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.
I have a sig P226 the site dots or too small can I get optic stick on sites where do I go order in how much? I await your response thank you .
The well-thought out “kit” was worth the price for me, as I like smart products. Now if someone can offer tips on what pattern would be most useful on my 1980s era Gold Cup with adjustable rear Eliason? sight. I have the kit with both dots and bars. I have “veteran” eyes nowadays and so look through my no-lines and have either the back sights in focus, or the front sight, or the target.
They don’t stay bright long at all and my phone and email messages to them asking questions remain unanswered. Not a replacement for tritium night sights and not worth the price they are asking imo.
I’m sorry to hear that they’re not working out for you. I’m happy to replace them or refund your money. Sorry if I missed your email, it must have gotten into the spam folder.
The Nitesiters is just what I need. I live in Vancouver,Washington I would like to now how I can get one
the link to their website.
Thanks for the awesome review!! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that people like you take the time to put something like this together. Im impressed. I’d like to extend a discount of 10% from this very well done review. Just use the coupon code ‘nitesiters’ when you place your order.
Once again, thank you!
Granted you shouldn’t go shining a 120 lumen Surefire all over the place when on a night op, but if you were smart about it, you could use a small Proton UV light on your keychain to recharge these Nightsiters. I don’t have these Nightsiters yet, but I do have two 1911s with Trij sites and there are times where I wish they didn’t glow as bright. In this day and age even the enemy has night vision capabilities. So the ability of these sites to be charged up and used as needed, and then fade at a consistent rate, (which aids your concealment) makes them ideal for certain night ops. Everyone will of course have their preference…but I can surely see the usefulness of this product. great job NiteSighters!
Well I own tritium sights for my Glock & AK. I’m going the cheapo route to add these to the other guns in my collection. Yes, tritium sights are expensive, but they do glow no matter what. Bad thing about tritium though is you can see it at 50 yards with no NV, and a long long ways with NV. I’ve never been a big proponent of using lights in a tactical situation, so charging them (these dots) may be an issue. Something about blasting a light around when somebody is trying to kill you in the dark doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
I don’t know about entering the “Golden” years, because everything looks dull to me. I’ve left open sights on my long guns some years back going with scopes instead and I’ve been itching for the newer “glow” sights that are available for my handguns but they are so dog gone expensive. Now with these being available at a price that’s doable, I’m game. The very least they’ll add some color to my sights.
I paid $140. a couple years ago,to get night sites on a Springfield XD9. Shortly after doing so,Nitesiters came on the sene,
Of cource I had to have this new product,only available in white bacl then. Cannot say enough about Nitesiters, They have
replaced all my painted posts & are very fast to acqusion. Makes my weekly shooting better. Keep up the good work,
Andy Ramult, Dover DE.
I’ve used this on a Kel-Tec PF9 – great way to enhance the sights. Just a word of clarification – they do not stay illuminated very long, but a good 120 lumen or higher light will charge them right up for you.
great idea..and sounds almost foolproof..i’m impressed, especially by the price………..tt
AS WE ENTER OUR GOLDEN YEARS. IT TAKES TIME FOR OUR EYES TO ADJUST. WHO HAS TIME WHEN IN NEED. YOU ARE GREAT YOU HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. CAN’T WAIT TO BE SAFE AGAIN. MR. LUCIER