Top Sights for Your Glock
Standard factory Glock sights have changed from the classic three-dot white sights to a white front sight with a solid white rear sight. This is certainly an improvement over the old three-dot design but still doesn’t quite get the job done for many shooters. Some models can be upgraded from the factory with night sights but odds are you might want to choose your own aftermarket sights (you wouldn’t be alone in that desire). Fortunately, there are practically endless options on the market for your Glock.
This roundup includes a few of our favorite sights and explains what those specific parts can do to enhance your Glock gun game. Interested in upgrading your Glock? Keep reading.
A Sight by Any Other Name
There are quite a few options out there for upgrading your Glock sights, so how do you know which one to choose?
The first thing to consider is what task your gun needs to perform. Are you going to be using it in low light/no light? Do you need sights to work with a suppressor? How good is your vision, could you use a little boost for size and visibility?
Sights have changed a lot over the years—all for the better—and there is definitely something out there that will fit your needs. Night sights, suppressor-height sights, front sights in orange, green, or white – the possibilities are endless.
XS Sights DXT2 Big Dot Orange Sights
XS Sights DXT2 Big Dot Orange Sights are tritium night sights designed for high visibility and an easier-to-obtain sight picture thanks to the large size of the front sight post.
These sights are made with a V-notch rear sight and bright, high-contrast, big dot front sight so you can see them in all levels of light. The front sight is vivid and glows clearly thanks to a patent-pending design from the manufacturer. The outside diameter of the oversized front dot is 0.188 inches and it is, as the name suggests, round rather than a slim, harder-to-see straight post.
Features include the front convex photoluminescent dot, both front and rear sights being tritium powered, and a bold white sight ledge in the rear. XS Sights CNC machines their sights from steel bar stock for durability and the ability to withstand impacts. These sights come with a 10 year, no-questions-asked warranty. They fit Gen 1 through Gen 5 Glocks.
It’s easy to install the DXT2 Big Sot Orange Sights, too. The sights ship with a simple tool that helps you remove the Glock’s existing front sight post and you can find the easy-to-understand installation instructions on the XS Sights website.
Wilson Combat U-Notch Rear Battlesight
There’s a good reason to update your rear sight with the Wilson Combat U-Notch Rear Battlesight: target acquisition.
One of the issues with the old white three-dot style of Glock sights was difficulty in acquiring the front sight for accurate shots. There are a few ways to remedy that problem such as changing the rear sight to a white line rather than dots or, as Wilson Combat has done, completely blacking it out. A black rear sight contrasts brilliantly with a white or colored front sight and the wide notch makes it even easier to line up your sights, which improves your shooting.
The u-shaped notch on the Wilson Combat rear battlesight is 0.145 inches wide and cut deep for drastically improved visibility even in low-light conditions. It’s a concave, serrated sight held in place with a pair of set screws which is excellent because it means it cannot be knocked loose by impact or recoil.
Wilson Combat also created this rear sight with a shelf shape for one-handed cycling. Having a high-quality rear sight matters whether you’re a competition shooter, focused on self-defense, or plinking at the range.
This rear sight is not compatible with the factory Glock MOS slide.
Trijicon Bright and Tough Suppressor Sights
If you plan to use a suppressor on your Glock you’ll quickly discover standard sights are too low for a good sight picture when the suppressor is on the gun.
Suppressor-height sights like these from Trijicon are a must for proper target acquisition and visibility when using suppressors. Trijicon lists the sights’ dimensions as having a front blade width of 0.144 inches and front height of 0.365 inches, a rear notch width of 0.15 inches and a rear blade height of 0.361 inches, and an overall rear height of 0.451 inches. Adding in the tritium for stellar performance in the dark makes these sights an excellent, versatile choice.
Trijicon Bright and Tough Suppressor Sights are available in different color combinations; these particular sights are technically three-dot sights but have black-outlined, tritium rear sights and a white-outlined, green tritium front sight. This combination gives you a blacked-out rear sight in daylight that glows green in low-light and no-light situations. These are iron sights with the tritium pieces held in aluminum and cushioned by silicone rubber. They’re designed for incredible longevity and incredible impact-resistance.
Glass lamps within the sights are tritium phosphor-filled so they emit a brilliant glow with no need for batteries. Trijicon is known for manufacturing some of the highest-quality night sights on the market and these Bright and Tough Suppressor Sights prove their reputation is well-deserved.
TruGlo Fiber-Optic Pro
Fiber-optic sights like these TruGlo Fiber-Optic Pros are fantastic for rapid target acquisition and enhanced visibility during daylight hours. They’re also bright enough to visualize and acquire in low-light.
TruGlo designed these for both competition and self-defense use. The brightness of the front fiber-optic comes from a patented light-reflecting design that redirects available light. This contrasts well with the blacked-out rear sight, drawing your eye naturally to the vivid front sight. The faces of both the front and rear sights are serrated to reduce glare and they have nitride finishes for superior resistance to wear.
TruGlo ships their Fiber-Optic Pro sights with a trio of 0.050-inch diameter spare fiber inserts in yellow, ruby red, and green. Reflector tape is also included. Sights are CNC-machined for precise dimensions, assembled in the USA, and made to last. These sights are a solid option for shooters looking to up their gun game at an affordable price. Don’t settle for factory white-painted sights. You might be surprised what a difference fiber-optics make.
Wilson Combat Front Sight Cover Plate
This is a somewhat different sight-related product with a specific purpose. The Wilson Combat Front Sight Cover Plate is made for use with a Red Dot Sight (RDS), which is a sight choice that’s gained significant popularity in recent years.
Red dots are useful for competition and self-defense shooting and are, in fact, great for use on your carry gun. Wilson Combat created this Front Sight Cover Plate to replace the existing front sight on your Glock, whether factory or aftermarket, turning it into a low-profile, blacked-out placeholder while you’re utilizing an RDS.
The Wilson Combat Front Sight Cover Plate is flat black and has a Parkerized finish to resist scratches and wear and tear. It’s easy to swap front sight posts using the Wilson Combat Front Sight Tool which has a steel shaft and extended hex shape.
If you’re wondering why you’d bother to remove your current front sight only to replace it with a small, low plate, the answer is easy. By removing the higher, brightly marked front sight it’s going to be easier for you to visualize your target because it’s free of distractions. Use of a cover plate grants you an unobstructed field of vision.
Aftermarket changes such as this complement other alterations and give you an edge on the range. As a dedicated shooter you should always be focused on gaining new skills and improving existing skillsets. Even seemingly small changes can make quite a difference.
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Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.