After recently purchasing a new Glock 19 Gen 4, I went in search of some new sights. Those of you that have read this article know that I am not a fan of the stock plastic Glock sights. After a lot of research, I finally settled on the Vickers Elite Battlesights manufactured and sold by Wilson Combat. The rear sight features a prominent .145” U-Notch and is available with tritium as an option, while the .125” wide front sight comes in two heights to accommodate different calibers and is available in plain black, or with a tritium, fiber optic, or gold bead insert. The sights are serrated to reduce glare and the rear sight is contoured to assist with one handed manipulations of the pistol, and is securely fastened in the slide dovetail with two set screws.
I had no previous experience with U-Notch sights and had largely dismissed the concept before learning about the role that gaze mapping research played in the design of the sight. (Check out the video review on Wilson Combat’s website…) Apparently, the U-Notch is supposed to allow faster sight acquisition since the eye is naturally drawn to corners and will instinctively line up the top of the front sight in the top of the rear notch without the distraction of corners at the bottom of the rear sight. I can attest that the sight picture is definitely striking and allows for easy sight tracking during strings of fire.
As you can see in the photos, I chose a plain black rear sight with a tritium front sight. I discovered that the rear sight required minor fitting when I attempted to tap it into place, so I entrusted the installation to a local gunsmith since I didn’t have the correct tools. Accordingly, Wilson Combat does advise on the website that minor fitting may be required.
When I first took my new pistol with new sights to the range, I was initially a bit disappointed at my performance on a plate rack. However, after changing to a different pair of glasses, I was able to repeatedly ding a reduced size steel target at 50 yards. Indeed, when I did my part, the sights allowed for excellent accuracy. I look forward to using this gun and sight combination much more this year, so you can expect an updated and more in depth review at some point in the future.