more diligence to insure that not only do you walk away safely but so do all civilians as well
      Better to let the bad guy go then to hurt a civilian. The sights don’t aid at all in target determination only acquisition.
      If you REALLY need help in acquisition why not simply go right to the laser rather then stopping part way down the technology and using a glowing mechanical sight?
      Dr D

  • Go Faster

    Night sights are okay but depending on how dark it is the muzzle flash can make it where you can’t see the sights. I say a good laser and light combo would be better.