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 02-11-2018, 10:38 Post: 121223
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 Sights on a new gun look used

What's up with that? They are tritium sights on a brand new gun. They glow just fine, though. Somewhere I heard that they get re-used by the manufacturer: when tritium expires they reload the old sights with a new caplsule and sell it again. Is that true? Hope that's the case and not some rep at the shop swapping his expired sights for new ones.






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 02-11-2018, 15:33 Post: 121224
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 Sights on a new gun look used

I have never heard of that and I would NOT want the job of digging small radioactive glass capsules out of tiny chunks of metal.

More likely the metals used don't hold blueing well or are cold blued because the tritium capsules cannot stand up to the heat of a blueing tank.






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 02-11-2018, 20:27 Post: 121225
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OK, that makes sense.

Well, my job description is not exactly as you described, but I do work with tritium on a regular basis and it's actually pretty harmless. It decomposes through beta decay (releasing a helium-3 and an electron); this type of radioactivity doesn't even penetrate the skin, so the only way you can be harmed by tritium is if you inhale or ingest it. But it's still a regulated substance and you're not supposed to discard of old tritium sights in regular trash.






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