Whether it’s self-defense, hunting or target practice, being able to see your sights is a very good thing. For about twelve bucks, Nitesiters provides an excellent way to update your existing white dot sights or to even add sights to a gun which doesn’t have sight markings.
The Taurus TCP .380 pocket pistol, for example, has crude metal sights which are adequate for up close and personal encounters where you’re firing quickly by instinct and don’t really need them. But adding a couple of white dot Nitesiters gives you an advantage when you have time to bring the gun to eye level. In a gun fight, you should have every advantage you can get.
Nitesiters offer the additional benefit of being photo luminescent, which means that, when charged by exposure to ultraviolet light in sunlight or artificial light, they will glow in the dark for several hours. They’re not self-luminous like Tritium sights, so that’s something to consider, but are actually brighter when charged. It takes five to ten minutes of exposure to sunlight to charge the sights. With a small ultraviolet flashlight, also available from Nitesiters, the sites can be charged in seconds without ruining your night vision. For home defense, the Nitesiters and a UV flashlight are a good combination. Store them together and it will only take you five to ten seconds to be prepared.
If you need night sights immediately, however, such as with a concealed carry gun, the self luminescent sights are superior. Although the Nitesiters remain visible in the dark for several hours, they just don’t retain their luminescence long enough for all day or all night concealed carry.
When ordering from Nitesiters, you’ll receive a padded envelope containing everything you need. There will be eight dots on a plastic backer, a razor blade for removing the dots from the backer, an alcohol pad, q-tips, additional adhesive, and a couple of toothpicks, blunt on one end.
You can use a gun vise if you have one or just hold your gun between your knees. (Do I need to say that it’s easier if you’re sitting down?) Be sure to clean any gun oil or dust from where you’ll be attaching the dots if you want them to stay there. They have a good adhesive that sticks to existing white dots, to flat or curved surfaces, and will even stick to a serrated front blade, although you’ll probably need to use some clear adhesive from the enclosed tube to ensure that they don’t come off.
The procedure is to slide the razor edge under the dot you’re installing to remove it from the backer, they come off readily, and to stick the edge of the dot to the edge of the spot where you want it. Use the toothpick to hold the dot as you remove the razor from under it, and to lightly stick it in position. If you don’t apply too much pressure, they’re easy to move to get exactly where you want them. When you’re satisfied, press down firmly with your finger or use the toothpick to get them into any hollows.
I’ve used Nitesiters on a Walther P99 with daytime white dots, a Taurus TCP with no sight markings, a Ruger .44 magnum revolver with daytime adjustable sights, and on the front bead of a Remington 870 shotgun. With considerable use and many draws and re-holsters of the handguns, only one has come off and was easily reattached with the included glue. I probably didn’t clean the front blade adequately, something to keep in mind when you’re preparing your sights with the enclosed alcohol wipe.
Nitesiters also offers larger white dots which are an improvement, day or night, for some of us with older eyes. You can even get the dots in several colors to make them more visible and to customize the layout of your gun’s sights. They come in red, orange, green and yellow.
You’ll find more information on how they work and on their product line at www.nitesiters.com.