XS Sights Releases Suppresser-Height 1911 Novak Dot Sights

XS Sights, known for a variety of fantastic sighting systems across the industry, has announced the release of their latest addition to the XS(R) series of sights, the XS(R) 1911 Novak Suppressor Height Express Sights. As the name implies, the sights are oriented towards the modern 1911.

Specifically, the sights are meant for 1911 slides with the following cuts:

  • Front sight: 0.330″ x 65° x 0.075″dp
  • Rear sight: 0.495″ x 65°

In short, they are the same XS Sights that one either loves or hates (as I have never encountered someone ambivalent to them) in a slightly higher configuration to clear the typical can. These same sights are available across a wide swath of platforms including the latest Glock 42/43 and M&P 22, though not in the suppressor height.

The series includes both the standard and Big Dot(R) systems with tritium being standard across the line. There are four SKU’s being released in suppressor-height varieties, two featuring tritium-front only with the white stripe rear and the other two SKU’s including tritium in both the front and rear sights. Within each pairing, there is a Standard Dot(R) and Big Dot(R) version. The white-stripe only versions retail at $105 and the paired tritium versions are increased only $30 to $135.

The sights are shipping now. They can be ordered through any XS Sight Systems dealer or directly with XS.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Anon

    When am I ever going to have to quickly deploy any gun I have a can on?

    • Sianmink

      Do you even operate, bro?

    • AndyHasky

      Maybe you just like XS Big Dots and want to put them on all your handguns for consistency. It’s not like that can is permanently attached to the gun either….

  • derfelcadarn

    This whole suppressor nonsense is out of hand. Please see A Gun Without a Bang by Robert Sheckley.

    • iksnilol

      Suppressors aren’t nonsense.

      Simple as that.

    • Cymond

      I couldn’t find the short story online, but I found this audiobook style presentation. http://www.sffaudio.com/mindwebs-the-gun-without-a-bang-by-robert-sheckley/ After listening to it, I think there’s a lot we could discuss about the story, its metaphors, and how they apply to the psychology of carrying a lethal weapon.

      The Weapon instantly, silently, painlessly disintegrates everything in a path 12 feet wide and 300 feet long. Further, Dixon wasn’t using it against a sentient enemy, much less a human. The creatures couldn’t even comprehend what they were facing.
      A suppressed 45 does none of those things. It merely spares the shooter’s ear a bit. If used for violence, there would still be plenty a blood, pain, and screams.

      • BillC

        Bullets hitting soft mass (body) is still really, really loud. That and bodies dropping.

  • Ben

    The title has “Suppressor” misspelled as “SuppressEr”

  • guest

    firstly, if the shooter is accustomed to “finding” the sights rapidly, both eyes open, and has no problem putting the sights on target in a similar quick fashion then no special can-compensated height sights are needed. The can covers the sighsts – so what? You sight will still be on target. The “oh no the can blocks my LOS, oh my God!” notion is completely psychological, it does not block that much to prevent well aimed fire.
    Secondly, once you try “ghost ring” sights on a gun – any gun – from a handun to a rifle, you will never go back.

    There is an infinite number of mechanical sights and for quick but well aimed (but not surgical sub-MOA) fire ghost ring is the way to go. The added bonus is that the shooter can switch weapons without any legacy “eye memory” to struggle with.

    • BillC

      I’ve only have one eye, and I can easily group all shots in the size of a head @ 25 yards with normal glock sights with a suppressor. Ghost rings on a pistol doesn’t make any sense, though.

      • Xtorin O’hern

        ghost rings on a pistol are really nice in my opinion, seeing as i learned to shoot using M16 style sights

        • guest

          It’s close in the sense how the whole setup “feels” (standard A2 upper sights for example), but it is even closer to the sights on a Mini.

      • guest

        Sorry to hear about your vision.
        I said both eyes because only badly trained/novice shooters shoot with one eye closed, which is completely unnecessary and furthermore limits the shooter in several ways.

        The “point” with ghost ring on a handgun is the same as with a ghost ring on anything: the human mind just loves perfectionism, and because of that if it sees a circle and a dot on a post it almost automatically centeres one inside the other. Plus, unlike regular handgun sights, a ghost ring is much easier and quicker to aquire and aim trough.

        I tried one such setup on one of my guns, thought meh it’s a gimmick… was not dissapointed, bought another set for another gun. It just needs to be tried.

        • Cymond

          For me, I can only half-see the sights with both eyes open. A decade ago, I didn’t have a “dominant” eye. If I looked into the distance and held up one finger, I would see 2 transparent fingers.
          However, I’m trying to work on remembering to keep both eyes open.