Why Glock has the best stock sights in the industry.

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Spring is nearly here.

I know because it seems everyone is buying sights for the guns they bought this winter. So I thought it was time for another rant on sights.

Let’s start by saying Glock has the best stock sights in the industry. Yeah I said it!

Not because they are high quality or any good for shooting. In fact the plastic front site is prone to disappearing under recoil and the cup and ball design is terrible. I have never been any good at basketball and can only imagine how hard it would be for me to make free throw in a life of death scenario.

No, Glock sites are awesome because they are cheap, adding little to the cost of the gun, and so bad that there is no question that they should be replaced by the ones of your choosing.

The worst sights I have seen were designed by one of my suppliers, a man I know and respect and might possibly be the scariest guy on the planet, so I can’t believe I am posting this publicly… Viking Tactics Kyle Lamb. (Whom is incidentally, actually very nice. And I still feel bad almost drowning him with an off-color joke, in a rental mini-van, during an ice storm, in Arizona.)

Kyle came up with the 6 dot sight. Three fiber optic rods (all green) stacked vertically over three tritium vials. The only possible reason I can think for this is Truglo has a patent on the TFO so they couldn’t be mounted in line.

Speaking of the TFO’s, I’ve had them. I took them off. The inline design makes them VERY LONG and reduces the sight radius of a Glock 19 down to that of a Glock 26. (Read this to see why sight radius matters)

I tend to like simple sights with a plain rear and something that attracts my attention to the front sight and visually distinguishes it from the rear. That might be a fiber optic rod like my favorite Warren Tactical sights, a brightly colored front sight like on my RMR equipped carry gun, the Hackathorn designed sights by Ameriglo, or a big white ball like the XS Big Dot’s I’m considering for my M&P Shield.

If you have any questions about what sights might work for you or suggestions for others about what sights you like post them in the comments.

Psychic question from the comments

Question: “Hey Ron! I remember in that Depths of a Shallow V post you said you don’t like Big Dot’s”

Answer: Yep. However, for a counter ambush gun that the ability to get a quick front sight focus seems like a good thing. Plus it gives me the ability to add a night sight to the front.

Question: “Hey Ron! I remember in that Are night sights a good thing? post you said “night sights allow you to place accurate shots on targets that you can’t accurately identify” You shouldn’t shoot if you can’t identify the threat.

Answer: Yep I said it, but blind people know when they are being attacked. The Shield doesn’t have a good weapon mounted light option. And maybe I want to try something new. At least they aren’t 3 dot sights. Hell, if Hilton Yam can knock the 1911 I can change my mind about XS Sights.

If you are wondering what I have against 3 dot sights… go read the Comments on the differences in post and notch style sights post.

For more on Selecting sights.

Under the resources tab in the header there is a short primer on all of the things you need to consider when selecting a sight like…

  • Your expected use
  • Your expected conditions
  • What markings are “best”
  • Sight radius

… and I throw XS Sights under the bus.

I’m not going to link to it because there are other good resource pages up there and I want you to see them too.

If you want to read how to use the XS Sights and something positive about them check out this post.

PS. If by chance I go missing, Kyle Lamb should be considered a suspect ;)

Comments

  1. Jeff says

    XS big dot with Mr. Yam’s 10-8 sight on the rear is a truly awesome combination. Glasses or no glasses the dinner plate they call a front sight jumps to my 65 yr. old retinas ; and for greater than conversational distances the 10-8 rear fills the bill.

  2. gabstok says

    I find it interesting that you consider the length of the front sight of the TFOs to reduce the sight radius. Where exactly do you measure to at the front sight to determine sight radius? The TFO front sight is a three dimensional object that is reduced to two dimensions when viewed through the rear sight. The the height and width of the front sight are constant throughout it’s length. I am of the opinion that by aligning the rear of the front sight (the close end with the green dot), you are effectively aligning the front of the front sight (the far end) thus achieving the full length of the sight radius. I would be glad to hear your thoughts.

    • says

      The focal length of your eyes is the front face of your sight when you have a hard front sight focus. IF you want to assume it is a 3D object the front sight would be constantly changing width.

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