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Colleene Answers Questions (Ep. 44): Best Sights for Quick Aquisition?

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Colleene Answers Questions is a new series of videos intended to address both common and directly asked questions from viewers and those who frequent my Keeping the Piece Facebook page. Some questions may come from the comment sections on other videos. If you would like to ask me a question, please comment below or stop by the Facebook and post one there.

Today's question comes from Brian B. here on YouTube. He asks what type of sights are the easiest and quickest to acquire. This is a great question, and I wish I could give you a definitive answer. However, this is really a personal preference as each person's eyes may react differently to any given type of handgun sights. My eyes love straight eight sights, and prefer a narrow front sight post. I love tritium at night, but think it's pretty worthless in the day. That's my personal preference, but you might disagree if you try these things. In today's video, I'll show you a few variations in sights that I have available from my personal collection, then a few pictures of other kinds. I hope this helps you to pick what is best for your eyes.


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Texas BEAST . 2020-02-23
Hi-viz tritium-fiber optic 3-dots work well for me. The FO is great in daylight, and the tritium helps in indirect and lowlight. The front has a white ring around the FO.

You have the option of buying them with different colors for the front and rears, which really makes the front pop. I like green front, orange rears: maximum contrast. (Tru-Glo's green and yellow mix don't contrast against each other nearly as much.)

But I wish the notch was bigger. The front post nearly fills the notch when the gun is held at full arm's length.

