Trusty iron sights are the standard for any duty pistol and the choices are almost endless. Any good “duty grade” iron sights should have a few key features. First, they need to be precise and well made. Our sights take a beating and the last thing we need is for them to be out of alignment when it matters most. Next, clear markings that allow for quick and accurate target acquisition is critical. We rarely have the luxury of a drawn out aiming process. And lastly, some kind of night illumination is a must. Let’s face it, a lot of us don’t put on a uniform in the daytime.

Meprolight has been in the Tritium iron sights game for a while and produces a variety of great duty sights. The company’s new R4E Optimized Duty Sights are made to fit the full-sized family of Glock pistols. Designed by two U.S. Special Forces veterans, the R4Es feature a unique aiming pattern that incorporates five different elements, all of which are illuminated by a good dose of Tritium for low-light shooting. The rear sight has three lines; two on a horizontal plane and the third vertically in the center. These align with a front sight featuring another vertical line below a solid dot. When properly paired up they form a sort of “cross-hair” pattern that allows for very precise aiming. All of the markings are large and brightly colored in your choice of green, orange, or a combination of both and catch the eye quickly.

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