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In this Trijicon HD VS HD XR comparison guide, let's check them out side by side and decide which one works better for your pistol aiming experience. 

Side By Side Comparison

trijicon hd xr vs hd night sights

Yes, there is a huge difference between them, especially the front sight post.

The Trijicon HD XR night sights feature a thinner front post (.122 in. width) for a much better finer aim point without target obstruction.  The rear sights are the same as the U shape notch rear sight.

This means handguns with Trijicon HD XR night sights can see the target better and hit targets at longer distances with much better accuracy.

Specs

Trijicon HD XR

Trijicon HD Original

Front Sight Size(WXH)

0.122×0.283"

0.144×0.268"

Back Sight Size(WXH)

0.169×0.321"

0.169×0.321"

Weight

0.16 oz

1.76 oz

Installation

Sight pusher required

Sight pusher required

For professional installation, We highly recommend the REAL AVID master sight pusher to easily remove and install sights

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trijicon hd night sights

Pros

  • Lightweight night sight for any compatible pistols in low light
  • Durable and long lasting Tritium phosphor lamp
  • Use the rear sight steeply hooked shape to rack the slide with one hand on hard surfaces
  • Protective aluminum cylinders
  • U shaped Rear sight notch draws the eye to the front sight post in all lighting conditions
  • Quicker target acquisition than factory iron sights

Cons

  • Thick front sight obscures the target, which can impact accuracy at longer distances

Trijicon HD XR Night Sights - Finer Aiming Point

trijicon hd xr night sight

Pros

  • The HD XR sight features a thinner front sight post to open up a larger field of view
  • Faster front sight acquisition with finer aiming point, without target obstruction
  • Front and rear sights are durable to withstand slide racking against hard surfaces
  • Same features as the original Trijicon HD
  • Various color options to choose from

Cons

  • None

For more, please check out other iron sight recommendations here

FAQ

Trijicon HD and HD XR Compatibility 

Trijicon HD night sights are compatible with the following:

  • Glock standard and large frame pistols
  • CZ P10C
  • Beretta APX
  • FN FNX series pistols 
  • Sig Sauer P220, P229, P240, P245, P938, Pro233, Pro2340, Pro245, and P365.

See the full list here on Trijicon's website

Trijicon HD XR sights are compatible with the following:

  • 1911 Novak Style Low Mount Dovetail Cut
  • Beretta PX4, 90, 92A1, APX
  • Colt 1911
  • CZ P10C/P10
  • Glock small, standard & large frames
  • Remington RP9
  • Springfield XD, XDm, XD Mod 2

See the full list here on Trijicon's website