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.
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