The same day that I bought myself a brand new Glock 19, I drove straight to a gunshop that had a set of the Ameriglo Hackathorn sights in stock and had them installed right then. One of the points of contention I have with the factory Glock sights is that I have seen some that were able to be pushed out of the slide by hand.
Since the Glock 19 was going to be a carry gun, I wanted a set of sights that had a featureless rear sight with nothing more than serrations to distract my eyes and a bright orange dot up front. The Hackathorns fit the bill while keeping the price under $60 installed at my local gun store.
Ameriglo packages the sights more or less like any other manufacture, on the shelf, they look rather modest but once you get the sights on the gun they go from modest to excellent.
Taking a closer look at the sights out of the package you see that the rear sight is a plain black number with horizontal serrations to keep glare to a minimum. The front sight has a Trijicon tritium vial installed with the bright orange ring painted in a recess around the green luminescent vial.
The rear sight is the standard design that you have seen on many other guns, just made a bit more nicely with some anti-glare checkering on the back. The sights are well made with no signs of machining marks.
I wasn’t able to take a picture of the installation process since my local gun store did it in the back room. When the sights are on the gun, they look right at home on the Glock 19 Gen4 that I just reviewed. While at the range I found that my eye was naturally drawn to the front sight post instead of the target like usual. In my case, that means I am more accurate and faster than with standard sights.
Taking a closer look at the rear sight installed you see those glare reducing lines on the rear face of the sight. They are nice and low profile while still providing a ledge on the forward face of the rear sight, a rather important feature if you might need to manipulate the firearm with one hand in a pinch.
The front sight is also nice and low profile with a rounded leading edge to ensure it does not snag on a holster or clothing when the gun is going back into its home. Trijicon provides the tritium vial as well as installing it in the sight even though it is an AmeriGlo Product. The recessed ring around the tritium vial is filled with some dayglo orange paint, a color I have become rather fond of with front sights on pistols.
Out on the range, I ran the Glock 19 and the AmeriGlo Hackathorns pretty hard. The Glock is one of my everyday carry guns, and I shoot it rather often to keep my skill level at a level somewhere above pure crap. This particular day I tried shooting the group from 15 yards instead of the usual 7, if the group was terrible I would shoot it from 7 and use that.
I was rather surprised at how well I was able to shoot the Glock with the Hackathorns installed. Normally I don’t shoot Glocks incredibly well, but well enough to defend myself within reason. The increased accuracy I experienced I attribute to the Hackathorn sights. As I stated earlier, I found my eye being naturally drawn to the front sight post instead of the target. Front sight focus is a constant battle for me that I am currently working to correct, but the Hackathorns helped quite a lot in that regard.
Since I shot the group for the Glock 19 review with the AmeriGlo Hackathorns, I decided to use the same test target.
So would I recommend that you go out and buy a set of the Hackathorn sights from AmeriGlo? If you are looking for a more traditional sight setup on your pistol, they may well be the ticket. I believe them to a wonderful value, especially if you have a Glock.
You can learn more about the Hackathorns as well as the rest of the AmeriGlo lineup on their website HERE. MSRP for the sights was $90 as tested.