Your Glock 19 is one of the most popular concealed carry weapons for a reason. It’s affordable, comfortable to lug around, and it packs a powerful 15+1 capacity punch.
But when you’re trusting your life with a handgun, you don’t want it to simply be close to perfection – you want it to be flawless.
For a number of Glock 19 owners, this flawless design was interrupted by Glock’s OEM sights. It’s not that the factory sights were inherently bad, they just didn’t go above and beyond to improve accuracy, precision, and target acquisition.
The good news about owning a Glock 19 (or any Glock, really) is that you’ve got unlimited access to aftermarket parts that can improve your performance.
And for a gun like the G19, which was designed for concealed carry, you want sights that do a better job of attracting your attention than the OEM sights.
Today, we’re looking at some sights that will turn your compact pistol into a concealed carry masterpiece.
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Best Glock 19 Sights
Trijicon’s HD XR Night Sight set aims to maximize durability and target acquisition through its illuminated design, which is set up to immediately draw your eye to the front post.
Unlike some of the other night sight sets out there, the HD XR is heavy duty and able to withstand repetitive drawing without wearing down.
Also, sturdy aluminum cylinders built into the sight help protect the tritium-phosphor lamps from any damage that could happen while operating your gun.
Another great feature about the HD XR which sets it apart from some of Trijicon’s other iron sights is the narrow front post, which is .022 inches thinner than other sights.
While this doesn’t seem like a major change, it does help with making target acquisition faster by improving the shooter’s field of view.
In terms of functionality, the HD XR does everything that iron sights are supposed to do and then some.
Zeroing in on your target is as simple as lighting up the front dot between the two rear dots, which is made easier thanks to the brightly colored lamps built into the sight.
This attention-grabbing design makes it less likely for you to overlook the sights in a high-stress situation where your adrenaline’s pumping and you don’t have time to think before you react.
If you want to break away from the standard 3-dot sight picture, the DXT2 Big Dot is a great option.
As the name makes it sound — you use a big dot and set it on top of a vertical line, basically aiming using a lower case “i”.
For some, this can be much faster and more intuitive than trying to align 3-dots and check for spacing on either side.
Combine with the fact that these are Tritium night sights and are always visible, the DXT2 has some major pluses going for it.
Big, Tritium Night Sights, 3-dot system — the XS RAM Night Sights are simple but very effective.
There isn’t much to say about these since they are fairly straight forward, but that doesn’t mean they are’t awesome. These are some of our favorite.
One of the best-hidden features is what they call their Ember Glow Dot Technology. This is a cool set of words to mean that the front sight glows brighter than the rear.
A brighter front sight really helps draw your eye to it and keep you focused on where you should be and assists in accurate, fast shots while in less than ideal lighting conditions.
Add in a 10-year warranty and rock-solid construction, and the XS RAM speak for themselves.
Got a suppressor, RMR, or want a super easy to see orange front sight? Check out the new player to the field…Night Fision.
Prices accurate at time of writing
Prices accurate at time of writing
I got my hands on one in suppressor height that is super easy to acquire in the day-time and lights up bright in the dark.
Also co-witnesses with my Trijicon RMR so I’m a happy camper.
For a limited time only…Rainier Arms is offering 5% off and free shipping to Pew Pew Tactical fans on any Night Fision sight. Use coupon code “PEWPEW” (all caps) to get it now.
- Glock Night Sights (Factory, $75): 3 dot night sight that is so much better than the regular sights. These live on a lot of my home defense guns.
What’s your take on the OEM night sights?
- AmeriGlo Fiber Optic Sight ($36): the most cost-efficient way to venture into fiber optics…note only the front is fiber optic but still great on a budget.
- TruGlo TFX ($95): Tritium AND fiber optic for the best of both worlds.
Does Color Really Matter?
Bright, illuminated sights are better than your standard iron sights for the following reasons:
- They do a better job of attracting your eyes to the front sight, which is easy for the untrained shooter to forget to do in a high-adrenaline situation.
- They make it easier to see the target in a low-light setting.
- They prevent your sights from becoming hardily visible in low light.
But does it matter which color that you choose?
Some people claim that bright green is proven to attract your eye quicker than any other color. But in my experience, it’s the brightness draws my eye to the front sight – not the color. For me, it doesn’t matter what color my sights are as long as they’re bright enough to capture my attention when I’m aiming.
With that said, some people who use Trijicon sights like to have contrasting colors for their rear and front sights. Their rear sights might illuminate orange, whereas their front sight has a bright, green dot. The idea behind this is that the contrasting colors make it more likely for the shooter to focus on the front dot in the middle since it’s a different color than the rest.
Whether that works or not depends on the person.
As always, be sure to tell us about your favorite sights for your Glock 19 or any other concealed carry weapon that you’re toting around. Also, let us know what you think of Glock’s OEM sights, and if you’ve had the pleasure of playing around with a Gen5, what did you think of their upgraded sights?
And if you’re looking to purchase your first concealed carry gun and stumbled across here while doing your research, have a look at our comprehensive concealed carry guide covering holsters, guns, and other important facts regarding CCW.
Glock sights come on and off pretty easily…check out How to Install Glock Sights Without a Sight Tool. But for those that still want a tool (if you have other handguns besides Glock), take a look at our round-up of the Best Sight Pusher Tools.
What night sights do you run? What Glock? What other guns!? Let us know in the comments!