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Why we need Iron Sights

An old pair of TROY BUIS...

An old pair of TROY BUIS…

In the past, I have had wandering zeros and other optic problems, but have been lucky enough to never have experienced a total optic failure due to build quality, workmanship, or damage (I have experienced dead batteries.)

Either way, this is some scary stuff.  I am writing this today because I have, time and again, online and on the range, seen weapon systems being run without backup irons.  That’s right; I have seen primary weapons without iron sights.  Although our Aimpoints and Eotechs, or whatever we are running, are probably tougher than we think, they are not as tough as the thing that is going to break them a week or two from now, leaving us stranded with no choice but to resort to our secondarys for that 100 yard shot we need to make in an emergency.  A primary weapon system should never be without a seondary sighting system.

Now there are a few exceptions to this rule.  First a handgun may be your primary weapon system.  Cops don’t have two sets of sights on their sidearms, and rely solely on the handgun’s irons and maybe a backup sidearm.  Also, your primary role may be so specialized that you may feel comfortable running, say only a scope on your bolt gun because of the role you are filling.  The point is that when you are using fragile optics that rely on their thin housings or their batteries to stay operational, it is usually helpful to run a secondary sighting system, especially when we are alone, may make contact in a CQB situation, or are simply so darn far away from the smith that we can’t risk having a useless firearm.  Irons add little weight to a carbine and are worth 100X their weight in gold when you need them.

I would like to note that there are several physiological problems that come up during an optic failure.  Do we flip up our BUIS (Back up Iron Sights)?  Do we make the transition to our secondary?  Which is faster?  How much time do you have?  Is the target close or far?  I will not go into any fast or hard rules in this article, but these are some questions we should be asking ourself during our training and muscle memory building sessions at the range and at home.  I like to see what people do when the red dots are off.  Do they transition or use their irons?  While I feel that fixed backup irons make for a claustrophobic sight picture when viewed through an RDS, one great perk is that they are “always up”; ready for action should the red dot sight fail.  Besides this advantage they have over smaller, foldable iron sights, they also tend to be a little more robust and hold more reliable zeros as they are not being folded.

Just some quick thoughts before I left for some training.

Stay Safe, and for Pete’s Sake use some BUIS on your carbines!  They are not just a fashion statement; they are there for a reason.


Stay Safe,


Thoughts on Thanksgiving Weekend

The Troy MRF CX 12" on a Colt 6920

The Troy MRF CX 12″ on a Colt 6920

Belated Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Time, as well as scheduling conflicts and the lack of an internet connection 100% of the time, have prevented me posting this earlier, but as Thanksgiving is now well behind us, and the Christmas holiday draws ever closer, here are some thoughts I have had this week:

  • WATER – I have some of the cleanest water on EARTH available to me every morning when I wake up.    I am so grateful for this.  Unless I am in the field, there is really no reason, while at my current residence, to even filter the tap water (I still do, but in no way need to.)  Clean water is a BIG everyday problem for a lot of the world’s population, and yet here I am, after a hard workout, grabbing crystal clear, super clean water.
  • LOCATION – I found myself grateful for currently residing in the United States of America, as well as being a citizen; having been born here.  There are very few countries in the world that offer the security, and relative peace and quiet, the United States offers while retaining as many rights, and freedoms we have here.  Love it, Love it, Love it.  :)
  • Food – I have a refrigerator and freezer stocked full of food.  I have cabinets full of more than I can eat in months.  If I want to eat something when at my current residence, I have but to reach out my hand and take from my supply.
  • Safety – Unless I knowingly step into danger, my downtime at my current residence is 99.99% safe.  I don’t wake up every morning gathering my belongings into a bag, preparing to flee foreign soldiers.  I don’t have to worry about being hunted down and killed for being this color or that religion.  We have peace here.

Just some odd things that have been on my mind, and that I have been wanting to share with you.  :)

Stay Safe, and stay Grateful, 

-Gúru Chia

Fear of Equipment Modification

Magpul MOE hardware subjected to a custom stippling job here at PracticalShootingTips.com

Like tattoos and piercings, the permanent modifications available to weapon systems require careful consideration.  Whether it be custom stippling grips, a backyard JB-Weld mod, or a professionally pinned comp on a 14.5″ barrel (bringing it to a multi-state legal 16″) there are some things we do to our guns that just can not (easily) be reversed.  We have done enough mods to weapons in our time, so here are some tips to consider while making these decisions and some lessons we have learned along the way… Continue reading

Combatting Plateau

Human Beings are amazing.  We are so resilient and strong, and yet at the same time so fragile.  Yet the great thing is that we can build on our strengths and grow out of these weaknesses.  In general, we are adaptable.  Adaptability; one of the reasons we can survive change.  It is definitely on the big “Pros” list of skills when describing a person we know, but adaptability can also have its repercussions on our daily lives.  We tend to get comfortable and may stop progressing.  This is true with almost any Continue reading