For years I really didn’t worry too much about night sights on the theory that for general carry if I could see my target I could see enough of their outline with the sights to shoot safely.
The older and more experienced I get however the more value I see in them.
This evening I was late getting started on chores, well after legal “sundown”. I still had plenty of light to get around, check on each of the horses and dogs fine and all but as I got to the second dog I had a problem.
It’s rapidly getting dark, I feed dog one and start heading to dog two when suddenly I pick up a slight movement by my right ankle. Like an idiot I’m out there in sandals, shorts, and since I had to make a couple of stops in town I’m wearing a pistol belt with my sub compact XDM 40 in my normal secure OC Fobus holster.
Even though I hear nothing I immediately realize I have just stepped right over an outstretched 4.5’ rattlesnake!
In one move I step ahead, to the side, set down my feed bucket which is in my support hand, do a thumb lift on the oversized Rangers Baseball Jersey I’m wearing as a cover guard, pivot to face the target, draw to the ready, extend while getting my two handed grip and it suddenly something dawns on me.
I am able to instantly pickup my tritium nightsights with zero effort, get perfect alignment and I’m able to pull a double tap with ease at about 11’ putting two in the snake’s head as he’s trying to get away.
It dawned on me at that moment that such a precision shot would not have been possible in that light absent the night sight.
That extra 75.00-150.00 for the night sights is to me some of the cheapest life insurance you will ever buy.