I like the idea of the XD 2-dot (dot-and-bar) setup because of the increased visibility of the target, but the tiny tritium vials alone don't pop for my eyes as well against most backgrounds as a mixture of colors do. When the sights are overwhelmingly black, my eyes tend to cross. The contrasting colors break out of the blur best for me.
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tom parker . 2020-02-15
I think with those sights your perception of the front or rear sight focusing on either of the sights even @ the same time could result in high or low shots. Granted close range but in vital zones?
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Michael Carter . 2020-01-23
I love the Ameriglo I dot pro sights. And my eyes are not good. Great video.
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N P . 2019-09-02
That was a very informative video. The way you showcased sights was perfect
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Gumbo ThunderEagle . 2019-05-28
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Douglas Williams . 2019-03-05
Nice video help me I'm a green horn the Glock 26 gen 3. ? What is the answer for a quality' steel sights
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Scott Crafton . 2019-02-13
I too shoot straight 8 on my duty weapon and like you said, tritium is useless in daylight, but I've taken a white paint pen and painted the top 2 groves, above the tritium dot and it's made a huge difference in seeing the tip of the sight and has made a huge difference in my score at qualifying.
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Cheezburger 61 . 2019-01-21
XS big dots are #1 for quick acquistion.
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Rawkem Sawkem . 2018-12-15
Ya.... advice from women? No thanks
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douglas salley . 2018-11-07
Since this video is two years old, I'm sure you've checked out XS Big Dots. There' "big Dots, small dots, low light and night sights avalable They bhave a "learning curve" just as any non standard sights. I'm still in my "learning curve" but already have improved better then I was, but would get better.
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tacbear . 2018-10-03
Over my 30 years as a SWAT Instructor/Asst. Team Leader/ Member/Sniper I have tried all of those you showed plus maybe 20 more types of sights. ALL of my handguns that don't have Red Dot sights...have TRU GLO TFX sights! Every SWAT school I teach I let all my students try my Tru Glo's and almost every student prefers them over their iron sights. Also I have a few Seal Team/Delta friends that have changed to TRU GLO's!!
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frank frank . 2018-08-27
New carriers, anyone who attacks you will probably be a drunk or a mugger. You'll never see it comming. If you do get a gun on them do you really want to shoot to kill? Which means you'll be attacked again, by our legal system...and bankrupted by the lawyer you picked. A tiny, loud .25 will put a tiny hole in a body that burns and causes excruciating pain (would you like more than one deep pencil stab?). Another method is pepper gel. Nothing alive on earth can function with cayenne pepper in their eyes. And it's legal...even in illinois. Go figure.
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Adam Atlas . 2018-08-14
delta 1
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NebulousCat . 2018-06-14
Ameriglo Pro-IDOT For Glock 17/19 Orange is my current favorite.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YY2T4I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Jabo . 2018-06-08
Nice video, very educative.
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Stanley Post . 2018-05-19
Change your ideas: welcome to the 21rst Century=> I saw an extensive review of Laser Sights in a combat-training book; the recoil-spring replacement style are very inaccurate; the Picetiny-Rail type are slow to power up; they recommended the Crimson Trace Laser Grips: With the switch on the front of the grip: they'er FAST.... you just point the gun like a flashlight; the dot is your target... no Front or Rear sight to FIND, no ALIGNMENT ISSUES, JUST POINT AND SHOOT.. Far superior for me with my Tri-Focals!! Also your FIELD-OF-VIEW is on the TARGET without concentrating on your closeup sights. Using these in my State's Firearm's Qualifications I am best one there. Even in broad daylight the Laser is visible. Quick, visible, accurate; I don't see any drawbacks!! Unlike the Rail-mount sights these work with ANY HOLSTER! ALSO, just for you, USE MODERN Night Sights; the ones with the white-ring around the Tritium Dot FOR DAYTIME VISIBILITY.... I've had these for 8 years, IS YOUR VIDEO REALLY OLDER THAN THAT??? Do you really HATE-NIGHT-SIGHTS??? WHY??? LOL
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STEPHEN MARTINI . 2018-03-19
I love your video but please use a picture of something else that isn't so busy because you're trying to convey sight acquisition but the viewer see's the picture first, instead of the sights. Nice info, though.
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M Ja . 2018-03-18
Itโ€™s really personal preference. I like the stock Glock sight. Youโ€™re right about trijicon disappearing during daylight. I only find it useful at night. Unless I work that hours then maybe Iโ€™ll consider it with my duty weapon.
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Doran Jaffas . 2018-02-27
Fiber optic and for low light a Crimson Trace laser.
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Evil Opti Z . 2018-02-18
My XS Big Dot 24/7 sights have the tritium inserts front and back with a white outline for daytime. The rear sight post gives more ability to see your surroundings and don't get in the way. Just dot the i and you're good to go.
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a zed . 2018-01-13
What brand is the 5th set of sights,the ones with the orange front and plain tritium rear?
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Jameson Cross . 2017-12-30
How about XS big dot seem the best on a carry gun you need to aquire a target. In close under stress I'm not even sure you will use the sights. I think you will just shoot at whatever you are focused on naturally.
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sour mash . 2017-12-22
ps.but only on the front blade,with red fiber optic.i go with white dots for the rear.
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sour mash . 2017-12-22
i like red fiber optic,it works the best for me.
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frozenstein . 2017-11-25
hot af
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Jack G . 2017-11-24
I'm a little confused. How do the straight 8's line up horizontally at night? Since the rear vial is not even with front vial, how do you know your front and rear sight posts are lined up horizontally? I am accustomed to making sure my 3 dots are even with one another so perhaps that's why I find this straight 8 concept confusing. Thanks!
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pro-self-offense . 2017-10-12
Big dot alllllllll day.
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Marrt . 2017-09-29
Steyr M sights are triangle shaped, ever tried that?
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J RANDO . 2017-09-23
Try this video for some different sights https://youtu.be/F8YaOJtNlBo
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J RANDO . 2017-09-23
Good job!
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Hans Blitz . 2017-09-09
I want to fuck the target.
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ARMORER1911 . 2017-08-30
It sounds to me like Henie Straight Eights is what your Shield needs. For me, Trijicon HD (Yellow) would do it. I have installed plenty of Ameriglo I-Dot Pro (Yellow Front) on coworkers Shields.
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MrGalaxxy9 . 2017-08-26
maybe you have the gold of Solomon... my range charges real money to rent their guns. which boils down to the only information you're giving me is rent guns, see what you like?!?!. how about f you and, your useless information.
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Bruno Presotto . 2017-08-21
XS Big Dot
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JC Collins . 2017-07-27
get the tru glow sights for day and night time there brighter than the sun
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Nidgehogg dragon . 2017-06-30
I try different sights on different firearms. I like the new cap sights. line on rear and square on the front.
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Barry Newman . 2017-06-21
XS Big Dot you did not even mention.
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Craig Carper . 2017-04-18
What is a straight eight sight Colleene mentioned in the video?
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Marie Huff . 2017-04-16
Jerry mckee
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Zack Beal . 2017-04-12
The answer to this question is XS Big Dots. personal preference is what you like not what works best. Most people's eyes work like most people's eyes. Your eyes will focus easier on larger objects that have the most contrast is XS Big Dots.
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Down Range USA . 2017-04-04
Look at XS Sights Standard or there big dots. Fast targeting No more leveling sight in a square box you just dot the i. Trust me for me with vision starting to go they work great for speed and visibility.
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Michael Adams . 2017-03-21
Have you looked at Dead Ringer's Snake Eyes? You have the option of fiber optic, or Tritium. The Tritium sights are still very visible during the day, but in hindsight (I went with Tritium) the fiber optic is the better choice. They are all steel (one handed operation), ghost ring (quick acquisition of front sight), with 4 small pointers in ghost ring (precision alignment, time permitting). They are an excellent upgrade of any factory sight, (especially Glock), & can be found for as little as $60 a set.
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Michael Adams . 2017-03-21
Have you looked at Dead Ringer's Snake Eyes? You have the option of fiber optic or Tritium (I went with Tritium, & in hindsight fiber optic would have been the better choice overall). They are of steel construction, (so they can aid in one-handed operation), your eye is drawn to the front post through the ghost ring (fast target acquisition), & the 4 pointers of the ghost ring can help center the front post (precision shot placement when time permits). They are a huge improvement over many factory sights (especially Glock), & a complete set can be found for as little as $60.
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Shawn . 2017-02-01
On your revolver.. I recommend you paint the back of the front sight Bright Orange or Yellow! Nail Polish works well and allows you to change or remove color faster than regular paint.
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1337fraggzb00N . 2017-01-03
What is your opinion on ghost rings?
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Robert Kelly . 2016-12-31
I have always preferred 3-dot white. I have straight 8s on one gun, and find it more complicated to align, because you have to make an 8, not using the two dots, but with an imaginary dot on your target (e.g., center of mass) and the front sight dot, then put the rear sight dot directly below it. On top of that you have to make sure your sight tops are leveled. (note this is how a heine tech once explained it to me) But with the 3-dot, I simply string the dots and put the center dot over the target point, its very natural. Then again, maybe I just have to get used to the straight 8 sights. So, my recommendation, go three dot. I also recommend they are all white, or at least the front is white, as it appears to be easier to focus on, but your milage may vary.
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Shotta Cle . 2016-12-18
Great video Colleen
I use HD triji con sights they're easy to acquire during the day and glow at night they're a bit expensive but are so worth it
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Seth Nicholls . 2016-12-04
Good advice!
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Wrath of Vaughn . 2016-10-15
You didn't even mention XS Big Dots. Every handgun I own either has those or Trijicon HD night sights. For 30 yards and closer it's hard to beat Big Dot sights in my opinion.
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R. McCullough . 2016-09-23
I luv the Ameriglo TCAP sight on my glock, the Pro i Dots are pretty good too, just my preference though
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