Trijicon Announces the New HD XR Pistol Sights |SHOT 2017

Trijicon has introduced a number of new products at SHOT this year. In fact some of these new optics have already been posted for you to check out. I was lucky enough to receive a set of the XD HR sights prior to SHOT for evaluation. These pistol sights will be available for many popular guns.

Packaged HD XR sights

After installing these sights I checked them out during a range trip in daylight and another trip at night. Trijicon has narrowed the front post compared to the previous models. They have also added your choice of yellow or orange circle around the Trijicon ampule. These sights are also a bit taller than the usual models. The rear sight has two Trijicon inserts in green so the shooter has a clear contrast making it easier to line up at night. This sight set also seems a bit brighter than the previous models. The rear sight also has a wide U-notch while the front sight is narrower than usual for acquiring a fast sight picture.

With the Glock MOS the rear sight hangs over the rear of the slide a little.

I found these sights work well in daylight or darkness. I especially like the wider field of view and contrasting colors. One thing to note is with the MOS Glock the rear sight hangs over the back of the slide a bit. With a standard Glock the sights are even with the rear of the slide. I put my Trijicon optic back on my Glock before taking the photos. The sights will not be tall enough to co-witness but they are not meant to. The retail price has yet to be announced but I imagine they will be close to the cost of other Trijicon night sights.

Front sight in orange. The package comes with loctite to secure the front sight.

HD XR website

Trijicon 1-8 sight

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!


  • Jaune Arc

    I wonder if they’ll smooth the edges on these. The standard HDs are bloody sharp for concealed carry. Had to dremel the corners and edges on mine down so they wouldn’t cut me.

    • I’m not sure if they are smoother than the standard HD sight. I was wearing the Glock in a kydex holster that held it very close to the body. I didn’t notice any discomfort from the rear sight digging in. I know they left the front of the rear sight so you can hook the sight on a belt to rack the slide.

      • Jaune Arc

        I’m wearing a Glock 19 in an Incog holster, and found them to be very uncomfortable from the factory. With the edges smoothed out however, I really like them. Great visibility and contrast, and I definitely shoot better with them than I did with the factory sights, I just wish the edges had been a little less edge-y from the factory.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        It’s really only and issue for AIWB. Which is a growing part of the market. I’ve had more issues cutting my hands on the draw.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’ve got tiny scares on my stomach from this. What’s funny is how they do a nice job rounding M&P sights but not glock and walther. I can’t speak for other models.

    • ??

      I agree completely and started carrying Ameriglo I-dots on all my pistols because it pissed me off so much. @ $134 a pop this should not be a thing. But now the Trijicon rear sight razorblade is continued.

  • Reggie

    Will you be able to pick up the new more narrow front and use with existing HD rear, or will you need to swap out the entire set?

    • Right now all I see are sets. I imagine that will change in the future. I see more and more shooters mixing brands between front and back sights. I know I do that pretty often.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I really hope they come out with different sight heights for glocks. These would be great to match up with your favorite rear sights. 10-8, Warren, Heinie, Dawson, Claw, Vickers etc…