Nathan wrote:hkguy wrote:this does not count night sights but might soon as i'm moving to the camp of were they serve no tangible defensive purpose.
I'm not following you, here. You don't believe that night sights serve any tangible purpose? I think night sights should be standard on any defensive weapon. The next time you wake up in the middle of the night to go piss, acquire a sight picture in a pre-determined safe direction while your eyes are still fully dilated. Were you to be awakened in the middle of the night by the Proverbial burglar in your bedroom, night sights are gold. I know many who train at night, Hell I train at night, but that doesn't fully dilate your eyes like when you've been asleep and night training won't prepare you for taking that shot with fully dilated eyes. For a nightstand gun, I must have night sights or a laser.
perhaps providing "no tangible benefit" was not the right term, surly one could find a benefit, i do not view them as essential on a defensive gun. I am well aware of the precieved benefit they offer in low light situations but hear me out.
i recently completed some defensive pistol training and i was talking to the instructor about the use of night sights and training without the use of corrective lenses. in the event that something goes bump and i could find myself in a situation where i dont have my glasses. I cannot get a clear front sight picture (yay being nearsighted) if my glasses are not on, even with Trijicon HD's. Taking a precise shot is probably out of the question for me IF i do not have on my corrective lenses. The instructor asked if i could see well enough to distinguish between family and foe without my glasses something go bump in the night, which i am confident i can.
So, this got me critically thinking about how a defensive situation might unfold if i were to not have my glasses/contact in. I know this is a low probability situation but a very real situation i could face nonetheless. So, got me things about what good are night sights if you cannot positively identify your target? Since i'm nearsighted and cannot really get a good sight picture unless wearing glasses/contacts,a good flashlight or weapon mounted light is a better option. Sure the dull green glow helps with my glasses on in low/no light situations but my informal testing in my home shows me night sights are not critical kit like a flashlight. my flashlight/weapon mounted light throws enough ambient light. I'm pretty sure i can get hits on center mass
admittedly i need to go out and do some shooting with without the aid of corrective lenses to confirm my thoughts above.