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  • Trijicon HD Night Sights Review

    Trijicon HD Night Sights


    Recently it became necessary to replace my aging Trijicon night sights. I looked and looked for the perfect solution. I couldn't decide between fiber optic front sights and blacked out rear sights from someone such as 10-8. I really liked the VTAC fiber and tritium sights, however wasn't willing to pay for them. I have XS Big Dot 24/7 sights on another Glock but didn't care for them enough to purchase a second pair.


    I had seen HD night sights online, but it wasn't until I picked up a pair that I began to truly appreciate how amazing they were. I found them at a local shop for about $140. The suggested retail is $157

    Here is what Trijicon says about their product...

    With the challenges of law enforcement and military in mind, these sights have a yellowor orange photoluminescent paint outline and tall blade on the front sight to increasevisibility and quicken sight acquisition. Additionally, the front surface is steeply hookedto assist in emergency one-handed slide operation.






    They are offered in two different colors. I looked at both the orange and green in the store. I picked up the orange for two reasons. I run optics on my rifle, so I wanted to consistently hunt for that red/orange side of the spectrum for a point of aim. The second was that I felt that the orange would contrast better against most backgrounds. Initially I was indifferent as far as just looking at them side by side and thinking one was any better than the other. However, several of my fellow gunslingers purchased HD sights, but they opted for green. Having seen theirs, green has really grown on me. Maybe I just have a nasty case of the green envy?

    I really like several things about these sights. The front sight is very easy to rapidly pick up and place on target. This is very subjective, obviously, but comparative to what I had used previously the Glock factory sights, standard Trijicon night sighs, and the XS Big Dot, they are the best I've used. I also really like that the rear sights aren't distracting. The rear sight picture is a U shaped hole. The tritium lamps aren't at all distracting during the day. At night they are very helpful. And lastly, I really appreciate the rear sight has a very nice ledge built in to assist in one hand malfunction clearances.

    Okay so now we know that they look good, how do they shoot? I am able to quickly acquire the front sight and then place it in the U notch of the rear sight quickly. These are center hold sights. The majority of fighting sights are. The only sights that I have shot that are 6 o'clock hold are XS Big Dot at 15 yards or greater. I have only shot up to 40 yards with these and had no issues consistently hitting a man-size target.






    The luminescent paint on the front sight glows for several minutes if you go from a lit to an unlit environment. In very low light situations the tritium picks up where the paint leaves off. I'm still able to obtain a sight picture. While using the weapon mounted light against a light colored wall you can see how you can still get a sight picture with the outlines of the sight.





    If I had to pick one thing I dislike about the sights is that there is white lettering on top of the front sight post. I think its slightly distracting. I would be more irritated about it if it weren't for the fact that after only about a month of use, its almost rubbed all the way off. Additionally, I didn't know about the warranty difference between the green and orange at the time.

    The tritium lamp is warranted to glow for five (5) years for orange night sights, twelve (12) years in green and yellow night sights from date of original manufacture.










    Getting a good photograph of a sight picture is super frustrating and entirely more difficult that I thought it would be.

    Overall, these are an outstanding. I have several other pistols I am in the process of switching over to these sights. I'm especially excited to find a pair for my G42. Have I mentioned I despise Glock factory sights?!? It is recommended that a Glock armorer install these sights, or any sights really for that matter. You do need a special tool for the front sight as the nut is extremly small. Additionally, a rear sight tool is pretty essential. Maryland Gunworks makes a fantastic rear sight tool and its pretty reasonable.

    If you are in the market for new high visibility sights that work well in virtually all lighting conditions then purchase these sights.

    Here are a few more photographs of my G22.
    The complete review including photographs can be read here.

  • #2
    Yep, they're the best. The lettering wears off on top of the front sight after a few hundred draws also, your orange front has the same 12 yr warranty. The warranty is in reference to the Trit, not the color of the ring around the lamp.
    In Valor there is hope

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    • #3
      I re-read the warranty several times in an effort to wrap my head around it. If that's the case, thank you for putting my mind at ease. Also, the lettering is definitely gone on the front sight. Excellent sights. I've installed 5 on my partner's guns. Everyone loves it and rightfully so. I feel like I was late to the party, lol

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rmack View Post
        I re-read the warranty several times in an effort to wrap my head around it. If that's the case, thank you for putting my mind at ease. Also, the lettering is definitely gone on the front sight. Excellent sights. I've installed 5 on my partner's guns. Everyone loves it and rightfully so. I feel like I was late to the party, lol
        It seems like there's a lot of confusion across other forums as well. At least with my HD's the lamp is green, I know trijicon makes other colored lamps, but as long as you have green lamps (not the ring) you're good to go.
        In Valor there is hope

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