One of the things I have noticed with pleasure lately is that an increasing number of handguns leaving factories are coming from the factory with quality fixed sights hooked in them. It used to be that the first thing you did when you bought a pistol for carry or competiton was whack the lousy factory sights off it, and replace them with decent sights.
In the category of “things I never thought I would say”, Taurus has basically beaten the pants off every other major manufacturer in this category. Their 1911 series guns either come with Heinie or Novak sights, their 24/7 guns do the same, their new 800 series are rigged with good sights, and even their budget friendly 909 and 911 are wearing metal low profile carry sights.
S&W is also doing well in the world of sights. The M&P pistols can be had from the factory with Novak night sights, or Warren Tactical fiber optics in the JG or the Pro editions. Their 1911 pistols are similarly well set up, as are some of the revolvers on the catalog.
Even Springfield brought things up a notch on the XD(m), with a finely serrated rear sight from the factory, instead of the “glare catcher” featured on the rest of the XD family.
However, with all the goodness in the sight world, Glock still continues to produce pistols with those insultingly cheap and easy to break plastic sights. Honestly, how hard would it be to put some decent sights on those guns? If Taurus can do it, then for Pete’s sake you would think that Glock would able to either make or buy a decent set of sights for their guns.
I also predict that in the comments, someone will accuse me of having a soft spot for Taurus…they would be correct, I do have an affinity for Taurus’ semi-automatic pistols. I spend an inordinate amount of time at their SHOT SHOW booth each year. But hey, they also put good sights on their guns, right out of the factory.