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    About Night Sights

    Heres a little edumacation for yall about night sights just in case you wanted to know.

    Tritium or Hydrogen-3 is a gas element and has a half life of 12 to 12.5 years. The vials in which it is injected into are made of a high strength-breakage resistant Borosilicate glass that is coated with a type of phosphorus powdered solution(different types of phosphors make different colors; green, orange, yellow. I have even seen some blue and red, I think they were made by MMC, and other colors of glow can be purple and white). The radio active Tritium gas emits a beta radiation ray during decay which reacts with different mixtures of phosphors and the result of that reaction is the colored glow you see in the dark.

    Also, Tritium is a member of the Hydrogen family of which there is also Deuterium. Hydrogen is the first state of the gas. Deuterium and Tritium are the second and third states respectively. They are also referred to as heavy elements, because they are radioactive. Tritium is also a byproduct of Nuclear Fission in nuclear reactors. Happy Shootin.
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    That explains why I glow in the dark! Thank you for the information. I never thought of why it worked, as long as it worked!

    keep yer powder dry...rydd2

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    Thats some good info for those who never realized they wer carrying around radioactive material next to their genitals. Lol. Seriously tho its harmless.
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    thanks Boomer! and dprice, i was starting to worry about that for a second!!

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    my last five additions have had ns and now that i know about the radiation, anything i would buy now, will help my glowing personality.
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