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I talked to a guy at the range one day that had them. He said you have to heat them up to make them stick. He then looked at my Mepro's and liked them better than his sights. Of course, he didn't spend much on his, however, he really liked the tritium sights a lot better. He did say that they glow brightly after a quick charge....but I don't want to grab my gun, then have to get a flashlight....point it at my sights for a few seconds, and then be ready for that bump in the night.

It seems like a bad idea to have to turn on a light to charge your sights in a defensive situation. I doubt most people have time for that in a real emergency.

If you wanted to go out hunting with your pistol, it wouldn't be an issue to do it. In the middle of the night, I don't want to have to do anything extra. I think the lack of time to respond is key.

They are supposed to glow for several hours. If you keep your pistol where it gets good light, and you have the light on right before bed, and you go to bed at 10pm.....then it would be good up till sometime between 2-4pm?

I'd spend $100 and go with tritium. Tritium is always on....for approx 10 years. Then you need to replace them.
 

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There is nothing wrong with trying them out, especially if you are short on cash. If they last 12-18 months, I would expect them to not stay lit all night in about 6-9 months. However, being frank, the worst case scenario is that you are no worse off than you were without them.
 
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