Opinions on XS’s Big Dot sights are strong. People either really like ’em or really don’t. We’re in the former camp. We’ve liked them since we first tried them, enough to put them on a couple of our our EDC pistols. Now the Fort Worth company is announcing a new model, DXT2 Big Dot Night Sights.
The DXT2 sights combine a light-absorbing “colored glow dot” ring around the inner tritium vial. That lets the sight stand out in light that’s low, but not low enough to let you see the tritium. Here’s their press release:
Fort Worth, TX (October 15, 2018) – XS® Sights is pleased to introduce the new DXT2™ Big Dot® Night Sights for exceptional front sight visibility in all lighting conditions. Available in two colors – Optic Yellow™ and Optic Orange™ – the DXT2 Big Dot sights drive focus to the front sight (and thus to the downrange threat) using a large, high-contrast front and a V-notch rear sight for an unobstructed view of the front sight.
The Big Dot front sights use a patent-pending colored glow dot that absorbs light, causing the sight to glow before it is dark enough to see the tritium center. The glow dot also stores energy enabling it to glow brightly for many hours. The V-notch rear sight features a vertical white stripe with a tritium vial at the center, creating a dot-the- “i” sight picture for fast and accurate target acquisition in high-stress situations.
“Our DXT2 Big Dot Night Sights are the most visible night sights on the market today for defensive shooting,” said Zack Kinsley, Marketing Manager for XS Sights. “The industry-leading large diameter front sight increases the amount of light that is absorbed and reflected to the eye. The yellow and orange color options we offer address different needs, since color perception can vary greatly between people.”
Optic Yellow is the most visible color in low light and is a direct replacement for the first-generation white Big Dot sight. In bright light, Optic Yellow outperforms white because it doesn’t wash out on light backgrounds. Optic Orange is the best for bright light settings such as shooting outside in daylight and offers a high-glow intensity that maintains visibility in decreasing light levels. These Gen 2 Big Dots are four times as bright in low light as the Gen 1 Big Dots thanks to the XS Sights patent-pending glow dot. This increased brightness is due to pairing the convex dot with photoluminescent properties. The outward curve of the dot increases the amount of surface area, exposing the dot to more light, and the optical clarity amplifies light absorption, which increases the excitement of the photoluminescent properties.
DXT2 Big Dot Night Sights are backed by a 10-year, no questions asked warranty and will be available for the following pistol models by December 2018:
- All Glocks
- S&W M&P Full-size/Compact
- S&W M&P Shield
- SIG SAUER P Series (P320, P226, P229)
- Springfield XD Series
- FNH FN509
Retail Price: $132.00
For more information, visit www.xssights.com.
About XS Sights
XS Sights is known for making the fastest sights in any light. For more than 20 years, the XS team has created some of the most innovative sights on the market today for pistols, rifles and shotguns. Whether used for personal defense or hunting, these sights are designed and built to be the absolute best for their specific purpose.
I always think that XS means extra small, so an extra small big dot sounds like a laughable contradiction. Though maybe it is just EXcesS. You got any excess pistol sights? Yep, got an extra set right here, you want them?
I believe the XS stands for Express Sight – modeled after the similar big dots used on big game hunting rifles on the Dark Continent.
With this announcement, I’m considering a set for my 10mm TRP Operator. It has become my new woods/hiking/foraging pistol. Since it’s often dark and gloomy in the forests of the Pacific NW, a bright set of big dots would perhaps work well as a substitute for a red dot sight, without the hassle of machining the slide or dealing with the overall bulkiness of those sights. Too bad I don’t see 1911’s listed in their compatibility list yet.
Me: oh boy finally an Xs big dot with rear tritium for my m&p
Xs: hah! Wrong!
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Hopefully they come out with one with rear tritium vials for the m&p and I’ll buy them right away, but so far they don’t and I don’t see the point of I dot style night sights where only the front can be seen.
XS will now have tritium in the M&P sights for this new version, the DXT2. Both front and rear sight WILL have tritium. XS has confirmed this.
Best sights evar. Fast up close, pin point accuracy at distance.
Well, you’re half right.
I have AmeriGlo Hackathorn sights on my glock (same front sight as these — green tritium with orange outline, just blacked out rear in the traditional field goal shape). They are my favorite open sights I have ever used, and at $60 the AmeriGlos don’t break the bank. I can’t speak for if the XS’s are worth the extra price tag, especially since I prefer a blacked out rear, but I can speak to the viability of the tritium green in the center surrounded by the orange. Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to it.
This I like.
I am really looking forward to these…
As I have gotten older I have found XS Big Dot sights to be a great option. They do require practice to shoot well at distance but that is true of any sight choice, really. You have to put in the time to know how your gun hits at various distances with the sights you have chosen.
It will be interesting to see if these replace the white DXT Big Dots I currently have on my defensive pistols 😉
Looking forward to their release. I have the first gen on my G17/4. This is a definite upgrade for my EDC
I have a XS Big Dot on a Kriss Sphinx sub-compact SPD for a potential up close an personal encounter, and prefer nothing else on this particular pistol. Thanks Big Dot!