Any thoughts on cheap sights for first build range/home gun?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by DropZone889, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. DropZone889

    DropZone889 New Member

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    What's you thoughts on the Magpul backup sights? And is there any real difference between the PTS ones other than they are made in china? Or do u have any suggestions on another brand all together economy price set? It's for range short distance and home protection.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    They are great sights.
    The pts are junk. They are designed for airsoft guns. Do not buy them.
    You can get the buis on eBay for a good price just be sure they are the real thing.
     

  3. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    If you're looking for quality on a budget, buy Magpul MBUS and a Vortex red-dot (I like the Strikefire).

    The PTS will not fit your AR15 rails...and they aren't designed to.

    There are some sellers on EBay that offer very fair prices on Magpul MBUS. One I've use a couple times has the username 'Altatac' and offers rears for under $50 and F/R sets for like $80, free shipping.

    Vortex red-dots can be found for $150 or so. Wait a week (keep an eye on PSA, JoeBob's, Aim, etc), and they will be on sale somewhere. They're excellent.
     
  4. CGS

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    I think Magpul are decent. They have been known to break however, even the genuine. There are lots of knock offs on the market so beware, the Chinese knockoffs WILL break.

    By the way the MBUS has something like 3 lines. The gen 2 and the pro. I fyou are paying $50 for a PRO MBUS it's not genuine, but $50 for a Gen 2 MBUS is fair. I just wanted to point that out.

    Promag is another cheap but decent alternative. I don't rely on iron sights currently but have a set of promag for BUIS. I used to use them before I mounted my scope.

    My normal recommendation is if you run (or plan to run) an optic go with flip up sights. If you never intend to run an optic, other than maybe an Aimpoint or Eotech non magnified red dot type sight, then go with fixed sights.
     
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  5. AgentTikki

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    Difference between real deal and pts? The real deal will hold zero. The PTS won't. Don't ask me how I know. Whte real deal will withstand a drop test better than any other polymer or ALLOY buis. The pts won't. Get the PTS is you want a range weapon and don't mind zeroing it every time you go out to the range. In the long run, you will save money just in ammo costs spent re-zeroing your sights.
     
  6. DropZone889

    DropZone889 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the useful info, DZ
     
  7. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    For a decent 50 to 75 yard plinker, a Tru Glo red dot is pretty darn good, under $50.
     
  8. CGS

    CGS New Member

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    I have one on my shot gun and it's held up so far. Surprising for a $50 optic since I know NCStar would have blown up!
     
  9. 515Survival

    515Survival New Member

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    Have MBUS on my rifle and no problems or complaints. I do know that you should not mount them on a gas block as they will melt. Magpul does have a new version that is made of metal.
     
  10. BigBizz87

    BigBizz87 New Member

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    I run Troy Fixed front and Troy Fixed Di-Optic rear with no other optic they are great sights right out the package they were zeroed on my rifle at about 50yds and for about $100 a set u can't beat them
     
  11. Quentin

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    This is true, I remember that drop test and the MBUS2 came through pretty much unscathed and with the least zero shift. No doubt the PTS knockoffs wouldn't fare as well, AT sounds like he has first hand experience.

    The MBUS is a bargain but when buying, inspect carefully to be sure you didn't get a knockoff.
     
  12. AgentTikki

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    Actually I purchased a pair of PTS sights for $20.00 new. I was pretty amazed at how nice they look and solid they felt out of the box. I originally was going to mount them on my kid's nerf gun. It didn't fit, and would require some time with a dremel. So i threw it on a rail, din't like what I saw. Firstly, you can wiggle it around. bleh. Secondly, when you the nut spins when you tighten the bolt to secure the sight. I think if maybe they used the correct size nut it would alleviate the problem but meh. Thirdly, it doesn't fit flat on the rail when in the down position. Lastly and most importantly, I can make adjustments to it just by using my fingers. This thing isn't gonna hold zero. Didn't even bother to put it on my 5 year old's nerf rifle.
     
  13. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    PTS stands for "professional training & simulation". I wouldn't stake my life on that.Like Tiki said,I wouldn't even stake my kids reputation of accuracy with a nerf gun. For real world scenarios use the real deal not PTS sights. Here is a link about the Magpul PTS. They make a wide range of training accessories that mimic the real deal.

    http://www.magpul-pts.com/about-magpul-pts.html