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Back-up irons question
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:44:31 pm »
Back around Christmas time I let a friend of mine talk me into an AR panic-build  :hmm.  This will be my first Evil Black Rifle, so I don't have a lot of experience with the variety of bits and pieces there are to choose from.  I'll probably end up with some cheap relatively inexpensive optics, but I want to learn irons first. A local shop has the magpul sights in various colors, and I was wondering if the color could possibly matter at all. Specifically, if the lighter colors like foliage green and FDE are easier to see depending on light, harder to see depending on background, or makes absofriggenlutely no difference ever.  I already have an OD stock and some pmags, making it a bit of a fashion faux pas to go with a lighter color for the sights, but the amount of give-a-damn I have for matching colors is very close to zero (especially if it may affect function).  Has anybody tried more than one of these and noticed a difference?  Any advice or insight is appreciated, thanks.
 
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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 03:54:46 pm »
    Keeping in mind the caveat that I have not mounted my MBUS's on anything, I got black to a)match the rest of what I don't have yet, and b) to minimize glare, if I'm shooting outdoors.

    Other'n that, I'm quite happy with the build quality of the item - they feel quite sturdy for poly, and they're considerably cheaper than getting true iron backups.

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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 04:52:06 pm »
    Color is a preference thing.  I suppose that the lighter colored sights might be a bit more prone to glare, but I doubt it is anything you'd notice in real life.

    One caveat regarding the Magpul BUIS--if you have a rifle with the rail integrated in the gas block, Magpul recommends not using their front sight at that mounting point due to the possibility of transferred heat melting/deforming the front sight.

    I'm a fan of keeping the IRON in my BUIS, but that costs a bit more.  The Magpul product is a decent cheap solution though.
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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 05:42:33 pm »
    We put fluorescent orange on the front sight post of my wife's AR.
    MASSIVE improvement.


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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 06:02:08 pm »
    Thanks for the warning, Eagle. I'll make sure to mount mine to the fore rail...

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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 06:30:36 pm »
    We put fluorescent orange on the front sight post of my wife's AR.
    MASSIVE improvement.


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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #6 on: March 28, 2013, 06:36:08 pm »
    Yep, nail polish.
    Altho model car paint works well also.


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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013, 10:21:15 pm »
    +1 on that. I have done that for years on all my weapons. A dab of orange nailpolish is an excellent mod. I pick up the front sight much quicker. I look for the flash of orange and press, flash of orange and press...
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    Re: Back-up irons question
    « Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 01:52:43 am »
    Thanks for the quick responses, guys. So, the consensus seems to be that the fashion element is unrelated to function.  I suspected, but my ignorance required me to ask. As far as the front sight is concerned, the upper I'm currently wait-listed for has an A2 style front, so no worries, but I appreciate the head's up on the melty bits, that's good to know if I ever decide to switch it up for some kind of gas block/rail configuration. 

    I've only ever had "Granddaddy's Old Deer Rifles and Quail Banes" brand firearms, so all of the rifles that support "paramilitary-style insidious cosmetic features" are totally new to me. I only ever learned two flavors: lever and bolt.  All of this AR stuff feels like Legos for big kids, which is awesome and I'm very excited, but it's also a bit intimidating to have to walk into a crowded store and say, "I don't know my arse from a hole in the ground, please sell me something."  Thanks for your advice, it's all appreciated.

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