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The Smith & Wesson Centennial revolver is fitted with a first-generation Crimson Trace LaserGrip, for teaching use. The SureFire Aviator A2 shows its low-intensity, red LED illumination.

For many years – based on my training in shooting previously identified, stationary, paper targets on ranges – I invested in tritium night sights on those firearms that I thought I’d be most likely use in self-defense. I try to remain open-minded but, at this point, I seriously doubt that I’ll be spending any more money self-illuminating sights in this lifetime.

A while back, I discussed this issue with my former shooting partner Harold Flynt, who spent a large part of his career on LASD in training-related assignments. He commented that he had repeatedly been asked by other deputies whether he recommended that they put night sights on the guns they carried on duty. His standard response was to inquire,”If you can’t see your sights, are you sure that you’ve positively identified your target?”

I make it a point to carry at least one handgun accessible to either hand. The two on my belt are identical models, as are the flashlights clipped into the outer edges of my back pants pockets. My experience with modern flashlights has been that they either provide enough spillover or reflected light, if not to see the sights clearly, to see enough of the shape of the gun to use Jim Cirillo’s weapon silhouette point technique.