Chances are that if you ever need to use your handgun for self-defense, it’ll happen after sundown…and that’s why one of the first things a savvy handgunner does with his or her defensive pistol is update the sights into something easy to use in low-light conditions. For some armed citizens, that means a weapon-mounted light, but some of us don’t want the bulk or extra battery worries. That’s where XS Sights‘ sighting systems really shine (if you’ll pardon the pun), and today they’ve announced their popular second-generation DXT2 Night Sights are now available for even more guns than before, as well as a non-tritium rear option in the new DXW2 Night Sights for Glock, SIG SAUER, Smith & Wesson, and other select pistol models.
The front sights of all new products feature tritium in the center surrounded by XS’s photoluminescent Glow Dot technology. DXT2 Night Sights have tritium in the rear, which provides the brightest indexing point for sight alignment in low light. The DXW2 Night Sights have a white-stripe rear, which reflects light to offer an excellent, bright-light sight picture and provides more affordability for the set. The Big Dot variants are offered in Optic Yellow or Optic Orange while the Standard Dots come in green. All front sights feature tritium surrounded by XS’s photoluminescent Glow Dot technology.
What’s the difference among these colors for you, the shooter? Optic Yellow is the best option for low light and has the brightest glow intensity. Primarily based on the white light spectrum, Optic Yellow is very reflective and will excite the dot’s photoluminescent properties faster than any other color. The increased surface area of the convex dot increases light absorption, intensifying the charge of the dot’s glow properties, making this a great low-light choice. Optic Orange is based primarily on yellow with a hint of red to ensure visibility in low light when uncharged. The increased surface area of the convex dot increases light absorption, intensifying the charge of the glow properties of the dot. Orange is the preferred bright-light choice of many XS customers.
What about green? Green is XS Sights’ “bridge color” for the Standard Dot sights. It glows well in low light and offers vibrant, bright-light sight indexing. This color performs well on the smaller-sized Standard Dot and still manages to focus the shooter’s attention, in any light. While there are scientific reasons these specific colors excel in certain light, many times, the choice comes down to personal preference and which color an individual’s eye sees best.
Dot size can also make a big difference.S ized at .188″ and positioned for defensive shooters, Big Dot front sights are an excellent option for EDC guns or shooters who have vision difficulty and struggle to see their sights. The Big Dots provide the biggest front sight on the market.
XS Systems also has optics for your suppressed handgun! All XS Red Dot Optics (RDO)/Suppressor-Height sets are lower 1/3 co-witnessed for Glock 9mm MOS pistols equipped with a Trijicon RMR or Holosun 507C. The lower 1/3 co-witness minimizes the amount of space the front sight takes up in the optic’s window. XS’s durability and color options allow for greater flexibility and confidence when using suppressor heights as back-up iron sights for RDO.
Naturally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that right now, you can a set of XS Sights as part of both the “Bug In” package in our Bug In or Bug Out $5.5K Guns & Gear Giveaway! The giveaway runs through July 12, and you can enter it by clicking here. Here’s wishing you the best of luck from all of us at Guns & Gadgets Daily!