AR-15 use stock sight,or red dot???

Discussion in 'The Pre-Ban Forum' started by whitemach, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. whitemach

    whitemach New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    hello , i got a ar-15 and they gave me a tasco pro point red dot sight with it !! which is better stock sights or red dot????
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I have one that has the removable sights, so I will change from the iron sights to a 4x scope. I prefer the use of the iron sights over the scope, but the scope does help my old eyes see better!!

  3. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Mobile, Al.
    I have both on my AR. Once my red dot is sighted in, it's almost too easy hitting the bullseye every time. One thing to consider is the size of the actual dot. The bigger dots are handier for getting on a target that is closer, say 25-50 yards. Mine is a one MOA dot, (very small), so it is more accurate at longer ranges, but in an up close self defense type scenario, I would prefer a bigger dot.
    I also have a fold down type back-up iron sight (BUIS)mounted on the rail. I like using it at ranges of 100 yards and over. Also, when the battery dies on the red dot at some inopportune moment, you can just flip up the BUIS and keep firing. So I recommend both.
    If your AR does not have a removable handle, you can buy a mount for the red dot to go on top of the handle. Bad thing is that you have to raise your head up a good deal to use that way. Just doesn't feel natural to me.
  4. whitemach

    whitemach New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    thanks for the info:)
  5. Jimdo

    Jimdo New Member

    Jun 1, 2009
    So. IL.
    I like both, but I would have to say that I prefer the Iron Sights. Prolly because that is just what I am used to, more than anything.
    That said, target acquisition is faster with the red dot, for me.
  6. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I would say it depends on what the rifle is used for.
    Quick acquisition is typically better with a dot.
    If ya got time, I'd say iron sights are better.

    My 16" HBAR has a dot on it as well as the std carry handle sights.
    My 20" HBAR is scoped w/YHM BUIS.

    The carbine can carry/use both at once.
    The 20" can use one or the other at a time.

    They have their own purpose, and are equipped as such.
  7. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    I kept my original AR a bushy with the stock sights and carry handle. The other AR's I have worked out include one with a red dot and one with a scope. So its all about use and preference.
  8. Really both.

    A reflexive optic "dot" does you the most good at close range.

    Your iron sights serve you better for medium/long range.

    If you have a 200m zero (300m is not so good for a 5.56mm AR), up close your point of impact will be way below your point of aim. For that reason, a "red dot" zeroed for CQB with a back-up (lollipop style) iron sight zeroed for further targets is the way it is done.
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