As I have no intention of relegating this gun to safe queen status, I decided to send it out and finally get Trijicon Night Sights installed. Since I do not have the tooling, or expertise to drill out my front sight and install a tritium lamp, I farmed this work out to someone else. The company I used to do this work is Trijicon's authorized installer, Tooltech Gunsite. The process of installation, for a Beretta, includes drilling out the front sight and installing the Night Sight lamps into it. Then it is a simple matter of drifting out the rear combat sight and installing the Trijicon rear sight in it's place.
The process was pretty easy. First, I completed the order form, which included pertinent information about the weapon, my address, payment option, and exactly what work I wanted done while it was away. Since the entire weapon does not have to be shipped, I field stripped the gun, and packaged the slide only. I placed the frame, barrel, magazine, recoil spring, and guide rod into a couple of plastic bags and stored them safely at my house. I recommend getting insurance on this when you ship it because without a slide, a Beretta frame is pretty useless.
The slide had a two-week turn around. I received it about 15 days later, and to my chagrin, UPS knocked on the door, and just left the gun on the front porch. Tooltech did buy insurance for it for the return to my house. I hate UPS though.
3H) is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen. It contains one proton and two neutrons. Naturally occurring tritium is very rare. Tritium has a half life of about 12 years, and Trijicon warranties their Night Sights to last about that time. After the twelve years is up, the tritium illumination begins to degrade and the night sights will eventually dim. It's not difficult for Trijicon to replace the lamps in your existing sights for a nominal fee at that point. Better than batteries, you never have to worry about your sights being on. Let the tritium light your way in the darkness.
Now, I should clarify that because these sights illuminate in total darkness does not mean they are so bright that you lose your night vision. In fact, the green color choice is so because of two things: the human eye sees green better than any color, and it remains brightest longest. When a room goes from full light to total darkness, it takes my eyes about a second to see the tritium night sights. If I use my weapon-mounted flashlight, I may lose the sights while it is use momentarily, but they come back quickly, especially if I use my light properly and only illuminate for a moment to identify targets. My attached video, below, demonstrates this quite effectively.
Overall, I'm happy with this decisions. Trijicon Night Sights will vary on cost, depending on what firearm you have, and what it will take to get the sights installed. After all shipping costs, I think mine rand me in the neighborhood of $175, and was worth every penny. My weapon went from being not so great in the dark to totally capable.