Night sights versus stock sights?
Over the past few years, there has been considerable bantering about the legal ramifications of having night sights (be it Tritium or fiber optic sights) installed on your handgun, should that weapon be used in a defensive shooting.
The contention by the legal crowd is that if a citizen installs night sights on his or her defensive handgun, he or she MUST be planning of using that handgun in a situation where the ambient light is too low to easily ‘acquire’ the standard sights … AND that if the ambient light is too low for standard sights, OBVIOUSLY it is too low to adequately identify the target. That’s the lawyers speaking.
Here are my thoughts … take them at face value.A) they are correct … I ABSOLUTELY plan to use my defensive handgun in low light situations, should the need arise, and B) One word for you, folks … FLASHLIGHT. The legal crowd may not be in tune with the current progress of lighting devices available, but there is a handsome array of tactical lights on the market, any number of which would be a fine accessory to your carry weapon of choice. In the event of a low light mugging attempt (not that muggers would not have the common courtesy to assault you in broad daylight so that you can use your ‘lawyer friendly’ sights) one can simply use a tactical light in your weak hand, with your carry weapon of choice in your strong hand … and voila! The soon-to-be corpse is illuminated as if it were daylight!
Sadly, the flashlight shines in FRONT of the pistol that you are holding in your strong hand, and those pesky ‘lawyer friendly sights’ are difficult to acquire (hmmm … sort of reverse logic from the legal crowd’s thinking). Now couple your Tactical Light with a set of Tritium night sights (I prefer a red front sight and green rears … put the red dot on the scumbag and squeeeeeze) and we have a nicely illuminated thug who is just screaming for a toe-tag, and nicely acquired sights on the pistol so that we can responsibly rid society of a two legged rodent.
In short … I think a case can easily be made that it is irresponsible to NOT have night sights on your carry weapon … just make sure you purchase a nice Tactical Light to complete the ensemble!