Despite how advanced optics have become, mastery of iron sights remains important. Can you connect with your target using irons?
Just about any rifle made today has provisions for a scope. That even extends to some handguns as well. Yet few rifles made today have iron sights from the factory.
It's a real pet peeve of mine. Optics and irons have merits and demerits, but I prefer the fool proof backup of iron sights over any optic.
In my shooting experiences, I have come across many people who bash iron sights for limited range and limited accuracy. I like to shoot irons out to 200 yards (given the opportunity I would take it further). Hitting a target at that distance with iron sights is considered to be a matter of luck by some, but that is not the case at all.
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Iron sights have numerous advantages over optics, and that's why I think both systems should be mastered. In my book, optics are overpraised and irons are over bashed.
While the human eye's ability to focus at distance is a limiting factor, iron sights remain very useful.
So that begs the question: How well do you shoot with iron sights?