What should be one of the first handgun sight upgrades you should do to your pistol? Accuracy is key when shooting of course! If you are unable to see your sights you will have a difficult time having any accuracy. Changing out your factory iron sights on your pistol or handgun with something brighter, larger, or easier to see is one of the first upgrades we see people make to their handguns. Pistol sight upgrades are an easy way to increase accuracy, especially in low light situations.
By doing a simple handgun sight upgrade you may be able to get on target more quickly, increase your accuracy, and more. Not to mention the better look of your gun!
Almost any brand of pistol or handgun can be upgraded with sights from brands like Truglo, Ameriglo, Sig Sauer, Trijicon, XS Sights, Zev, and many others. Most of these sights can be found in our store at Destination Tactical or on our eBay store.
Truglo specializes in fiber-optic sights which are bright, easy to see, and don’t obscure your field of view. Their motto is “TRUGLO – When Brightness Counts”. There are different categories of their sights depending on their use.
For daytime use where brightness and accuracy is key for competitive shooting the FIBER-OPTIC Pro is your best solution. This is Truglo’s brightest handgun sight upgrade that reflects light into a channel to push the most light into the fiber optic.
If you are not competitive shooting but want a reliable, long lasting sight upgrade we recommend the standard FIBER_OPTIC sights for your build.
For night time or low light situations TRITIUM is the way to go! TRITIUM PRO sights by TRUGLO are the brightest sights in the world and glow for 12 years without needing any light exposure. No batteries, service, special treatment, or anything extra is needed. The Standard TRITIUM sights have a few differences in features from the PRO models but still keep their brightness for 12 years and also have the 12 year warranty.
If you want the best of both worlds, check out TFX™ and TFX PRO. These are a great handgun sight upgrade that combines a fiber-optic and a tritium vial in a patented capsule design to create a sight that is bright at night, and increases in brightness when exposed to more light. TFX PRO is the leading edge of tactical handgun sight design.
AMERIGLO is a great handgun sight upgrade option. They are committed to manufacturing the highest quality tritium, painted dot, fiber rod, and custom OEM iron sights for the modern hand-gunner. With the largest selection of set options for leading firearm brands, AMERIGLO brings a clear advantage to your shooting experience on and off the range. Check out our selection of AMERIGLO SIGHTS HERE
XS Sights is a reputable brand that specializes in producing high-quality firearm sights and accessories. They are well-known for their innovative and durable sights designed to improve target acquisition and accuracy. XS Sights offers a variety of sight options for different firearms, including pistols, rifles, and shotguns.
One of their popular products is the XS Big Dot sights, which feature a large, easy-to-see front sight with a tritium dot for low-light visibility and a shallow V-notch rear sight. This configuration helps with fast sight acquisition, making it particularly useful for self-defense and close-quarters shooting.
XS Sights also offers other sight options like the DXT2, F8, and RAM (Radioactive Material) Night Sights, each catering to different preferences and shooting needs.
Keep in mind that product offerings and availability may change over time, so it’s always best to visit the XS Sights website or check with reputable firearm accessory retailers for the most up-to-date information on their product lineup.
ZEV Technologies sights are known for their precision machining, durability, and improved sight picture. Zev sights are primarily for Glock branded pistols. Some of the features you might find in ZEV sights include:
- Fiber Optic or Tritium Inserts: ZEV sights may come with bright and highly visible fiber optic rods or tritium inserts for low-light shooting conditions.
- Wide Notch and Front Blade: Their sights often have a wide rear notch and front blade to allow for quicker target acquisition and improved accuracy.
- Co-Witness Capability: Some ZEV sights are designed to co-witness with mini red dot sights, providing an additional aiming option.
- Precision Machining: ZEV Technologies prides itself on its precise manufacturing processes, resulting in tight tolerances and a secure fit on Glock slides.
- Different Heights and Colors: They offer sights in various heights and color combinations to cater to individual shooter preferences.
Installing a pistol sight can vary depending on the type of sight and the specific model of your pistol. Here are general steps to guide you through the process:
Note: Before attempting to install any firearm accessory, make sure the firearm is unloaded, and follow all safety procedures. If you’re unsure about the installation process, it’s always best to consult a professional gunsmith.
Tools you might need:
- Appropriate screwdrivers or Allen wrenches for your specific sight.
- Thread locker (optional but recommended to prevent screws from loosening during use).
- Sight Pusher Tool
Steps to install a pistol sight:
- Gather the necessary tools and ensure the firearm is unloaded and safe.
- If your pistol already has a rear sight or a dovetail cut for a sight, you’ll need to remove it. Refer to your pistol’s manual or consult online resources for specific instructions on removing the existing sight.
- Check the new sight’s compatibility with your pistol model. Ensure it’s the correct sight for your gun and that it fits properly.
- Clean the mounting area on the pistol to remove any dirt, debris, or oil. A clean surface will ensure a secure fit for the new sight.
- If the sight comes with screws, apply a small amount of thread locker to the threads to prevent them from loosening over time.
- Carefully position the new sight in the appropriate dovetail or mounting slot on your pistol.
- For dovetail sights: Gently tap the sight into place using a sight pusher tool or a soft-faced hammer and a sight drift punch. Be careful not to mar or damage the sight or the pistol’s slide during this process.
- For screw-mounted sights: Insert the screws into the pre-drilled holes on the sight and align them with the corresponding holes on the slide. Slowly tighten the screws evenly, making sure not to over-torque them.
- Double-check the alignment and positioning of the sight to ensure it’s centered and properly seated.
- Once the sight is securely installed, check for any movement or play. The sight should be stable and not move under pressure.
- Take your pistol to the range and test the new sight to ensure it’s zeroed correctly. Make any necessary adjustments to align your point of impact with the point of aim.
Remember, the installation process may vary depending on the specific sight and pistol you are using. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your sight and your pistol model, and if you’re unsure about the process, seek assistance from a professional gunsmith.