|Jesse Tischauser of Stag Arms Shooting Team|
|Iron sights at 45 degrees|
There's a major reason why I'm leaning toward iron sights versus something like a red dot. Adding the second optic to the rifle immediately moves you into Open division. I've got no desire to go there as of now. When trained appropriately, iron sights can be used as accurately and efficiently as red dot sights on AR's.
So what are your options when it comes to offset iron sights? The big name in "rapid transition sights" has been Barry Dueck from Dueck Defense, himself a 3-gun competitor. Since he popularized these sights on the 3-gun circuit, several other companies have gotten in on the action, namely Knights Armament and Surefire. All three of these companies offerings mount directly to the Picatinny rail and are fixed sights, meaning they don't flip up or down.
|KAC offset iron sights|
Another option would be to add a small 45 degree rail section, such as the Daniel Defense 1 o'clock offset rail and put any of your standard back up sights on. Most people have backup irons such as Magpul or Troys already and could easily pop these on the rifle. The downside is that they would have to be flipped up, and there would also be the potential for them to get accidentally flipped up or down during movement.
So I'm currently thinking heavily about trying this setup out. I'm currently running my Vortex Viper PST 1-4x with no irons on my 3-gun rifle. What I'd like to do is keep the scope at 4x for shots longer than 50 yards or so, and have the irons to engage all of the close quarters shots. The matches I shoot in usually have the majority of the targets within 10 yards, with a couple out at 100. I think this setup would RULE.
Be safe and see you next time.