Morning sports fans! Today on assaulter arts and crafts hour, we are going to perform sight surgery on my new Glock. As you can see, that Glock just received a badass “Captain America” Cerakote job from my friends over at Ops Armory, and the project needs a set of badass sights to top it off.
I chose the new Trijicon HD XR Night Sights. I saw these at SHOT Show last year, and I have been waiting for an excuse to buy a set. Trijicon has long been a leader in tritium sights, and the new HD XR models are a great upgrade from previous generations. The front sight is thinner by a margin and the tritium dot is bigger. Absolutely worth taking a look at. They’ll run you about $120.
Also, new this week, I finally broke down and bought a sight pusher. You can install Glock sights with a hammer and punch in a pinch, but it is not for the faint-hearted. A real sight tool is much easier, and safer for your gun and sights.
I went with the Wheeler Engineering Armorer’s Handgun Sight Tool. At $229 MSRP, it is an investment. But it covers your M&P, Glock, 1911 and many other handguns. You only have to buy it once, and you can earn that money back in free beer from your friends in short order.
This particular exercise doesn’t translate well on paper, so I recommend you watch the video (see above). Why would you need to install your own sights? Well, why not? You don’t need to become a total gun nerd to want to modify and/or improve your firearms.
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Plus, sights do drift on occasion and they can fall off. Glock factory sights are a bad joke, so you are going to want to replace those one day, anyway. And don’t forget, tritium starts to go dim after 10 years. If you’re like me, you have been carrying the same pistol for a decade. Time for an upgrade!
This is not a hard process, I am far from a machinist. But it is a skill every gun owner should develop. Grab your notepad and a pencil. We are off to the races!