Concealed carry puts some restrictions on sights. Notably optical and reflex sights add unacceptable bulk and protrusions for everyday concealed carry. Most combat concealed carry (CCW) weapons employ the rear notch with a ramp or post front sight.
Pistol Sights for Low Light Defensive Shooting
For low light defensive shooting the front sight at a bare minimum should be painted white on the rear facing the shooter. Black sights in low light conditions make it difficult for target and gun alignment. Most sights incorporate an aperture outline or two dots on the rear and a white or white dot on the fronts sight. Three white dots aid in rapid target alignment day or night.
Tritium Night Sights for Glocks & Other Pistols
Tritium sights excel in low light conditions. Tritium sights are luminescent, transitioning from white in daytime conditions to a greenish glow in low light conditions. Tritium’s downside is that it fades over time. Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen with two neutrons and is radioactive. It has a half-life of 12.5 years, meaning the luminescent qualities decrease by half every 12.5 years.
Fiber Optic Handgun Sights
Fiber optic sights combine a fiber optic strand and a tritium lamp. They don’t glow to the front and offer good target acquisition for low light conditions. A very popular sight. Three dot sights appear to be the most popular sight adorning most concealed carry weapons.
Pistol Laser Sights
The other high-tech option is a laser sight. These project a red dot onto the target. Many laser sights are combined into one unit with gun light, to illuminate a target. If fixed with a red filter it will not destroy your night vision. The problem with lights they can be seen at a greater distance than what they illuminate, making the light bearer a target. There tactical techniques for light use. Grip laser sight are ideal for concealed carry, don’t affect holster function, are quick and unobtrusive. Front sight lasers require special holsters thus limiting carry options.
Dead Ringer Snake Eyes Sights
The dead ringer snake eyes sight combines a ghost ring with a three-dot sight and is made of metal with a plastic insert in a strong metal body, and are accommodated without holster modifications in most cases or require a special holster.
Adjustable Rear Sights
Adjustable rear sights with a blade or ramp front sight dominates competition as low light conditions are not a factor. Certain competitive classes or firearms matches even allow electronic or optical sights that are totally inappropriate for a CCW weapon. The only downside to the high-tech options of lights and laser is power. Batteries fail at the most inconvenient times, so a good three dot tritium or white sight should always be incorporated, and most practice should be done with your regular sights. Attention to periodic battery replacement is a must. You’re not going to have the option of replacing a battery in a combat situation.
Custom Shooting Ranges
Everyday carry dictates simplicity, robustness and reliability with the chance of clothing entanglement. Most combat rigs have fixed sights versus adjustable sights and rounded contours without any protrusions. As most deadly force situations are at relatively short range, sighting your weapons in at 7 to 15 yards will almost guarantee a hit under that range. There’s a lot of options, pick one you’re happy with. Shooting Range Industries makes custom shooting ranges for safe and convenient firearms training and practice.