December 04, 2013
By Brad Fitzpatrick
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.
AmeriGlo Ghost Ring Sights
ghost ring is a different take on traditional irons, with a round ghost ring-style rear sight with tritium inserts. This system is fast and accurate, and the tritium inserts make it easy to get on target even in low light. The robust design is durable enough to stand up to daily use, and the low-profile rounded rear sight won't hang up on clothing when you draw the gun.
Heinie Straight Eight SlantPro
Heinie Straight Eight SlantPro
sights combine several desirable features for concealed carry sights. Their durable design has rounded edges and a slanted base to resist snagging on clothing while carrying. They also feature a two-dot tritium sight system for getting on target quickly in low-light situations.
$131 (varies by gun model)
American-made Hi-Viz sights
incorporate the company's LitePipe technology, which is one of the most effective sighting systems in poor light. These sights have steel bases that easily fit on most production handguns, and Hi-Viz sights are durable and won't break even with rough handling. All Hi-Viz sights are backed by a one year warranty against defects in craftsmanship and promise easier and faster sight acquisition when you need it most.
$86.70 (front and rear sights)
Meprolight Tru-Dot Tritium
tritium sights have over four million fans worldwide, and one of their best offerings for concealed carry guns are their Tru-Dot Tritium iron sights, which are illuminated without the use of a battery. These low-profile sights are easy to install and don't require and are among the toughest and most durable on the market. The addition of tritium makes these night sights a good choice for concealed carry because you can see the sights in any light conditions, allowing the shooter to get on target quickly.
Trijicon HD Night Sights
Trijicon's HD Night Sights
are a popular and logical choice for concealed carry because they offer full visibility thanks to their tritium inserts and a low profile package that is easy to install and won't hang up on clothing. The rear sight is minimized, making it easier to conceal and allowing for more focus on the illuminated front sight during a dangerous confrontation. The extra large tritium phosphor lamp in the front sight is easy to see and is available in green, orange or yellow and includes photo luminescent powder in the paint that aids in transitional lighting conditions. The Trijicon HD night sights fit a variety of popular pistols.
$154 to $170
durable Brite-Site offers shooters a variety of color and illumination options and are available for a variety of popular concealed carry handguns. The bases are CNC machined from steel, and their low-profile design makes them easy to see and easy to draw. There are available with either tritium or TruGlo's TFO (Tritium Fiber Optic) for maximum sighting capabilities in low light conditions, an important feature on any concealed carry sight. The fibers are concealed from the target and won't give away your location.
$123 to 153
XS Express Rear & Big Dot Front
Two of the most important features in a concealed carry sight are visibility and durability, and the XS Big Dot
offers both. For those who prefer to use a revolver, the addition of a large, easy-to-view optic makes a marked improvement on accuracy. The Big Dot allows you to get on target quickly and keep your focus on the target even in low light conditions and is available with tritium for battery-free illumination. The Express rear sight has a wide V-shape that is easy to use and extremely tough, making this one of the best concealed carry combos on the market.