The 3 Best Glock 36 Sights – Night Sight Reviews 2023

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Glock is one of the all time great handguns, and it is only natural that Glock would build an easy carrying, compact pistol in one of the all time great carry cartridges: the .45 ACP. The Glock 36 combines modern day engineering with John Moses Browning’s famous brainchild. However, while one might be tempted to call the mere existence of the Glock 36 good enough, it does have one glaring shortcoming, namely the fact you may need to add night sights.

Now the way I see it, night sights are like having a concealed carry gun in the first place. You may never need them, but when you need them, you are very glad to have them. Working from the rational assumption that the Glock 36 is one of nature’s nearly perfect handguns, it only needs a tad bit of refinement to become a truly awesome handgun, and that comes from adding night sights.

Here are 3 of the best Glock 36 night sights to set you on your way to having a truly perfect carry piece.

Meprolight Tru Dot

One of the most affordable tritium powered Glock 36 night sights on the market today, the Meprolight sights are to put it simply, just right. Advertised as the “brightest night sights available” these traditional appearing night sights offer two glowing rear dots and a single glowing dot on the front sight, allowing for use of a traditional and familiar sight picture.

At this price range, they are also an incredible bargain, making them a wallet friendly no brainer upgrade for your Glock 36. I’d go ahead and grab these if I was doing night sights on the cheap, knowing the reality is they are just as good as more expensive big name night sights. Needless to say, these are among the best Glock 36 night sights in my book.

Glock: Meprolight Tru Dot Night Sight

Big Dot Tritium Sight

My first thought when I saw this Glock 36 night sight was “whoa, cool!” and the more I examined it, the cooler I thought it was. Aside from the common sense snag free design so important on modern concealed carry pistols, it offers a unique rapid sight acquisition design (see full specs).

Regardless of the lighting these sights are absurdly easy to see and acquire targets with, and in low light conditions, they really kick it up a notch. Engineered from the ground up to meet the life saving needs of persons using their handgun in low light conditions, nothing is left to chance with the Big Dot and its unique, groundbreaking design.

XS Big Dot Tritium Sights Review (HD)

Trijicon Night Sights

The leading name is law enforcement and military night sights is Trijicon. That’s for a reason. Their sights are not extremely bright (of course, do you really want super-bright lights in a dark self-defense situation?), but they are very durable, well-made, and easy to use. The sights contain 3 vials of tritium for bright low light performance. On top of that the sights are surrounded by white rings for high visibility during the day.

The Glock 36 is a compact powerhouse designed for concealed carry. This means it needs to be ready to perform day or night, and with the tritium sights it can do just that. Make no mistake these are not the cheapest sights on the market. They are, however, one of the best options out there for the Glock 36. Quality is an investment, and one worth making.

Don’t Forget a Sight Tool!

All this work taking off and installing new Glock night sights requires a special front sight tool. While the rear sight is dovetailed in and can be installed with a punch and hammer, the front sight requires a special tool, and none is better or simpler than the Glock OEM front sight tool. A

Considering its low price, this is a must have item for any Glock owner, and required for installing Glock 36 night sights. Might as well grab one with your order because you’ll be sure to need it, and you’ll find it to be a welcome addition to your gun maintenance tool collection.

Understanding and Choosing the Best Glock 36 Night Sights

Most modern night sights (and all the ones we looked at) use tiny amounts of radioactive tritium gas. With a half life of a little over 12 years, tritium night sights have been reported to be usable for 7-15 years depending on the needs and perceptions of the individual user. What this means is that you will get a long service life out of your night sights, but at some point will have to look at replacing them.

Even at the low end of reported usable life, the most expensive night sights cost very little over a useful lifespan, making them absurdly cheap for the utility they provide. This means it’s not only ok to splurge on high end night sights, but you should not feel bad for throwing them out when they fade beyond your acceptable tolerances for them.

Selecting the best Glock 36 sights then becomes a matter of what looks and feels right for you. Most are in a traditional two dot in the rear/one dot in the front configuration and mimic standard Glock sights. This is all well and good and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The design exists for a reason after all, and that is because it works. But there are also alternatives, like the ghost ring sight which add an exciting new dynamic to the world of Glock 36 sights. Choosing the best night sight is a highly personal choice and should revolve around what kinds of sights you are most comfortable using, and what is most visible for you at night.

The Glock 36 is a cutting edge handgun that fills an important role for the legally armed private citizen or law enforcement. It as an easy carrying, hard hitting handgun suitable for concealed carry. Adding high quality night sights to it creates the ultimate compact .45 auto and gives you greater agency over your personal protection needs when you may be at your most vulnerable. The best Glock 36 night sights give the armed Glock owner a powerful edge over predators, making them perhaps the most important upgrade you can make to your handgun.

  • Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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  1. When installing the front sight on the Glock 36 did you run into a clearance issue as I did? My original sight was standard pressed in plastic and when the new sight was installed with the screw it interfered with the barrel. I had bought Truglo tritium sights and when I called them about the fit they stated that because of the slide on the 36 and 30s they do not recommend any of their products for either gun. Apparently some 36 slides are machined a little differently and will accept such sights, my buddy has one that has the front sight screwed on from the factory. I contacted Glock and they didn’t have an answer.

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