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The Best Iron Sights for Concealed Carry Pistols

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  December 4th, 2013 8

As more Americans take advantage of their right to carry concealed firearms, a new crop of aftermarket iron sights has emerged that make carry guns more effective than ever before.

Iron sights come in many forms, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Most folks who carry prefer fast target acquisition in both daytime and low-light conditions.

Check out our list of seven great sets of replacement iron sights for concealed carry pistols, and you’re sure to find a great set for your sidearm.

About Brad Fitzpatrick

Brad Fitzpatrick is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in southern Ohio with his wife Bethany. Over the course of his career Fitzpatrick has hunted across the United States as well as in Europe and Africa. He is also the author of the book "The Shooter's Bible Guide to Concealed Carry."

  • John Cip

    Here lies the best kept secret. 50% of the US need glasses. Many of these glasses are for seeing distance. With this problem comes an inability to see gun sights, especially in poor conditions or stress. The best alternative is a lazer dot.

    • Carl

      CERTAINLY a viable “point-of-view” (pun intended)..
      I’ll consider THAT…although at my age, I’m well accustomed to “old-fashioned” pistol sights.

  • Tracy Thorleifson

    I’ve got CrimsonTrace lasers and XS sights on both my carry guns. The products of both companies are absolutely terrific, IMHO. A laser combined with tritium sights is a bit redundant, but one is none, and two is one, as the saying goes.

    Such upgrades are a tad expensive, but if I ever end up having to use my gun to defend myself, I want every possible advantage I can get. There is no such thing as a fair gunfight.

    • Conrad Gabbard

      Beg to differ, Tracy: a fair fight is one you can walk away from – before or after.

      • Tracy Thorleifson

        Can’t argue with that!

  • Conrad Gabbard

    My first Crimson Trace laser was installed by the company on a Glock 33 before they made interchangable laser sights. The laser finally stopped working and last month they serviced if, no charge, not even for shipping. C/T lasers are on ALL my carry guns as well as XS tritium sights on those big enough to take interchangable sights – except one. My XS and red laser sights are being retired, one by one in favor of TruGlo Brite Sights and C/T green lasers. Cost? Far less than the value of my life or that of my loved ones.

  • Halodog

    Where are the Red Dots on this list???????? My everyday carry gun is a Glock 19 with a Leupold DeltaPoint. Prediction – these will become more popular in 2014!

    • SemperFlyBoy

      What part of
      The Best Iron Sights for Concealed Carry Pistols…? Oh, never mind.

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