XS Sight Systems XPress Threat Interdiction Sight Set
Link: XS Sights
Every now and then something comes along that really seems like a rock solid idea. Angled iron sights were one of those inventions. The concept is simple enough–your rifle has too much on top to accommodate usable iron sights. But you may need those missing iron sights. You can always take off all of the crap sitting on top of your rifle. That can take time you may not have. The other option is very easy, just tilt the rifle slightly and look down the sights that leaning off of the top rail.
How do you take a good idea and make it even better? Make the sights bigger. Not physically larger, exactly, but easier to see. Most angled iron sights make use of precision-minded irons that are very similar to the irons typically found an AR-15s. Those are solid, but not exactly fast. They’re designed to be a viable compromise between speed and precision. XS has simplified the system, made them easier to see, brighter and the result works.
Think about the possible scenarios. You may want a magnified optic on top of the rifle. Then a target presents itself at a close distance, say 25 yards. You should be able to point shoot at that distance, though you may want a bit more precision. Tilt the rifle, catch the XS sights, and you can drop a round easily within a 2-4 inch circle without much effort.
The sights are available with tritium front posts. They come in the XS Big-Dot style, or (like these) in a standard dot size. The rear stripe, which lines up with the front dot, can be white paint or tritium. Prices range from $150 to $180.
In my opinion, these are a bit more functional because of the XS sight set-up. They are very low profile. At $150, the XS sights are affordable. Making a longer shot–say one out to 100 yards–would be a bit more difficult than it would be with typical AR sights, but as you’ll see with the sights below, it isn’t impossible. The front dot is designed for speed of acquisition, not MOA precision. But that isn’t something I demand of a backup system, which is what these are.
If you’re running a 1-4 scope or a red dot, the XS sights would be even more redundant. But if you like magnification, this system adds an extra dimension. The Big Dot front post is even easier to see. All told, I’m a fan of these. They make quick work of close up work, and they don’t break the bank.