Trijicon HD Vs Bright and Tough

Trijicon is one of the most well-known brands of night sights for pistols. Now, if you are looking for a decent and reliable night sight set, you may have come across two of their products, Trijicon HD and Trijicon Bright and Tough. Since the price difference between the two models is quite marginal, you may get confused in choosing between the two. Below, we will see the comparisons between Trijicon HD and Trijicon Bright and Tough!


The two are quite similar to each other. They each consists of two parts, the front sight and the rear sight. Trijicon Bright and Tough is somewhat smaller than Trijicon HD. They each features three Tritium-Phosphor lamps – one on the front and two on the rear – which will glow in low-light and no-light conditions. However, all of Trijicon HD’s lamps are green, while Trijicon Bright and Tough has a green front light and a pair of green, orange, or yellow rear lights depending on which model variant that you choose.

Furthermore, Trijicon Bright and Tough has white highlight rings surrounding both the front and the rear lamps. The white color makes these highlight-rings very visible in daylight. On the other hand, Trijicon HD only has the front lamp surrounded by an orange or yellow photoluminescent highlight ring.

Both models are made of metallic construction for maximum ruggedness and durability. Both also have sapphire window caps to protect the lamps. Trijicon Bright and Tough comes with rectangle rear notch, while Trijicon HD has a U-shaped rear notch.

Both models glow very well in low-light conditions, allowing you to precisely and properly aim your gun. However, the different designs give different properties. With Trijicon Bright and Tough, the source of the light is only the lamps. Since you can use different colors to differentiate the front from the rear lamps, Trijicon Bright and Tough allows easy and quick front sight acquisition. On Trijicon HD, the photoluminescent ring on the front lamp is able to absorb light in normal conditions to be then emitted for 10 – 15 minutes when you get into a dark environment. Yet, once the highlight no longer glows, it can be difficult to distinguish the front from the rear lamps.

Trijicon HD Vs Bright and Tough

Trijicon HDBright and Tough

All in all, we recommend you to choose Trijicon Bright and Tough. Compared to Trijicon HD, the design is much more intuitive. The different colors of the front and the rear lamps allow for faster target acquisition.