Review: Ameriglo IDOT Night Sights
Quality affordable night sights with some outstanding features.
One of the big considerations while building Project Glock was our choice of sights for the pistol. No one can say there is a shortage of options out in the world for any model of Glock handguns.
While we have been purchasing parts, we always kind of knew what we wanted based on past experiences with manufacturers, exception being the decision to buy the completely badass Blacklist Ultramatch Barrel. We took a well researched chance on the Blacklist and yeah, it is everything you could possibly want and then some.
When it came to the sights however, we had about 5 different opinions in the office. The loudest voices said “Trijicon!” no matter what. One was for Mepro, another for Ameriglo and yet another for TruGlo. Our online conversations reflected some other options as well.
Me, being the decider-in-chief, tended to go along with the Trijicon opinions. Right around the time we were really looking at laying down some money Haley Strategic and Trijicon had released the co-branded HSP TH1RTE3N sights which looked amazing. The simple, yet innovative tech that goes into the design was intriguing and let’s be honest, Travis Haley doesn’t put his name or brand name on crap products.
I looked long and hard at the HSP TH1RTE3N sights, but they are truly meant for war fighters, which we are most certainly not. We are hardcore weekend warriors, not likely to have to fight like hell anytime soon.
So it was brought up that Trijicon vials are used in the Ameriglo sites. I hadn’t had experience with the “dot the i” type sights before, but it made perfect sense.
I liked that they had front and rear tritium in a set of strong steel sights and a lot of people online had great reviews and reasons listed as to why they are able to get on target quickly and stay there. The rear sight lends itself easily to single hand charging against your belt or holster.
I did look at the Trijicon HD sights as well, however the real determining factor came down to cost between the two. The cheapest HD sights I could find at the time were $124.99 while the Ameriglo IDOT (with Trijicon vials) came in at $73.70 on Amazon.
Let’s just say I am a fan of saving money where I can. So I ordered the Ameriglo IDOT’s.
The first order of business was removing the terrible, terrible factory Glock plastic sights from the slide. That process is easy to do with a small wood dowel and a hammer. Just drift them off.
We have a sight pusher here, even though it is one of the hard to use types, it still did the job admirably. Finally we used a digital caliper to make sure they were centered properly.
The sights themselves are very nice. The construction is strong and the finish is even and so far, very durable. During regular daylight shooting, the front sight offers a very clear sight picture, great for quick shots. It is a little taller than the factory sights, but this should come as a welcome feature to you. The larger front sight helps level the slide and therefore barrel while shooting. I will say that the white outline around the tritium is impossible to see in bright daylight though. There is absolutely no reason for it.
In the dark is where these sights really hold their own. The Trijicon tritium vials are very bright and it is incredibly easy to get a sight picture. The IDOT design takes a minimal amount of time to become very proficient with.
I can say that in all honesty I am shooting the IDOT sights better and at further distance than any other sights I have tried before. Shots are easier to return to target as well.
For the money, I think you’d be very hard pressed to find a better set of true night sights on the market. The clear sight picture, the higher front sight and the quality of the Trijicon inserts make the Ameriglo IDOT’s a winner in the ReloadOne.com book.