Magpul Sights - The Best Value For an Affordable Front Sight
For hunters who demand quality optics for their weapon, Magpul optics are the best. Designed to outperform traditional rifle sights, these sights are made by Magpul, a premier manufacturer of military equipment and gun sights. The patented Dot Si-Dot system offers an innovative alternative to a dot sight picture that often produces an infinity-point result. By utilizing two independent dots for crosshairs on the front and a dot positioned behind the target, Magpul's Dot Si-Dot sight is the most intuitive, accurate, and crosshair-perfect hunting optic on the market.
Unlike other magnifiers, the Dot Si-Dot sight has an irons array comprised of ten independently controlled aluminum discs that provide crisp, clear vision along with unmatched reliability and durability. Utilizing the patented recoil-reduction design, this sight sports a one-half-turn lower objective. To provide enhanced stability during shooting, Magpul utilizes aero spinners that minimize both the tilt and the wind buildup in the crosshairs. A unique and revolutionary lower third magnification system helps to optimize the power of each BB as it exits the gun and guides it downrange to strike the prey.
Unlike other magnifiers, this Magpul sight utilizes a tilting system that keeps the front post of the weapon at zero degrees throughout the entire zoom. To change the angle of the front post, just flip it up or down. To adjust the height of the rear sight, just rotate it left or right. Unlike other magnifiers, however, the adjustable angles on the Magpul Sights require no adjustments to the scope itself. The sights are designed to keep an accurate and steady hold on target.
To increase stability, the Magpul Sights employ what is known as a secondary mirror image. This ingenious concept is based off of the fact that human eye sight cannot be trusted entirely. Objects that are not in focus in the optic field will appear as fuzzy images behind the primary scope. By employing two mirrors, one slightly larger than the other, the secondary sight sees everything with both eyes focused on the target at once. This greatly reduces the phenomenon of scopulousness, allowing for a much more stable and accurate target focus.
The Magpul Sights also feature an in-line rotary riser, which keeps the scope secure even when the gun is fired. Unlike other rim lifts that extend outward, the in-line rotary riser allows users to elevate the rifle for better accuracy. Also available is a riser kit that allows the user to mount the sight using any standard rifle scope mount. This eliminates the need for any type of modification to the rifle's existing scope mount.
Additional attributes that make Magpul Sights standout from the rest are the dot aperture and the multi-coated internal parts. The dot aperture is a convex, width-to-height image produced by the iron sights that allows for the greatest amount of light to enter the reticle. This, in turn, ensures a sharp, detailed target focus. A multi-coated internal layer of polycarbonate material surrounds each lens, preventing reflection from abrading surfaces. This layer accounts for the clarity of the rear sight picture and is effective at preventing aberrations from creeping into the main reticle.
While the Magpul Sights have a few cons that are not really a deal-breaker, we feel the side-by-side ease of use and the intuitive design of the Magpul front sight is well worth the sacrifices. The steel frame and a-frame front post is easily disassembled and mounted to a compatible Magpul rail, eliminating the need for any type of drilling. Also, the arm adapter, while readily available, is a bit on the expensive side. Finally, we found that although the red dot provided a large target focus, the brightness varied depending upon our light conditions (day or night). This was a minor gripe, but one we felt we could live with in order to justify the side-by-side ease of use.
Overall, the Magpul Sights continue to hold their own among competition for quality and value. They are easy to mount, are inexpensive and ergonomically-pleasing. Our only real complaint was that the red dot was a little bright when bright, which made day vision slightly less than perfect. That aside, the durability of the rifle case and the quick install of the sling and red dot compensates for this slight drawback. In our next evaluation, we will compare the Magpul Sights with the DSA A1.5 fixed rear sight assembly.