Pistol sight preferences are a very personal matter. For some shooters, all sights are created equal and they won’t even consider spending money to replace the “perfectly good” factory sights. At the other extreme, some shooters have a strong preference in their sight picture and believe that a sight upgrade is money well spent. I may fall somewhere in the middle, but I do tend to change out the sights on my most serious carry guns and target guns.
The u-shape actually helps the eye distinguish the front sight’s side-to-side position in the notch by breaking up all the otherwise parallel edges.
I am not a fan of the “three white dot” sights that are standard on most pistols today. I prefer a sight that puts an emphasis on lining up the crisp top edge of the front sight post in the rear sight notch—they way they used to aim pistols before three dot systems became the standard. Most of my personal guns have plain black sights or just a single dot on the front post. I find this promotes better accuracy for me, while not compromising speed on shots for which an exact sight picture is not required.
One of my current favorite pistol sights is from 10-8 Performance, a well-known supplier of quality gun parts and accessories founded by Hilton Yam. You don’t need a model name—there is only one model of 10-8 Performance sights. Makes you think that Hilton may feel strongly about this particular sight configuration, doesn’t it?
The 10-8 sights are simple in design. The rear sight is all black with a serrated face and u-shaped notch. At first I thought the u-shape was just a gimmick, but it is not. The u-shape actually helps the eye distinguish the front sight’s side-to-side position in the notch by breaking up all the otherwise parallel edges. I find the u-shape to be an aid in centering the front sight post.
The front sight is also serrated, but is offered with a couple of options: a tritium vial, a fiber optic tube, or a brass bead. I love the versatility this offers for different applications. I opted to go with the brass bead front sight, which I have always liked for just a bit of contrast with the black rear sight without overwhelming the sight picture.
I strongly recommend the 10-8 Performance sights if you want to get more out of your carry gun.
The 10-8 sights are available directly from 10-8 Performance at very reasonable prices. The rear sight runs around $45, and the front sights range from about $35 to $65 dollars, depending upon the options chosen. Sights are available for 1911, Glock, M&P, and H&K pistols. Most models have different options for the front sight height and width.
It is hard to argue with the expertise of Hilton Yam, who is a full-time law enforcement officer and instructor, as well as a gunsmith and competitive shooter. Hilton knows what works and what doesn’t work in the real world, and that expertise has produced a fantastic set of pistol sights for defensive use. I strongly recommend the 10-8 Performance sights if you want to get more out of your carry gun. You can view the sights and other 10-8 Performance products at www.10-8performance.com.