New TRUGlO Brite-Site TFO For The 1911

A short time ago TRUGLO TFO came out with a new set of sights for the 1911 called the Brite-Site. Without a doubt this has become my favorite set of sights.


The Bright-Site is a Novak style with long fiber optic tubes, two in the rear sight and one in the front. You have a choice of all green tubes or a contrast with yellow in the rear and green in the front. The unique feature is the tubes are not only fiber optic but contain Tritium as well which give the user an excellent sight picture day or night. They are very bright at night.


I chose the contrasting set using yellow tubes in the rear with a green front. Using contrasting sights such as these make it impossible to misalign the dots in darkness (for example holding the gun at an angle with the front dot left or right of the rear dots instead of in the center). All you have to do is put the front green dot between the yellow rear dots and you can be sure the sights are lined up correctly.

As bright as these sights are they are constructed in such a way as to block any light from the side or front. The price is very fair and average between $79 and $89 street price.


I put my set on the SIG C3 1911 that I often use as my daily carry pistol. I have a universal sight pusher tool so removing the old sights and installing the new TFOs was easy enough. They are made for a Novak slide cut, which is what my SIG has. They fit snugly and needed no fitting. After installing them I took my pistol to the range and fired a couple of boxes of 230-grain ball from PMC. With a slight adjustment they shot to POA. They do help me get on target faster. You can tell from my photos taken on a cloudy day just how bright and easy they are to see.


These sights are so much easier to see day or night than a regular Tritium or regular fiber optics. For those with aging eyes these are some sights you really should consider. TRUGLO is making these them for an expanding number of guns. Check the TRUGLO website for a full list of compatible guns.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Jeff Smith

    Just wondering – How durable are Truglo’s sights? I’m not asking if they can go through a torture test, but can they stand up to normal wear and tear? I love their sights, but they’ve seemed as if they could easily break if dropped.

    • They seem sturdy to me. I wasn’t going to take them apart of course but it appears there’s a thin buffer material between the tube and steel.
      Our other reader who commented hasn’t had any problems with his after 1000 rounds..
      I have a set of regular TRU GLO sights on a 1911 of mine that I put on a couple of years ago and they have held up well.

    • Not very durable, I’ve routinely seen the fiber optic separate from the sight. And replacement requires an entirely new sight unlike traditional fiber optic sights.

      • Michael Y

        I have heard similar stories of that, but never actually encountered the issue. At their price point I think they are worth it.
        I have a TFO set on a Glock 17 that I regularly carry and plink with. I did have an issue with the black sealant putty that blocks the hole where the tritium tube is inserted on the front of the sight. After contacting TruGlo they advised me it was cosmetic and gave me the name of the sealant that they use to cover the hole.

      • usmcmailman

        Would you like some cheese with that whine ?

  • guest

    I have a set on my XDs45, no problem so far with over 1000 rounds & after a couple of “oops” drops to the ground. I like them enough that I’ll put another set on my XDs9 later this year.

  • Samson

    I have had a S&W M&P Shield for about 2 months- and just under a month have had these TruGlo TFOs – awesome! I love Trijicon and enjoy my Trijicons on my Glock 23 – but when I saw a Hickok45 video with his TruGlo TFOs and the ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS of these sights, I had to try them. I love them, they give the Shield an edge day or night, which is huge in a dedicated carry gun. I’d love to try them on a 1911 someday, good on ya TruGlo!

  • TatendaZim

    I put a layer of clear silicone on the top of my TFO sights in order to secure them and it also helps keep out dirt and cleaning solvent.

  • The theory behind different colored dots has always struck me as ridiculous nit-picking. You have to hold the pistol with your wrist at an awkward angle in order to the mistake the front sight dot for either of the rear sight dots. Even then, the spacing of the dots wouldn’t look correct.

    • I’ve seen guys qualifying at night foul the alignment up. It would seem the person would feel the difference in the wrist like you say. Yet it happens.

  • Roger

    I have a set on my EDC Glock 26. tThey are all that you say they are. The only complaint I have is that the irons sight picture is incorrect. The standard sight picture (even across the top and equal light on each side) and what Truglo says is correct is different. Truglo says to align the dots. OK, but years of training and practice of proper sight alignment is hard to break.
    When the sights are correctly aligned with the dots, your hits will be correct. If you use a standard (old fashioned) sight alignment you will shoot high.
    One must practice and be aware of the differences.