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Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by Olon, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Olon

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    So I just installed this new handguard on my AR. Before, I had a drop in quad rail which I had that front sight attached to. Now, I have a small picatinny segment attached to this handguard and the sight on that. What I found when I tried to get it dialed in today is that the front sight, sitting on that picatinny segment, is quite a bit higher than the rear sight. So much so that I don't think I can adjust it down far enough to shoot at POA. What can I do to fix this? is there some sort of riser for the rear sight?

    That front sight was a royal pain to get on anyhow... the slots in the handguard are too narrow so I had to grab a file and grind down the nuts so they fit through. Very close to just giving up and getting a scope/red dot here, but it's not in my budget right now.

    Thanks for the suggestions,

    Olon
     
  2. mustanger98

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    I wonder what the difference in height is comparing that front sight as it sits to the A-frame that matches the sight on that carry handle.
     
  3. Olon

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    I measured it and the front sight sits .2" higher than the rear sight.
     
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    What I mean is comparing the two styles of front sight. The A-frame front sight matches your carry handle while you currently have a mix/match that doesn't necessarily work together.

    This is one thing about iron sights... you have to either match your front and rear sights to each other or switch to an optic.

    What distance were you attempting for your near zero? Personally, I'd start at 25yds or 50yds... get on up close, then check and fine tune at 300yds or 200yds, respectively.
     
  6. Olon

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    Well that carry handle seemed to work when I just had the quad rail. At one point I did the research and made sure it was compatible with the front sight on the quad-rail… the numbers won't come back to me though. I was thinking a good 26/100 yard zero but we'll see how that works out.
     
  8. MistWolf

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    Olon, it sounds like your handguard isn't front sight friendly. Given time, you will figure out what needs to be done to make it work. Only you can determine if the effort and expense through trial and error is worth it to you. Personally, I wouldn't bother.

    I suggest going over to the Primary Arms website and Looking at the Primary Arms Advanced Micro red dot sight with rotary illumination knob. They are well under $200 and quite possibly the best choice in that price range. They are rugged and have a long battery life. Primary Arms also offers economical mounts. You should be able to get both for around $225.

    A pricier but more versatile option is to find a Leupold VX-R 1.25-4x bundled with the Leupold AR scope mount. I found one at my favorite LGS for just over $500 out the door. The scope has good optics and a Fire dot and the combination is lightweight. Hard to beat for the price. If got LGS doesn't have one in stock, they can order you one, or you can see who offers it online.
     
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  9. bearcreek

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    That handguard isn't designed to have a sight mounted on it. You may be able to bubba rig something up but you'd be better off getting a different handguard if you want to run irons. Maybe not what you wanted to hear but the truth hurts sometimes. ;)
     
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  10. Olon

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    Haha that's what I was starting to think. Maybe this is the bump I needed to blow some money on an optic :D
     
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    Any handguard that doesn't have a built in rail on top isn't meant to have an iron sight mounted on it. Detachable accessory rails aren't meant to be used with sights, as you've seen. If you get a decent quality optic it's debatable whether or not you actually need backup irons anyway. If the gun isn't a hard use tool you'll probably be fine without them.
     
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