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As a lot of you know, I am a product reviewer and content creator for the firearms industry. Along with that, I want to create a blog in text form in order to cover topics that I may have missed in my videos. This page is where I will write reviews, tips, tricks and the like, so stay tuned for more to come.

The Importance of Iron Sights

   As many of you know, there are a myriad of rifle sights out there, ranging from flip up, back up, angled, and front post style fixed sights. Each of us have our own preferences, and some of us are curious as to what is the best option to choose. In short, your rifle must have some style of iron sights... even if your main focus is on your optic, iron sights are definitely a must. 

   Think about it, you have your red dot mounted to your rifle, it looks good, it feels good, and it allows you very fast target acquisition with little effort. Training consists of using that red dot exclusively... then boom, your battery dies and your optic is rendered useless, and now only acts as a clear tube to look through. What do you do now? Well the best answer is, you flip up your iron sights and have at it with hardly any delay. 

   That brings me to the main point of this article... the importance of back up sights. Iron sights give you an alternate means of aiming (obviously), and they should be the starting point of your rifle accessories. Iron sights require no power source, and they will always work, even in the harshest of conditions. 

   There are several types of iron sights on the market and many of them are equally good choices. There are the flip up style sights, which fold out of the way when not is use and act as a back up to your primary optic. There are fixed iron sights, that are always up and can tend to get in the way of your optic, being that you can see the reticle and the iron sights at the same time. Recently though, there is a new style of sight that has come about. Well, its been around for a while but has just recently received my attention. This sight is the 45 degree angle sight. 

   The 45 degree angle sight, sits at an angle to your normal focal plane. They are out of the way of your primary optic and allow you a very fast transition from your optic to iron sights, as it only takes a short cant of the rifle to acquire these sights. There is no need to flip up the sights, and there is no worry that they are in the way of your optic. 

   I bring these sights up because I have been a big supporter of the Magpul MBUS sights, but there is a new product that has come to light. This product is the WM Tactical TUOR Iron Sights. This product is a normal fixed iron sight, but it gives you the ability to cant them at a 45 degree tilt in either the right or left-handed configuration, which for me, is very important, being that I am a lefty myself. If you do not run an optic on your rifle, then no worries, you can just have the sights up in the normal configuration. If however, you do run an optic, then just tilt the sights to the direction of your choosing and now you have an awesome set of angled iron sights that are out of the way of your optic. 

   This style of sight isn't for everyone, and each person should choose their rifle accessories based on what works for them, but these are an awesome alternative to other products of the like. They give you ambidextrous options, that other 45 degree sights don't offer, which if you run your guns like me, is very important. 

   In reality, it doesn't matter which type of iron sights you choose, my main concern is that you do however have some type of back up iron sights. Technology has become very advanced, and most of us like to take advantage of it and use the best optics available to us. The fact of the matter is, no matter how advanced technology is, it will always have the ability to fail. Sometimes analog is the better option of digital, at least in the aspect of rifle sights, they will always work, they will always be there for you, and they will always keep you in check with the fundamentals, which is one of the most important things when training with your firearms. 

Dave Moore

@iDaveMoore

www.squaredawaysurplus.com 

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Home Defense and Body Armor

   As many of you know, self defense is a very important thing. Most people, I feel, 

focus on self defense in regards to concealed carry and being out and about, but a 

topic that is often neglected is Home Defense. 

 

   There are many schools of thought on home defense, most involve which firearm 

is the best, what ammo to use, and all of the debates within. Regardless of the 

firearm you choose, there are other things to consider when thinking about home 

defense, such as gear, ammo sources, tactics, and even a family plan for a home 

invasion. 

 

   I mainly use my Glock 22 for home defense for the fact that I am most proficient 

with it, and it is much easier to maneuver when in close quarters. One thing that I 

have been adding into my home defense routine, is armor, specifically, my Condor 

MOPC Plate Carrier with the AR500 Armor ASC Curved plates.  

 

   If you think about it, there is a good chance that your armor, plate carrier, etc. will

be near by in the case of a home invasion or home defense situation. I understand 

that most things happen in an instant and there is a chance that you will not be 

ready, even if your gun is by your bedside. Though, in regards to gear, however, 

there is a much higher probability that you will have easier access to your armor 

when in your home, rather than at a gas station or a local convenience store.

   

   I know that most of you have a plate carrier and armor, and really don't train with 

it. I'm guilty of this myself, but I decided to get armor to fill a specific purpose, 

that purpose is home defense. My thought process is, if I grab my rifle or a long 

gun, for whatever reason, then chances are I will have the opportunity to also grab 

my armor. Being that I am a civilian and have limited funds, I decided to choose 

the AR500 Armor plates instead of a normal SAPI Plate. I read and watched tons of 

reviews before purchasing and I then decided that AR500 was the best choice for 

me. 

   

   As far as my setup goes, I have my rifle and my shotgun nearby at all times, and 

my handgun (my primary self defense tool), is always on me in one form or 

another. I have the Condor MOPC with the Condor Mag Insert and three HSGI 

TACO's (two rifle and one pistol). Ultimately, my carrier has the ability to carry five 

rifle mags and one pistol mag, giving me plenty of ammo for most any civilian 

home defense situation. As I roam around the house, I always have my pistol, so 

that takes care of my first line of defense. If I hear a ruccus or suspect something 

is going to happen (I know this is rare, but bear with me), my plan is to sling my 

armor on, and grab my rifle. As I said, if I am going to grab my rifle then I will most 

certainly grab my armor along with it. 

   

   A home defense plan involving body armor can definitely help your cause, and 

keep you alive in case the shit does hit the fan. Talking to your family and marking 

out a specific course of action is also important. Tell your kids what room to hide 

in, tell your wife what gun she should grab, and know the layout of your house. Is 

there a solid wall or structure in your home that you can use as cover, or is it 

merely concealment? Which hallway gives you the best advantage, in order to 

fight back or escape? Where are your neighbors houses located, just in case a 

stray bullet makes it out into the street? These are all things to think about, and in 

no way is this an exhaustive list. Proper planning and a proper mindset will take 

you a lot further than mere firearms handling skills. 

   

   The moral of the story is, winning a gun fight, means not getting shot and/or 

injured. Remember, the fact that you have body armor does not mean you no 

longer need to train with your firearms, and have a good "tactical" plan in place. 

Armor is merely a piece of kit to add to your Tactical Toolbox in order to help you 

acheive your end goal... survival.