Review: AmeriGlo Hackathorn Glock Night Sights

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.File_001

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.

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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.

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at

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  • HystericalFool

    Are they made with hardened steel?

    • Anonymoose

      I think they’re aluminum…

      • HystericalFool

        If that’s true, I imagine they wouldn’t hold up well.

        • Anonymoose

          Checked the website. They are steel.

          • HystericalFool

            I’d still like to see how they hold up.

        • The_Automator

          I’ve had them on my 19 for probably 7 years now, and they’ve been through MANY hours of training and one handed reloads (racking the slide with the rear sight on belts and holsters), and they look no worse for wear.

          • HystericalFool

            Thanks, I have had my eye on ameriglo for a while. I was worried about using them for hard use.

  • Anonymoose

    Does it come in yellow?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      If the Hacks don’t a very similar set will. The rear might be slightly different. You can also mix and match.

    • Bronson

      Kind of. You can get the Protector series sights, which are the same except for having a yellow front sight and being slightly taller. My brother had bought the Hackathorn sights and I loved them but I like a yellow front sight. So, I bought the Protector series and couldn’t be happier.

      Edit: Another difference is that the Hackathorn has a set screw on the rear sight and the protector doesn’t.

  • ??

    I have the Hackthorns on my G21 in.45 Super. They carry very well compared to the Trijicon HDs (the rear likes to eat you alive) The sight picture is also really good. Great sights for the money!

  • i_the_jury

    Love these sights on my G19 I got a while ago, but I’m sad to report they must have changed the width on these as my M&P9 and Glock 43 have narrower width rear sights than the ones on my G19. Ruined the best sights out there imo.