I have used XS pistol sights on both duty and off-duty handguns since 2006. I am sold on the company’s “fastest sights in any light” slogan. XS pistol sights are engineered to draw the eye toward the front sight more surely and rapidly than any competing design. My favorite system is the XS DXW “big-dot” tritium sights. But the newer XS F8 pistol sights are right behind them.
The new XS RAM (Radio Active Material) is the first three-dot tritium sight set from XS. I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of most standard three-dot sight systems — white dot or tritium.
As I’ve gotten older, I find that to still be quick on target, the front sight needs to be much more prominent than the rear sight, particularly when it comes to tritium sights. I want only one glowing object out front to locate and get on target. Choosing one of three of the same glowing dots is too much under stress.
When I got the request to evaluate the new XS RAM sights, I had to think about it. I didn’t want my personal bias against three-dot sights to influence my evaluation of the new RAMs, so I decided to enlist the help of two fellow officers: Lt. Bret Rogers and Deputy Chief Brian Holbrook. Each officer carries a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol on duty. Installation of test sights would be easy since both Rogers and I are Glock armorers.
RAM Specifications and Features
XS markets two different colors — green and orange — of the RAM sight, which refers to the outline around the front-sight tritium dot. But before I tell you what these two officers thought about the sights, let me cover the features and specifications of the all-steel RAM three-dot notch-and-post sight system.
- Tritium-powered dots on both front and rear sights
- High-contrast-color front sight (available with bright orange or green/yellow outline)
- Ember Glow Dot system (photoluminescent dots absorb ambient light and glow in low-light conditions, enhancing visibility)
- Rear-sight overhang reduces rear-sight glare in bright light for greater sight definition and less distraction
- Anti-reflective rear tritium lens (reduces glare in bright light and increases contrast against the front sight)
Installing the XS RAMs
I requested a set of both the orange and green RAMs. We installed the orange set on Holbrook’s gun and the green set on Rogers’ gun. This way, we could compare the colors for review.
After I installed the sights on the first Glock 22, I immediately noticed how well the front-sight dot stood out from the rear dots. There was no comparison to the original three-dot tritium factory sights I removed and no confusion about which dot was the front one. Both the orange and green RAMs draw the eye immediately to the front sight. In daylight, the ring around the front sight of the green RAM glows a yellowish green, while the orange ring becomes almost blaze orange. Those rings glow brightly in the dark if they’ve first been exposed to white light thanks to the “Ember Glow Dot” system.
XS RAM Sight Conclusions
Both Rogers and Holbrook have been carrying the XS RAM sights on their guns for more than two months now. Here is what they have to say:
Lieutenant Bret Rogers: “I particularly like the green-outlined front sight. It gives a larger appearance that draws my eye to it for faster front-sight acquisition. The setup was particularly helpful in clearing a dark house last week.”
Deputy Chief Brian Holbrook: “Because of the high-visibility orange front-sight circle, the front sight is much easier to see and faster to find from the draw, particularly in point-and-shoot-type situations. The front sight is much more visible in low-light or no-light shooting than the previous factory tritium sights. The RAM sight makes a big difference at the shooting range.”
As it turns out, I didn’t need to have two other people evaluate the sights for me, as I came to the same conclusion after installing them. While I still prefer the XS DXW or F8 sight system, I would have absolutely no problem with a set of RAM sights on my duty gun.
If you are considering three-dot tritium sights for an old gun or as an addition to a new one, look no further than the XS RAMs. MSRP is only $109.99 for the set.
XS Sights: www.XSSights.com
About Scott W. Wagner
After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.