December 04, 2018
By Jake Edmonson
XS Sights’s newest high-visibility personal-defense sights feature a figure-eight, inline sight picture for a fast and easy two-point alignment. The large, 0.160-inch-wide, high-contrast front sight has a photoluminescent orange ring surrounding a tritium dot. According to the company, this proprietary orange paint is formulated with a focus on yellow, one of the most visible colors in low light, making it easier to see in rapidly changing light conditions. The orange paint also absorbs ambient light, allowing it to glow in low-light levels.
The wide notch in the rear sight is designed to increase the visibility of the front sight by allowing more light around the sides of the front sight. The expanded sight gap helps shooters find the front sight faster, and the tritium vial on the rear sight enables quick and easy alignment with the front sight in various light conditions.
The sights are also visible in daylight and are currently offered for Glock, SIG SAUER, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, and FNH pistols.
I installed a set of the new F8 sights on my brand-new Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistol. Installation was easy, but if you need some assistance, the how-to videos on XS Sights’s website are helpful.
My pistol’s original factory sights are the three-dot style. For years I’ve been writing that three-dot sights are not my preference. I used to prefer a white-outline or all-black rear sight and a red-insert front sight. That’s probably because I learned to shoot with S&W revolvers that typically came with white-outline rears and red-ramp fronts. In the last couple of years, I’ve come to appreciate the figure-eight type of rear/front sights, with the front sight being a large dot.
So, as you can surmise, I really like these new F8 sights from XS. To me they are well worth the price.
MSRP: $184.99, xssights.com