Tritium Night Sights - What Are They?
Fiber optic sights and tritium night lights give you two different tools for improving your long shooting abilities. Night sights are, quite simply, sights that work at night, using a small amount of power or battery power required to produce a bright dot on the target that you can view in darkness or low light. The basic idea behind night sights is to create a light source that you can aim at with your eye in total darkness. This helps you focus on the target without worrying about lighting sources getting in your way. It also allows you to see far away areas that would be otherwise difficult to see at night.
There are several different types of low-light sights that work with tritium technology. Some use a variety of LED lights to create a glow. Others use a combination of LED and daylight running through tubes to create the illumination that you need. Still, others use a low-power fluorescent bulb and tritium to create a brighter light. All of these have their advantages, but they also have some drawbacks.
One of the main drawbacks of using low-light tritium night sights is the lack of brightness. While a fiber-optic sight with a high level of intelligence can still be pretty helpful, it can take up to thirty minutes before you begin to notice a difference in the accuracy of your shot. This means that you have to time your shot to match the level of brightness provided by the sight. This makes aiming slightly off-target very possible, especially at nighttime. This also means that the brightness level may not be adequate for the task at hand: such as hunting.
A much more practical choice for hunting tritium night sights is to opt for low luminance fiber-optic sights. These sights operate using an infrared light source that is invisible to the human eye. While the light emitted by sight is weaker than the light given off by a standard flashlight, it is much less bright, which is far better for hunting.
The best of these low-light tritium night sights uses two separate lamps. The first lamp is installed just behind the front sight on the gun. This second lamp is placed in front of the rear sight on the weapon. Typically, the sights will have a metal sleeve that hides the double lamp. Once again, this allows the user to place the front and rear sights together and has a significant advantage over the low-lumen fiber-optic sights in that it creates a much wider field of view. While the reduced light may reduce the battery usage for both the front and rear sight, it makes up for the increased light by allowing the hunter to compensate for an increased range.
When shopping for these low-lights, there are a few features that you should consider:
- The size of the vial needs to be based on the size of your gun.
- The shape of the vial needs to match the shape of the gun.
- The color of the vial needs to blend seamlessly with your other hunting gear.
Tritium Night Sights generally come in three different colors: red, orange, and green. While you can purchase red, green, and orange-colored tritium vials, green and orange colored vials tend to be more popular with hunters since these colors are more common when camouflage is worn.
For the most accuracy, you may want to purchase a pair of Tritium Night Sights that include an optoelectronic reticle for reticles that are placed at the top, bottom, or middle of the crosshairs. The tritium night sights with an optoelectronic reticle are said to have the best crosshairs, which means you will not have to maneuver as often when taking a shot. These sights work great for closer range shots as well as shots over a larger field or lawn. There is no question that an accurate shot is required for success; therefore, the tritium vials with an optoelectronic reticle are essential to the hunter looking for a dependable shot. Other features include adjustable windage, manual controls for brightness and intensity, and two eye reliefs that make these sights perfect for any level hunter.
When hunting, one of the best features that the Tritium Night Sights have is their ability to glow in the dark. This is because these lights will remain bright even in total darkness. Because these lights will stay hopeful even when there is total darkness, you do not have to worry about accidentally firing a shot into an area where it will not be visible to your target. Another benefit of the tritium night sights glow-in-the-dark feature is that they will blend perfectly with any hunting attire.