A common request that we get from customers are night sights. If you are not familiar with night sights, they are essentially glow in the dark dots on your sights. (Yes it is more technical than that, but I really don’t want to write that much.) The reason people like night sights, is that they glow in the dark, making it easy to see them when it is dark. Sounds awesome, right? I don’t really think so, and here is why.

Reason #1: Night sights are only beneficial in the dark. Meaning, they only work in the dark. In the light, there is no benefit of night sights. I pose a question though: If you cannot see something at night, should you shoot it?

Let me explain, night sights only work in the dark, I know I said that already, but remember it. Say you think someone broke into your house, you grab your gun and go to work. You don’t turn on the lights so you can stay hidden, and hey you have night sights. You hear them in the kitchen, so you move in there nice and quiet. You see a silhouette against the cabinet doors, BANG BANG you pull the trigger. Flip on the lights to see your handy work, only to find your teenage son dead on the floor, with some ice cream in his hand. Again, should you shoot something you cannot positively identify? The answer is NO! You should not.

Reason #2: Sight picture. When instructed on shooting handguns, every instructor will tell you your rear sight should be blurry and you front sight clear. See below:

When you are trying to get this sight picture in the dark, the rear sights are going to appear brighter than the front. Your eyes will naturally focus on the brighter dots. This means accuracy will not be that great, especially with all the adrenaline running through your body. The let technical bullshit you can pull out of the experience, the better.

I know that I have talked about why night sights suck, and I should say something good about them too. But I can’t. They are a waste of money, and frankly one of the biggest hoaxes of the firearms industry. Having said that, I do have a great night time recommendation. Buy yourself a weapon mounted light. (WML)

WMLs come in various shaped and sizes. They come with different features and different brightness. Sure they may add a little weight, but that can help with recoil management. But these lights will allow you to work in any lighting condition there is. In the light, low light and pitch black.

You can always ID you target, meaning you will not shoot your kid or other loved one, and you can get a good sight picture.