Hey, thanks for tuning in to TwangnBang. I get requests almost every day from viewers asking me to review specific products. I think everybody realizes there’s just no way that I could get to them all, but there’s one request that kept rising to the top. That is the Trijicon HD night sights for Glock. When OpticsPlanet gave me the chance to review something from their online store, I jumped at the chance to get some Trijicon HD’s to try for myself. I wanted to see what’s giving them their reputation, what’s made them probably the most recommended aftermarket sights for Glocks, and that’s why they’re coming up next on TwangnBang.
The Trijicon HD’s are called night sights, but they are designed with both day and nighttime use in mind. The sight bodies are made of steel with the design specific to each platform, and for the Glock they’re noticeably taller than the factory sights giving a much larger sight picture. Trijicon made their name from their excellent tritium phosphor lamp so you know these are going be great night sights. In fact many of the most popular night sights made by other manufacturers still use Trijicon lamps for this reason.
The three lamps in the HD’s are each bonded to a protective aluminum cylinder and buffered from shock by silicone rubber bushings within the sights. The lamps are then capped with sapphire jewels which are resistant to both chemical and mechanical damage. The HD’s rear lamps are darkened to reduce their potential to distract from the front sight during daylight conditions. The sight face is angled and serrated to reduce glair, and the front face is hocked to facilitate racking the slide on your belt or shoe for one-handed operation.
The large dot on the front side is actually photo luminescent paint, meaning that it will glow in the dark for several minutes with even just a 15 second charge from an LED. You can pick either a yellow or orange dot with the glow time bearing by color and light used to charge the paint. This feature isn’t necessarily something that will matter if you’re drawing from a concealed holster, but it can be a big benefit for law enforcement or home defense use when you might already be using a light for searching or for other reasons after your Glock is drawn.
It takes a bit of work and a long lens to recreate the sight picture you’ll see with your eye when using a video camera and this turned out pretty good. You can how the front dot centers perfectly in the U shape of the rear notch when the sights are aligned. The dots on the rear side are visible, but they don’t really grab your attention and that’s by design. Instead your focus is naturally drawn to the front sight for fast shooting, but you still get a great traditional sight picture along the top edge when greater precision is needed.
I have never pretended to be a rock star with the pistol, but I do find the big bright dot and dark rear sight to be exactly what I like in the daylight sight. I think I’ve grown accustomed to the single dot rear sights for nighttime use, but the HD’s clearly do everything they’re designed for really well, and I’m glad to have a set on my Gen4 G 17.
The front sight is available in two different colors, orange which is what I feature in this video, and yellow, and the name itself actually brings up a really interesting point because to my eye, I see a lot of green in that yellow. That’s because my eyes probably see the color differently than the people who came up with the name and are going to see color differently than your eyes. So I went with orange because to me it’s not quite as bright as the yellow, and I don’t like glowing sights. I’m not really a fan of fiber optics sights for that reason, and so the orange is going to take my eye onto that front sight more quickly than a black sight, but it’s not going to be overpowering. Your eyes might need something different. Your eyes might see things differently. I think any discussion as to which is tactically superior, which color is better, is better left at the gun store counter. Both are going to work just fine in 2015 unless you get into a gun fight with a crossing guard or someone wearing a PT vest. Either color is going to contract on clothing people wear. Both colors contrast just fine on anything you’re to be shooting at the range. So just pick the color based upon what your eye sees and what you want for your front sight.
I’ve got a link in the video description below that’s going to take you straight to the page at OpticsPlanet that has pictures of both sights. That’s how I picked orange, and I found it to be a very fair, very accurate representation of the color that I ended up with in person. A really cool thing about getting them through OpticsPlanet right now they’re giving my viewers an extra 10 percent discount through Code: Twang10 and that’s through January 12, 2015. So be sure to use that code if you buy these sights through OpticsPlanet, and I actually think it works for other things on their website right now as well. Try it out anyway if you’re looking at buying from OpticsPlanet. Try out that code.
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