Back up iron sights- looking for feedback

Discussion in '223 / 5.56 MVP and Variants' started by johnmuir, May 28, 2017.

  1. johnmuir New Member

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    Hey , so I'm interested in setting up some back up iron sights for my MVP. Mine is chambered in 5.56 NATO and similar to this. I opted for the Thunder Ranch variant with threaded barrel (no optics included and No iron sights)

    I've got the bushnell pictured here mounted.
    The eye relief isn't very good due to being mounted too [IMG][IMG]far back, so I'll need to move it forward.
    I've been thinking of putting on a flash hider and came up with an idea.
    Placing a picatinny mounted rear iron sight behind the scope with a corresponding flash hider /w front sight.

    Any thoughts on this?
    I'd like to get this done first and try it out since I need to reposition the scope anyway.
    P.S.
    In case anyone is understandably thinking "Why didn't you just get the MVP Patrol w/ iron sights?"

    The rifle Sat in my local gun shop for over a year and was brand new/marked down to $500; so I just couldn't pass it up!


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  2. boostless Active Member

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    The first thing that comes to mind is that when you put the muzzle device on you would have to make sure it is mounted straight, same with any iron sights. Then with it being so far out there you have to worry about knocking it on something while being carried and that could lead to it being knocked out of alignment rendering the sights useless.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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  4. Keith Moderator

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    I would look at cantilever mount to move the scope forward and look at ones that have a quick release mount. With a QR mount, you won't need to worry about needing a tool to remove the scope if you need to go to the iron sights in order to keep the hunt going or whatever. Spamassasin's suggestion is a good one. Peep sights are better than V-notch sights and the sight radius is much longer and better with a rear sight mounted on the rear of the receiver rather than way up on the barrel.

    Something like this
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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Now we're cooking. For a front sight, you really want that clocked properly and durable so I'd say, honestly, this is the time to call your local gunsmith. Have him dovetail the front of the tube like it's supposed to be done. You're looking at probably 100 bucks cost for that on the upper end. I don't know of any decent brakes or flash hiders that aren't for stuff like m14's and AK's that are even equipped with a front sight or dovetail. I guess you could call up Witt Machine and have him cut you one of his clam-on muzzle abortions with a dovetail cut in it though. At least you could clock it properly easily enough.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1184127653/williams-front-sight-3-8-dovetail-steel-blue Probably something in the .5" zone. With some measurements we can get a better idea of which specific height would be best.
  6. johnmuir New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback ya'll.

    Agreed, I'll just have a gunsmith do the front sight.




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