Night sights: Heine SlantPro "straight 8" or Trijicon?

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  1. Objekt

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    Now that I know my XD .45 is utterly reliable, I want to put some night sights on it. Springfield Armory has a really great deal going: you can get Springfield Custom (whatever those are) tritium night sights, Trijicon 3-dots, or Heinie SlantPro "Straight 8" sights, for $95 plus shipping. Aside from the really good price compared to buying my own & paying to have them installed, it's done by the people who know the XD best. After a local would-be gunsmith mutilated my Springfield 1911, I don't trust anyone but Springfield themselves to work on my XD.

    Thing is, I can't make up my mind between the Heine "Straight 8s" and the Trijicon 3-dot set. I have a Trijicon 3-dot green set on my 1911, and Glock factory tritiums on my Glock 30 (possibly OEM by Meprolight), which are also green 3-dot configuration. So, I'm leaning toward the Trijicon 3-dot green setup.

    That Said, the Heine "align the 2 dots" concept seems like a good idea as well.

    I guess the only way to really know would be to shoot XDs with both, in dark conditions, but that isn't likely.

    Have you had Springfield install night sights on your XD .45? Which ones, and what do you see as the pros/cons of the various options?
     
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    Straight 8, hands down. Much better sight picture in the daylight and how much shooting are you doing at night without a light really?
     
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    I just did the same thing on my XD40, having Springfield put on the Trijicon's. Did not know the others where available.
     
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    As in, how long was the wait, from the time you shipped out your slide to the time you got it back with night sights?

    You did ship only the slide, yes? I asked about doing this and was told it was no problem at all. That's quite important, as it's much cheaper to ship the slide than the entire gun.

    I do wonder, though, how they verify the point of aim. I wouldn't think you could simply put the slide from one gun on the frame of another and get a true picture of how it shoots with the original frame.
     
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    I took my gun in to have the Heinie sights installed. Next time at the range my gun was 7-10" low at 20 yards. I called Debbie at Springfield (who is GREAT to deal with BTW) and she told me that the Heinie sights were for SIG 220's and some of the guns were shooting low with them (esp. 5" guns like mine). She sent me a taller Trijicon sight which I had installed and now everything is OK. One thing I did notice, the Heinies are not nearly as large of a dot or as bright as the Trijicons (even though Trijicon makes the inserts for the Heinies!). Now I think I have the best of both worlds- a big bright front dot and a smaller rear! Another word of warning- SEND THE GUN IN TO HAVE THE SIGHTS INSTALLED!!!!! They must use an arbor press because it took some SERIOUS beating to get the original front sight out!!!! Springfield has been great to work with and I love my gun, I just wanted you to be aware of my experience! BTW-my gun shot to the loeft (low left out of the box) too, I seem to see a trend towards that which is blamed on shooting technique, I adjusted my rear sight and now it shoots fine for me. Take care- chad
     
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    I'm debating the same thing, only between TFO's and Strait 8's...............

    So far I like to have big black sights during the day, just seem to be easier to line it up............

    Tony
     
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    i am also thinkin gof getting some kind of night sights..i want them to be adjustable though..i was looking at the..metrolites? i know i didn't spell it correctly.. any other sights you guys know of like that??

    Fran
     
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    Dawson Precision makes a good adjustable night sight.
     
  9. Objekt

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    I like the Heine Straight 8's, but if the sights Springfield is using were really designed for the Sig 220, I don't want to take the chance that I'll get back a slide that makes my gun shoot off point of aim. Granted, in a self-defense encounter, I am most likely not going to be aiming too carefuly, Bullseye-style, and I could even be shooting without using the sights at all ("protected gun" position). But, when I do want to punch holes in paper or hit a metal spinner at 20 yards, I want the sights to be correct.

    Also, I already have Triji's on my 1911, and I'm used to the 3-dot picture.

    But I won't be sending anything in until Monday, at least. There's still time to persuade me otherwise. ;)
     
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    Heines are good and so are Trijicons.

    Since you have 3 Dot sights on your 1911 and Glock, I'd stick with Trijicons for commonality.
    I've never like different sight set-ups on different defense guns (assuming your 1911 and Glock serve that purpose too).
    Best
     
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    Go with the Trueglo TFO's. I got them on my Tac and love them.
     
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    I am debating the same and I am deciding on the Trijicons. As already mentioned, I have them on several other pistols including an XD Tactical and I do not want to learn a new sight picture and have to think about it. I am purchasing an XD Sub-compact new with factory installed Trijicons. If I did not already have others pistols I work with on a regular basis, I would choose the Heinie Slant Pros and not look back for the reasons already mentioned.
     

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