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Joe226
10-27-2010, 12:38 PM
I am looking to use folding iron sights as my primary sights on my AR-15 upper and was wondering what kind would be the best? I want these sights to be solid since I am using a higher recoiling caliber than 5.56.

Are PRI sights worth the higher price?

Should I just go with Troy or MI?

supersonic
10-27-2010, 12:47 PM
There really is no "better" as the designs are so different in many ways. Those 3 that you listed (there are many, many more, BTW) are what would be described as "very good quality," but your options are really only limited to what you prefer & what works best for you.

crob
10-27-2010, 12:47 PM
Are they primary until you buy an optic? If they will be your sole method of aiming, why folding? Just curious, I always like to see someone's reasoning behind a decision, may be something I never thought of. As for which brand, I only have experience with MI, and they are pretty decent. Mine are folding sights on a gun that will not be used in any classes, more of a hunting/bench gun. So I cannot comment on how they will hold up to the rigors of a class....

Chuntsman949
10-27-2010, 12:49 PM
I have used Troy, KAC, and MI, I still love my Troy :)

Interfan
10-27-2010, 1:14 PM
MI, Troy, and PRI are all basically (with some minor changes) selling a similar sight design. KAC and ARMS should be on the poll too.

Joe226
10-27-2010, 1:17 PM
Are they primary until you buy an optic? If they will be your sole method of aiming, why folding? Just curious, I always like to see someone's reasoning behind a decision, may be something I never thought of. As for which brand, I only have experience with MI, and they are pretty decent. Mine are folding sights on a gun that will not be used in any classes, more of a hunting/bench gun. So I cannot comment on how they will hold up to the rigors of a class....

They will most likely be my sole method of aiming. I want folding because:

1. I think they will be slightly less obtrusive(especially when putting the AR in the safe around my other guns and taking it out).

2. I don't want to be limited to only having iron sights just in case of the off chance that I want to get an EoTech or some other sort of optic.

3. I also like the idea that you can fold them down(purely for aesthetic reasons), rather than having sights that are sticking straight up all the time.

tomd1584
10-27-2010, 1:38 PM
Look at the KAC micro units too. (courtesy of Valkyrietactical.com)

Front:

http://www.valkyrietactical.com/images/kac25654-m.jpg
http://www.valkyrietactical.com/images/kac25654-3.jpg


rear 200-600m:

http://www.valkyrietactical.com/images/kac25650-1.jpg
http://www.valkyrietactical.com/images/kac25650-3.jpg

gemini1
10-27-2010, 1:43 PM
Yup, you forgot to put the others up. I have an MI and its ok, I've also tried the chopped A2 sights and love its functions, especially when I switch to RIBZ method. Now I'm using Wilson Combat TR-FURS, its a folding sight with elevation and windage adjustments. The only set back with this sight is the larger peep hole, I had to make some mods to make it smaller. You get to enjoy the ability to fold it down and use optics, or go back to irons, using the RIBZ sighting method.

Juice5610
10-27-2010, 1:47 PM
Troy/KAC

Dhena81
10-27-2010, 1:53 PM
All my Ar's have Troy or another manufacture's name stamped on Troy sights seems good enough to me when quality manufacture's use them you get what you pay for so don't skimp whichever you decide.

Interfan
10-27-2010, 3:54 PM
If you like the Troy/MI/PRI style, GG&G's A2 folding sight is pretty decent too. They are a good value for the money.

AlliedArmory
10-27-2010, 3:55 PM
Troy are my personal fav

themailman
10-27-2010, 3:57 PM
KAC w/out a doubt

Boone
10-27-2010, 4:22 PM
KAC.

Alexthewelder
10-27-2010, 4:32 PM
im all for troy. I got the hk style micros and they are PERRRRRRRRfect!

thevic
10-27-2010, 4:35 PM
I use popsicle sticks and rubberbands

stix213
10-27-2010, 5:07 PM
I have only owned the Troy's out of those choices, but they definitely rock. Too bad I'll probably never flip them up again now that I got my Eotech installed :p

jak77
10-27-2010, 6:57 PM
Troy. They lock up SOLID

650IS350
10-27-2010, 7:23 PM
Troy folding

dlouie87
10-27-2010, 7:57 PM
troy!

gun toting monkeyboy
10-27-2010, 8:40 PM
I actually like the MI low profile same plane (LPSP) rear sights and their HK style front sights. The others are as good, if not better in terms of brand name, and probably quality. But I like the MI versions.

WW2Buff
10-27-2010, 8:47 PM
im all for troy. I got the hk style micros and they are PERRRRRRRRfect!

For your AR?

Wherryj
10-28-2010, 8:20 AM
I use popsicle sticks and rubberbands

You really should consider moving up to a front bead sight.

hapevo
10-28-2010, 11:28 AM
So far I have only used Troys on my ARs. They are built well and do the job. But, I might have to try the KAC versions next. ;)

problemchild
10-28-2010, 12:06 PM
KAC is not CA friendly

supermario
10-28-2010, 12:09 PM
I think if there gonna be primary iron sights you should go with
LMT stand alone iron sights. I use them and they are rock solid, plus they don't really seem high to me.
You can add an optic in between the irons with no prob at all.
Folding sights are called BACK UP Iron sights. The LMT are primary sights, not back up!
That's my opinion but I love irons and always will love them.