Putting a new spin on 3-dot technology can make you a safer home defender.
Whether you’re concerned about self-defense inside or outside your home, you know that poor lighting conditions will probably be part of any armed encounter…which is why 3-dot tritium night sights have long been a popular choice. Over time, the folks at XS Sight Systems have identified three common problems with 3-dot sights that armed defenders face…and that’s the inspiration behind their just-released RAM Night Sights.
The three common problems that XS Sights’ engineers are fixing with the RAM (radioactive material) night sights aren’t really problems with sights per se, but with how the human eye interacts with light and how that changes under stress. First, some people can confuse the front dot with one of the rear sight dots under stress. So the brightly colored Ember Glow Dot in the RAM front sight is a much brighter color, which differentiates the front dot from the two rear dots.
Secondly, some armed defenders experience tight sight pictures with their traditional 3-dot sights. That’s why RAM Night Sights use a notch that is 15% wider than the front sight, allowing more visible light around the front sight. This makes it easier to see the front sight in changing light conditions and when shooting on the move, aiding in sight alignment and increasing accuracy.
Finally, some sighting systems have the 2-dot tritium rear sight glowing brighter than the front sight, which draws the eyes to the wrong sight. Therefore, the new RAM sight features an Ember Glow Dot front sight that’s much brighter than the rear tritium lamps. have a traditional 3-dot tritium, notch and post sight picture. The rear sight is blacked out to increase contrast against the front sight, which is available in bright orange or green. The Ember Glow Dot front sight, which is technology exclusive to XS Sights, absorbs ambient light and glows in low light. The front tritium lamp in the RAM sight charges the Ember Glow Dot, making the front sight glow brighter than the rear, keeping one’s focus down range.
“Our high-performance night sights are purpose driven tools fine-tuned for Law Enforcement use,” said Zack Kinsley, Marketing Manager for XS Sights. “Having our own tritium license has significantly strengthened our capabilities. We now test and use raw materials we didn’t have prior access to, resulting in broader and more advanced product offerings that ensure front sight visibility at all times.”
Other key features include a rear sight overhang that reduces glare in bright light for greater sight definition. The anti-reflective rear tritium lenses also reduce glare in daylight while increasing contrast against the front sight. RAM sights also have a rear sight ledge to aid in one-handed slide manipulations.
As for color choice, the orange front sight contrasts best in bright light and the green glows best in low light; however, people see color differently and eyesight issues can affect which color performs best for each individual.
The steel RAM Night Sights are extremely durable and easy to install by hand or with a sight pusher tool. All tritium sights from XS are backed by a 10-year, No-Questions-Asked Warranty. Front blade width is 0.145” (3.68 mm) and the notch width is 0.170” (4.32 mm). While height varies by model, all models fit standard holster options.
The MSRP is $100 to $120 depending on the model–but for the next month, you can win a RAM 3-Dot sight (along with a Desert Eagle .50-cal pistol, a thousand rounds of ammo, and lots of other awesome goodies) with our Great SHOT II Guns & Gear Giveaway! Click here to enter.
For more information on XS Sights, visit xssights.com.