The shooting world for one loves Tritium.
That sexy little glow at night on your sights allowing you to take a bead onto that dim shape in front of you. Of course you still can’t make out the target but that’s a minor issue I suppose.
It’s usual form is as a little glass bead filled with a mildly radioactive unstable beta radiation emitting gas which, as it decays and comes into contact with a phosphor layer, causes it to fluoresce. Pretty uh?
Only here’s the crunch.
For all the high tech nonsense (and clever marketing) it doesn’t last and has a half life of 12 and a bit years. Thus Tritium can lose up to half its brightness by the end of that period.
Plus it involves fitting adapted sights to hold the precious liquor loaded glass (and a good credit card).
Oh look, no special engineering needed, only a fine paint brush!
A steady hand and above all PATIENCE.
It came as a powder which you mixed with a gooey resin not unlike nail varnish. Once exposed to light (charged), it glowed for hours.
Only there was a time element involved when “installing it”.
- Degrease the sights (Cotton bud and acetone)
- Apply a good thick base MATT white coat in the pattern you wanted to see.
- Mix and apply the ‘glow paint’ on top of the white.
I always put two coats on.
- Add a quick coat of clear varnish to keep it nice.
On reflection, it was a bit “messy” and time consuming.
But look mum!
No batteries, no credit card, and one bottle of power lasted me for YEARS!
Ah, accuracy? Got to finish there haven’t I.
Center mass at 20-25 meters. Best I could do with a rifle in low light (I can make out a shape) levels.
With a pistol, same scenario, center mass, 15 feet tops.
The glow helped in both cases but mainly I was working off point and shoot.
Now I can just feel the gun slingers out in blog land laughing at that.
Only can you dim your well lit comfy air conditioned ranges down to where you can just see a form at 25 yards? Thought not.
Point and shoot is one skill everyone should master on both pistol and rifle, even if it is VERY OLD SCHOOL!