The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 4, 2012, 06:01 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: March 5, 2012
Posts: 10
New to Night Sights

I have an XD45 compact, and I'm looking to finally get night sights for it. Anyone have any good recommendations that are somewhat moderately priced?
aaronbagby is offline  
Old November 4, 2012, 06:08 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: April 19, 2012
Location: Western PA
Posts: 3,519
I like the TruGlo tritium/fiber optic sights, or the Trijicon HD tritium sights with the bright orange front sight. I think both run around the $100 range.

Though you may run into problems getting them installed on your gun. The XD's factory sights are often installed with over 10,000 lbs. of pressure. Getting them out without damaging the slide can be almost impossible. Many gunsmiths won't touch XD sights for that reason. I've heard of some gunsmiths who have designed hydraulic sight pushers for XDs, but you might have to send your gun in to Springfield (I think they won't let you send just the slide; they're probably going to want to test-fire it after installing the new sights).
0331: "Accuracy by volume."
Theohazard is offline  
Old November 4, 2012, 06:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: September 9, 2008
Location: Woooooshington
Posts: 1,797
What is moderately priced? Night sights will run a low of around $80 to as much as $150, depending on brand, style and who you get them from.
Meprolight, Trijicon, XS, Heinie, TruDot... lots of choices, so do a bit of homework before you drop the coin.
If this is to be a carry gun and you already have a holster, make sure that what ever you get is low profile enough to fit your exisiting sight channel... or you may end up needing a new holster.

Shoulder Drive Nicholson Club
Creeper is offline  
Old November 4, 2012, 07:01 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: October 18, 2009
Posts: 148
I use the Trijicon SG01 for my Springfield XDs. I really like the way they work. Not the cheapest but when your life could depend on them....
kemassey is offline  
Old November 6, 2012, 09:05 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: January 22, 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,432
Trijicon's have a good reputation...Rod
Cherish our flag, honor it, defend what it stands for or get the hell out. Our Freedoms are not free, they've been paid for many times over by heros in uniform. Far better men than I, died that we could be FREE.

USAF FAC, 5th Spl Forces, An Loc, lll Corps, RVN, 69-70, Vietnam Vet '69-'73
rodfac is offline  
Old November 6, 2012, 05:14 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: August 21, 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 202
I use the orange Trijicon HDs on my Glock 30. Love them, very bright and clearly visible in the dark. I'm planning to get the same sights for my Sig later this year.
Vireye is offline  
Old November 6, 2012, 05:46 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: March 23, 2008
Location: N. Georgia
Posts: 1,964
US Navy Veteran
Water-Man is offline  
Old November 6, 2012, 11:00 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: September 6, 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 534
I've got XS 24/7 Big Dot on my XD40sc, love the big sight up front that's so easy to see. Nice and bright at night too. Think I paid $100 or something like that several years ago. My gunsmith did say the factory sights were a beast to get off.........
---Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.---

---Enlightenment is the ability to take infinite pains---
12GaugeShuggoth is offline  
Old November 12, 2012, 10:48 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: December 27, 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,475
After contacting Trijicon, they told me that they use and reccomend the
following people for installation.
ShootingNut is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 02:46 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: June 27, 2008
Location: Tampa Bay, FL.
Posts: 346
The older I get the more I like Mepro over Trijicon.
CZ 75 P-01 . CZ-75B . CZ 912 . CZ 920 . Glock 26 Gen 3 . Kimber Pro Crimson Carry . XDm 45 3.8 Compact . Ruger 22/45 MKIII
mumbo719 is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 02:58 PM   #11
Join Date: October 4, 2012
Posts: 34
I went with Mepro for my CZ. A little cheaper than Triji and great reviews on them.
RadioFlyer8 is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 03:57 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: November 26, 2004
Location: Central Pa.
Posts: 1,518
Me too. I have them all on many pistols and it looks like the Mepro lights are the brightest out of all my sights. Factory Sig Sauer night sights are right up there as well. This doesnt mean the others are not effective but over the years as they start to fade, the Mepro will have a longer service life starting out brighter.

The older I get the more I like Mepro over Trijicon.
Mystro is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 08:38 PM   #13
Junior member
Join Date: November 12, 2000
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 9,494
I like the Meps. Funny story. I dropped off my 1911 to get Meps on it and it seems that they were out of Meps so just went ahead and decided to install red & yellow Tru-Glos on it. I went to pick it up and immediately noticed they were not Meps. I inquired about the off brand when I had requested Meps and he casually says they were out of Meps so he went with the Tru-glos...I hate to be a nit-picker but this was big! I wanted green and got red & yellow?

I asked if I could step in their bathroom to look at them in the dark, they said yes. I couldn't see them at arms length! I had to pull it in to a Murray Gardner position (basically a weaver pulled way in closer) to be able to see the glow. I told them about this and he laughed and said no way! I made him go see and then he agreed they were no good. They did get mad at having to change them again (staked on), but I don't care. They had my phone number and never even gave me a call. I got my Meps eventually and am a happy camper now.
Edward429451 is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 08:45 PM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: August 22, 2012
Posts: 1,031
Half life of tritium doesn't change with the brand of night sights... 12.3 years.

With that said, I like Trijicon and factory Sig for brightness.
thedudeabides is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 09:03 PM   #15
Senior Member
Join Date: June 23, 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,039
Bought Mepro night sights

I bought Mepro from Optics Planet about a year ago and installed them on my Kimber. Had a lot of help from a gunsmith friend with the installation.

I absolutely love them!!!!! The glow in low light makes them very easy for a guy with "short arm eyes" to find AND the bright makes them very easy to locate in sunlight
Cowboy_mo is offline  
Old November 14, 2012, 09:08 PM   #16
Junior member
Join Date: November 12, 2000
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 9,494
Then they must've tried to pawn off their old ones on me! No takers today, thanks.
Edward429451 is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08764 seconds with 9 queries