Trijicon Sapphire Stone night sights

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

A while back I covered diamond rifle sights, and recently I became aware that Trijicons “Bright & Tough” night sights use a sapphire crystal to focus light into the tritium lamp.

Pretty cool. The Brownells description of the night sights:

Nighttime and low light shooting tests prove sights equipped with these glowing dots are easier to see and more accurate than instinctive shooting with standard black sights. Rugged, heavy duty, Traser®, luminous, 3-Dot tritium lamps provide their own long-lasting energy source. Lamps are mounted in silicone-sealed, metal cylinders to give maximum protection from breakage or leakage. Polished sapphire, crystal windows give a bright, crisp and perfectly round aiming dot in low light. Inlaid white rings around each sapphire make the sights appear as standard white dots in daylight. Very narrow blades do not have the white ring and will look more like a plain black blade in daylight. Most can be installed in factory dovetail or sight base. Glock® models require use of special Trijicon installation tools to prevent sight damage.

I do not know the MSRP but Brownells have them listed for $99 – $145 depending on the handgun model.

Any volunteers to update the Wikipedia page for Sapphire with by far the coolest use of the stone?

[ I make no money what-so-ever from linking to Brownells and have no business relationship with them. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Trzeci98 Trzeci98 on Jan 27, 2009

    I think they're talking about sapphire crystal, it's a form of glass. Its been used on nice watches for a while because it's very scratch resistant.

  • Redmanlaw Redmanlaw on Jan 28, 2009

    I find the timing suspicious in that it's only a few days before Valentine's Day. "Hey, honey, you like sapphires?"

    • Steve Steve on Jan 28, 2009

      @redmanlaw redmanlaw, just giving all the guys a good valentines gift idea ;) A him / hers matching set is the official TFB gift recommendation ;)