It's triangular. But it's not the same. I think that a sight system such as that might be pretty accurate, but not very fast.
The advantage of the Steyr system is that the base of the triangle and the base of the trapezoidal notch in the rear sight are both extremely wide compared to traditional post/notch sights. This means the front sight is visible through the rear sight through a MUCH wider range of motion.
What leads to fast follow-up shots in any pistol is the ability of the shooter to quickly line up the sights again. With post/notch, the front sight easily disappears completely, leaving the shooter to "hunt" for it. But the tri/trap Steyr sights, the front sight can be far more out-of-alignment, yet still be partially seen. Being able to see just a small part of the front sight tells the shooter where gun is aimed, and which direction to move to correct it.
All of this happens in a split-second, of course.
Those Glock triangle sights are novel, and probably pretty cool to use. But I don't think they compare to the Steyr system.
Having just seen this website and looked at the sights, allow me to add my opinion. I am completely unimpressed. These sights are unsuitablle for target shooting and they are lfar ess than ideal for personal defense.
First, one of the rules of defensive shooting is "Front Sight". The Steyr factory front sight excels at this due to the prominent white triangle. The factory Stey rear sight adds to this by having small angled bars to outline the front sight in certainlighting conditions. This sight has a small red "diamond" that is neither visually compelling in its shape, color, or placement in the sight picture. The rear sight is far more compelling due to its perceived size and the use of a higher visibility color. This will handicap a veteran shooter and perplex a rookie shooter.
For target shooting, this sight allows no precision. There is no visual border between the front sight and the rear sight. With no visual reference between the sights, the shooter cannot accurately ascertain elevation/windage errors. The shooter must rely on the perception of color orientation against the contrasting color.
I have been a firearms instructor for over nine years in my current job and based on what I have observed on the website, I would recommend against them for anything other that casual plinking.
TRU-GLO MAKES A TRIANGLE SIGHT CALLED (SURE-SIGHT) WHICH IS DAY-GLO YELLOW AND EAZY TO PICK-UP A GOOD SIGHT PICTURE.
I'VE GOT A SET ON MY GLOCK 27. AT FIRST I HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE SHOOTING WITH THEM DUE TO TRYING TO MAKE A PERFECT TRIANGLE. AFTER A WHILE I WAS ABLE TO JUST PICK-UP THE FRONT SIGHT ONLY, NOT EVEN PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO THE REAR. EVERYTHING WAS GREAT AFTER THAT UP TO ABOUT 15 TO 20 YARDS AFTER THAT YOU CAN FORGET LONG RANGE SHOOTING. SOMETHING ABOUT THE EYE DOING ALL THE WORK FOR YOU, KIND OF LIKE THE EYE ALWAYS CENTERS THE FRONT SIGHT IN A GHOST RING OR PEEP SIGHT.
THE STEYR SIGHT ARE EASIER TO USE EVEN A LONGER DISTANCE.
My name is Chaim Stein, and I am the inventor of the SureSight (The sight mentioned by UTCCOP)
TRUGLO no longer makes it; we are now manufacturing and marketing it ourselves, and we will be bringing it to market in the very near future for Glocks, XDs and Sigs.
While it is triangular, it differs significantly from the Steyr's innovative triangle/trapezoid sight.
First, SureSight is aligned differently . The front sight is visually "stacked" on top of the rear sight, and the resulting alignment forms a triangle. The tip of the triangle is point of impact. This allows the shooter to simultaneously see much more front sight AND more of the target. (The front sight is by FAR the largest front sight of any kind on the market, yet it will still fit in standard holsters.) (If you'd like to see a diagram that illustrates this, please visit http://www.suresight.com)
Second, because the front sight is so large and the rear so relatively small, the front sight can never get "lost" behind the rear sight, as is often the case with notch and post sights. This not only aids in faster sight acqusition under normal conditions, it also makes shooting multiple targets, shooting on the move, and regaining sight picture after recoil much simpler.
Third, apart from increased front sight visibility, this arrangement causes the shooter to form a picture--a complete triangle. This capitalizes on an inborn skill we humans posess called the Gestalt Principles of Perceptual Organization. Since humans are already hard-wired to complete shapes, it makes aiming a more intuitive.
Fourth, these are the only handgun sights (that I am aware of) on the market that were designed to be aimable when the primary focus of the shooter's eye is on the target, not the sights. Even a healthy shooter, under non-stressful conditions, takes approximately .75 seconds to shift focal lengths, as from focusing on the front sight to focusing on a potential threat. That is a loooong time in a gunfight. SureSight was designed to be able to allow good hits on a man-sized target out to 7 yards while focusing intently on the target, not the sights. The fluorescent yellow sights and distinctive shape facilitate with this.
I hope I'm not out of line here; I came across this forum (and this thread) since I noticed some members were visiting my site from here. I apologize if I'm being too "commercial". That said, I think we have something unique to offer the shooting community, and I think this may be of interest.
Thanx for the post. I wouldn't mind havin' one of those front sights in my hand to look at, but I don't have a Glock to put it in, and its not very likely that I ever will. <shrug> But I am intrigued by your front sight. Can you arrange for me to borrow one for a small time to get a feel for what you are suggesting i.e. quicker target aquisition, over the top of the back sight alignment an so forth. And, are you or are you not going to have them available for the M and S Series Steyrs? Plz get back to me when you have a moment. PM me if you'd rather. Thanx.
I'd be curious as to just how much "interest" they are looking for prior to actually trying to develope a sight for Steyrs (which considering come stock with a "triangle" sight, you'd think it would be a natural)
I know I posted about these sights last summer (I think) and contacted them suggesting Steyr's and I know a few others did at the time as well.