Question about adding sights

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by ustate, Jan 8, 2015.

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  1. ustate

    ustate Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sometime in the next few months I'll probably be getting a another rifle. I've been looking around and most of the ones I've been looking are set for scopes and don't have standard sights. How hard is it to add standard sights to rifles? I'd like to have 'back-up' sights if possible.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    It's a simple job for a gunsmith to add sights to the barrel.

    The bigger problem is the stocks the sightless rifles come with have high straight combs so your eye is 1 1/2" high off the stock behind the scope.

    So it is impossible to get your head down low enough to use the lower mounted open sights on the barrel.

    (Unless they are mounted very high off the barrel.)

    IMO: Your best back-up sight is a high quality scope in the first place.
    They very seldom fail anymore.

    Then if you are really still concerned?
    QD mounts with a back-up scope in your pack already sighted in.

    Further IMO: In the event of a pack horse rolling over it in a saddle scabbard, or an ATV accident?
    You are more likely to break the stock or bend the barrel then break a good modern scope!

    So do you need to carry back-up stocks & barrels too?

    Last edited: Jan 8, 2015
  3. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    May 26, 2007
    I've never, ever, had a quality scope fail me. I've had iron sights fail on several occasions. And you can get a quality scope for around $200. No need to pay over $350-$400 unless you just want to. But there aren't many with a list price much under $200 I'd suggest.

    If you choose the scope wisely they do everything better anyway. A variable scope with 1X or 2X on the low end is faster to get on target with up close and more magnification aids with longer range precision. They are a huge help in low light where most shots are taken during hunting season.

    It would cost around $150 or so to get some cheaper irons added. Better sights would cost more. Just put that money toward a better quality scope
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