Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by andrewdl007, Dec 24, 2021.
It looks like you could get detachable flip up sights and mount them both easily enough as there's a rail on the gas block and you would still have room for whatever optic you want. It would be pretty sweet actually. I'd probably put a vortex strike eagle 1-8x or similar scope on a quality return to zero mount on that rifle but that's just my preference.
And will cost about as much as a good set of Magpul MBUIS.
UTG Super Slim Flip-up Front Sight , Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0182VADP...abc_ZWXEMABT4NK485YKDJ0R?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
they work great for the budget.
If it's a full-length rail just get yourself a pair of Magpul flip-up sights (or any other brand of matching front and rear sights) and mount them on the rail. Eazy Peazy. If it's not a full-length rail the front sight needs to be a gas-block mount sight else they won't line up right.
Plinker? Lower cost red dot vs variable optic vs irons. Advise metal for the front sight at the very least. If he shoots quickly the gas block will heat up. Potentially to plastic melting temps.
Defensive? Spend a little more on a nicer red dot vs irons.
I would recommend the Daniel Defense sight set if you go that route.
Simple and sturdy.
If you decided on a defensive optic.
Yes, in the pic you posted the mini front rail is integral to the gas block. Kind of an unusual configuration, to come in the box that way. But the front and back rails are level with each other so you could mount a rail-mounted flip-up front sight, so long as it's made from metal, and any rail-mount flip-up rear sight. Only Magpul's top-of-the line sights are metal, and they're expensive. UTG / Leapers makes decent metal sights that should work just fine for you. Make sure, though, that you don't accidentally buy the "gas-block-mount" front sight because it will be too high for that set-up. Been there, done that. Twice.
There is also the option of a gas block with flip up front sight. This would replace the short railled gas block you have now. I have one from midwest industries on my scoped AR.
Ive bought a range of folding sights from $25 up to $125. As long as they are metal, the quality is usually decent. But like anything, the expensive ones are noticably nicer.
I’ve wondered how that all works. I went with a traditional front sight tower for a dedicated AR15-A4 but I dug for a while trying to find out what the F-marked sight meant.
Yes, if you peek in through the top of the fore end, you ought see a tube running from the front block back to the receiver.
Now, would that block get hot enough to melt Magpul polymer? Maybe--that would take a lot of rounds in a very short amount of time, and while uncomfortable to human touch, probably not in the range to soften modern polymers.
Now, a cheaper set of thermoplastic BUIS? Maybe.
Now, there's an excellent argument for the angled offset BUIS, which leaves the centerline "clean" for optics of whatever sort.
A review (for what it's worth): https://www.firearmreview.com/best-offset-iron-sights/
An F marked A2 front sight block is for flat top receivers, detatchable carry handles included. A NON-F-Marked one is for A1/A2 integrated carry handle upper receivers.
Should be the same height as the receiver rail so any add on or flip up sight should work.
as mentioned, I’d avoid polymer, while they may not flat out melt they can get soft enough to deform with recoil over time. I HAVE seem a Magpul flip up ruined with heavy mag dumps in a short time.
Yankee Hill Machine also makes a nice metal flip up front sight for tall railed gas blocks.
I'm using an old, fully metal flip up rear sight. Could be a UTG product, I don't remember, but I do know that I like it a lot better than the Magpul I have on a different rifle. The sight picture is cleaner.
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