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A.R.M.S. #41-B Front Sight Review. For all you A-2 lovers

ARMS-#41-B-A2-Front-Sight-FoldingThe history of the M-16 goes as far back as a lot of your grandpas in Vietnam. Something that many people don’t realize is why the front sight was fitted on the rifle with a angled mount. The purpose of the angled rear bar is to keep the design more snag-free. This would keep the operator from getting the front sight post hung up on gear, brush, and other operational hazards. Pretty ingenious design if you ask me. This is one of the few reasons many Military and L.E.O. prefer to leave the front A2 sight post the way it is. Well for all you guys that prefer Function and Form, Atlantic Research Marketing Systems Inc (A.R.M.S.) has got your back. They took the Function of the angled A2 front sight and fit it with the Form of a folding apparatus. At first glance it appears to look like a standard A2 sight, but when you see it at work you are awestruck. The gang at A.R.M.S. is committed to absolute excellence and attention to detail. The new #41-B Silhouette is a dream come true, and a must have component for operators wanting the A2 Front Sight and also the ability to fold it out of the way for running optics platforms. There is even an optional bayonet lug to keep it true to form. Make sure to check it out and pick one up for yourself if it suites your needs. Two thumbs up from GunModReview.com

A.R.M.S. “SILHOUETTE” #41-B Folding Front Sight

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Magpul B.A.D. Lever. This is one of the most useful AR-15 accessories I have seen in a long time.

Magpul has come through for us once again gang. With the addition of their B.A.D. lever you will have much faster magazine reloads. The B.A.D. Lever is an extended bolt release lever for your AR-15/M16. B.A.D. stands for Battery Assist Device. This very much improves the capability of your AR-15 or M16. In my opinion, the less time you spend focusing on reloading your weapon, the more time you can focus on acquiring or holding point of aim on your target. In a fire-fight situation being able to stay focused on your primary target or being able to acquire the next one is key! What the lever does is attach to the stock bolt catch paddle with a hex head screw. The B.A.D. lever extends down from the stock bolt catch release then goes through to the other side of the trigger guard. This allows you to still be able to reach your trigger with no obstuction, but also push the B.A.D. lever with your trigger finger to load the first round of your new magazine. They also include a Nyloc patch with the screw so the screw with not walk its way out through extended periods of recoil. The Battery Assist Device by Magpul is a must have in my collection. Check it out for yourself. Priced at around 30 dollars, its an inexpensive and important AR-15 or M16 accessory.


Ar-15/M16 B.A.D. Lever? Magpul B.A.D. Lever

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Best Trigger Guard for AR-15/M16 from Magpul! Check it out

Magpul has always been a company that has provided reliable and inexpensive upgrades and accessories for the AR-15 and M16. This trigger guard has been on the market for a while now, but I am not seeing a lot of people giving it props. It kind of bums me out. This is an extremely easy install and super effective upgrade for the AR-15 or M16. The standard AR-15 or M16 trigger guard is totally flat, this is not very ergonomic. What Magpul did is put a nice little angle to the floor of the trigger guard. What this does is allow you to have faster access to your trigger and makes it less obstructive when wearing gloves. You can snag up the plastic trigger guard for only 8.99 or the Enhanced Trigger guard (aluminum) for 19.99. This is a super inexpensive mod that will make a world of difference when engaging a threat. I would personally opt to spend the extra 10 bucks for the aluminum trigger guard.

Magpul Moe Polymer Trigger Guard – Black

Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard Fits Most AR10/Sr25/.223 And M16 Styles

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Dueck Defense’s New Rapid Transition Sights. No need for flip up BUIS anymore?

Okay gang, after seeing these on Brownell’s a while back, I had to post on them. How fitting it was for me to find these after yesterday’s post. I have not tested these yet, but man they look pretty neat. Just from looking at them and reading about them, I will give you my common sense Pros and Cons. As far as the stats go They sit at the same bore height and sight picture as your MILSPEC A2 sights. The mounting arm only sits .20″ above rail height. This keeps them from getting in the way of other optic’s line of sight. They make them for left and right handed shooters. The rear aperture has the same windage and elevation adjustments in 1/2 moa clicks. The mounting offset is 45 degrees from top of weapon.
So here is why this is relevant with yesterday’s post of “Co-Witness or not to Co-Witness”, can we throw flip up BUIS and co-witnessing out the window now? Not so fast, Let me tell you the problems I see as an average shooter. The AR-15/M-4 platform is starting to turn into a set of legos. The more crap you mount on your weapon, the less effective it starts to become. Of course you have to have Iron Sights 100% must! I see these new sights being effective 50 meters or closer. I believe these will still be “iffy” on taking shots with iron sights out past 100 meters, unless laying down. If you plan on using these as your BUIS for every situation, I would practice everyday before I had to operate them. With the cycling of your M4 you have a recoil you are used to, with the gun canted 45 degrees it changes your cheek weld, your shoulder placement, and the way you adjust for the weapon’s recoil. Standing up or prone, I see this being a bigger adjustment that one is led to believe. I also see this creating other snag points to be thought about with your sling and gear.
Okay, enough with the Cons. Here are some of the neat things this sight platform creates. Co-witnessing, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. Primary optic breaks or is no longer useful due to closer range, no problem. You don’t have to flip up any sights, all you do is cant the weapon 45 degrees and proceed. This can add 3 or 4 extra shots down range at the bad guys, major plus! Also, if you have ever co-witnessed sights through an optic, you know at first it’s a tad hazy acquiring your sight picture again. Also, when co-witnessing you have a smaller field of view. When you are in a combat situation and need to acquire your next target quickly, the last thing you want to do is take your eye of your front sight.
Overall I think this could be a great new product for AR-15′s and M4′s. Fitted with the correct task and an operator willing to practice, it should get the job done. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or have actually operated using this style sight, feel free to post your review. Have a great day, Jim

As soon as Brownell’s has the product link up I will get it added. For now click this link and search Dueck Defense in their site search. Click here for AR-15/M16 parts & accessories from Brownells.com

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Must have Folding Sights for AR 15 and M-4. Troy Industries win and here is why!

AR 15 Troy Industries Folding Battle SightAR 15 Troy Industries Folding Battle SightAR 15 Troy Industries Folding Battle SightIf you are in the market for reliable and easy to install accessories for you AR 15, I’ve got a winner for you. I have ran a handful of Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS) on my AR 15′s. PRI, A.R.M.S., and Troy have always been industry leaders in my opinion. It’s not because they are the cheapest or the most heavily marketed, they are made to be 100% reliable, durable, and retain zero. Troy Industries Folding Battle sights are made to flip up with no assistance and to flip down by depressing a small button on the side of the sight. They are held in place by two 1000 pound force detent balls. These sights are not folding down unless you tell them to. These sights are proven over and over again to retain actual zero and also made to co-witness through electronic optics. This means, if your batteries fail or your EOTech just stops working, you can still have an accurate sight picture. They have several options available as well. You can get an HK style front sight, you can also order sights that are imbedded with tritium as well.
Troy Industries Front and Rear Micro BattleSight Combo – Black
Troy Industries Micro HK Style Front and Rear Folding Battle Sight

Let’s review why these are a must have:

- co-witness
- 100 percent retention of zero
- hard coat anodized and impregnated with teflon
- will not flip down
- operator proven