A growing number of AR platforms are being offered without iron sights. Sure, it looks cool and makes you feel like an operator- but is it leaving you ill prepared?
Maybe I’m just old school but I like to have iron sights available on any platform I am shooting. Even if it is going to be outfitted with a top of the line red dot system I start with the traditional sights THEN make the upgrade.
Yes, modern non-magnified red dot systems are much more dependable than earlier models. While there have been reports of some systems failing or simply running out of juice it is not common. In truth your iron sights are far more likely to be bumped, broken or lost. So why should they still be a part of the system?
Because if you are depending on your rifle for life or death there is no reason to leave anything to chance.
Even though today’s red dot systems are far more durable than their predecessors they are still capable of being broken. Yes, battery life is now measured in years verse hours but even a star burns out eventually. The list goes on. No matter what pluses your red dot may have every plus has an opposite – the negative, that time when it does fail.
Of course, we all know that IF something is going to fail it will not be on the training range. Catastrophic failures do not happen when it is convenient, they happen when everything is on the line. When this happens you will be glad you spent the little bit extra to have back up iron sights included or added them aftermarket.
Plus, iron sights are also an excellent means of double checking your red dot’s zero. If you have need to take off your red dot, drop it and might have knocked it out of whack or even decide to upgrade you will want to double check everything. If you have iron sights installed you can cut the process to minutes by first matching the red dot to the front post then firing a few rounds to confirm. Nice when you don’t have a lot of time to spend hitting the range.
The bottom line is Murphy love shooters and he also loves to rear his ugly head at the most inconvenient time. When this happens do you want to spend time cleaning, fixing or replacing parts and batteries or would you prefer being able to switch to iron sights and keep moving forward?
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