Trijicon HD XR Night Sights


Trijicon HD XR Night Sights

January 17th, 2017

John Russo


Trijicon has been a leader and innovator in night sights for decades.  I remember my first duty gun as a young cop in the early nineties.  It was a brand new Sig Sauer P226 9mm and it had Trijicon night sights on it from the factory.  They were so good, even back then, a company as prestigious as Sig Sauer would use them as their OEM sights.  They weren’t the first and wouldn’t be the last Trijicon sights I carried on or off duty.


As shooters, we sometimes need things set up differently.  That is why guns come in different styles and with adjustable grips.  Sights are no different.  We each have different eyes with different vision capabilities.  Trijicon recognizes this and has expanded their excellent HD line of night sights with a new version called the XR.  The HD line of sights was created with the military and law enforcement user in mind but had features that any shooter could appreciate.  These included a larger and taller profile along with a circle of photoluminescent paint around the front sight for faster sight acquisition.  They use Trijicon’s proven Tritium gas lamps contained within aluminum cylinders and capped with sapphire jewels.  The cylinders have rubber cushions around them and are secured in the metal sight housing making them extremely durable for even the most rugged conditions.


The new HD XR sights have all of these features but now have a thinner front sight blade.  This gives the shooter a larger field of view which Trijicon says “enhances the ability to identify targets, expedite engagements and see location of hits on target at longer distances”.  I figured I would put this to the test as best I could so I installed them on a Glock 35 and headed to the range.  I like the large front sight of the original HD sights so I must admit I figured the new sights would slow me down a bit on up close and fast shooting.  Turns out my fears were unfounded.  The new XR sights are very easy to pick up quickly.  The added light around the front post actually sped up my target acquisition when shooting a steel plate rack.  It took a little getting used to when shooting longer range targets but I had no problem shooting 25 yard groups with the new XR sights.  Trijicon has done it again with another great product.  If you are looking for handgun sights for combat or personal defense the HD XR Night Sights are worth a look.



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John Russo is a life-long hunter, shooter and outdoorsman. He is a retired Police Sergeant from Southern California with over 29 years of service. He has been a SWAT Sniper, Child Abuse Detective and Homicide Unit Supervisor. As the leader of the Police Department's Firearms Training Unit, he has been teaching firearms for over 26 years to law enforcement, military and civilians. His credentials include a laundry list of certifications as an instructor and armorer on all types of weapon systems. John has been writing for various gun magazines for many years and has been published over 100 times on topics ranging from hunting, shooting, guns, training and law enforcement.